BMW PGA Championship R2

Fitzpatrick and Lowry share halfway lead at Wentworth

October 08-11
Wentworth Club, Surrey, England
$7,000,000
Round 1, Round 3, Round 4


BMW PGA 2020 R2 - Fitzpatrick and Lowry share halfway lead at Wentworth
Shane Lowry (Getty Images)


Five-time European Tour winner Matthew Fitzpatrick and reigning Open Champion Shane Lowry both carded rounds of 65 to share the halfway lead at the BMW PGA Championship, the third Rolex Series event of the 2020 Race to Dubai.


“Everything’s been solid, really,” said Fitzpatrick. “I drove the ball well, chipped well, putted well, iron play is good. So it’s been nice that it’s all come together to be honest. I feel the last few weeks, I’ve done three things well and one thing’s been off. It’s nice for it all to come together.

“It’s nice being back in the UK. I wish it was a bit warmer, but it is great. The golf courses the last two weeks, the hospitality, just being back on The European Tour seeing familiar places is great.



“This is my best position since I’ve been here at Wentworth. I love the golf course. I’ve always felt it suited my game but I’ve never really kicked on around here, but if I can just keep playing how I’ve been playing, make some putts, as well, there’s no reason why I can’t finish it off.”

For Lowry, it continues a remarkable love affair with Wentworth Club’s West Course, upon which no other player has carded more rounds of 67 or lower since 2011 – a feat which the Irishman has achieved seven times following his seven under par second round.


His flawless round was his lowest on the European Tour in 2020, moving him to a 12 under total. He was joined at the top by Fitzpatrick, who had carded seven birdies and an eagle to move into a two-shot lead stepping onto his 36 th hole of the week, but a double-bogey at the eighth – his last of the day – meant he had to settle for a share of the lead with Lowry.

“This morning we got out, it was an absolutely beautiful morning,” said Lowry. “It was such a nice day to play golf. We got quite lucky, no wind, although it was quite cold. The wind didn’t pick up until maybe last five or six holes and thankfully I’ve taken advantage of it now.

“I’ve had a couple of decent scores. I’ll sit back and watch some golf this afternoon and see where I am at the end of the day get on and see what I can do on the weekend.



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“I just always have loved this place. I came here in 2010 first when they had only just done the redesign and I remember everybody moaning that year. You know, they made a lot of changes since then and it’s great and it’s not as hard as it was. I just love coming back. It’s obviously different now, we can’t leave the hotel but even staying at Cowarth Park, it’s a great place to stay.”

Both players will enter the weekend targeting a maiden Rolex Series triumph, while Ryder Cup player Tyrrell Hatton, who already has two Rolex Series titles to his name, is one shot back after finishing his second round of 67 with three birdies in his final four holes. 

“I’ve driven the ball pretty good,” said Hatton. ” I’ve not missed too many fairways, which I think is quite key out there. Even though the rough’s not that long, it’s so wet, it’s just pretty miserable to play out of. It just doesn’t go anywhere. I need to keep that going over the weekend and see how we go.



“It was nice to chip-in on 15. That was a bonus. And then 17, 18, you always feel like you’ve got to stay patient out there because there are chances coming in. It was nice to give myself chances. On 18, we had, I think it was 203 to the front and a 4-iron which only carries around 218 and it pitched a couple of yards short, so it kind of shows how the ball is not traveling as it gets cold and miserable this evening.

“It’s been amazing to win two Rolex Series events so far in my career and hopefully I can add more. I’ll certainly try my best to do so, but just got to see what happens.”

Denmark’s Joachim B Hansen and Frenchman Victor Perez are two shots further back on a nine under par while Race to Dubai leader Patrick Reed moved into the top ten on six under par courtesy of a round of 68.



David Howell, meanwhile, aced the par three 14th hole which secured a donation of £71,675 for the Official Tournament Charity Alzheimer’s Society from title sponsors BMW, as part of the European Tour’s Golf for Good initiative. The amount donated equals the value of the BMW 530e Touring which overlooks the tee this week.




Pos.
Player
To Par
R1
R2
Total
T1
Matthew Fitzpatrick
-12
67
65
132
T1
Shane Lowry
-12
67
65
132
T3
Tyrrell Hatton
-11
66
67
133
T4
Joachim B. Hansen
-9
68
67
135
T4
Victor Perez
-9
69
66
135
T6
Adri Arnaus
-8
66
70
136
T6
Grant Forrest
-8
69
67
136
T8
Scott Hend
-7
68
69
137
T8
Eddie Pepperell
-7
67
70
137
T10
Ryan Fox
-6
68
70
138
T10
Gavin Kyle Green
-6
67
71
138
T10
Patrick Reed
-6
70
68
138
T13
Tommy Fleetwood
-5
71
68
139
T13
Julien Guerrier
-5
72
67
139
T13
David Horsey
-5
70
69
139
T13
Andrew Johnston
-5
68
71
139
T13
Masahiro Kawamura
-5
70
69
139
T13
Marcus Kinhult
-5
72
67
139
T13
Wade Ormsby
-5
68
71
139
T13
Ian Poulter
-5
69
70
139
T13
Robert Rock
-5
69
70
139
T13
Matthias Schwab
-5
68
71
139
T13
Jordan Smith
-5
72
63
135
T13
Sami Välimäki
-5
72
67
139
T25
Garrick Higgo
-4
69
71
140
T25
David Howell
-4
72
68
140
T25
Alexander Levy
-4
72
68
140
T25
Andy Sullivan
-4
71
69
140
T25
Matt Wallace
-4
69
71
140
T30
Kiradech Aphibarnrat
-3
71
70
141
T30
Martin Kaymer
-3
73
68
141
T30
Joakim Lagergren
-3
69
72
141
T30
Robert MacIntyre
-3
73
68
141
T30
Lee Westwood
-3
70
71
141
T35
Kristoffer Broberg
-2
71
71
142
T35
Steven Brown
-2
75
67
142
T35
Sean Crocker
-2
72
70
142
T35
Pablo Larrazabal
-2
73
69
142
T35
Thorbjørn Olesen
-2
71
71
142
T35
Renato Paratore
-2
73
69
142
T35
Richie Ramsay
-2
71
67
138
T35
Jeung-Hun Wang
-2
72
70
142
T35
Bernd Wiesberger
-2
70
72
142
T35
Danny Willett
-2
71
71
142
T45
Thomas Aiken
-1
75
68
143
T45
Michael Bullen
-1
71
72
143
T45
Thomas Detry
-1
72
71
143
T45
Victor Dubuisson
-1
72
71
143
T45
Ignacio Elvira Mijares
-1
74
69
143
T45
Stephen Gallacher
-1
72
71
143
T45
Padraig Harrington
-1
72
71
143
T45
Romain Langasque
-1
71
72
143
T45
Graeme McDowell
-1
73
70
143
T45
Thomas Pieters
-1
72
71
143
T45
Justin Rose
-1
68
75
143
T45
Shubhankar Sharma
-1
73
70
143
T45
Matthew Southgate
-1
70
73
143
T58
Christiaan Bezuidenhout
E
72
72
144
T58
Oliver Fisher
E
72
72
144
T58
Ross Fisher
E
72
72
144
T58
Søren Kjeldsen
E
73
71
144
T58
Matthieu Pavon
E
71
73
144
T58
Tapio Pulkkanen
E
71
73
144
T58
Kalle Samooja
E
71
73
144
T58
Joël Stalter
E
76
68
144
T58
Fabrizio Zanotti
E
71
73
144
T58
Erik van Rooyen
E
76
68
144
T68
Dean Burmester
1
73
72
145
T68
Lorenzo Gagli
1
76
69
145
T68
Benjamin Hebert
1
69
76
145
T68
Rasmus Højgaard
1
70
75
145
T68
Jazz Janewattananond
1
73
72
145
T68
Maximilian Kieffer
1
72
73
145
T68
Kurt Kitayama
1
74
71
145
T68
Mikko Korhonen
1
73
72
145
T68
David Law
1
72
73
145
T68
James Morrison
1
70
75
145
T68
Adrian Otaegui
1
75
70
145
T68
Aaron Rai
1
68
77
145
T68
Jason Scrivener
1
72
73
145
T81
Lucas Bjerregaard
2
75
71
146
T81
Miguel Angel Jiménez
2
73
73
146
T81
Michael Lorenzo-Vera
2
75
71
146
T81
Guido Migliozzi
2
73
73
146
T81
Chris Paisley
2
72
74
146
T86
John Catlin
3
74
73
147
T86
Ashley Chesters
3
73
74
147
T86
Justin Harding
3
66
81
147
T86
Joost Luiten
3
72
75
147
T86
Alvaro Quiros
3
71
72
143
T86
Callum Shinkwin
3
73
74
147
T92
Alexander Björk
4
77
71
148
T92
Scott Jamieson
4
75
73
148
T92
Edoardo Molinari
4
73
75
148
T92
Sebastian Soderberg
4
73
75
148
T92
Brandon Stone
4
76
72
148
T92
Marc Warren
4
74
74
148
T92
Min Woo Lee
4
71
77
148
T99
Richard McEvoy
5
77
72
149
T99
Justin Walters
5
77
72
149
T99
Paul Waring
5
73
76
149
T99
Oliver Wilson
5
72
77
149
T103
Gaganjeet Bhullar
6
73
77
150
T103
Nicolas Colsaerts
6
76
74
150
T103
David Drysdale
6
74
76
150
T103
Sam Horsfield
6
74
76
150
T103
Ashun Wu
6
79
71
150
T108
Nino Bertasio
7
75
76
151
T108
Jorge Campillo
7
76
75
151
T108
Branden Grace
7
76
75
151
T108
Lucas Herbert
7
77
74
151
T112
Julian Suri
8
77
75
152
T112
Jeff Winther
8
78
74
152
T114
Haotong Li
11
82
73
155
T114
Haydn Porteous
11
80
75
155
116
George Coetzee
13
74
83
157
117
Andrea Pavan
16
80
80
160
WD
Thomas Bjørn
8
80
80
WD
Graeme Storm
10
64
64
WD
Jack Singh Brar
9
66
66