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Paul Casey leads the BMW golf event

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Paul Casey leads the BMW golf event
Paul Casey, of England, holds the winners trophy after beating J.B. Holmes in a playoff to win the 2009 Shell Houston Open at The Tournament Course at Redstone Golf Club in Humble, Texas on April 5, 2009. (UPI Photo/Aaron M. Sprecher) | License Photo

VIRGINIA WATER, England, May 22 (UPI) -- England's Paul Casey shot a 5-under-par 67 Friday and built a two-stroke lead midway through the European Tour's BMW PGA Championship.

Eagles on the par-5 fourth and par-4 13th holes negated three bogeys at the famed Wentworth Golf Club in Virginia Water, England.

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"I always used to watch this event as a kid and dreamt of being here and here I am," Casey told the BBC. "It's very cool."

His 36-hole total, 8-under 136, leads countrymen Anthony Wall (71) and David Horsey (71), Spain's Miguel Angel Jimenez (70), the defending champion, Scotland's Marc Warren (66) and Denmark's Soren Kjeldsen (69).

Jimenez hopes to become just the third player ever to defend his title with Nick Faldo and Colin Montgomerie.

South Africa's Thomas Aiken (67), American Ben Curtis (70) and Stephen Dodd (68) of Wales share seventh place at 7-under 139.

Among those missing the cut were Argentina's Angel Cabrera (149), Sweden's Mikael Lundberg (151) and England's Lee Westwood (154).

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