BMW PGA Championship R2

Wentworth set for weekend thriller as Rahm and Willett lead

September 19-22
Wentworth Golf Club, Virginia Water, Surrey, England
$7,000,000
Live leaderboard
Round 1, Round 3, Round 4


Jon Rahm and Danny Willett share a two-shot halfway lead at the BMW PGA Championship, as a star-studded leaderboard – also featuring local heroes Justin Rose and Paul Casey among others – sets up a thrilling weekend in the fourth Rolex Series event of the 2019 Race to Dubai.

BMW PGA Championship R2 - Willett and Rahm tied for lead
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The 2016 Masters Tournament champion Willett delighted the 20,802 spectators with a stunning seven under par 65 – equalling the best score this week – which caught fire straight from the off.

“We hit a lot of good shots. Holed some nice kind of mid-range putts and I think with the wind picking up it’s probably better that you don’t expect that coming in. You just try and hit some good golf shots and see what it gives you, and fortunately today it gave us a pretty quick start.

“It’s amazing. It’s my 10th straight year, and playing with Westy (Lee Westwood), I think it’s his 26th. It’s one of those places where you love coming back. The crowds are amazing. They always are. I’ve had a couple nice finishes around here and the crowds help you along and really get behind you, and it’s a fantastic spectacle for golf.


“For me, and I think if you ask anyone out here, it’s the best condition I’ve seen it in the ten years I’ve been here. It’s all set up for a really good weekend.”

The 31 year old from Sheffield, already a Rolex Series winner at the 2018 DP World Tour Championship, Dubai, was five under through five holes courtesy of three birdies and an eagle at the fifth, before picking up another shot at the ninth to clear the front nine in just 29 shots.

Back to back birdies at the 11th and 12th were offset by a single bogey at the 14th as he moved to an 11 under total.

Willett joined his fellow former Ryder Cup player Rahm at the summit after the Spanish sensation battled from successive bogeys on the opening two holes, following them up with four birdies on the bounce to move to reach the turn in two under.

The 24-year-old dropped a shot at the tenth but two more birdies, along with an eagle three at the last mean he is in the hunt for a fourth Rolex Series title.

“Made two bogeys on the first two, but it’s not like I had major misses or it just felt bad. It happens on this course, one is a tough hole and two was short, basically one yard off on both tee shots. I didn’t get too frustrated.


“I just capitalised on the putts that I had. I would say that birdie on three was very important, to get that one going before the par five, knowing if I put it in the fairway I have a decent chance at a birdie.

“Being out there after 36 holes, with 36 to go, it’s important to have a chance, especially on a course that I’ve never seen before and a tournament this important. It is the Rolex Series, it’s a tournament we all want to win. There’s a lot of history here and a lot of legends on the walls, so it would be great to join that great list of players.”

Former World Number One Rose signed for a four under 68 as he chases a first win at Wentworth, and he was joined on nine under par by Henrik Stenson – alongside whom the Englishman has forged such a spectacular Ryder Cup partnership – as well as South Africa’s Christiaan Bezuidenhout.


“I didn’t feel that comfortable with the driver yesterday but today I drove it much better,” said Rose. “I thought it was a good round. I call this a bucket list event, this is one I’d dearly love to win. It’s my home event, really. It’s one I’ve watched since I was a little kid.”

Casey, a Surrey native, is two shots further back on seven under par, alongside American Billy Horschel, who is making his BMW PGA Championship debut this week. Play was suspended overnight in round two with six players yet to complete their rounds.

“I know this place incredibly well – local boy, local crowds. Everything about this feels kind of like a home tournament for me. I love it. That doesn’t make it easy, though. I think this golf course is difficult. You’ve got to play extremely good stuff. I’m always proud of the way I play when I play well around here.”


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DP World Tour Rankings

Golf Ranking
By GT Editor
Pos.
Player
Nat
Hole
To Par
R1
R2
Total
T1
Danny Willett
ENG
18
-11
68
65
133
T1
Jon Rahm
ESP
18
-11
66
67
133
T3
Christiaan Bezuidenhout
RSA
18
-9
68
67
135
T3
Henrik Stenson
SWE
18
-9
66
69
135
T3
Justin Rose
ENG
18
-9
67
68
135
T6
Billy Horschel
USA
18
-7
72
65
137
T6
Paul Casey
ENG
18
-7
68
69
137
T8
Andrew Putnam
USA
18
-6
71
67
138
T8
Shubhankar Sharma
IND
18
-6
71
67
138
T8
Tony Finau
USA
18
-6
70
68
138
T8
Viktor Hovland
NOR
18
-6
69
69
138
T12
Andrew Johnston
ENG
18
-5
69
70
139
T12
Francesco Molinari
ITA
18
-5
69
70
139
T12
Nicolas Colsaerts
BEL
18
-5
73
66
139
T12
Rafael Cabrera Bello
ESP
18
-5
69
70
139
T12
Richie Ramsay
SCO
18
-5
71
68
139
T17
George Coetzee
RSA
18
-4
68
72
140
T17
Joost Luiten
NED
18
-4
68
72
140
T17
Jordan Smith
ENG
18
-4
69
71
140
T17
Michael Lorenzo-Vera
FRA
18
-4
70
70
140
T17
Mikko Korhonen
FIN
18
-4
71
69
140
T17
Patrick Reed
USA
18
-4
70
70
140
T17
Russell Knox
SCO
18
-4
69
71
140
T24
Aaron Rai
ENG
18
-3
71
70
141
T24
Alexander Noren
SWE
18
-3
69
72
141
T24
Bernd Wiesberger
AUT
18
-3
74
67
141
T24
Joakim Lagergren
SWE
18
-3
70
71
141
T24
Matt Wallace
ENG
18
-3
65
76
141
T24
Paul Waring
ENG
18
-3
70
71
141
T24
Robert MacIntyre
SCO
18
-3
69
72
141
T24
Yusaku Miyazato
JPN
16
-3
71
71
T32
Kurt Kitayama
USA
18
-2
71
71
142
T32
Marcus Kinhult
SWE
18
-2
70
72
142
T32
Renato Paratore
ITA
18
-2
71
71
142
T32
Richard Sterne
RSA
18
-2
71
71
142
T32
Sam Horsfield
ENG
18
-2
71
71
142
T37
Ashley Chesters
ENG
18
-1
70
73
143
T37
Gonzalo Fernandez-Castano
ESP
18
-1
70
73
143
T37
Haotong Li
CHN
18
-1
71
72
143
T37
Ian Poulter
ENG
18
-1
73
70
143
T37
Miguel Angel Jimenez
ESP
18
-1
69
74
143
T37
Romain Langasque
FRA
18
-1
69
74
143
T37
Ross Fisher
ENG
18
-1
70
73
143
T37
Shane Lowry
IRL
18
-1
72
71
143
T45
Alvaro Quiros
ESP
18
Par
69
75
144
T45
Andrea Pavan
ITA
18
Par
68
76
144
T45
Benjamin Hebert
FRA
18
Par
72
72
144
T45
Branden Grace
RSA
18
Par
72
72
144
T45
David Law
SCO
18
Par
75
69
144
T45
Erik Van Rooyen
RSA
18
Par
70
74
144
T45
Ernie Els
RSA
18
Par
68
76
144
T45
Martin Kaymer
GER
18
Par
70
74
144
T45
Matthew Fitzpatrick
ENG
18
Par
73
71
144
T45
Soren Kjeldsen
DEN
18
Par
73
71
144
T45
Steven Brown
ENG
18
Par
69
75
144
T45
Tapio Pulkkanen
FIN
18
Par
71
73
144
T45
Thomas Pieters
BEL
18
Par
73
71
144
T58
Alexander Bjoerk
SWE
18
1
76
69
145
T58
Andy Sullivan
ENG
18
1
71
74
145
T58
Ashun Wu
CHI
18
1
72
73
145
T58
Chris Wood
ENG
18
1
70
75
145
T58
Edoardo Molinari
ITA
18
1
71
74
145
T58
Julian Suri
USA
18
1
71
74
145
T58
Julien Guerrier
FRA
18
1
69
76
145
T58
Kiradech Aphibarnrat
THA
18
1
73
72
145
T58
Matthias Schwab
AUT
18
1
70
75
145
T58
Padraig Harrington
IRL
18
1
73
72
145
T58
Robert Coles
ENG
18
1
71
74
145
T58
Rory McIlroy
NIR
18
1
76
69
145
T58
Scott Jamieson
SCO
18
1
68
77
145
T58
Sebastian Soederberg
SWE
18
1
68
77
145
T58
Tommy Fleetwood
ENG
18
1
70
75
145
T58
Trevor Immelman
RSA
18
1
71
74
145
T58
Gavin Green
MAS
17
1
72
72
T75
Andres Romero
ARG
18
2
71
75
146
T75
Brandon Stone
RSA
18
2
72
74
146
T75
David Lipsky
USA
18
2
73
73
146
T75
Guido Migliozzi
ITA
18
2
74
72
146
T75
Nacho Elvira
ESP
18
2
72
74
146
T75
Lee Slattery
ENG
18
2
71
75
146
T75
Lucas Bjerregaard
DNK
18
2
75
71
146
T75
Lucas Herbert
AUS
18
2
75
71
146
T75
Thomas Aiken
RSA
18
2
71
75
146
T75
Wade Ormsby
AUS
18
2
74
72
146
T75
Jason Scrivener
AUS
17
2
71
71
T75
Justin Walters
RSA
17
2
70
70
T87
Darren Fichardt
RSA
18
3
73
74
147
T87
Jeung-Hun Wang
KOR
18
3
71
76
147
T87
Matthew Southgate
ENG
18
3
73
74
147
T87
Oliver Fisher
ENG
18
3
72
75
147
T87
Thomas Detry
BEL
18
3
71
76
147
T87
Tom Lewis
ENG
18
3
71
76
147
T87
Ricardo Melo Gouveia
POR
16
3
72
72
T94
Adrian Otaegui
ESP
18
4
72
76
148
T94
Justin Harding
RSA
18
4
73
75
148
T94
Pablo Larrazabal
ESP
18
4
77
71
148
T97
Chris Paisley
ENG
18
5
73
76
149
T97
Jorge Campillo
ESP
18
5
72
77
149
T97
Lee Westwood
ENG
18
5
71
78
149
T97
Raphael Jacquelin
FRA
18
5
72
77
149
T97
Ryan Fox
NZL
18
5
78
71
149
T97
Thomas Bjorn
DEN
18
5
74
75
149
T103
Bradley Dredge
WAL
18
6
73
77
150
T103
David Howell
ENG
18
6
75
75
150
T103
Jose Maria Olazabal
ESP
18
6
78
72
150
T103
Maximilian Kieffer
GER
18
6
73
77
150
T103
Richard McEvoy
ENG
18
6
75
75
150
T103
Scott Hend
AUS
18
6
72
78
150
T103
Shiv Chawrasia
IND
18
6
72
78
150
T110
David Drysdale
SCO
18
7
76
75
151
T110
Hideto Tanihara
JPN
18
7
75
76
151
T110
Luke Donald
ENG
18
7
76
75
151
T110
Robert Rock
ENG
18
7
75
76
151
T110
Stephen Gallacher
SCO
18
7
76
75
151
T110
Thongchai Jaidee
THA
18
7
77
74
151
T116
Matthew Cort
ENG
18
8
72
80
152
T116
Paul O’Hara
SCO
18
8
75
77
152
T116
Romain Wattel
FRA
18
8
71
81
152
T116
Tyrrell Hatton
ENG
18
8
73
79
152
T120
Alexander Levy
FRA
18
9
75
78
153
T120
Dean Burmester
RSA
18
9
76
77
153
T122
David Dixon
ENG
18
10
79
75
154
T122
Fabrizio Zanotti
PAR
18
10
71
83
154
T122
James Morrison
ENG
18
10
76
78
154
T122
Jens Dantorp
SWE
18
10
77
77
154
T126
Eddie Pepperell
ENG
18
11
79
76
155
T126
Robert Karlsson
SWE
18
11
76
79
155
128
Jacques Kruyswijk
RSA
18
12
81
75
156
129
Paul Dunne
IRL
18
13
80
77
157
130
Matthieu Pavon
FRA
18
14
79
79
158
DSQ
Nino Bertasio
ITA
Par
76
76
RET
Haydn Porteous
RSA
Par
74
74