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Chris Wood leads at Wentworth despite Karlsson record

PGA Championship, Wentworth: third round leaderboard:
-8 C Wood (Eng) -6 R Karlsson (Swe), D Willett (Eng) -5 L Donald (Eng) -3 S Gallacher (Sco), M Siem (Ger), P Harrington (Ire), P Casey (Eng), J Kingston (SA) Selected others: level J Rose (Eng) +2 E Els (SA) +3 R McIlroy (NI) +4 L Westwood (Eng), C Montgomerie (Sco)


Chris Wood

Highlights - The best of Wood's round

England's Chris Wood carded a valiant 67 to take a two-shot lead into the final round of the PGA Championship at the newly-renovated Wentworth.

The 22-year-old, joint third at last year's Open, had six birdies to reach eight under and leads from Robert Karlsson, who fired a course record 62.

Karlsson flew in on a private jet after thinking he had missed the cut.

Danny Willett is also six under after an eventful 70 but overnight leader Luke Donald dropped back to five under.

Wood, who would have been part of the Tom Watson/Stewart Cink play-off at Turnberry last year had he not bogeyed the final hole after hitting a nine-iron an incredible 210 yards and through the green, is playing in his first PGA Championship.

Chris Woods

Wood hits shot of the day at Wentworth

He had three straight birdies on the front nine and when he made another birdie at the 12th after a 334-yard drive and an approach to within three feet, he held a three-stroke advantage.

Two shots went in three holes but he recovered to birdie the 16th and saved par at the last after an exquisite downhill bunker shot finished inches from the cup.

"I didn't really feel like I was hitting the ball as well as I'd like to," he insisted. "But I certainly feel my game is there to win and I've just got to go out there and play the golf course."

Karlsson, the 2008 Order of Merit winner, was almost back to his Monte Carlo home when he discovered that three over was good enough to stay in the tournament.

Having been informed of the cut figure he flew to Paris, slept for two hours near the airport then paid out £11,000 for a jet to London, arriving at the course an hour before his 0855 tee time.

Karlsson nearly misses tee time

The 40-year-old, who has 10 European Tour titles to his credit, missed most of 2009 because of an eye condition but returned to winnings ways in January by claiming the Qatar Masters title in Doha, where he withstood the challenge of both Lee Westwood and Paul Casey.

He birdied five of the opening seven holes on a warm summer's morning at the West Course after beginning his round sharing 63rd place.

Back-to-back threes at the sixth and seventh took him to the turn in just 30 shots and he added four more birdies on the way home, capping his round with a 12-footer at the last, where he made a double bogey seven on Friday.

South Korean teenager Noh Seung-yul also raced up the leaderboard in the morning, shooting a 66 after going out in the first pairing of the day to reach two under.

The 18-year-old, whose win in the Malaysian Open in March made him the second youngest European Tour champion, would have gone even lower but for a bogey at the penultimate hole.

606: DEBATE

Defending champion Casey had been expected to feature prominently in round three but dropped three shots in a row on the back nine and will begin the final day five shots off the pace.

Donald made a poor start, dropping shots at the first two holes after finding sand both times, and although he chipped in to eagle the fourth, two more shots went on the front nine in an unusually errant display and he finished with a 72.

The intrepid Willett, who led after the first round, remained in contention two back after an enthralling round featuring seven birdies, four bogeys and a double bogey.

Ernie Els, who orchestrated the controversial course changes and saw his ball disappear into the new brook at the 18th in round one, this time found the huge extended lake that winds into the green at the challenging eighth and took a triple bogey.

Willett happy with 'exciting' round

The 40-year-old South African then ran up four successive bogeys on the back nine for a 76 which left him at two over.

Justin Rose recorded the first eagle at the 610-yard 17th this week with a 335-yard drive, 273-yard three-wood and 14-foot putt and moved up to level for the tournament after a round of 70.

World number three Lee Westwood birdied the final two holes to salvage a 73 but is a distant 12 shots off the lead at four over.



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