May 26th, 2017
Thomas Pieters takes charge at BMW
On another glorious Wentworth day
Words: Tim Southwell Photography: Getty Images
Thomas Pieters set the clubhouse target in round two of the BMW PGA Championship on another glorious day at Wentworth Club. The power hitting Belgian shot a 69 to finish the day at -7 and take a one shot lead with half the field still out there.
TP has a one-shot lead over German Maximilian Kieffer who shot 68 – and late-starter Carlsson but look behind you guys!
The BMW is the first ever Rolex Series event, a set of eight prestige tournaments all with a prize fund of at least seven million dollars.
TP bogeyed the third but picked the shot straight back up on the par five fourth and after a gain on the ninth, used his length again to take advantage of the 12th. The par fives were proving a happy hunting ground and he holed from the back fringe of the 17th to take the outright lead.
Kieffer went out in just the third group of the day and when he made a bogey-bogey start, he was six shots off the lead but a remarkable run catapulted him up the leaderboard.
Birdies on the sixth, eighth and tenth moved him back into contention before an eagle on the 12th was followed by another gain on the 13th and an eight-footer on the next gave him the solo lead.
He hit the flag out of a bunker on the 15th to surrender an unfortunate bogey but made an excellent up-and-down on the 17th before parring the last after almost going in the water.
Beef bogeyed the third to put him +2 and in danger of missing the cut but he fought back brilliantly with five birdies to fire a 68, which puts him at -3 for the tournaqment and well placed for the weekend.
An, the 2015 champion, had made the early move with birdies on the first and fourth but dropped a shot on the ninth before birdies on the 12th and 17th saw the South Korean sign for a 69.
Lee Westwood moved into a share of the lead with birdies on the fourth, seventh – courtesy of a stunning approach to tap-in range – ninth and 12th but bogeyed the 15th after failing to get up and down from a bunker.
Stenson had gone about his business quietly on day one and repeated the trick, making two birdies and two bogeys before laying up and hitting a brilliant approach to make a gain on the last.
Grace was another man to birdie the last to get into red figures for the day after three birdies and three bogeys. South African Jaco Van Zyl and England's Ollie Fisher were at four under after rounds of 69 and 70 respectively.
Scot Jamieson is now the leader on the course, as he goes to 8 under through 14.
Amazing Wentworth home comes onto thje market (What is this, Living Etc magazine??!! – Ed)