Friday, May 21, 2010

Luke Donald (136) leads by one at Wentworth

Luke Donald of England shot a second straight 3-under 68 on Friday to take a one-shot lead after the second round of the BMW PGA Championship at Wentworth.
Donald took advantage of an early start time to make four birdies and a lone bogey while playing in perfect conditions for a 6-under total of 136.
English duo Ross Fisher and first-round leader Danny Willett were a shot back in second, along with with James Kingston of South Africa.
Willett was among the late starters and birdied three of his first four holes before the wind started picking up at Wentworth's West Course, leaving the leaders struggling to make par. Willett had five bogeys and just one more birdie the rest of the way, for a 1-over 72.
"With that wind swirling in the tree you've got to stand up and trust that you and your caddy have got the wind right when you hit the shot," the 22-year-old Willett said. "But when it swirls like that it messes with you, and I started to hit long into some of the greens and then could not get up and down from the positions I found myself in."
Fisher birdied two of his last three holes for a 70, while Kingston shot a 69.
Padraig Harrington of Ireland was among a quartet of players a further shot back after carding a 67 in a bogey-free round.
Harrington is chasing his first title since 2008, and said he liked the redesigned West Course, which has been heavily criticised by some of his colleagues.
"There is plenty of intimidation out there," Harrington said. "But I like that. I play better when I am worried about missing a shot. When I get over the ball I tighten up my focus. It's so much better for me when I am on edge."
Defending champion Paul Casey was tied with Harrington at 4 under as he tries to become only the third player after Colin Montgomerie and Nick Faldo to retain his title since the tournament was launched in 1955.
Luke Donald and Paul Casey - close friends, but very different golfers - are both battling for the biggest prize at The European Tour's flagship event.

Leading the Scottish challenge, both on 140, were two Aberdonians, Paul Lawrie and Richie Ramsay.



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