Wentworth - Italy's Francesco Molinari leads the way after two rounds of the
European PGA Championship here at Wentworth but several of his European
Ryder Cup team mates missed the cut.
Molinari shot a second round
68, four-under par, to head the field after making four birdies in his
last eight holes to be sitting pretty in the clubhouse by lunchtime.
cluster of players finished a shot back from Molinari, whose brother
Edoardo was two-under, including South Africa's George Coetzee, Marc
Warren of Scotland, Mark Foster from England and Spain's Alejandro
A grandstand finish from English youngster Eddie
Pepperell, who birdied the last four holes, got himself to four-under
alongside another Italian, Matteo Manassero.
weather meant few players were likely to challenge Molinari's mark at
the top of the leaderboard in the afternoon and Graeme McDowell, Rory
McIlroy, Ian Poulter and defending champion Luke Donald all failed to
make the weekend.
The cut fell at two-under par and Justin Rose
birdied the par-5 18th to just get in on the mark but 75s for McIlroy
and McDowell scuppered their chances.
The pair finished on 149,
five over par with another Ryder Cup player, Paul Lawrie two shots
better off on 147 but still heading home.
Lee Westwood, however,
was another early finisher who made the cut easily finishing on
three-under par, the same score as Ernie Els and the winner here in
2010, Simon Khan.
McIlroy missed the cut here last year and never looked happy in miserable rainy conditions.
McIlroy said: "I just was grinding and I didn't play particularly well.
couldn't give myself any chances to get any shots back and try to get
in at the weekend. It was not the weather you expect in London in May
but it was the same for everyone and some guys deal with it better than
Molinari was one of the few to get a score going in the
downpour and is in good shape to bid for a fourth win on the European
"Six-under is a good score given the conditions and it is a
great position going into the weekend. But it is a very tough golf
course so anyone even six or seven shots behind is still in it. It is
the right time of year to be in good form and hopefully it keeps going
that way," said Molinari.
Donald's exit after winning here the
last two years was one of the biggest shocks of the day but he paid the
price for his first day 78 although he claimed he is close to his best
Donald said: "I made five birdies today so it is not like I
am a million miles away. It is doing the things that Luke Donald does
well - be tidy around the green and make those putts when I need to.
am not too worried. It is never nice to miss a cut, especially here at
Wentworth, a place I have played well. I will be back - failure is a
much bigger motivator for me than success."
Poulter shot 76 for the second day on a course where he has never had much success.
"It is horses for courses and I guess this isn't my course," he said.
Leading and selected scores after the second round of the European PGA Championship here at Wentworth on Friday (GB/IRL unless stated, par 72):
138 - Francesco Molinari (ITA) 70-68
139 - Alejandro Canizares (ESP) 69-70, George Coetzee (RSA) 69-70, Mark Foster 70-69, Marc Warren 69-70
140 - Eddie Pepperell 71-69, Matteo Manassero (ITA) 69-71
141 - Ernie Els (RSA) 72-69, Lee Westwood 70-71, Simon Khan 69-72, Gregory Havret (FRA) 70-71, Shane Lowry 70-71, Niclas Fasth (SWE) 70-71
142 - Nicolas Colsaerts (BEL) 72-70, Richard Bland 71-71, Raphael Jacquelin (FRA) 71-71, Phillip Price 73-69, Lee Slattery 71-71, Edoardo Molinari (ITA) 71-71, Jason Levermore 72-70
143 - Sergio Garcia (ESP) 72-71, Thomas Bjorn (DEN) 69-74, Gonzalo Fernandez-Castano (ESP) 68-75, Alvaro Quiros (ESP) 70-73, Mikko Ilonen (FIN) 67-76, Wen-chong Liang (CHI) 75-68, James Kingston (RSA) 66-77
144- Anders Hansen (DEN) 70-74, Jaco van Zyl (RSA) 75-69, Pablo Larrazabal (ESP) 71-73, David Drysdale 71-73, Graeme Storm 73-71, Darren Clarke 74-70, Martin Kaymer (GER) 70-74, Branden Grace (RSA) 71-73, Bernd Weisberger (AUT) 73-71, Gregory Bourdy (FRA) 71-73, Alessandro Tadini (ITA) 73-71
145 - Ross Fisher 72-73, Peter Ulhlein (USA) 72-73, Thongchai Jaidee (THA) 74-71, Jbe Kruger (RSA) 71-74
146 - Colin Montgomerie 71-75, Jose Maria Olazabal (ESP) 75-71, Paul McGinley 71-75, Justin Rose 72-74
147 - Paul Lawrie 75-72
148 - Tom Lewis 73-75
149 - Rory McIlroy 74-75, Graeme McDowell 74-75
150 - Luke Donald 78-72
152 - Ian Poulter 76-76
155 - Michael Campbell (NZ) 77-78