By V.Krishnaswamy, @Swinging_Swamy
Malaysia’s Gavin Green remained inside top-10 after slipping seven places to tied-10th position following a second-round one-under-par 71 at the BMW PGA Championship in Wentworth on Friday.
India’s Shubhankar Sharma closed with a birdie to comfortably ensure weekend action in the third Rolex Series event of the European Tour’s 2020 Race to Dubai.
Sharma, who marked his season’s best finish yet with a tied-26th place finish at the Scottish Open last week, traded five birdies against three bogeys for a 70 to tie in 45th place.
Things however did not improve for Gaganjeet Bhullar, who missed his third cut in a row following a disappointing 77.
Green, former Asian Tour No. 1 like Sharma, was flawless on the first day with five birdies but stumbled on the second day with a triple bogey on the fourth and back-to-back bogeys on 13th and 14th.
Five-time European Tour winner Matthew Fitzpatrick (67-65) and reigning Open Champion Shane Lowry (67-65) both carded rounds of 7-under 65 each to share the halfway lead at 12-under.
Ryder Cup player Tyrrell Hatton, who already has two Rolex Series titles to his name, is one shot back after finishing his second round of 67 with three birdies in his final four holes. Denmark’s Joachim B Hansen and Frenchman Victor Perez are two shots further back on a nine under par while Race to Dubai leader Patrick Reed moved into the top ten on six under par courtesy of a round of 68.
David Howell, meanwhile, aced the par three 14th hole which secured a donation of £71,675 for the Official Tournament Charity Alzheimer’s Society from title sponsors BMW, as part of the European Tour’s Golf for Good initiative. The amount donated equals the value of the BMW 530e Touring which overlooks the tee this week.
For Lowry, it continues a remarkable love affair with Wentworth Club’s West Course, upon which no other player has carded more rounds of 67 or lower since 2011 – a feat which the Irishman has achieved seven times following his seven under par second round.
Japan’s Masahiro Kawamura trails by seven shots in tied-13th following a 69 while Thai star Kiradech Aphibarnrat and Korea’s Jeunghun Wang returned with matching 70s to settle for tied-30th and tied-35th places respectively.