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BMW PGA Championship: Day Two Live Coverage – Rory McIlroy, Alex Noren and Lee Westwood out on the course

Welcome to day two of the BMW PGA Championship. We will have updates throughout the day.

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14.40 Good start from Poulter

Poulter needed a good day and he has got off to a good start. Coming to the end of the front nine his is back to even for the tournament. May need one more coming in but he is looking good.

13.58 From bad to worse for Thomas Pieters

Thomas Pieters, already well outside the cut line has just hit a bad one on four, and gone on and snapped his iron over the back of his neck. Not what you want to see, but I have to say, it was very impressive.

13.48. Andy Searles on Facebook: “Come on Lee.”

12.44 The cut line

The cut looks like it is going to be level par at worst, and could well move to -1. There are some big names sitting the wrong side of that. Ian Poulter, Rafa Cabrera Bello and Beef Johnston all have some work to do if they want to be playing at the weekend.

12.40 Not to be for Rory

He makes just a par at the last to finish with a -7 65. A brilliant round that could have been even better. He is in a superb position heading into the weekend.

Now we move on to the afternoon groups where Ian Poulter, Tommy Fleetwood and Chris Paisley will be among the big names heading out.

12.30 Great day for Wood

Former champion Chris Wood has finished with a great 68 to lie at -4. Unfortunately for him, that has lost ground on the leader.

12.26 Can Rory do it?

Didn’t make the birdie at 17 but he could not have placed his tee shot better on 18. Need the eagle for the record.

12.04 Record chasing

McIlroy needs to play the last two holes in -2 to break Paul McGinley’s 36 hole record from 2008.


McIlroy has the putter going and it is bad news for the rest of the field. He has been magnificent today, and amazingly, at -7 he has left a couple out there.

11.28 Hatton in trouble

Back-to-back doubles at 9 and 10 for Tyrrell Hatton have left him struggling to make the cut. He is going to find something special on these last few holes.

11.26 Maybe don’t try this at home…

11.20 Four clear!

Rory McIlroy makes back-to-back birdies at 12 and 13 to move four clear at -10. He has stiffed it at 14 so that could quickly become five clear. With two par fives to come, it is looking like he could enter the weekend a long way clear.

11.08 Noren closing in

Defending champion Alex Noren has made his third birdie of the day to move to -6 for the tournament. I think we would all like to see a battle between him and Rory McIlroy on Sunday wouldn’t we?

10.45 McDowell moving up

It has been an up and down day for Graeme McDowell but back-to-back birdies at seven and eight have seen him move to -3 for the tournament.

He birdies two of the first four but bogeys at five and six saw him drop back.

10.16 Out in 32

A third birdie now for Rory at nine and he is out in 32 and two clear of the field.

10.01 Rory alone at the top

A second birdie of the day for Rory McIlroy has seen him take the solo lead. He is looking great out there.

9.40 Almost an ace

Martin Kaymer came very close to winning a holiday for this couple.

9.29 Bogey for Bjerregaard

Overnight leader Lucas Bjerregaard has bogeyed the first to slip back to -6. No offence to Lucas, but it would make my job a lot easier if he wasn’t in contention. Checking I have spelt his name correctly each time is very annoying. 

9.18 McIlroy moves within one

Rory McIlroy is just one back from the leader after a birdie at four.

8.41 Close for Rory

McIlroy has had three good chances at the first three holes but all the birdie putts have shaved the edge. He really could be -3 but sits at even for the day.

8.27 Some early movers

Conditions seem to be more favourable than yesterday morning. Matthieu Pavon is off to the quickest start. He is -3 through five. It seems that this half of the draw has definitely got the better of things.

8.18 Player not happy

Do you agree with Gary Player? Should more players make the trip over to the European Tour?

Can you blame the players when the prize pool on offer is bigger at a pretty standard PGA Tour event than it is here at Wentworth for the tour’s flagship event?

8.12 – Great Support

An amazing 20,915 people made it to Wentworth yesterday despite the poor conditions. Is it time that we had more tournaments in the UK? Let us know your thoughts.

8.06 – Welcome

I will be here for the whole day’s play with you. Be sure to send in your comments to us here or on Facebook and you may well be featured in the live coverage

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