Donald spices up his Wentworth challenge

England's John Parry during day two of the BMW PGA Championship at the Wentworth Club, Surrey.
England's John Parry during day two of the BMW PGA Championship at the Wentworth Club, Surrey.
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Luke Donald planned to treat himself to a curry after moving into contention for a third BMW PGA Championship title in four years yesterday.

Donald carded a superb 67 at Wentworth to finish six under par, four shots behind joint leaders Thomas Bjorn and Shane Lowry and one ahead of the likes of Henrik Stenson and Rory McIlroy.

The former world No 1 carded six birdies and an eagle after the weather improved in the late afternoon, with a run of five threes in succession from the eighth culminating in an eagle on the 12th.

“When we were warming up the rain was coming down pretty heavy and the wind was blowing hard,” said 2011 and 2012 champion Donald, who would join the likes of Colin Montgomerie, Bernhard Langer and Nick Faldo as a three-time champion of the European Tour’s flagship event.

“It was wet for six or seven holes but for the rest of the day it was pretty nice. I’m happy with the way I played and I holed some long putts which is always a bonus.

“Being nine behind after the first day seems like a big mountain to climb but now I’m back in position to try to win this championship again.”

Donald finished his round in style with a birdie from 25 feet on the 18th and added: “Dinner will taste good, I might enjoy a good curry. It’s hard to fine one in the States.”

Bjorn had set a new course record with his opening 62 and was pleased to recover from two over par after seven holes on Friday to return a 72, three better than playing partner Stephen Gallacher managed as the Scot fell away to one over for the week.

“Those were tough conditions for everybody out there today,” said the 43-year-old Dane. “Especially on the front nine it was extremely difficult to get into a rhythm. We played those first four holes in I don’t know how long, and we had a couple of rulings in front of us. It was just impossible to find a good rhythm.” Bjorn birdied two of the last four holes to finish where he started the day, on 10 under.

The frustrations continued for Harrogate’s John Parry who missed a 13th successive cut after shooting 78 for the second day running.

Sheffield’s Danny Willett scraped into the weekend on two over par after his second 73 of the week.