May25,2014: DanishThomas Bjorn has extended his lead by five strokes ahead of Sunday finals at the BMW PGA Championship.
An opening double bogey did not deter Bjorn and he went on making six straight birdies from the 11th and then adding another one at the last for a 5-under 67 in the European Tour’s flagship event at Wentworth.
The 43-year old birdied seven of his last eight holes on Saturday to grab a score of fifteen -under 201, five shots over Luke Donald of England.
Donald, a two-time former BMW PGA winner, birdied his closing two holes for a 68. Ireland’s Shane Lowry shared the overnight lead with Bjorn but shot a 73 to sit another shot back in third.
Rory McIlroy finished the Saturday’s round for fourth after a 69, seven shots behind Bjorn.
McIlroy also began his round with a double bogey, but five birdies cleared his hurdles during the later part of the day.
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“I’ve had big leads and let them slip, and come from behind and won, so there’s a lot of ways to win,” McIlroy said in the European Tour reports. “There is still 18 holes of golf to go, but I’m going to need something very special.”
Bjorn, who has been playing this tournament 17th time, has never won in the event.
“I’m starting to warm to this place,” Bjorn said. “But after the double at the first it was just a question of trying to hang in and trying to get the best out of it and just see if you can roll in a few putts here and there. That happened, and probably a bit in excess on the back nine.”
A victory here would ensureBjorn one of the biggest prize checks of his career $1.059 million, and would also confirm his place in September’s European Ryder Cup team and a first appearance in 12 years since being a member of the victorious 2002 team.