BMW PGA Championship R1

Aphibarnrat & Bezuidenhout leading as play suspended at Wentworth

BMW PGA Championship 2021 R1
September 09-12
Wentworth Golf Club, Virginia Water, Surrey, England
$8,000,000
Round 2, Round 3, Round 4

PGA Championship 2021 R1 - Aphibarnrat & Bezuidenhout leading as play suspended at Wentworth
Christiaan Bezuidenhout (Andrew Redington/Getty Images)

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Thailand’s Kiradech Aphibarnrat and South Africa’s Christiaan Bezuidenhout took the opening lead at the BMW PGA Championship, the third Rolex Series event of the 2021 Race to Dubai.


BMW PGA Championship 2021 R1

Aphibarnrat started slowly with a single birdie on the front nine, but produced seven more on the back nine for a bogey-free 64 to take the clubhouse lead.

He endured a knee injury in 2019 as well as a 24 week break from competition in 2020 due to the pandemic and has so far missed eleven cuts in fifteen events this year. His 64 was his lowest European Tour round since the 2017 Italian Open.


BMW PGA Championship 2021 R1

“I’ve had a really hard time the last two years. Playing with the injury, hurting my right knee after The Masters and then when Covid hit I had to go back to my country and was stuck in the country for eight months – I couldn’t play much golf.

“I just want to come up here and enjoy every single minute that I spend on the European Tour, every time I come back it just feels like home. I feel comfortable over here – I see some friends, see my coaches. It’s a lovely golf course. I enjoy it every time I come back to Wentworth.”


PGA Championship 2021 R1

He was later joined at the top of the leaderboard by Bezuidenhout whose seven birdies were accompanied by an eagle at the par-5 4th and a bogey at the par-4 15th.

Bezuidenhout scored two consecutive wins at home in 2020 and finished seventh on the 2020 Race to Dubai but hasn’t yet made it into the top 10 at any competition this year.

“Everything with my game feels better than a year ago,” he said. “But I’m not getting the scores or the results and stuff. I just keep on doing the right things, keep on doing the same things that have obviously been working over the last year.

“I drove the ball lovely today, so I just kept it in play. Gave myself a chance, and the putter was good.”


BMW PGA Championship 2021 R1

Adam Scott of Australia lies one shot behind followed two further behind by England’s Justin Rose and Laurie Canter as well as Japan’s Masahiro Kawamura in fourth place.

Spain’s Miguel Ángel Jiménez, making his 30th appearance in the event at 57, is tied in seventh place at 4-under alongside compatriot Pablo Larrazábal, Joost Luiten of the Netherlands and Italy’s Francesco Laporta.


BMW PGA Championship 2021 R1

Pos.
Player
To Par
Thru
R1
T1
Kiradech Aphibarnrat
-8
F
64
T1
Christiaan Bezuidenhout
-8
F
64
3
Adam Scott
-7
F
65
T4
Justin Rose
-5
F
67
T4
Laurie Canter
-5
F
67
T4
Masahiro Kawamura
-5
F
67
T7
Jeff Winther
-4
17
T7
Miguel Angel Jiménez
-4
F
68
T7
Pablo Larrazabal
-4
F
68
T7
Joost Luiten
-4
F
68
T7
Francesco Laporta
-4
F
68
T12
Alexander Björk
-3
F
69
T12
Thomas Detry
-3
F
69
T12
Francesco Molinari
-3
F
69
T12
Matthias Schwab
-3
F
69
T12
Joachim B. Hansen
-3
F
69
T12
Jamie Donaldson
-3
F
69
T12
Julian Suri
-3
F
69
T12
Henrik Stenson
-3
F
69
T12
Raphael Jacquelin
-3
F
69
T12
Oliver Wilson
-3
F
69
T22
Kalle Samooja
-2
F
70
T22
Fabrizio Zanotti
-2
F
70
T22
Thomas Pieters
-2
F
70
T22
Ignacio Elvira Mijares
-2
F
70
T22
Nicolai Højgaard
-2
F
70
T22
Alex Noren
-2
F
70
T22
Danny Willett
-2
F
70
T22
Shane Lowry
-2
F
70
T22
Lee Westwood
-2
F
70
T22
Steven Brown
-2
F
70
T22
Dean Burmester
-2
F
70
T22
Thorbjørn Olesen
-2
F
70
T22
Aaron Rai
-2
F
70
T22
Daniel Gavins
-2
F
70
T22
Marcus Armitage
-2
F
70
T22
Robin Roussel
-2
F
70
T22
Ross McGowan
-2
F
70
T22
David Drysdale
-2
F
70
T22
Matthew Southgate
-2
F
70
T22
Andrew Johnston
-2
F
70
T22
Martin Kaymer
-2
F
70
T22
Grant Forrest
-2
F
70
T22
Billy Horschel
-2
F
70
T22
Justin Walters
-2
F
70
T22
Jack Senior
-2
F
70
T22
Marc Warren
-2
F
70
T22
Tapio Pulkkanen
-2
F
70
T22
Shubhankar Sharma
-2
F
70
T22
Mikko Korhonen
-2
F
70
T51
Jonathan Caldwell
-1
F
71
T51
Adri Arnaus
-1
F
71
T51
Bernd Wiesberger
-1
F
71
T51
David Howell
-1
F
71
T51
Ross Fisher
-1
F
71
T51
Jordan Smith
-1
F
71
T51
Guido Migliozzi
-1
F
71
T51
Joakim Lagergren
-1
17
T51
Joel Stalter
-1
15
T51
Jorge Campillo
-1
F
71
T51
Tommy Fleetwood
-1
F
71
T51
Rafa Cabrera Bello
-1
F
71
T51
Graeme McDowell
-1
F
71
T51
Alvaro Quiros
-1
F
71
T51
Richie Ramsay
-1
F
71
T66
Brandon Stone
E
F
72
T66
Viktor Hovland
E
F
72
T66
Padraig Harrington
E
F
72
T66
Adrian Otaegui
E
F
72
T66
John Catlin
E
F
72
T66
David Law
E
F
72
T66
Sean Crocker
E
17
T66
Daniel van Tonder
E
F
72
T66
Maximilian Kieffer
E
F
72
T66
Sam Horsfield
E
F
72
T66
Matt Fitzpatrick
E
F
72
T66
Nicolas Colsaerts
E
F
72
T66
Chris Paisley
E
F
72
T66
Robert Rock
E
F
72
T66
Jazz Janewattananond
E
F
72
T66
Adrian Meronk
E
F
72
T66
Ian Poulter
E
F
72
T66
Garrick Higgo
E
F
72
T66
Peter Hanson
E
F
72
T66
Haydn Porteous
E
F
72
T86
Matthew Cort
+1
F
73
T86
Matthew Jordan
+1
F
73
T86
Lucas Bjerregaard
+1
F
73
T86
Kurt Kitayama
+1
F
73
T86
Thomas Bjørn
+1
F
73
T86
Ryan Fox
+1
F
73
T86
Paul Waring
+1
F
73
T86
Edoardo Molinari
+1
F
73
T86
Stephen Gallacher
+1
F
73
T86
Johannes Veerman
+1
F
73
T86
Matthieu Pavon
+1
F
73
T86
David Horsey
+1
16
T86
Wilco Nienaber
+1
F
73
T86
Romain Langasque
+1
F
73
T86
George Coetzee
+1
F
73
T86
Benjamin Hebert
+1
F
73
T86
Wade Ormsby
+1
F
73
T86
Nino Bertasio
+1
F
73
T86
Sami Valimaki
+1
F
73
T105
Søren Kjeldsen
+2
F
74
T105
Scott Jamieson
+2
F
74
T105
Tyrrell Hatton
+2
F
74
T105
Robert MacIntyre
+2
F
74
T105
Andy Sullivan
+2
F
74
T105
Julien Guerrier
+2
17
T105
Robert Karlsson
+2
F
74
T105
Richard Bland
+2
F
74
T105
Matt Wallace
+2
F
74
T114
Branden Grace
+3
F
75
T114
Justin Harding
+3
F
75
T114
Sebastian Soderberg
+3
F
75
T114
Zander Lombard
+3
F
75
T114
Cormac Sharvin
+3
15
T114
Luke Donald
+3
F
75
T114
Callum Shinkwin
+3
F
75
T114
Min Woo Lee
+3
F
75
T114
Chris Wood
+3
F
75
T114
Graeme Storm
+3
F
75
T114
Alexander Levy
+3
F
75
T114
Oliver Fisher
+3
F
75
T114
Ashley Chesters
+3
16
T127
Renato Paratore
+4
F
76
T127
Lorenzo Gagli
+4
16
T127
Victor Perez
+4
F
76
T127
Tom Lewis
+4
F
76
T131
James Morrison
+5
F
77
T131
Victor Dubuisson
+5
F
77
T131
Antoine Rozner
+5
F
77
T131
Richard McEvoy
+5
F
77
T131
Ricardo Santos
+5
15
T136
Calum Hill
+6
F
78
T136
Scott Hend
+6
F
78
T136
Gavin Kyle Green
+6
F
78
T136
Eddie Pepperell
+6
F
78
140
Michael Lorenzo-Vera
+7
F
79
T141
Thomas Aiken
+8
F
80
T141
Marcus Kinhult
+8
F
80
143
Rasmus Højgaard
+9
F
81
144
Andrea Pavan
+15
F
87