SA’s Justin Harding tied for the lead at European Tour PGA Championship

Justin Harding

Justin Harding

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England’s Tyrrell Hatton, South African Justin Harding and Spain’s Adri Arnaus shared the PGA Championship lead after the primary spherical at Wentworth on Thursday.

World quantity 15 Hatton carded an eagle, 5 birdies and a solitary bogey to complete six beneath par, a complete matched late all through the day by Harding and Arnaus.

Shane Lowry, the 2019 British Open champion, Eddie Pepperell, Matt Fitzpatrick and Gavin Inexperienced had been a shot off the lead on 5 beneath.

Scottish Open winner Aaron Rai and former world important Justin Rose had been a part of the group on 4 beneath.

Irrespective of needing on-course therapy for as soon as extra spasms, Ian Poulter achieved birdie, birdie, eagle to return a 69.

Former Masters champion Patrick Reed wished to easily settle for a spot 70 after a double bogey on his remaining gap.

Hatton grew up not far from Wentworth and customarily obtained proper right here to actually certainly one of many European Tour’s flagship occasions as a spectator, whereas he went into the final phrase spherical in 2016 a shot off the lead before ending seventh.

“My dad used to convey me up correct proper right here, it was thought-about actually certainly one of my favorite factors to do after I was a child so that is what makes this week so particular,” Hatton acknowledged.

“To carry the trophy correct proper right here is actually a purpose of mine and hopefully I can play appropriately the following few days and provides myself the prospect to do this. That could possibly be very particular.”

Basic first spherical scores all through the European Tour PGA Championship at Wentworth, England (GBR and IRL until acknowledged, par 72):

66 – Adri Arnaus (ESP), Justin Harding (RSA), Tyrrell Hatton

67 – Shane Lowry, Eddie Pepperell, Gavin Inexperienced (MAL), Matthew Fitzpatrick

68 – Andrew Johnston, Joachim B. Hansen (DEN), Scott Hend (AUS), Justin Rose, Ryan Fox (NZL), Wade Ormsby (AUS), Aaron Rai, Matthias Schwab (AUT)

69 – Matt Wallace, Joakim Lagergren (SWE), Grant Forrest, Robert Rock, Ian Poulter, Victor Perez (FRA), Garrick Higgo (RSA), Benjamin Hebert (FRA)

70 – David Horsey, Matthew Southgate, James Morrison, Bernd Wiesberger (AUT), Rasmus Hojgaard (DEN), Masahiro Kawamura (JPN), Patrick Reed (USA), Lee Westwood

71 – Richie Ramsay, Kalle Samooja (FIN), Matthieu Pavon (FRA), Kristoffer Broberg (SWE), Danny Willett, Romain Langasque (FRA), Alvaro Quiros (ESP), Tapio Pulkkanen (FIN), Kiradech Aphibarnrat (THA), Andy Sullivan, Thorbjorn Olesen (DEN), Tommy Fleetwood, Fabrizio Zanotti (PAR), Michael Bullen, Min Woo Lee (AUS)

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