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    Three storylines to look at for the ultimate spherical

    The BMW Championship was shortened to 3 rounds following the loss of life of Queen Elizabeth II.

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    After an eventful week that includes the continued bickering between the PGA Tour-DP World Tour and LIV Golf, and the loss of life of a monarch, it’s a Scandinavian duo who discover them themselves atop the leaderboard heading into the ultimate spherical of the shortened BMW PGA Championship.

    Denmark’s Soren Kjeldsen and Norway’s Viktor Hovland are tied at 12-under after Saturday’s second spherical of the DP World Tour’s flagship occasion and lead by one over three golfers, together with Rory McIlroy.

    The occasion was shortened to 54 holes after play was suspended Thursday and canceled Friday following the loss of life of Queen Elizabeth II.

    Listed here are three storylines we’re watching heading into the third and closing spherical:

    Scandinavian success

    Hovland opened the match with a 64 Thursday, earlier than play was suspended, and was tied for the lead when the second spherical started Saturday morning. A 68 has him tied with Kjeldsen, whose scores have been flipped with Hovland, opening with 68 after which climbing up the leaderboard with a 64 Saturday.

    His 8-under spherical was the second-best of the day, solely bettered by Min Woo Lee’s 62, and he even bogeyed the primary. He shortly made up floor, selecting up 4 strokes in 4 holes, on 4 by seven, after which making 5 birdies on the inward 9.

    “I made a number of extra putts as we speak,” Kjeldsen mentioned. “I putted respectable on Thursday, however I putted effectively as we speak, so there was the 4 photographs.”

    He practically made yet another putt, after leaving himself 10 toes for eagle at Wentworth’s par-5 ending gap. However his putt simply stayed excessive.

    “It’s a recreation like that, isn’t it?” Kjeldsen requested. “If you happen to solely concentrate on those you miss, you’re going to have a reasonably depressing time so it’s higher to spend time fascinated about those you make. I actually strive to do this.”

    Hovland, in the meantime went 32 holes, this week earlier than making his first bogey, which got here on the fifteenth gap Saturday.

    How did he rebound? Birdies at 16 and 18 to complete off his day and keep tied with Kjeldsen.

    The world No. 9 credited his constant play to his iron play, as he’s additionally ranked ninth this week in greens in regulation.

    “My irons have been actually good this week,” he mentioned. “I believe I’ve solely missed a handful of greens in whole for the 2 rounds, and that clearly alleviates a variety of stress.”

    Whereas neither participant is British, Kjeldsen has spent a variety of time over his life within the UK.

    With no play going down Friday and the match solely being performed over 54 holes following the Queen’s loss of life, the Dane spoke to the distinctiveness of the previous two days.

    “It was very particular,” he mentioned. “Clearly being a foreigner, however having lived right here, it’s fairly overwhelm to go really really feel what the queen has meant to the British folks, so I used to be type of taken again by that. She was clearly extremely cherished and did an ideal job. It was a particular second.”

    LIV golfers lurking

    Earlier than the suspension of play Thursday, headlines this week have been dominated by the drama that has include the assembly of LIV Golfers and different professionals. A number of have held their very own.

    On the leaderboard, LIV golfers Talor Gooch and Adrian Otaegui discover themselves firmly within the hunt, simply two again of the leaders at 10-under-par.

    Becoming a member of Gooch and Otaegui in rivalry is Justin Harding, two photographs additional again, at 8-under.

    McIlroy one again

    The PGA Tour’s largest proponent, in the meantime, is only a shot again, at 11-under. McIlroy tied his lowest spherical at Wentworth on Saturday with a bogey-free 65 to vault right into a share of third.

    Ought to he come again to say one of many DP World Tour’s largest titles, he might set himself as much as be simply the second participant to win each the PGA Tour’s FedEx Cup and the DP World Tour’s Race to Dubai. Henrik Stenson pulled off the feat in 2013. McIlroy is on high of the Race to Dubai standings this season, however Viktor Hovland might overtake him with a win.

    McIlroy has discovered himself on the forefront of the LIV vs. PGA Tour debate, and has been one of the outspoken critic of the Saudi-backed league. He mentioned profitable at Wentworth would assist make his season much more particular then it already has been.

    “We lose much more than we win, so each win is large,” McIlroy mentioned. “However with every little thing that’s happening round our recreation, every little thing that’s occurred on this nation during the last couple days, it could actually be up there as one among most memorable.  However it could be arduous to place in context the place it could sit alongside the opposite achievements that I’ve had.”

    He additionally took the prospect to level out the irony in circumstances of the shortened occasion. LIV Golf, you see, performs 54 holes.

    “I’m enthusiastic about tomorrow,” McIlroy mentioned. “I haven’t performed one among these occasions, so it’s going to be attention-grabbing to see the way it feels.“

    “54 holes?” a reporter requested what he was referring too.

    “Yeah, precisely,” McIlroy responded.

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