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Bjorn leads as Stenson, Rory close gap at BMW PGA Championship

Second Round Update — European Tour — BMW PGA Championship — Wentworth Golf Club — Surrey, England —

Denmark’s Thomas Bjorn continues to lead the European Tour’s BMW PGA Championship in England.

At 9-under overall, he is two shots ahead of Shane Lowery at Wentworth Golf Club as players are contending with colder temperatures, winds and occasion rain. Bjorn is 1-over through 12 holes in round two. Only a handful of players are cracking par in the second round at the moment.

Bjorn, who leads the tour’s Race to Dubai standings, shot 10-under-62 in the opening round. He was a 66-to-1 long shot at www.ladbrokes.com heading into the week. The 43-year-old last won the Nedbank Challenge in December.

Rory McIlroy and Jonas Blixt, a two-time PGA Tour winner, are both 5-under through 36 holes and T-5 at the moment. Henrik Stenson, No. 3 in the Official World Golf Ranking, is also 5-under. He is 1-under through 11 holes in round two. He has a great opportunity to leap-frog both Adam Scott and Tiger Woods into the top ranking with a strong finish in England this week.

Former champion at Wentworth, Luke Donald has one of the rounds of the day going. He is 3-under through 11 and now inside the Top 10.

Other Golf News:

  • Overnight leader Dustin Johnson is now in a two-way at the top of the leader board at the PGA Tour’s Crowne Plaza Invitational at Colonial Country Club. Both are 6-under as action is under-way in round two. Jordan Spieth, Jason Dufner and Hunter Mahan are all on the first page of the leader board.
  • Sergio Garcia, after opening with a 73, withdrew from the BMW PGA Championship citing a knee injury. The 7th ranked player in the world recently finished third in THE PLAYERS Championship. The 73 was Sergio’s first round over par in 15 years at Wentworth.
  • Jessica Korda and Suzann Pettersen (9-under overall) are tied for the lead at the Airbus LPGA Classic. Catriona Matthew led after 18 holes after a 64. She has yet to tee off today. Stacy Lewis is T-7 at 6-under before entering round two.
  • U.S. Open champion Justin Rose, one of the big favorites this week in England, is 1-under through 36 holes. He is T-30 with several players still completing action.
  • Joe Durant (6-under) set the opening round pace Thursday at the Champions Tour’s Senior PGA Championship. Kenny Perry, looking for his fourth straight major title, was T-18 after 18 holes five shots back of the leader.