May 27th, 2017
Moving day at the BMW PGA Championship
And it is still anyone's title
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On moving day at the BMW Championship the leader board has tightened up, and with the wind getting up, it was an altogether tougher day out there on the newly renovated West course.
The new leader is Australia’s Andrew Dodt, who is currently World No 251.
The 31–year–old carded a four under 68 to take a one shot lead over South Africa’s Brandon Grace.
Two shots behind Grace is Lee Westwood. He could only post a level par 72, but he is still very much in contention, alongside Francesco Molinari
Francesco Molinari started the day with a share of the lead, but dropped shots on the first with a three putt, and the 11th, 15th and 17th to post a disappointing 74.
It was not to be Thomas Pieters’ day either. He dropped a shot at the first with another three putt, and then had a double bogey on the par 4 third.
He clawed back birdies on the 7th and 8th, but dropped another on the ninth to make the turn in 37, and two shots over par.
Two more bogeys on the 15th and 17th, and he was four over for the day, and now back T8, with Andrew ‘Beef’ Johnston, Scott Jamieson, Tyrrell Hatton, Graeme Storm, Ross Fisher, Bradley Dredge and Kiradech Aphibarnrat.
Johnston double–bogeyed the third but chipped in for eagle on the fourth before making a birdie on the eighth. A bogey on the tenth stalled his momentum but a second eagle of the day on the 12th had him right in the mix before he gave the shot back.
With 16 players within 5 shots of the leader, including Henrik Stenson and Shane Lowry who are both on 4 under, this is anyone’s BMW PGA Championship.