Rory McIlroy retained the lead after the third round at the BMW PGA Championship, but that’s only a tiny part of the story with more than a few misadventures along the way on a crazy day at Wentworth.
Bradley Neil wobbled ever so slightly and spent a little time admiring the Wentworth foliage at the end, but the 22-year-old came through his big test with a place comfortably in the final two days at the BMW PGA Championship at Wentworth.
Stephen Gallacher is back for the weekend at Wentworth after two days that could hardly have been more different.
It’s not over, believes Rory McIlroy, and no-one in the rest of the field cares that it’s him atop the leaderboard after two rounds at the BMW PGA Championship with a commanding three-shot lead while not playing quite as well as he might.
The clap of thunder and rattle of the rain around the Surrey/Berkshire border in the early hours of yesterday morning woke up all but the heaviest sleepers, and you could imagine Rory McIlroy rubbing his hands with anticipation.
Unshackled, unwired and unleashed on Wentworth’s West Course is what Rory McIlroy wants to be as he returns to try and recapture both the BMW PGA Championship and the “freewheeling” style that led to best summer of his life.
Paul O’Hara is instantly identifiable on the Wentworth driving range, but only because he’s the only player not wearing a cap. The swing does not look out of place one bit.
Last year’s inaugural Rolex Series was an undoubted success for the European Tour.
It was a “perfect day to play Carnoustie” in the opinion of the man who won the first of his five Claret Jugs there 43 years ago – even Tom Watson’s old nemesis was tamed.
Justin Rose is gearing for a couple of months where he can make an assault on the World No 1 – and where better to get there in the fortnight of the Open Championship and the Aberdeen Standard Investment Scottish Open.