Denmark’s Soren Kjelson shot past Rory McIlroy on Saturday with an eight-under 64 to take a share of first place with Norway’s Viktor Hovland at Wentworth in the second round of the BMW PGA Championship.
The main event of the European DP World Tour has been reduced to 54 holes after play was canceled on Friday due to the death of Queen Elizabeth.
Kjeldsson got off to a bad start when he bogeyed the opening hole, but he soon found his groove and sank an eagle on the par four to complete an impressive round of golf with seven birdies to end the day at 12-under for the tournament.
“Obviously I don’t hit it long, but if I hit it hard and hit it fairway, I can compete,” said Kjellson, who has four wins on the DP World Tour.
“I made a few more putts today. I putt well on one but I thought I putt well today so it was four shots. [saved compared to the first round.]”
Hovland, the joint leader from Thursday, held firm on the green but was undone by a costly bogey at the par-four 15th, ending up with a four-under 68.
Four-time major winner Massilroy was one of three players tied for third at 11-under, with the Northern Irishman shooting a bogey-free 65 to finish one shot back of five players including Matthew Jordan and Shane Lowry.
McIlroy was delighted to save two good shots at the 13th and 16th before finishing the round with two consecutive birdies.
“I had a big 16 on the par putt… I thought my putting was really good today, and that’s what got me into the tournament,” the 33-year-old said.
McIlroy is chasing a rare double as he leads the overall DP World Tour standings after winning his third PGA Tour FedEx Cup last month.
“I got that great result in the United States, I want to turn my attention here and win the stages. It was great to win for the fourth time, and I didn’t want to give it up,” he added.
The day was a struggle as England’s Tommy Fleetwood led after the first round but saw the competition slip away with a 73-over par as Australia’s Min Woo Lee put in an impressive performance to finish on six-under 10-under 62. – Root.