Golf-Bjorn and Lowry set pace at soggy Wentworth

Fri May 23, 2014 4:16pm EDT
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By Tony Jimenez

VIRGINIA WATER England (Reuters) - Dane Thomas Bjorn and Irishman Shane Lowry led the way after the BMW PGA Championship second round on Friday as tricky pin placements, squally winds and intermittent rain made good scoring tough.

Only a handful of players broke 70 and twice former winner Luke Donald fared best, the Englishman plotting his way to a five-under 67 to move into a share of third place with Spain's Rafa Cabrera-Bello (73) on six-under 138, four strokes off the pace.

Bjorn, who on Thursday shot a 62 to post the lowest score in relation to par in the 60-year history of the event, followed up his spectacular opening effort with a level-par 72 while Lowry returned a 70.

World number three Henrik Stenson (71), who has a chance to leapfrog Australian Adam Scott at the top of the rankings this week, was tied for fifth on 139 with fellow Swede Jonas Blixt (71), double major winner Rory McIlroy (71) and Paraguay's Fabrizio Zanotti (72).

"This is never an easy course," Donald told reporters at a soggy Wentworth. "I was as amazed as you guys with Thomas's score - 10 under is pretty good.

"There were some accessible pins yesterday, today there were a few more difficult ones. Obviously scoring was a bit tougher.

"When we first went out it was raining and windy and it wasn't very nice. I think we all thought we were going to struggle with the conditions," added Donald who won the European Tour's flagship event in 2011 and 2012.

"I holed some long putts today, which is a bonus, but I was happy with the progress of my long game as well. Being nine behind after the first day seemed a mountain to climb but I'm now back in position to have a chance to win this championship again."   Continued...

Denmark's Thomas Bjorn tosses his ball after a bogey on the 13th hole during the third round of the Masters golf tournament at the Augusta National Golf Club in Augusta, Georgia April 12, 2014. REUTERS/Brian Snyder/Files