BMW PGA Championship: Rory McIlroy returns as play resumes at Wentworth after Queens death | golf news

Victor Hovland and Soren Kielsen share the 12th-under lead after a dismal second round, which was delayed by a day due to Her Majesty’s death; McIlroy is in the first set at the back and Shane Lowry at the back heading to the finals on Sunday

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Best Event from Round Two of the BMW PGA Championship from West Course in Wentworth

Best Event from Round Two of the BMW PGA Championship from West Course in Wentworth

Rory McIlroy moved close to the lead heading into the final round of the BMW PGA Championship, on a day golfers paid tribute to the Queen at Wentworth.

The tournament was suspended Thursday night immediately after Buckingham Palace announced Her Majesty’s death and play was also canceled on Friday, with the tournament reduced to 54 holes before resuming Saturday morning.

Thirty players returned to complete their opening rounds, and a two-minute silence was observed at 9.50am as DP World Tour CEO Keith Bailey joined the staff in training, while King Charles III’s announcement also made a big splash. screens.

Overnight co-leader Victor Hovland followed the first round 64 with a four-under 68 to share the lead with 12 under veteran Soren Kielsen, who rocked the second round 64 despite his opening breach, with McIlroy in the first set behind him. He is looking to win the event for the second time.

Several high-profile sporting events in connection with the royal family have been postponed or canceled, despite this not being adhered to in the official mourning guidelines published by the government, with Hovland supporting the decision to continue the tournament.

Keith Bailey, CEO of DP World Tour, spoke on an emotional day in Wentworth, following the death of the Queen.

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Keith Bailey, CEO of DP World Tour, spoke on an emotional day in Wentworth, following the death of the Queen.

Keith Bailey, CEO of DP World Tour, spoke on an emotional day in Wentworth, following the death of the Queen.

“It’s obviously sad, but maybe you go around and use sport as a celebration and remember and celebrate the life of the Queen in that way,” said Hovland, who mixed five birds with a lone ghost. “It was frightening to be quiet on the track during the silence, but I think it’s nice that we all appreciate our respect.”

McIlroy followed a 10-foot eagle in fourth by converting from 15 feet in eighth and posted consecutive gains of 11, before taking advantage of the rebound off the trees in the 17th minute to take another shot.

Rory McIlroy reflects on his seventh under-65 team that put him in contention heading into the final round of the BMW PGA Championship.

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Rory McIlroy reflects on his seventh under-65 team that put him in contention heading into the final round of the BMW PGA Championship.

Rory McIlroy reflects on his seventh under-65 team that put him in contention heading into the final round of the BMW PGA Championship.

The 2014 champion won last place to close 65 stealth-free, with Thomas Detre and Rafa Cabrera Bello collecting five of the last seven holes to match McIlroy’s total and sitting third in the 11-under.

“I’ve won 10 percent of the tournaments I’ve been in as a professional, so every win is a big win,” McIlroy said. “But with everything that is going on around our game and everything that has happened over the past couple of days, it will definitely be there as one of the most memorable games.”

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Shane Lowry flew his last two holes to move into the under-10 with 2018 champion Francesco Molinari, England’s Matthew Jordan, Spain’s Adrian Otaygui and American’s Taylor Gooch – top-ranked among 15 golfers in the business who also played at the LIV Golf event in Boston last week.

US Open champion Matt Fitzpatrick created a long-range eagle in the fifth round to close in with five under 67 players and join defending champion Billy Horschel in the big group eight-under, with 27 players heading to the final round within four strokes. Leadership.

Min Woo threatened Lee with a “59 round” after following six Birds in an eight-hole stretch with two eagles on his back nine, including a 190-yard slot on the 15th, before canceling a bogey on the 17th by closing Birdie to post a 10-under 62 and equal number Standard for the course.

“I finished (on Thursday) and got the news and it’s not really what you want to hear,” he told me. “We went to Buckingham Palace with a few boys yesterday and paid our respects. Now we’re back and playing golf and hopefully we can keep smiles on our faces and play golf well.”

The final round of the BMW PGA Championship takes place on Sunday as scheduled, with featured groups covered starting at 8.30am on Sky Sports Golf before full coverage starting at midday.