Denmark’s Soren Kjeldsen blazed his method to an eight-under 64 within the second spherical of the BMW PGA Championship to seize a share of first place alongside Norwegian Viktor Hovland at Wentworth on Saturday, with Rory McIlroy one shot off the tempo.
The flagship occasion of Europe’s DP World Tour was diminished to 54 holes after play on Friday was cancelled following the dying of Queen Elizabeth.
Kjeldsen had a dismal begin when he made bogey on the opening gap however quickly discovered his groove, sinking an eagle on the par-five fourth earlier than making seven birdies in an outstanding spherical of golf to finish the day at 12-under for the match.
“Clearly I do not hit it a good distance but when I hit it strong and I hit it into the green, it is attainable for me to compete,” Kjeldsen, who has 4 wins on the DP World Tour, stated.
“I made just a few extra putts at present. I putted first rate in spherical one however I putted properly at present I assumed, so there was the 4 pictures [saved compared to the first round.]”
Hovland, the joint-leader from Thursday, was regular on the greens however undone by a pricey bogey on the par-four fifteenth, finally carding a four-under 68.
4-times main winner McIlroy was amongst three gamers tied for third at 11-under after the Northern Irishman shot a bogey-free 65, with Matthew Jordan and Shane Lowry amongst a gaggle of 5 gamers one shot additional again.
McIlroy was thrilled together with his placing after making two glorious saves on the thirteenth and sixteenth earlier than ending his spherical with two successive birdies.
“Par putt on 16 was big… I assumed my placing at present was actually good, and that is actually what’s stored me within the match,” the 33-year-old stated.
McIlroy is chasing a uncommon double as he leads the general DP World Tour standings having already received the PGA Tour’s FedEx Cup for a 3rd time final month.
“I had that nice end within the States, I wished to show my consideration to right here and win the Rankings. It could be nice to win it for the fourth time, and I did not need to let up,” he added.
The day was a battle for Englishman Tommy Fleetwood, who led after the primary spherical however noticed his problem fall away following a one-over 73, whereas Australian Min Woo Lee placed on a scorching present by carding a 10-under 62 to face at six-under.