Eilidh Barbour presents highlights of the weekend's action from the PGA Championship from Wentworth. Commentary comes from Peter Alliss, Ken Brown and Andrew Cotter.
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Hello and welcome to Wentworth, deep in the heart of Surrey. A beautiful
part of the world and the crowds have gathered to see some of the
world's best golfers trying to tame this often treacherous golf course,
but has undergone somewhat of a makeover since last year.
An expensive multi-million pounds renovation programme began
immediately after the tournament last year to bring the course back
in line with the original design. Pressure from players has seen every
bunker being rebuilt, 29 of which have been removed. All of the greens
have been completely stripped, we contoured and reseeded. Some of them
have been completely rebuilt. Is that their system has been installed
to all the greens to make them firmer and faster and irrigation and
drainage has been improved. Let's see how the changes has affected
play over the first two days of competition. Day one, a New Course
to get back to the old. Ernie Els was making headlines as he prepares
to the bull by the 12th after identifying it, but he said it came
out too well. He got a two shot penalty.
Henrik Stenson began quietly and finished strongly, a struggle to
find his stellar form so far this year. But coming home on a 68. Scott
Jamieson have a card without blemish, no dropped shots leaving
him one shot from the lead. That was held by Johan Carlsson, still
looking for his first win on the Tour, just a couple of slips but 600
at the end. He will be out in front. The second day, Wentworth again hot
and sunny but drying out the breeze and difficult. For some effort
simply to make the cut. Defending champion Chris Wood found a birdie
at the 16th annual round of 74, just making the weekend. Other big names
did better, Lee Westwood moving steadily into position in a group of
5-under. But three were leading the way, Francesco Molinari from Italy,
alongside Scott Jamieson who led the home challenge. Always nice to see
your name top of the leaderboard or thereabouts. So long way go but
happy to be amongst it. Also there Thomas Pieters who missed the
Players Championship in the States blaming fatigue. 69 followed 68, the
Belgian well rested will be dangerous at the weekend. It was a
3-way tie at the top of the leaderboard overnight between
Francesco Molinari of Italy, Scott Jamieson of Scotland and the big
hitting Belgian Thomas Pieters. They held a 1-shot lead over Maximilian
Kieffer of Germany with Henrik Stenson lurking just a shot further
back alongside another couple of danger men, Ben and and Lee
Westwood. Andrew Bridge Johnson, Tyrrell Hatton and Ross Fisher all
still very much in contention on 3-under. And Luke Donald knows his
new way around the course. Danny Willett has joked about dusting off
the cobwebs as he made the cut on 1-over. Justin Rose and Chris Wood
just sneaked in. It was a short week for three-time major champion
Padraig Harrington,. More major champions also fell before the
weekend, Martian, and Daryl Clarke and Fleetwood also outside the cut
on 5-over par. And a supporting role for Edoardo Molinari over the
weekend, and a different couple of days to his brother Francesco
Molinari. Still a lot of big names around the top of the leaderboard.
And a very exciting couple of days in prospect. Here is who is out with
you on the third day. Branden Grace of South Africa caused controversy
with a free drop in a bunker on the first-ever competition. He's out
with open champion Henrik Stenson who was back at Wentworth for the
first time since 2014. Lee Westwood is hoping to to add to his two
second-place finishes in his event and he's alongside Byeong-hun An.
Maximilian Kieffer is still looking for his maiden European Tour
victory, could it come this week? He's out with the much fancied
Francesco Molinari in the penultimate group. And in the final
pairing Scott Jamieson of Scotland alongside Ryder Cup hero Thomas
Pieters from Belgium. Let's see how the early starters got on.
Having carded a double bogey six on the fourth this was Andrew Johnson
and his third shot past five fourth. It looks good and it was good.
Chipping in for an eagle to move him back to 3-under par. Four from the
lead. Not the perfect start for joint
leader Francesco Molinari, a drop shot on the first, bogey five to
start. He would drop to 6-under par. And the last player out on the
course was Thomas Pieters, he had this ballpark on first. But this
judgment there and he would also drop to 6-under par. Graeme Storm
moving in the right direction, this birdie took him to within two of the
lead. So Scott Jamieson out on his own on 7-under par. One ahead of
Francesco Molinari and playing partner Thomas Pieters. But
Clubhouse leader is Hideto Tanihara, moving to 4-under par. Let's get out
on the course with your commentary team, Andrew Carter, Ken Brown and
Peter Ellis. Thank you, here is Scott Jamieson at the 2nd. The
leaders struggling down the opening hole. He missed from about 15 feet.
A chance for a birdie. Safely on. This is a day for quiet
consideration. Jamieson at the par-5. Masterful. A tricky little
left to right. The force is always one of the easier holes. Thomas
Pieters just clinging on the top of the bank. Just letting it run out. A
mighty good looker. Grace, down the hill at the 4th. The
drive. His caddy saying down, down. The greens are firm. Certainly not a
pushover to get close to many of the pins today.
Scott Jamieson has found the dance floor at the 2nd. This is for
birdie. A little bit left on that. -- Matt. What a miserable hole. For
the open champion Henrik Stenson. Caused by a wayward drive to the
edge of the woods and then it was all chip. A dirty big six.
Bangs it into the back. If you can par at the 1st three holes today you
are doing nicely. Leader by one. Branden Grace at the 4th. For a
birdie. Well done. Third shot, Thomas Pieters, he has
done it again. Kept it so low. So the leaders are making heavy weather
of this. You cannot really blame the weather. Maximilian Kieffer, he has
done that well, one of the best that we have seen, this is a tricky pin
and a chance now of an eagle. Here he
is. , big boy. He plays a beauty. And it might go. Thomas Pieters,
trickling out a little. Looks like a double bogey at the 3rd.
Francesco Molinari playing this par-5 as three shots. He is a
beautiful wedge player. Nicely done, straight up for a birdie.
So Scott Jamieson out on his own at 7-under par. One ahead of Francesco
Molinari but it has not been a great start for Thomas Pieters who dropped
down to 4-under par. Alongside Hideto Tanihara from Japan, the man
who had the round of the day so far. 67 moves him 4-under par.
A good view of this part for eagle for Maximilian Kieffer. There is a
lot in it, a chance to join the lead. He's taken a lot of time to
pick his line which is downhill. A little to the right. That is poor. A
better angle to the flag at six four Branden Grace. Bound to take at
least one hard bounce on these firm greens. Just a little bit unlucky.
He has told a couple of good putts to save par so far, will marry. This
to join the lead. -- Francesco Molinari.
Broke just a fraction more than he thought. Drifted to the right.
Maximilian Kieffer for his birdie. Not the best attempt on the eagle.
In it goes and he is within one of Scott Jamieson. Dropped a shot at
the 2nd, he gets it back on the fourth. Branden Grace has said to
his caddy just a case of getting it on the line and letting it go. Very
slippery there. That's to save his par at the 6th.
Normally a reliable striker is Molinari. A little bit of draw, one
of the few players that have got it within 15 feet. Grace to save par on
the sixth. No. Just left his second shot up to the right and fiddly
up-and-down from there. So he dropped another shot. Back to
4-under par. A baby Beef! A little bit up the
slope. Molinari. Oh, my goodness. Played most of his golf on the PGA
Tour. Now the remodelled eight screen.
Certainly made easier. Andrew. . -- Andrew Dodt. He moves to that
group on 4-under par. So level passes to be a good squad today and
that is what Scott Jamieson is doing, keeping him out in front on
7-under par, one ahead of Francesco Molinari. In the chasing pack we
have the winner of two years ago, Byeong-hun An and Maximilian Kieffer
of Germany. Grace from the downslope. A testy
little shot. It has to run up the bank, cannot picture it all the way.
Exceptionally good shot. Deserving of a round of applause.
Quite a dangerous tee shot at the 6th. Out of bounds right and some
scrubby thick bushes down the left. I hope he avoided the rhododendron
bush. Andrew Dodt, the hardest hole in the
course is the second. What a beauty. There is the line that our guys have
just placed. Branden Grace seems to have it and he has it. He has not
seen too many birdies today, that is his second. 5-under. Thomas Pieters,
they're finding trouble everywhere. That is more trouble.
Now Byeong-hun An, that sticky rough behind the seventh green and this is
to save par. Just barely touched it. It goes off on its merry way.
The champion of two years ago, still in a decent place. First dropped
shot today. Jamieson left it much further away than I thought. What a
miserable hole that was. Oh dear. They all play like eccentric
millionaires. Byeong-hun An -- Molinari leads on his own.
Now Thomas Pieters to save par. Beautifully played shot. Limiting
the damage. In our Molinari, leading on his own.
The ball lying OK. He still has to get it up sharply.
Making sure he got it up the back level but a bit beyond. And here is
Beef, now within one of Francesco Molinari to the delight of his
followers. Now Maximilian Kieffer for his par.
Long putt coming up. A few feet shy. So he slips out of that group in
second place. Up amongst the men on 4-under.
Thomas Pieters has found the end of the divot. It should not bother a
player of his quality too much. That was unfortunate. So many of those
debates down there. This trillion Andrew Dodt very much
in the chase at 11. A good shot. Yes. -- the Australian. Thomas
Pieters has been going along rather untidily, he has a long putt up the
hill at the 7th. Not looking too bad. What a wonderful, silly old
game it is. Struggling, fluffing, and in she goes. And suddenly
5-under within sight of the leaders. So Thomas Pieters back in the mix.
Just one shot shy of Francesco Molinari who dropped a shot in the
first and has been steady since then. Not a single player has gone
without a bogey today showing how difficult it is. Hideto Tanihara,
that round will stand in goods that said, at 67. -- stand him in good
stead. Andrew Dodt at the 11th. Just a
little push down the hill and a beauty. Surprised he has not gone
better. He's had his moments but no consistency.
Grace through the back of the night. That little drainage ditch just
behind and has been cleared. It is going to go by. Look at it though.
Beef for his par. Andrew Johnston to give him his proper name. That was a
misread. And after that eagle he slips back. Branden Grace for a par
at the 9th. Another shot dropped.
Every card littered with bogeys. A couple of birdies, the odd eagle.
Johnson, bogey on the 13th. A couple of Eagles in there.
James a long way behind Thomas Pieters. 168 for the Glaswegian.
-- Jamieson. Lots of ripples. That will put the wind up Thomas
Pieters, a good deal closer to the green, the Belgian.
He said, that is awesome. Another birdie opportunity for Thomas
Pieters and he is getting back into things. The Australian Andrew Dodt,
third shot to the 12th. Not much landing area and he has done it
well. Now Jamieson put his second in the
water, came back to here, fourth shot. And it is a good one.
Tenth. Branden Grace. 186 yards today. The wind swirling around and
that could be good. That is a very good result.
Jamieson over the putt for a five. Put his second of the water. Pitched
up to here is the only lost one shot, no. Oh dear.
This is to tie the lead. And he has done it. He moves to 6-under par.
Very nice. Unusual patting action, he always
keeps his hands behind the ball address. Absolutely delicious, one
behind the leaders. Very consistent this year. So back birdies moved
Andrew Dodt into a 3-way tie off the lead on 6-under par alongside
Francesco Molinari and Thomas Pieters. Despite two eagles on his
card and a bogey at 13, Andrew Johnson was back down to 4-under par
and Scott Jamieson is off the top ten, down on 3-under par after a
second double bogey from his round on the par 48.
Beef Johnson, Andrew Johnston. Played that pretty well from an
awkward angle. Maximilian Kieffer, hacked out
sideways from an awkward spot. This is for his bogey.
Byeong-hun An after that dreadful chip. Drops a shot. Johnson at the
14th. Having played a delightful little hitch up from the front of
the green he gets his part three. He has had an adventurous round, a
couple of bogeys, a double bogey, a couple of Eagles, a birdie. Does not
look as if it will be a low one and runner. That is a good result. No,
it has gone. It may go off the green.
A very difficult tenth with the wind is difficult to judge. That has done
very nicely. A little bit of side on it. Nice angle for Maximilian
Kieffer. Grace for a birdie at 11. Quick one down the hill. What a
beauty. Could be a cavalry charge on Sunday
the way that things are shaping up. Jameson hit over the back of the
green and pitched up to you at the 9th. He has gone double bogey par,
double bogey, bogey. It can be such a cruel game at
times. Back to 2-under. Thomas Pieters now, to keep his
share of the lead. And he has done it. Oh, he has not done it. I think
the referee will need to look at that again. A shot dropped. And look
at that, all sorts. That bogey for Thomas Pieters moves
into 5-under par one behind a 3-way lead between Andrew -- Andrew Dodt
and Molinari. Maximilian Kieffer for a birdie. A
bat will cheer him up. -- that will. How do you fancy this one, Ken? Not
much. He's in the water. Alex Noren, is he going to get lucky? He was
trying to play safe and still skimmed it. Andrew Dodt at the 14th.
Beautiful car waiting for anyone who can hold in one, the first one to do
it. -- hole-in-one. It be only one. Alex Noren at the final hole having
chipped into the water. Still on the edge of the hunt. Shane Lowry.
Played some good golf yesterday, didn't have much luck on the greens
but has gathered it together today. Do we believe in the green line.
Anywhere within that should have a chance. He might be left. You
thought it was left, but in it goes. Andrew Dodt won clear now, 7-under
par heel leads the BMW PGA Championship. Down in the deep
stuff, Branden Grace. I hope this hasn't plugged, Andrew. It came out
very nicely. Near enough holed it, Branden Grace. 20,000 people here
for the celebrity Pro-Am, yesterday 25,000 people. Loving the golf and
the odd beer or two. There is Stenson. What can he find here? This
is for an eagle. Day one he played beautifully, yesterday a little
scrappy in places but holed some nice putts. Still not too far away.
To Grace, playing with Stenson. He has birdied the tenth, the 11th,
this is a chance at the 12... And he joins the lead at 7-under. An Aussie
under South African at the top of the leaderboard. So there we are,
two at the top, Andrew Dodt and Branden Grace. Andrew Dodt had a
couple of good finishes last year at the start of the season. Thomas
Pieters hanging in there. The pin in quite a narrow spot. Has
he got it right? Where has that gone? Straight back, hasn't it? I
think it has gone straight back into the bunker. That's cruel. Shane
Lowry, can he close with a birdie four? It will be a par to finish,
and a round of 70 for the Irishman. Good back nine, eagle on the 12th,
birdie on the 17th. Well-placed to challenge tomorrow.
Now Grace, pin back left today. 176. You can see the wind firmly behind
today. Molinari will have had a long look at the putt of Kieffer. He too
took exactly the same line. That was unlucky, second shot very accurate,
too accurate, back off the flag into the bunker and slips back to
5-under. Johnson opens up the blade to scoop it high.
Going with the putter here, Grace can pop it in the air. It has come
out soft. He hasn't, has he? What a little beauty that was. Just rolling
off the fringe. Delightful. 8-under for Branden Grace, and look at those
figures! It is a birdie putt for Johnson, but it has to almost go off
the green. He's making rather heavy weather of this. It was a good
position off the tee. So it is Grace who is one shot clear of Andrew Dodt
now after that run of birdies. Molinari and Thomas Pieters
alongside each other. Shane Lowry has been having a chat.
It looks like anything under par is good today, how pleased are you with
how you got on? Very pleased, starting on the range today if you
had given me level par I would have taken it. It's one of those days,
this course is very difficult even on a nice day, but with a 20 mph
wind blowing it makes it very difficult. It looks like I'm in a
decent position going into tomorrow. Can Andrew Johnson says his par? He
can't. Down at the 13th. Another testy chip to keep missing the
greens and leaving themselves very difficult approach shots. I don't
think he liked that! Tyrrell Hatton to close with a birdie. You know.
The best way of describing that, 72 that will be for him. Very
frustrating, stuck in that huge group and 3-under par. It is a ball
for the water. And now... And he... No he hasn't. I thought he had saved
the day. Double bogey. The euro, the pound, the dollar, the yen signs
disappearing over the horizon. Kieffer with this par putt. They've
given it a lot of attention he and his caddy. I thought he got it.
Another one goes flying by. Two under now. Johnson.
Is there a four to finish with? Keep moving. That little bit of an finish
for Johnston. Andrew Dodt at the 17th, two excellent shots at the
edge of the green. Turn, turn, turn. No. Should be OK
for a birdie four but he's got to wait. Kieffer, wind hard behind him
at the 14th. Beautifully played. Coming in on the contours and
Kieffer, that for a two. 65 finish, he will be back again tomorrow. Well
done. Andrew Dodt for a two putt birdie, and he now shares the lead
with Branden Grace. That's a tidy back nine, no dropped shots. Kieffer
playing with Molinari, this for two. He had a two at the 10th and he has
a two at the 14th, well done. After that first putt at the 16th, Grace
has this for a par. Shot gone. Beautiful tee shot, only an 8-iron
from the green, seven or eight, walk off with a five.
So Andrew Dodt out in front on his own, the Australian 8-under.
Further down Andrew Johnston after his level par 72, 3-under, time to
get his thoughts. It was a bit of a roller-coaster, can you sum it up
for us? A roller-coaster, happy with how I bounced back a couple of
times, then a disappointing finish. Good one at 17 to make birdie, then
I made a six which was annoying. When you go back into the clubhouse
and put your feet up, do you focus on the good shots or do you look on
the negative side and try to work on that? I'm focusing on the FA Cup
final! I don't know what you're talking about! No, you have got to
focus on the positives. I am still in the mix so it's a positive thing.
Well done, right in the heart of the cut, what a neat and tidy round.
Very few players breaking par. XD eight, and at 8-under he's in a good
spot for tomorrow. That was a good effort but it's
going to be a dropped shot. Birdie chance for Lee Westwood. One or two
players leave this short. See what he can do. It looks not bad. Can you
believe it? I would never have dreamt it when he turned that much,
right into the heart of the cut. The first birdie of today, Lee Westwood,
3-under. Two par fivess to come, you never know. Stenson for a birdie at
the 17th. Well done. Nothing has happened for him today really. Three
bogeys, a couple of birdies so far coming home. Branden Grace has
missed a couple of opportunities in recent holes. He is one behind
Andrew Dodt. Andrew, a solid round of golf today, how are you feeling
about how today went? Pretty happy because it was tricky at the end. It
was a solid day, very in control of my shots, holed some nice putts when
I needed to and it was nice to have a solid 68. When the wind gets up it
is strong, what worked particularly well for you today? I think just
selecting the shot and 100% committing to that. If you have any
doubt out there, the wind magnifies the results so really committing to
the shots regardless of where it goes, that was probably Mikey. It's
not the most familiar territory for you, an event of this size, what do
you do to relax and get yourself ready? I go back, I will probably
have a barbecue tonight and play with the dog. Some home comforts.
What will it take tomorrow? Some patients, calmness, and plodding
around the course like I have the last couple of days. Good luck.
He has done the unthinkable... That was nearly the most ridiculous shot.
It was an awkward one, but why risk putting it in the water over the God
only knows. He got away with it. Now Lee Westwood is tiptoeing up the
leaderboard. A little spring in the step, 4-under. Stenson, right to
left in this one. If you can find a birdie here, he would be right back
in things. And he doesn't. So close. Grace, for a birdie. His unique
sporting -- putting action. Seven wins in the European Tour, he
will be back tomorrow. And Stenson is there with 4-under. Westwood,
Mullen Ari, Thomas Pieters. Stenson still very much in contention.
Struggles on the front nine, got a couple back after that. He has lost
a couple of drives left today, Thomas Pieters. He won't want to
miss from this one. It is right down the out of bounds line. The green
slightly slopes away from you. The green is a bit crusty, it is bound
to come out running. It will take a deft touch to get it into flag
length. He's done very well indeed, Mullen Ari. He has got himself
another chance, a first birdie of the day. Westwood, third to the
final hole. The pin in its usual Sunday sport, he will remember it
from his game with McDonald. The crowd love it. Very popular, Lee. He
has taken a long time to line this one up, Andrew. Fiddling back and
forth. I don't think he fancies it much. There it is. First birdie of
the day. Birdie machine. Francesco Molinari moves to 5-under. Out of
bounced off the tee, this is three off the tee, so playing his fourth.
Bounding on. Westwood then. Just a little bit of
right-to-left, very holeable. Rolling well, creeping into
contention. Into a tie at third place with Molinari. Look at that
finish. Pieters, well it could have been worse, just one shot gone after
going out of bounds with his first tee shot. Back to 3-under. It is
Andrew Dodt out in front, Branden Grace docked -- tucked in behind
him. The Westwood third, let's hear from them both. Branden, how pleased
are you with the way you played? Yes, big time. Just trying to stay
alive out there I suppose but it was fun. I hit the ball tremendously
from tee to green. Obviously you are going to have some mishaps on a day
like today but it is nice to come out on the better side of the scores
and being there with a chance tomorrow. How difficult was the
course today? It was brutal. Today was tough, especially with the new
greens. It is firm. You have to be on top of your game, you have to
pick the right spots and the right shots you want to hit. Fortunately I
played well, I kept it going, kept it in the red and have a chance
tomorrow. Lee, what a finish! Yes, I birdied
the last three holes to get into contention, it's obviously great for
tomorrow and gives me a chance. On a day like today when the wind is
blowing, how much does it come down to patients? It's a lot down to
patients. I hit one green in regulation through 14 so it was very
much a grinding day and just trying to make as much of it as I could and
to be 3-over going down 15 was quite an achievement, and the patience
paid off. When the wind is blowing, can you give a sense of how
difficult it was? Ideally you want to be coming out of the fairway, the
greens are so firm. Then you try to knock shots in low to the greens,
they are not really receptive. You are not going to hit a lot of
fairways probably, you will not hit a lot of greens, but when you miss
greens, missed them in the right spots so you have a chance to save
par. Do you go into tomorrow feeling pretty relaxed about it all? Yes,
today has given me a lot of confidence, to get round on level
par. Mentally I was very strong out there and just stuck with it. A day
of some frustration for Francesco Molinari. He will need to work hard
on this final hole was well. Just one birdie on his card which came at
the 17th. Slipping back a little today but still within three of the
lead. It has been a really difficult day
for the overnight leader, Thomas Pieters and it was to get worse on
the 18th. He found the water and finished 6-over for the day moving
down the leaderboard to 1-under par. But at the top of the leaderboard,
Australia's Andrew Dodt 8-under par. Just behind Branden Grace, England's
Lee Westwood and Francesco Molinari from Italy. Francesco, a tough day
but you are still very much amongst it, how do you assess your first
date? I thought it was pretty good. The front line I found it hard to
keep the score together and I was a bit unlucky and didn't take my
chances on the back nine. So obviously I was hoping for a better
round, but two over in these conditions is not too bad. You have
good form around this golf course, how much confidence do you go into
tomorrow with? Yes, I'm thinking I am in a really good position, after
today especially. Hopefully this was my bad round out of the way. I still
feel like I'm hitting the ball nicely, chipping and putting nicely
so it's all there. It's a matter of going out tomorrow and being focused
all the way, and let's see what happens. I wish you all the best,
thank you. Thank you. It was an interesting if not
sensational Saturday at Wentworth but it has set us up nicely for
Sunday. 20 players perhaps, even more, with a chance of lifting the
title combo close of play. There's always a lot of pressure on the
short game down the final stretch so we sent Ken out to have a close-up
look at the VCD surfaces. I'm on the 16th green and all of the greens on
the golf course have been redone. Everyone who has watched the Chelsea
Flower Show saw miraculous horticulture but here, this is
amazing. Six months ago there wasn't a blade of grass on this place. It's
fantastic. I'm going to give you an idea of how the greens are
constructed. This is a root zone, a mixture of Pete . Then there is a
gravel level. The miraculous thing is this the system which allows you
to suck air and get the moisture out, almost blow air in. That allows
you to get the air in and the grass will grow quicker than it would in
the winter. Let's have a look at this grass. Can you believe it? It
has been cut down to... They reckon it is three millimetres long. Scuffs
and Marks and yet it is still a perfect surface. Amazing. Let's see
- it has only been down six months - how the ball rolls on the greens. I
have not seen one of bubble this week. Let's watch, it just hugs the
ground all the way. Amazing when you think six months ago there wasn't a
blade of grass. It is amazing actually just how good this golf
course is looking this week, and with all hanging in the balance,
here is who we will be concentrating on, on this final day. Bradley
Dredge does last European Tour came back in 2006, he had Henrik Stenson
for company. The Swede looking for a first win on British soil since
lifting the Claret Jug. Shane Lowry from Ireland loves this course and
he's out with the man who went lowest yesterday, world number 58,
Tanihara. Not many know the place as well as these two. Lee Westwood
boasts two runner-up finishes at the event. And there is a southern
hemisphere look to the final pairing.
Kieffer started the day at 3-under par. He had this birdie putt on the
first. Well judged, that would drop. He moved to four under par. The --
Burmester with a birdie would go under par. Some good rounds being
put together out on the cause. Alex Noren 3-under today, four under for
the tournament but look at South Africa's Dean Burmester. Let's get
out on the course with your commentary team, Ken Brown and
Andrew Cotter. Dean Burmester has been having a
great round, scored far better today than yesterday. Rolls it in, he has
been doing that throughout his round. The South African keeps a
bogey off the card, 6-under for his round today. Alex Noren at the 7th,
going along nicely. And much more pleasant day than yesterday, a nice
breeze and far more red figures and less blues. 5-under for his opening
seven holes. Very nice, Alex. Chris Wood, defending champion playing his
71st hole. It runs away. This could be very close. Delightfully judged.
The second hole and a very popular group, Tyrrell Hatton and Andrew
Johnston. Tyrrell Hatton rolls it in. And you can hear that support.
Moving to 4-under. Alexander Noren, the pin back left
to the eighth and he has played that nicely. Beautifully done. So close
to the water. Dean Burmester has reached the 14th. Playing 166 today.
That will roll back a little bit. A chance to get to 7-under for the
round. 6-under for the Championship. Alexander Noren at the 8th. Four
times a winner last season on the European Tour. And that is a super
way to start. He will be thinking, I have a chance now. Joost Luiten from
Holland. This looks pretty good. He's going to get a mighty cheer.
Very nice. Tyrrell Hatton. No. Gather yourself together, going
along very steadily. Back where he started. 3-under.
Henrik Stenson opening up this pin. It lands softly, one of the best
we've seen from Henrik Stenson. A chance for his first birdie of the
day. Dean Burmester. A little left to right, this is to get to 6-under.
He has done it. A brilliant putt. Par fives to come and he is a mighty
long hitter. Henrik Stenson after that splendid tee shot at the 2nd.
He has done it. A cracking start. At the 2nd for a par, he has hit
that too hard. Bradley Dredge. Sandy is a day of twitching and what might
have been, what could have been. Dean Burmester. At the 15th. Third
shot. Maybe driving in the ditch, that to save his par. An interesting
stance. Chris Wood just finishing his round. Finished with a 71. He's
on plus two. The leaders still to go out, the final pair. But look how
Dean Burmester has come up the leaderboard. He has come from
nowhere. If he can finish with a run of four is, at about 9-under, he
could put the frighteners on them. The big curling putt from right to
left. This for a par at the 15th. A tough par-4 and he will drop at
least one. Same direction as Roche Fisher
Ballyronan, Shane Lowry. He has done it. A couple of fantastic putts to
start. 5-under. This is huge for Dean Burmester and
he has done it. The momentum broken a little but he could easily reach
this. The last pair. And we could have
some good stuff going on this afternoon, the weather is good, the
course in very good condition and we have some good golfers here. I
wonder how they will plot their way around. Taking the driver. Could end
up in trouble or down the hill or in a funny lie. Should stand the hill.
-- shoots down the hill. The leader Andrew Dodt. He has been around a
few years. This would be a big win for him. You do not see too many
down the left of this fairway. They're going down the right and
down the hill, the rough is pretty thick. A bit of room down the left.
Can he find it? No, he goes down the right as well.
The open champion Henrik Stenson at the 3rd. Second shot. This newly
shaped green. It has been quite controversial over the years. But
not when you hit them like that, it makes it look easy. Lovely shot.
Beware Henrik Stenson. They've demolished this tee at the 2nd, it
was pristine on Tuesday and look at it now. And another one. I think he
fancies it. A little beauty. Henrik Stenson for birdie at the
3rd. Smoothly back and straight in. Yes. What a delightful start to his
round. Lee Westwood, it has got to turn.
Oh, my goodness. I cannot believe it did not image just a fraction to the
right. That was unlucky. Always tricky to know just how deep and how
soft and how receptive this sound is. But this is fairly
straightforward, aiming right of the flag, let it come down gently. He
did not aim it right enough. Only seven out of ten for that. Graeme
Storm, a regular feature on the European Tour for many years. Just
tickled one in. Up and down career. When he is playing well it all looks
easy. A bit of work to be done here, Kenneth, probably eight feet if it
is an inch. Bound to be a little bit nervy. Just up the right-hand side,
the pace is important. Not hard enough. It was always going to be
left of centre. Ten yards to far right. Niggardly thoughts away to
the second. The quality of the grass looks stunning. I cannot believe
that it was seeded, to grow like that in 18 months is amazing.
Branden Grace gets his four. They are level going to the second tee.
17 holes to go. It will be interesting. Tyrrell
Hatton. Flips it up. Would you believe it. Will that bring a smile
to his face? Come along. Can Branden Grace read this part? Just inside
the right edge you would have thought. This is to 8-under. He has
read that perfectly. He knows that he can see the winners enclosure.
Francesco Molinari to save his par. So reliable this week. Steady on the
greens. But a couple of opening misses from very short range. Early
on in the last round of Edinburgh have a clear leader in Branden
Grace. One ahead of Andrew Dodt. Alexander Bjork and 66. I wonder
where he will be at the end of play today. And Nicolas Colsaerts roaring
up the leaderboard. Not 1 million miles behind.
Henrik Stenson for his birdie at the 4th. Posted down to here, a hushed
crowd. A perfect way to start. Birdie, birdie, birdie. The Iceman
is on the move. The third shot from Andrew Dodt, 3rd
hole. A few levels to combat. What a beauty. What a beauty! They do
happen sometimes and you do not know why. There is a classic example of a
very difficult shot, desperately hoping to get down in two and he
does it in one. Shane Lowry. At the 4th. A bit
wayward with his second and flips it up and look at that. How do they do
that! I do not think they really know. Alex Noren. The first of three
par fives on the back nine. He makes a timely birdie four.
Joining the group at 6-under. Shane Lowry. Right into the heart of the
cup and he joins Alex Noren currently in fourth position.
Nicolas Colsaerts. Second to the 12th. A massive tee shot. The par-5.
That is absolutely stunning. That is a dandy. Eagle chance. Shane Lowry
for a two at the 5th. Oh, yes. Went in at a lovely speed. Really getting
to grips with the course now. A few days of practice. They are rattling
them in. Nicolas Colsaerts for an eagle at the 12th. And he has done
it. Well done. He has had a bad run lately. 31 out. Five, six, 7-under
fours in old money. Dean Burmester looking to finish with a four. And
he has. He has rolled another one in. What around overall. 65. The
lowest of the week by a distance. 7-under for the day, 6-under for the
tournament. Now Andrew Dodt a bit of green to play with here. He could
fly it pretty far if he wanted to. Left to right movement on it. No,
come down a little bit. A nice lie here, not the hardest chip in the
world. Should run out. That for his birdie. And Francesco Molinari, a
little pitch. Hit it again unlucky it did not drop but more fortunate
that the pin doctorate in its tracks. That was going a good five
feet past. -- the pin stopped it in its tracks. Andrew Dodt for the
birdie. And for the outright lead. After dropping a shot of the first
he moves to 9-under. On his own again. Grace to follow Andrew Dodt
in for his four. And there we are. Andrew Dodt on a zone for just a
couple of moments and Branden Grace back alongside him at 9-under par.
Alex Noren, his hands are low, a forward press well down the grid.
That is where he needs to put it. And he has it. Alex Noren now three
birdies in a row, his seventh in total. 7-under for the round, one
behind. Henrik Stenson down the left side of the seventh. Not a bad line
to attack this pin. Going with the elevation. That is a fantastic shot.
Drops softly. This awkward pin. 8.5 out of ten in the rough.
It is left to right but how much, it is a subtle one. Most people miss it
on the right but not this, right into the centre of the cup. Well
done Shane Lowry, three in a row. The Irish are loving it. What a
difference in the scoring today compared with yesterday. So many red
figures. Plenty of birdies. Alex Noren and Shane Lowry one behind.
Henrik Stenson at 7-under par. Matthew Fitzpatrick to move to
5-under. Graeme Storm. A chance to lay one up
close. That was as close as you can get. Write down the gully.
Excellent. So important those little lucky ones, a bit of good fortune
keeps the momentum going. All eyes on Henrik Stenson to get within one.
The open champion is on a charge. Fantastic stuff.
Over that beautiful tree, Shane Lowry. He needed some luck and he
some. Will it stay up? Oh, my goodness. That is the luck of the
Irish. Justin Rose. Did not have to hit
that very hard. Birdie putt. 4-under for the day and for the tournament.
One to go. Can Shane Lowry make the most of his
luck? He's keeping up that pace. What other three. He joins the
leaders. No wonder he's smiling. Alex Noren. 8-under par. Look at the
size of his divot. Not one of his best.
Nicolas Colsaerts up the slope, this should be makeable. It wriggles in
the side door. 7-under for Nicolas Colsaerts. A card of many colours.
So for birdies in a row has Shane Lowry in a 3-way tie from the lead
of dashed alongside Andrew Dodt and Branden Grace. Alex Noren and Henrik
Stenson just a shot further back. Graeme Storm second to the 11th. Has
to dig it out of the hay. Come round. A good recovery.
Lee Westwood. This for a bogey. Double bogey in the seventh. A sabre
to the heart. Alex Noren. He has done it! What apart from Alex Noren.
Co-leader at 9-under par. Graeme Storm just down the slope at the
11th. Right in the middle. From the thick rough down the left-hand side
it is a birdie four Graeme Storm. Fourth of the day. Now at 7-under.
Again the lightest of touches for Hideto Tanihara. And he has it. For
birdies in five holes. He moves to 8-under. Justin Rose at the final
hole, not the best of weeks for him but a nice day today. Beautiful putt
on the last green and this is not looking too bad if it keeps coming.
It is running out of steam but beautifully done just the same and
finished with a nice round. His home club where he learned to play only
about five miles from here. I'm sure they're pleased to see him at home
this week. A couple of nice final rounds. Francesco Molinari at the
8th. That could go down the hill nicely.
Henrik Stenson for his part on the ninth. To keep the momentum going.
The fairway bunker down the left. That could be costly. Now a couple
behind and still a long way to go. Francesco Molinari, beautiful second
shot in here. It is quick and he has it. Playing alongside Lee Westwood,
both failing to fire at the moment but Francesco Molinari going again.
6-under. Alex Noren. Got his second to hear having driven in the rough.
A bit of a heavy line. That could be OK if it keeps coming. A tricky putt
from there. Big swing from the left immediately in front of the ball.
Now Shane Lowry. This is to stay 9-under and he has done it.
Look at all those red members. Out in 30. That is for below his
handicap. Two putts would be good. Do not be too hasty. That should
drift away. It is trying to get back and that was very well judged.
Graeme Storm at the 12th. He has judged that very well indeed. That
for his birdie. And a chance to get within one of the lead. Alex Noren
at 18. Second shot and he is having a crack at it. And he has cleared it
magnificently. Oh, my word. If he holds that one...
A very nice up and down four Graeme Storm. And he has it. Birdie number
five today. And now within one. On the tenth, Hideto Tanihara. His
tee shot. Always a danger down to the right of the green. You see how
firm these greens are. And we took a look at that firmness earlier. One
of the things that has been notable is how hard the ball has been
bouncing on the greens and that is because when you first plant grass
you have the blades which send out one full route. As time goes by the
blades are separate and the separate and it develops a thing that they
call Thatch underneath the surface. Let's see how soft this green is.
When you stick something in it is not all that hard at all. Let's try
it here, we have a spike and let's see how it goes in. I tell you what,
after some twiddling through the service you can push it right in and
it is like going into putter. So it is just the top that is a bit
crusty. And this is how it works. If you have got a bit of batch which
develops over six months, you just want the right amount to give it a
bit of give. It is a bit like this, this is the putting surface with
that bit of soft organic material just beneath the surface. The ball
just lands a little softer. Just landing clean on the root zone and
tends to ping away. Like one of those old Open University lectures
on television! What apart this is for Alex Noren. The course record,
he's likely to match it. What a round of golf from Alex
Noren. 62 blows, fantastic score. That could well be worthy of
victory. He equals the course record. That could bring victory on
the PGA Championship. I might have kept that ball for the trophy
cabinet! Up to the others now to try to hunt
down on the back nine. Henrik Stenson was within five or
six feet of the hole at one point, spun it back to here. Needs to get
going again. That deserves a three and he has got it. Well done. He
deserved that. Beautiful second shot. Do not rule out this fella
yet. Three or four of them could do it. Henrik Stenson is one of those
chasing down his fellow countrymen Alex Noren who's out in front
courtesy of that 62. Aid birdies and an eagle. Looking for this prize.
Can he hang on? You must be delighted with how you
played and it seemed everything was working for you? Yes, it's one of
those days, probably I will never have again. It was just a nice start
and a nice finish, and I finished so badly yesterday I was angry all
evening. I came out this morning, had a good start, that's forgotten,
so it was a very nice day. He set a good clubhouse lead, in just before
the rain is scheduled to start, so is it now a nervy wait to see if
you've done enough today? Definitely, the last seven holes or
nine holes could go either way and there's of birdies out there but you
have got to hit the fairways and fairways and greens and it is a
little tricky. Especially 17, 18, you can make like I did on the 18th
there's a good chance but some of guys do it so if it goes well it
goes well, but I am more happy with the round, if somebody beats me
that's it, tough luck. Whatever happens at the end of today, how do
you reflect on the four days as a whole? Good, I felt all right coming
in. This was the best putting week I've had this whole year and I
worked harder on that this week than previous weeks because it has kind
of been my strength and maybe I have worked too hard on my weaknesses and
forgot about the putting this week. There was a lot of luck involved as
well so I am very happy. Storm, this is to drop just one.
Damage limitation on the 14th for Storm. . Stenson, eagle
putt at the 12th. He's usually pretty good at putts of this length.
He usually frightens the hole the doesn't get them in. It's a birdie.
Nicolas Colsaerts at the 18th for an eagle. Looks good, and by golly it
is. What a wonderful way to finish. 65, well played.
Tanihara, second. Quite a long way back. Coming round, the green leads
to the bunker. That is pretty good. Might run on just off the table top.
Good shot from Tanihara. Eagle shot to come. Par putt. Andrew God. --
Dodt. No. Slipping away. Tanihara, eagle putt on the 12th. He will join
that group of 9-under. Stenson, can he save par on the 13th? It's a big
putt. Suddenly he will find himself three behind Alex Noren with five to
play. Even on the last few holes of Wentworth, which can give you
something back that's a big ask. Molinari's third. An extremely
birdieable 12th. Very little swerve on his iron. A touch of
left-to-right frayed. The rain continues to fall. Alex Noren is
safe and dry after his 62. Canon Grace find the birdies on the final
hole to catch the Swede? A bit of moisture on the greens now
slows them down a fraction, takes a little break out of the putts, and a
lovely birdie there for Molinari? 7-under par. In the ditch, let's see
how he is lying. Stenson, from down in the bunker,
short of the 14th. Very nearly. Here we go, Ken, he's going to splash
out. Virtually sideways. Oh dear, hit the stone. That was the risk out
of it. He won't be trying again so he will take the drop, playing four.
Alex Noren's score of 11-under forced him to play the shot. There
were stones under there, he was expecting water. So
now Branden Grace has dropped, he's playing four. This has to be good.
Down in the sand, he will be playing up and down for a bogey. His chances
are slipping away on the 12th. Lowry, that's an 8-iron. And a good
one. Go back, go back. The greens are softening, but still very good
from Lowry. That to get to 10-under. Lovely lie in the bunker for Branden
Grace. If he wants to hole this, he needs to get it running. Oh, mighty
fine effort. Nearly a par. Can he read this putt? Got to be a bit of
left-to-right movement on it. Lowry to get within one. Shane... There's
a glass ceiling stopping these players at the moment getting any
closer to Noren. Grace for his bogey six and you feel if he misses it the
opportunity to win is virtually nil. We have had six equals on it. Took a
gamble out of the ditch, and it's the wrong sort of double.
Where is this one going? It's a quick hook down the left, it's gone
awfully quiet. And he's grabbing for another ball in his bag. Stenson,
8-under. If he's going to have any chance of catching Noren, it has got
to go in. So a stroke going there at the 15th for him. Still a long iron
in for Tanihara. A few gasps and groans, and that is way right. I
thought the challenge to Noren might come from this group but they were
imploding on the 15th, Tanihara and Lowry. The fourth shot having gone
out of bounds with his tee shot at the 15th, Shane Lowry. Pretty darn
good. He will have that for his bogey.
Now Andrew Dodt with a little pitch. That will be par for Dodt. He and
his playing partner, Grace, have both stalled badly. And Alex Noren
will be watching keenly. That's a beautifully played shot
from there. Coming down down down, it should... Just a yard or so more.
And after that wonderful round of 62, Alex Noren spending a little
time with the Young fans. Nice to see proper autograph books. How
lovely. A number of players doing their best to make sure Alex Noren
is the champion at Wentworth and here is one of them, Lowry at the
15th. A pretty good effort, but I'm afraid costly.
A couple of shots blown away, along with a few others.
Tanihara also struggling on this 15th hole. That looks good but not
good enough, and he too drops back. So what the turnout the books. Alex
Noren had a spectacular round of 62, shooting up the table, and he's
leading the way and others are making it easier for him to be the
winner. Sad to see shots being dropped, but over the closing three
holes here at Wentworth, much can happen and has over the years, so
hold your breath. Dodt's second shot. It looks like it's absolutely
buried. The sand has only recently been put in. That was a smelly lie.
Storm. At the 18th. This to go to 7-under and get a nice prize. Well
done, very nice prize indeed and a good round. 68, two bogeys. The
great year last year, won three times on the European Tour. When he
gets going his very hot indeed. Looking perhaps at victory number
nine. Par-3, the third shot... He has got that one a little bit crisp
too. I thought we were going to see a firework display but it has gone
out. Tanihara's second shot to the 16th. But you -- Up you come. Not
bad. Dodt... Chipped up, my goodness. The double bogey five,
that was cruel. With a join almost prize fund, you are just throwing
money away. Johnson at the 18th. That looks well done. Exceedingly
well done. Always leave them wanting more, Beef. Keep off the chips and
we will be all right. Tanihara for a birdie at the 16th, this to take him
to 9-under. If he had hit it, it was there. Maybe it's the thought of the
950,000 quid first prize that has upset a few. Now here is Stenson's
third shot at the 17th. Drove into the rough on the right. And that is
short. No it's not, I tell a lie. Not bad. Unusual looking putting
action for Grace, different grip. His 15th has caused some problems in
the last couple of hours, Ken. Yes, there's been plenty of bogeys, by
far the hardest hole on the course. A few in the last hour or so looks
like they would find the bottom of the cup. Another chance at the 16th
for Henrik Stenson. Just seemed to lose the pace of the greens when the
rain came down a fraction. Alex Noren sitting in the players lounge
watching the TV screens, wondering how it's going to work out, but
every minute that six by it is looking better. They are looking for
another bit of magic here. You can see why he was trying to land it in
the fringe. The gain, Shane, there's a lot of money at stake. Here is
Tyrrell half -- Hatton. He's got this putt for an eagle at the last.
That's finishing with a birdie, so we might see this ball dispatched
into the water or somewhere. Just be ready, get ready to duck. Oh! How
gentle. 74 with an eight. Just to drop the 1-stroke... He has pushed
it. Seven. A little unlucky with his tee shot, which just hit the persons
like as it was kicking onto the fairway and stayed behind the trees.
It's a double bogey, par, double bogey, and drops back to 5-under. On
the fourth, and Alex Noren summing up his round. Down the little tier.
Started with a birdie at the 1st and second, another birdie at the 4th.
Boom, right in the back of the cut. Pars at the eighth and ninth.
Another birdie... Even brought the sunshine out.
At 16, this was a little Bruce the -- Brucie bonus, another birdie on
the card. After cracking tee-shot... This is what you call Watson
special. Do you remember, Peter? I certainly do, smashing shot. Earlier
he would not have been thinking about possible victory, then things
happen, others fade away. Finishes with an eagle three. The crowd go
potty and at this moment you think I've got a good prize here. Lo and
behold. 31, 31, 62, it equals the course record. Superb. Wonderful
round of golf. It truly was a quite remarkable
round of golf from Alex Noren. Fellow Swede Henrik Stenson had this
putt to finish with a birdie on the 18th and it would go, and he would
finish on 8-under par. Shane Lowry with his second shot to the par-5
18th. It looked good, and it was good. That would leave him a putt to
finish with an eagle. And after a double bogey on the 17th, this putt
would go to make amends a little bit. Finish with an eagle, and he
would finish the tournament on 7-under par. Japan's Tanihara had an
excellent day around the west Coast yesterday. It wasn't quite going as
well for him today, that putt summing up his round but he would
knock that in for a par and a respectable finish of 8-under. The
birdie from Francesco Molinari on the 17th meant he needed this birdie
putt for alt-right second place, and in it would go. 9-under par for
Francesco Molinari, he would finish two behind Noren. He was sixth in
2008 but confirmation this year Alex Noren has become the first Swede to
win the BMW PGA Championship, and he did it in some style. A course
record equalling 62, also equalling the largest come back in this event,
starting the final day seven shots behind. Francesco Molinari with that
birdie on the 18th took out right second on 9-under, just ahead of a
group that included open champion Henrik Stenson. I'm joined now by
the European Tour chief executive, and Alex Noren. Before we hand over
the trophy, Ian you must be delighted with another great week
here, although it is a little bit wet now. I thought we were going to
get away with the weather, British weather always comes in, but to hand
the trophy to such a valiant winner. The number on the day, great crowds
of 109,000 over the tournament, we are delighted. I will let you hand
over the trophy. Congratulations, Alex Noren. Congratulations. It's a
heavy one, there's some big winners on there! Alex, how delighted are
you to be holding this? Your fifth in the space of the year but how
much does this one mean? I feel extremely happy. I have had trouble
on this course, I have made the tournament too big in my mind to
come close to win and to pull it off is amazing. It is weird to wait when
the guys are having nine holes to go, very weird. Seven shots back at
the start today, what were your expectations coming in? Was 62 in
your mind? Not at all I just wanted to play a good round of golf,
because I played pretty well the first three days and a bad finish
yesterday. I was very angry coming off the golf course. Just try to get
a good round and get some momentum going. It is a big event. Every
point counts and that was my thought in the beginning. Then I holed a lot
of good putts. I thought I could post a good round and see what
happens. But you still had to wait to find out if you would get your
hands on the trophy. What is it like sitting in the players' lounge
watching the golfers come through? Very weird, especially when some of
your players say it is done, but it was a very weird one. I remember
sitting in the players' lounge in the past, you know when the other
guys haven't teed off and I'm finished with my last round. I said
I don't want to be in this position, I would rather tee off now and this
time it was opposite. Congratulations on your 62. Your
2017 BMW PGA champion, Alex Noren. It really was a sensational round of
golf from Alex Noren. Ken Brown with me just now. It was impressive on
many levels but what impressed you most about what you saw today? To go
out in 31, he just kept going and going, a lovely birdie at the 14th.
The 15th, he holed a really good clutch putt, a massive one at 16,
and a brilliant second to 18. At 11-under par you thought maybe some
challenges. I thought perhaps someone could equal him. The little
bit disappointed that challenge didn't equalise? Stenson came out of
the traps flying and you thought perhaps it would be his week, but
once that score posted the others seemed to back off a little bit.
Branden Grace round the ditch at the 13th, they all slightly stumbled and
the closing holes proved pretty tough ones that score was posted at
11-under. There was a lot said about the changes made to this course, how
did you feel it held up over the week? I think it has been
outstanding. The course has been presented well. We have the Kaiser
Chiefs in the background entertaining the crowds! We have had
some wonderful golf, and Alex Noren was a really deserving champion.
It's been a tiptop week. It has indeed and there's plenty more sport
to come on the BBC. International cricket returns to the BBC this
Thursday as England take on Bangladesh at the start of the ICC
Trophy. Our next golf is highlights of the Scottish Open in July, the
week before the Open Championship. It has been another special week on
the West Course. We've had a little bit of everything but there has been
one light that shone brightest, a sensational bogey free final round
of 62 from Alex Noren. He came from seven shots back to surprise the
field and claim his ninth European Tour victory.
Eilidh Barbour presents highlights of the weekend's action from the PGA Championship from Wentworth. The West Course is one of the most famous in golf and this tournament has been won by some of the most revered names in the sport. Commentary comes from Peter Alliss, Ken Brown and Andrew Cotter.