3-way tie for halfway lead at BMW PGA Championship


FANS heading to the BMW PGA Championship this weekend will be treated to the great and the good of the European Tour, but the star of the show may well be the spectacular west course at Wentworth itself, writes Daniel Jones. "And when you look at how this tour performs relative to professional golf, we see 22 major champions who have played on this tour, seven players who have won The Players Championship and this is what you see from the players who will be on this golf course with you", Web.com Tour President Dan Glod said.

Kiradech was out in 31 and held his back nine together whilst Molinari made the most of the two finishing par-fives, recording birdies at both.

Jamieson's two-under-par 70 leaves him alongside Italy's Francesco Molinari and Belgium's Thomas Pieters, one shot ahead of Germany's Maximilian Kieffer. "I just played with what I had and I think that was the key to success, what I've been doing kind of into this tournament". "I don't know how many words to describe how poor I thought it was, to be honest with you".

"The only plus is I'll have an early tee off time tomorrow and be able to watch Arsenal beat Chelsea tomorrow".

"It's been a frustrating week because I've been no good on the greens".

Jamieson returned a 2-under-par 70 to go with his opening 67.

Els chipped in for eagle at the par five after he had checked for a plugged lie and replaced his ball by the green.

But, not to be beaten easily, the team from America fought back bravely in yesterday's singles with captain Larry Lunsford determined not to taste defeat for the second year running. Performing a feat of escapology, Lowry managed to advance the ball through the V-shape of two trees and then hit a seven-iron approach from 220 yards to eight feet for "a huge birdie".

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"Under the rules you try and put it back the way it should be, but I still felt uncomfortable, so we took a penalty".

The 33-year-old Scot shares the lead at the halfway stage of the $7 million BMW PGA Championship.

Ernie Els made his lastest course changes following criticism of his 2010 redesign.

Four greens - the 8th, 11th, 14th and 16th were completely rebuilt while the 3rd, 4th, 5th, 13th and 15th greens were partially rebuilt.

Lee Westwood has finished runner-up in this event in the past and had a 69 on Friday that left him happy with his position of tied for fifth.

Defending Colonial champion Jordan Spieth (68) recovered from a bad start to avoid the danger of missing the cut for the third straight event and second straight week in a hometown event for the Dallas native.

The Wentworth greens were dug up and re-seeded after last year's tournament to make them less bumpy, a frequent complaint of the players in the past.