Luke Donald missed the chance to turn the BMW PGA Championship into a one-man show at Wentworth today.
Two clear after a dazzling opening round of 64 England’s world number two managed to add only a one over par 72 and now finds himself in a three-way tie at halfway.
Alongside him on the six under mark of 136 are 18-year-old Italian Matteo Manassero and big-hitting Spaniard Alvaro Quiros, while world number one Lee Westwood is far from out of it after a 69 lifted him to one under.
“I didn’t quite have the same control and I didn’t expect to come out and play the same as I did yesterday,” said Donald.
“It’s very hard to replicate that and it was definitely tougher out there, but it was slightly disappointing that I didn’t take advantage of some of the opportunities I had.”
The 33-year-old, now effectively in a head-to-head with Westwood for the top spot on the rankings with Martin Kaymer down at three over, was not about to blame his demise on the new-look Surrey course, though.
While Ian Poulter and Paul Casey both slammed the changes made two years ago - Poulter spoke after going in the new stream at the last and taking seven - Donald stayed calm.
“They’ve made it very challenging, but as long as you come into the tournament with that mindset then you shouldn’t have any grumbles.”
He also sees it as useful preparation for the coming US Open, but he was not without any criticism.
“There are a couple of holes where I think some softening could help. I looked at the pin position for 15 tomorrow – looks like it’s 2 1/2 paces from the right.
“I mean, it’s a 500-yard par four with a huge bunker in front. You miss three yards right, you’re off a slope and you play to the middle of the green you’ve probably got a 40-foot putt at best.”