Bradley Neil at least put a gloss on a tough weekend by finally getting the two birdies everyone thinks they should get off Wentworth’s final two holes, but it only added up to a second 74 and four shots gone over the last two rounds in his BMW PGA Championship debut.
Race to Dubai
Francesco Molinari always seemed destined to win one day at Wentworth, and the London-based Italian chose yesterday by holding a listless Rory McIlroy and the field at arms’ length to win the BMW PGA Championship.
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.
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.
Richie Ramsay’s best finish at Wentworth in the BMW PGA Championship is just a tie for ninth in 2013, but his enthusiasm for the West Course – the remodelled version – is unbounded.
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.
Bradley Neil announced himself to BMW PGA Championship at Wentworth with something of a fanfare, but it “quietened down a bit for me” after that, he admitted.
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.