BMW PGA Championship R3

White hot Hatton streaks clear at Wentworth

October 08-11
Wentworth Club, Surrey, England
$7,000,000
Round 1, Round 2, Round 4


BMW PGA 2020 R3 - White hot Hatton streaks clear at Wentworth
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Tyrrell Hatton moved into pole position to claim a third Rolex Series title at the BMW PGA Championship as the Englishman burst clear of a star-studded pack courtesy of a four under par 68 on day three at Wentworth Club.


“It wasn’t easy out there and it was nice to finish with a birdie and shoot another round in the 60s and overall pretty happy with how I played.

“I’m obviously very happy to be in the position I’m in. You can’t win the tournament today. There’s a lot of golf still to be played tomorrow, so I’ve just got to go out there tomorrow and try my best.



“I’ve been in this position before and gone on to win tournaments. I’ve been in this position before and not won the tournament. It’s so hard to win tournaments in golf. When it’s your week, obviously everything falls into place. I’ve really enjoyed the week so far and I’m just hoping that I can kind of have a good day tomorrow and that’s all I can — I can only control myself and that’s what I’ve got to do.

“It this would be really special. It’s kind of a career goal for me to win this event. Being here as a five-year-old and now being inside the ropes is pretty cool. Hopefully I can do that tomorrow.


The 28 year old, who turns 29 next Wednesday, had entered the weekend one shot off the pace set by Matthew Fitzpatrick and Shane Lowry but the halfway leaders both struggled to make any ground over the West Course and Hatton capitalised.

The four-time European Tour winner’s eagle three at the 12 th hole was crucial as he built a three-stroke advantage on 14 under par heading into the final day of the third Rolex Series event of the 2020 Race to Dubai. The 2018 Ryder Cup player has already won on the other side of the Atlantic this year and could move into the top ten in the Official World Golf Ranking for the first time in his career with a home victory.

“Today felt like a slow day at times. That’s one of the things about Wentworth. You know you’re going to have opportunities towards the end of the round. You’ve just got to try and stay patient, which is obviously normally a struggle for me. I feel like I’ve done that pretty well so far this week, and tomorrow is going to be no different. Just got to stay patient and see how we get on.”



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Joachim B. Hansen of Denmark and Frenchman Victor Perez were the closest contenders on 11 under, both having carded third round 70s at the prestigious Surrey venue, while David Horsey, Tommy Fleetwood, Shane Lowry and Patrick Reed were all four shots off the pace on 10 under.

“Making the last putt on the last definitely made it a lot more satisfying because a lot of things that I’ve been kind of trying to fix or tweak in my golf swing really paid off today and I felt like I hit the ball kind of where I needed to on most of the holes,” said Reed. “A couple, distance control here and there, was a hair off on some of the shots to the green, but besides that, I felt the ball-striking was there.



“I hit a lot of good putts and the putts weren’t going in so to make that one on the last definitely made me feel better and also got me a little closer to the lead and allows me to go hunting tomorrow.”

English duo Eddie Pepperell and Ian Poulter shared eighth place on nine under par, while their countryman Jordan Smith recorded the second hole-in-one of the week – holing out with a nine iron on the second hole to add to David Howell’s ace at the 14 th in round two.




Pos.
Player
To Par
R1
R2
R3
Total
T1
Tyrrell Hatton
-14
66
67
69
202
T2
Joachim B. Hansen
-11
68
67
70
205
T2
Shane Lowry
-11
67
65
68
200
T2
Victor Perez
-11
69
66
70
205
T5
Tommy Fleetwood
-10
71
68
67
206
T5
David Horsey
-10
70
69
67
206
T5
Patrick Reed
-10
70
68
68
206
T8
Eddie Pepperell
-9
67
70
70
207
T8
Ian Poulter
-9
69
70
68
207
T10
Matthew Fitzpatrick
-8
67
65
71
203
T10
Masahiro Kawamura
-8
70
69
69
208
T10
Pablo Larrazabal
-8
73
69
66
208
13
Andy Sullivan
-7
71
69
69
209
T14
Adri Arnaus
-6
66
70
74
210
T14
Steven Brown
-6
75
67
68
210
T14
Scott Hend
-6
68
69
73
210
T14
Andrew Johnston
-6
68
71
71
210
T14
Martin Kaymer
-6
73
68
69
210
T14
Marcus Kinhult
-6
72
67
71
210
T14
Renato Paratore
-6
73
69
68
210
T14
Jordan Smith
-6
72
67
71
210
T22
Kristoffer Broberg
-5
71
71
69
211
T22
Ryan Fox
-5
68
70
73
211
T22
Garrick Higgo
-5
69
71
71
211
T22
Robert Rock
-5
69
70
72
211
T22
Jeung-Hun Wang
-5
72
70
69
211
T27
Grant Forrest
-4
69
67
76
212
T27
Gavin Kyle Green
-4
67
71
74
212
T27
Matt Wallace
-4
69
71
72
212
T27
Lee Westwood
-4
70
71
71
212
T31
Kiradech Aphibarnrat
-3
71
70
72
213
T31
Ross Fisher
-3
72
72
69
213
T31
Thorbjørn Olesen
-3
71
71
71
213
T31
Wade Ormsby
-3
68
71
74
213
T31
Richie Ramsay
-3
71
71
71
213
T31
Sami Välimäki
-3
72
67
74
213
T37
Christiaan Bezuidenhout
-2
72
72
70
214
T37
Michael Bullen
-2
71
72
71
214
T37
Sean Crocker
-2
72
70
72
214
T37
Victor Dubuisson
-2
72
71
71
214
T37
Julien Guerrier
-2
72
67
75
214
T37
Joakim Lagergren
-2
69
72
73
214
T37
Bernd Wiesberger
-2
70
72
72
214
T44
Padraig Harrington
-1
72
71
72
215
T44
Graeme McDowell
-1
73
70
72
215
T44
Matthieu Pavon
-1
71
73
71
215
T44
Justin Rose
-1
68
75
72
215
T44
Shubhankar Sharma
-1
73
70
72
215
T44
Erik van Rooyen
-1
76
68
71
215
T50
Thomas Aiken
E
75
68
73
216
T50
Oliver Fisher
E
72
72
72
216
T50
Thomas Pieters
E
72
71
73
216
T50
Danny Willett
E
71
71
74
216
T54
Stephen Gallacher
1
72
71
74
217
T54
Alexander Levy
1
72
68
77
217
T54
Kalle Samooja
1
71
73
73
217
T54
Matthias Schwab
1
68
71
78
217
T58
Robert MacIntyre
2
73
68
77
218
T58
Tapio Pulkkanen
2
71
73
74
218
T60
Thomas Detry
3
72
71
76
219
T60
Ignacio Elvira Mijares
3
74
69
76
219
T60
Matthew Southgate
3
70
73
76
219
T60
Fabrizio Zanotti
3
71
73
75
219
T64
David Howell
4
72
68
80
220
T64
Søren Kjeldsen
4
73
71
76
220
T64
Romain Langasque
4
71
72
77
220
67
Joël Stalter
5
76
68
77
221
CUT
Dean Burmester
1
73
72
145
CUT
Lorenzo Gagli
1
76
69
145
CUT
Benjamin Hebert
1
69
76
145
CUT
Rasmus Højgaard
1
70
75
145
CUT
Jazz Janewattananond
1
73
72
145
CUT
Maximilian Kieffer
1
72
73
145
CUT
Kurt Kitayama
1
74
71
145
CUT
Mikko Korhonen
1
73
72
145
CUT
David Law
1
72
73
145
CUT
James Morrison
1
70
75
145
CUT
Adrian Otaegui
1
75
70
145
CUT
Aaron Rai
1
68
77
145
CUT
Jason Scrivener
1
72
73
145
CUT
Lucas Bjerregaard
2
75
71
146
CUT
Miguel Angel Jiménez
2
73
73
146
CUT
Michael Lorenzo-Vera
2
75
71
146
CUT
Guido Migliozzi
2
73
73
146
CUT
Chris Paisley
2
72
74
146
CUT
John Catlin
3
74
73
147
CUT
Ashley Chesters
3
73
74
147
CUT
Justin Harding
3
66
81
147
CUT
Joost Luiten
3
72
75
147
CUT
Callum Shinkwin
3
73
74
147
CUT
Alexander Björk
4
77
71
148
CUT
Scott Jamieson
4
75
73
148
CUT
Edoardo Molinari
4
73
75
148
CUT
Alvaro Quiros
4
71
77
148
CUT
Sebastian Soderberg
4
73
75
148
CUT
Brandon Stone
4
76
72
148
CUT
Marc Warren
4
74
74
148
CUT
Min Woo Lee
4
71
77
148
CUT
Richard McEvoy
5
77
72
149
CUT
Justin Walters
5
77
72
149
CUT
Paul Waring
5
73
76
149
CUT
Oliver Wilson
5
72
77
149
CUT
Gaganjeet Bhullar
6
73
77
150
CUT
Nicolas Colsaerts
6
76
74
150
CUT
David Drysdale
6
74
76
150
CUT
Sam Horsfield
6
74
76
150
CUT
Ashun Wu
6
79
71
150
CUT
Nino Bertasio
7
75
76
151
CUT
Jorge Campillo
7
76
75
151
CUT
Branden Grace
7
76
75
151
CUT
Lucas Herbert
7
77
74
151
CUT
Julian Suri
8
77
75
152
CUT
Jeff Winther
8
78
74
152
CUT
Haotong Li
11
82
73
155
CUT
Haydn Porteous
11
80
75
155
CUT
George Coetzee
13
74
83
157
CUT
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