BMW PGA Championship report: Jon Rahm and Danny Willett share lead

Jon Rahm saved par at the last and shares the lead
Jon Rahm saved par at the last and shares the lead

Jon Rahm and Danny Willett will enter the final round of the BMW PGA Championship tied for the lead. Ben Coley reports on Saturday's action at Wentworth.

Leaderboard

-15 Willett, Rahm

-12 Sharma, Rose, Bezuidenhout

-10 Ramsay, Cabrera Bello

-9 Reed

Day three report

Jon Rahm gave away his advantage with a sloppy finish to the third round of the BMW PGA Championship, but nevertheless shares the lead with Danny Willett heading into Sunday.

Willett's bogey at the 15th, followed by a Rahm birdie at the 16th, looked set to ensure the Spaniard held the aces as he moved into an ominous two-stroke advantage.

But a three-putt bogey at the par-five 17th, where he was greenside in two, followed by a scrappy par at the last, allowed Willett to move back level.

The 2016 Masters champion birdied the par-five closing hole for the first time this week to shoot 68 and reach 15-under, with Rahm matching that score to ensure the pair remain deadlocked with 18 holes remaining.

"Those last two holes made it feel a lot worse than it really was," said Rahm.

"I might have lost a little bit of focus. It's golf, things like this happen, but it doesn't take from how good of a day I had."

Shubhankar Sharma took his birdie tally to 19 for the week as he moved into a share of third with Christiaan Bezuidenhout and Justin Rose, the latter no doubt frustrated to drop a shot at the last having eagled the 17th to leap into the mix.

Richie Ramsay continued his serene progress with a round of 67 to move to within five of the lead and a tie for sixth with Rafa Cabrera Bello, with Patrick Reed next after a birdie-birdie finish to reach nine-under.

The round of the day belonged to Rory McIlroy who, having made the cut on the number following successive 15-foot putts on Friday, cut through the pack with a seven-under 65 which featured an eagle at the 12th.

McIlroy starts the final round nine shots off the lead and in need of something like the course record 62 which Alex Noren produced to win this title in 2017.

Rahm started Saturday's third round with a birdie and was flawless to the turn, before dropping a shot at the par-three 10th for the second day running.

Birdies at the 12th, 13th and 15th holes saw him move back into the lead, which was briefly two until he missed a 12-foot birdie putt at the 17th and then carelessly missed again to drop a shot.

At the 18th, his decision to hit driver backfired as his ball found the base of a bush but, following a penalty stroke, he salvaged par with a brave 15-foot putt to ensure that he remains tied at the top.

Willett was also out in 32 despite a bogey at the first, though he too was unable to avoid dropping a shot after a pulled drive into the trees at 15, handing Rahm the outright lead.

The Sheffield man could only par the following two holes but a regulation birdie at the last ensures he remains in a share of first place heading into Sunday as he seeks to add to last year's high-profile victory in the DP World Tour Championship.

To do so he'll have to fend off Rahm and perhaps Rose, who was treading water a little until an eagle at the 17th but will feel he ought to have done better than a three-under 69 to lie three off the pace.

Sharma also bogeyed the last in an otherwise excellent 66, but to even be in contention having made an eight on the fourth hole of the event counts as a remarkable effort from the back-to-form Indian.

Bezuidenhout meanwhile has made just two mistakes all tournament, best in the field, despite it being his Wentworth debut. The recent Valderrama winner beat Rahm there and if he can somehow overhaul the world number six on Sunday, it may be good enough.

Rahm, though, looks like he will be hard to beat despite his late mishaps.

"Looking forward to it - it's going to take a good round of golf to get this done," added the Spaniard, who reflected again on Jose Maria Olazabal's exit from the tournament on Friday night.

Forty-eight hours on from that and Rahm may well be a five-time European Tour winner before he even turns 25, in the process deepening the Spanish association with this famous event. Not that it will be easy.

Like what you've read?
Help your friends Know It All by sharing this article to your social media.

Most Read

Check out the latest daily tipping preview1

Wednesday's racing preview

Grace And Danger can finally hit the mark in Listed company at Bath, according to Anita Chambers - she has a tip for every race.

Football gossip and transfer rumours from the back pages2

Paper Talk: Spurs line up Jose

Wednesday's Paper Talk includes Tottenham's pursuit of Jose Mourinho to replace Mauricio Pochettino should be leave the club.

Check out the day's main market movers and most backed3

Market Movers: Punters wreak havoc

Newcomer Cry Havoc has been the best-backed horse of the day at Sky Bet ahead of her debut at Kempton while Sam Spinner is on the drift ahead of his chasing debut.

Sporting Life's NAP of the day4

Daily Nap: Yes Chef!

Ben Linfoot heads to Kempton Park for the Sporting Life Daily Nap on Wednesday with one of Jim Boyle's fancied to prevail.

5

This Manager's Life: Sabri Lamouchi

Sabri Lamouchi is hoping his new club will give him the time to build a Premier League side. Tom Carnduff speaks with September's Manager of the Month.

Most Read

Check out the latest daily tipping preview1

Wednesday's racing preview

Grace And Danger can finally hit the mark in Listed company at Bath, according to Anita Chambers - she has a tip for every race.

Football gossip and transfer rumours from the back pages2

Paper Talk: Spurs line up Jose

Wednesday's Paper Talk includes Tottenham's pursuit of Jose Mourinho to replace Mauricio Pochettino should be leave the club.

Check out the day's main market movers and most backed3

Market Movers: Punters wreak havoc

Newcomer Cry Havoc has been the best-backed horse of the day at Sky Bet ahead of her debut at Kempton while Sam Spinner is on the drift ahead of his chasing debut.

Sporting Life's NAP of the day4

Daily Nap: Yes Chef!

Ben Linfoot heads to Kempton Park for the Sporting Life Daily Nap on Wednesday with one of Jim Boyle's fancied to prevail.

5

This Manager's Life: Sabri Lamouchi

Sabri Lamouchi is hoping his new club will give him the time to build a Premier League side. Tom Carnduff speaks with September's Manager of the Month.

Racing Tips

Check out the latest daily tipping preview

Wednesday's racing preview

Grace And Danger can finally hit the mark in Listed company at Bath, according to Anita Chambers - she has a tip for every race.

Sporting Life's NAP of the day

Daily Nap: Yes Chef!

Ben Linfoot heads to Kempton Park for the Sporting Life Daily Nap on Wednesday with one of Jim Boyle's fancied to prevail.

Check out the latest daily racing preview

Thursday's racing preview

Keith Hamer previews all of Thursday's racing in the UK and Ireland with his best bet coming at Brighton.

Next Race Off

13:50 Wetherby
1
(0)
Zeb Spirit
J: D A Jacob
2
(0)
Frankadore
J: G Sheehan
9
(0)
Lady Shanawell
J: R P McLernon

Football Tips

Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Alexandre Lacazette celebrate a goal for Arsenal in Valencia

Sporting Life Tipping Record

A look at how the Sporting Life recommended bets have performed in October 2019.

All of Sporting Life's current best bets across a range of sports

Our best bets

Check out Sporting Life's best bets across racing, football and more.

Our best bets for Tuesday's Euro 2020 Qualifying action

Euro 2020: Tuesday's preview & tips

The latest international break comes to an end on Tuesday and Tom Carnduff picks out his best bets - all at prices of odds-against.