Wentworth - Germany's Maximilian Kieffer and England's
Oliver Fisher leapt to the top of the European PGA Championship leaderboard as
the second round got underway at Wentworth on Friday.
Kieffer, ranked 288th in the world, had a golden start to
his back nine making three birdies and an eagle in four holes from the 11th to
join overnight leader Johan Carlsson, who was an afternoon starter, and get to
six-under par after 15 holes.
Kieffer had briefly taken the outright lead at seven-under
but a bogey on the par-4 15th saw him fall back level with Fisher and Carlsson.
Twenty-eight-year-old Fisher, aiming for his first European
Tour win since 2011, was making the most of the perfect conditions.
He was four-under for the day and six-under in total after
eagling the par-5 12th despite a nervy start when he dropped a shot at the
And there was progress for Lee Westwood, winless in this
tournament after 23 attempts, as he went to five-under the card after going out
in 32, three-under par, to be level with Belgium's Thomas Pieters after 10
South Africa's Branden Grace, who was subject of a drop
controversy in the first round, was a shot back on four-under level with Henrik
Stenson with the pair having nine holes of their second round left.
Grace was heavily criticised by TV commentators, including
former European Ryder Cup captain Paul McGinley, and some fellow players for
taking a free drop in a bunker on the 13th on Thursday. He claimed his stance
would have been affected by a rubber mat in the sand and claimed the drop on
his way to a 68.
Grace had conferred with rules officials but the incident
occurred on the same day another South African, Ernie Els, called a two-shot
penalty on himself.
Ian Poulter was failing to make sufficient ground after his
first round 76 left him struggling to make the cut. He failed to make a birdie
on his front nine and only got his round into red figures with a two at the
Poulter admitted on social media he was so frustrated by his
first round efforts that he had been awake since 4am ahead of teeing off on
Friday but only a flurry of birdies looked likely to save him a spot at the
A trio of players - Scott Jamieson of Scotland, Francesco
Molinari of Italy and Thailand's Kiradech Aphibarnrat - were on five-under par
but yet to start their second rounds.