BMW PGA Championship R3

Dynamic duo set for dramatic duel at Wentworth

September 19-22
Wentworth Golf Club, Virginia Water, Surrey, England
$7,000,000
Live leaderboard
Round 1, Round 2, Round 4


Jon Rahm and Danny Willett remain deadlocked at the top of the leaderboard heading into the final day of the BMW PGA Championship, while local hero Justin Rose will tee off in the penultimate group in search of a maiden victory at Wentworth Club in the fourth Rolex Series event of the season.

BMW PGA Championship R3 - Jon Rahm and Danny Willett remain deadlocked at the top of the leaderboard, Justin Rose will tee off in the penultimate group
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Former Masters Champion Willett provided one of the moments of the day when he pulled off a miraculous recovery, reminiscent of the great Seve Ballesteros, at the 15th hole having driven his ball into the trees.

“It was good fun – there were a few up-and-downs, but crowds are great. Me and Jon played some good golf. We’re in for another good day tomorrow.

“We’ve got a three-shot lead over third, so we are just going to go play some good golf, try and have a bit of fun and see where we are at. The weather is not supposed to be as good tomorrow and you have other elements and factors in there so I’ll go back and rest up.”

He went on to card only his second bogey of the day, but recovered that stroke with a birdie on the last hole for a round of 68 to remain in a tie for the lead with Spaniard Rahm on 15 under par.


The pair will tee off together at 1:20pm on Sunday, with Rahm chasing a fourth Rolex Series title and Willett targeting a second.

Rahm had edged two shots clear on the back nine with a birdie on the 16th hole – his sixth of the day – but he dropped a shot on the 17th and scrambled a par on the last to also sign for a round of 68.

“I was happy I made par on 18. It’s a nice finish that way. Besides basically the last seven strokes, the rest of the round was almost bulletproof. I played really good golf. I had a good plan going in and if I had finished properly with even two pars, I would have a one-shot lead.

“But still, there’s a lot of golf to come. It’s a tricky golf course and we have 18 holes tomorrow with Danny being tied with me, both playing solid, and the guys behind us only three shots back. It’s going to be a tough day. We’re going to have to play really good golf to win this event and I hope I can live up to it.”

The pair are three shots clear of the chasing back led by World Number Four Rose, who had an up-and-down round of 69 on the West Course, including an eagle three at the 17th which was followed by a bogey six at the last. Rose is on 12 under par in a share of third place alongside South African Christian Bezuidenhout – who also signed for a 69 – and India’s Shubhankar Sharma, who posted a six under par 66.

“It was frustrating way to finish,” said Rose. “But I’m in with a shot tomorrow. Would have loved to have been one better, two better, possibly. But hey, there’s going to be three guys walking off in a minute thinking the same thing, so it doesn’t matter.”


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DP World Tour Rankings

Golf Ranking
By GT Editor
Pos.
Player
Nat
Hole
To Par
R1
R2
R3
Total
T1
Danny Willett
ENG
18
-15
68
65
68
201
T1
Jon Rahm
ESP
18
-15
66
67
68
201
T3
Shubhankar Sharma
IND
18
-12
71
67
66
204
T3
Justin Rose
ENG
18
-12
67
68
69
204
T3
Christiaan Bezuidenhout
RSA
18
-12
68
67
69
204
T6
Rafael Cabrera Bello
ESP
18
-10
69
70
67
206
T6
Richie Ramsay
SCO
18
-10
71
68
67
206
8
Patrick Reed
USA
18
-9
70
70
67
207
T9
Francesco Molinari
ITA
18
-8
69
70
69
208
T9
Andrew Johnston
ENG
18
-8
69
70
69
208
T9
Viktor Hovland
NOR
18
-8
69
69
70
208
T9
Andrew Putnam
USA
18
-8
71
67
70
208
T9
Paul Casey
ENG
18
-8
68
69
71
208
T9
Billy Horschel
USA
18
-8
72
65
71
208
T15
Ross Fisher
ENG
18
-7
70
73
66
209
T15
Paul Waring
ENG
18
-7
70
71
68
209
T15
Henrik Stenson
SWE
18
-7
66
69
74
209
T18
Rory McIlroy
NIR
18
-6
76
69
65
210
T18
Kurt Kitayama
USA
18
-6
71
71
68
210
T18
Bernd Wiesberger
AUT
18
-6
74
67
69
210
T18
Alexander Noren
SWE
18
-6
69
72
69
210
T18
Jordan Smith
ENG
18
-6
69
71
70
210
T23
Erik Van Rooyen
RSA
18
-5
70
74
67
211
T23
Ashley Chesters
ENG
18
-5
70
73
68
211
T23
Robert MacIntyre
SCO
18
-5
69
72
70
211
T23
Mikko Korhonen
FIN
18
-5
71
69
71
211
T27
Branden Grace
RSA
18
-4
72
72
68
212
T27
Shane Lowry
IRL
18
-4
72
71
69
212
T27
Richard Sterne
RSA
18
-4
71
71
70
212
T27
Sam Horsfield
ENG
18
-4
71
71
70
212
T27
Joakim Lagergren
SWE
18
-4
70
71
71
212
T32
Ashun Wu
CHI
18
-3
72
73
68
213
T32
Benjamin Hebert
FRA
18
-3
72
72
69
213
T32
Tapio Pulkkanen
FIN
18
-3
71
73
69
213
T32
Romain Langasque
FRA
18
-3
69
74
70
213
T32
Haotong Li
CHN
18
-3
71
72
70
213
T32
Gonzalo Fernandez-Castano
ESP
18
-3
70
73
70
213
T32
Renato Paratore
ITA
18
-3
71
71
71
213
T32
Matt Wallace
ENG
18
-3
65
76
72
213
T32
Aaron Rai
ENG
18
-3
71
70
72
213
T32
Joost Luiten
NED
18
-3
68
72
73
213
T42
Julian Suri
USA
18
-2
71
74
69
214
T42
Thomas Pieters
BEL
18
-2
73
71
70
214
T42
Yusaku Miyazato
JPN
18
-2
71
72
71
214
T45
Tommy Fleetwood
ENG
18
-1
70
75
70
215
T45
Matthias Schwab
AUT
18
-1
70
75
70
215
T45
Michael Lorenzo-Vera
FRA
18
-1
70
70
75
215
T45
Tony Finau
USA
18
-1
70
68
77
215
T49
Chris Wood
ENG
18
Par
70
75
71
216
T49
Kiradech Aphibarnrat
THA
18
Par
73
72
71
216
T49
Russell Knox
SCO
18
Par
69
71
76
216
T52
Gavin Green
MAS
18
1
72
73
72
217
T52
Soren Kjeldsen
DEN
18
1
73
71
73
217
T52
Martin Kaymer
GER
18
1
70
74
73
217
T52
Miguel Angel Jimenez
ESP
18
1
69
74
74
217
T52
Marcus Kinhult
SWE
18
1
70
72
75
217
T52
Nicolas Colsaerts
BEL
18
1
73
66
78
217
T58
Trevor Immelman
RSA
18
2
71
74
73
218
T58
Matthew Fitzpatrick
ENG
18
2
73
71
74
218
T58
Steven Brown
ENG
18
2
69
75
74
218
T61
Andrea Pavan
ITA
18
3
68
76
75
219
T61
George Coetzee
RSA
18
3
68
72
79
219
T63
Padraig Harrington
IRL
18
4
73
72
75
220
T63
Edoardo Molinari
ITA
18
4
71
74
75
220
T63
Scott Jamieson
SCO
18
4
68
77
75
220
T63
Alvaro Quiros
ESP
18
4
69
75
76
220
T63
Ernie Els
RSA
18
4
68
76
76
220
T63
Ian Poulter
ENG
18
4
73
70
77
220
T69
Andy Sullivan
ENG
18
5
71
74
76
221
T69
Alexander Bjoerk
SWE
18
5
76
69
76
221
T69
Robert Coles
ENG
18
5
71
74
76
221
T69
Sebastian Soederberg
SWE
18
5
68
77
76
221
T73
Julien Guerrier
FRA
18
6
69
76
77
222
T73
David Law
SCO
18
6
75
69
78
222
CUT
Andres Romero
ARG
18
2
71
75
146
CUT
Brandon Stone
RSA
18
2
72
74
146
CUT
David Lipsky
USA
18
2
73
73
146
CUT
Guido Migliozzi
ITA
18
2
74
72
146
CUT
Nacho Elvira
ESP
18
2
72
74
146
CUT
Lee Slattery
ENG
18
2
71
75
146
CUT
Lucas Bjerregaard
DNK
18
2
75
71
146
CUT
Lucas Herbert
AUS
18
2
75
71
146
CUT
Ricardo Melo Gouveia
POR
18
2
72
74
146
CUT
Thomas Aiken
RSA
18
2
71
75
146
CUT
Wade Ormsby
AUS
18
2
74
72
146
CUT
Darren Fichardt
RSA
18
3
73
74
147
CUT
Jason Scrivener
AUS
18
3
71
76
147
CUT
Jeung-Hun Wang
KOR
18
3
71
76
147
CUT
Justin Walters
RSA
18
3
70
77
147
CUT
Matthew Southgate
ENG
18
3
73
74
147
CUT
Oliver Fisher
ENG
18
3
72
75
147
CUT
Thomas Detry
BEL
18
3
71
76
147
CUT
Tom Lewis
ENG
18
3
71
76
147
CUT
Adrian Otaegui
ESP
18
4
72
76
148
CUT
Justin Harding
RSA
18
4
73
75
148
CUT
Pablo Larrazabal
ESP
18
4
77
71
148
CUT
Chris Paisley
ENG
18
5
73
76
149
CUT
Jorge Campillo
ESP
18
5
72
77
149
CUT
Lee Westwood
ENG
18
5
71
78
149
CUT
Raphael Jacquelin
FRA
18
5
72
77
149
CUT
Ryan Fox
NZL
18
5
78
71
149
CUT
Thomas Bjorn
DEN
18
5
74
75
149
CUT
Bradley Dredge
WAL
18
6
73
77
150
CUT
David Howell
ENG
18
6
75
75
150
CUT
Jose Maria Olazabal
ESP
18
6
78
72
150
CUT
Maximilian Kieffer
GER
18
6
73
77
150
CUT
Richard McEvoy
ENG
18
6
75
75
150
CUT
Scott Hend
AUS
18
6
72
78
150
CUT
Shiv Chawrasia
IND
18
6
72
78
150
CUT
David Drysdale
SCO
18
7
76
75
151
CUT
Hideto Tanihara
JPN
18
7
75
76
151
CUT
Luke Donald
ENG
18
7
76
75
151
CUT
Robert Rock
ENG
18
7
75
76
151
CUT
Stephen Gallacher
SCO
18
7
76
75
151
CUT
Thongchai Jaidee
THA
18
7
77
74
151
CUT
Matthew Cort
ENG
18
8
72
80
152
CUT
Paul O’Hara
SCO
18
8
75
77
152
CUT
Romain Wattel
FRA
18
8
71
81
152
CUT
Tyrrell Hatton
ENG
18
8
73
79
152
CUT
Alexander Levy
FRA
18
9
75
78
153
CUT
Dean Burmester
RSA
18
9
76
77
153
CUT
David Dixon
ENG
18
10
79
75
154
CUT
Fabrizio Zanotti
PAR
18
10
71
83
154
CUT
James Morrison
ENG
18
10
76
78
154
CUT
Jens Dantorp
SWE
18
10
77
77
154
CUT
Eddie Pepperell
ENG
18
11
79
76
155
CUT
Robert Karlsson
SWE
18
11
76
79
155
CUT
Jacques Kruyswijk
RSA
18
12
81
75
156
CUT
Paul Dunne
IRL
18
13
80
77
157
CUT
Matthieu Pavon
FRA
18
14
79
79
158
DSQ
Nino Bertasio
ITA
Par
76
76
RET
Haydn Porteous
RSA
Par
74
74