Lee Westwood went to the turn in a two under 33 and led the BMW PGA Championship by one shot with nine holes to play at Wentworth today.
Trying not just to win the European Tour’s flagship event, but also to deny Luke Donald his world number one spot, Westwood hit back from a bogey at the third with three birdies in the next five.
For the second day running, Donald teed off as joint leader and made a bad start, bogeying the first two holes on this occasion.
But this time he came back with a birdie at the long fourth and by following that with five pars he was one behind, along with Yorkshireman Simon Dyson.
Joint overnight leader Matteo Manassero was only two back in fourth spot, while Colin Montgomerie’s 68 lifted him to joint sixth and in with a great chance of his first top 10 finish for almost three years.
Donald drew level with a six-footer at the short 10th, only for Westwood to grab a rare birdie on the 480-yard 12th.
He was six under, Donald five under and then there was a two-shot gap to Manassero and Dyson, who bogeyed the 13th.