Worksop golfer Lee Westwood carded a credible second-round 71 to enter the weekend in the BMW PGA Championship on two under par.
Westwood, who is now based in Florida, is eight shots behind joint leaders Thomas Bjorn and Shane Lowry.
The 41-year-old said he was “very happy” after a second consecutive round of 71 but he expressed his frustration over the disparity between Thursday and Friday’s level of difficulty in regards to pin positions at Wentworth, saying: “I don’t understand the reason for drastic difference in flag positions from day one and day two – I was always under the impression that you set the golf course up the same the first two days and you just rely on the conditions, that’s the only thing that can affect it.”
Sheffield putter Danny Willett narrowly made the cut and is two shots over par.
Former world number one Luke Donald carded a superb 67, the lowest round of yesterday, to move into contention. He finished four behind Bjorn and Lowry and one ahead of the likes of Henrik Stenson, Jonas Blixt and Rory McIlroy.
“When we were warming up the rain was coming down pretty heavy and the wind was blowing hard,” said 2011 and 2012 champion Donald, who would join Colin Montgomerie, Bernhard Langer, Nick Faldo and Peter Alliss in winning the European Tour’s flagship event three or more times.
“It was wet for six or seven holes but for the rest of the day it was pretty nice. I’m happy with the way I played and I holed some long putts which is always a bonus.
“Being nine behind after the first day seems like a big mountain to climb but now I’m back in position to try to win this championship again.”
Donald finished his round in style with a birdie from 25 feet on the 18th and added: “Dinner will taste good, I might enjoy a little curry. It’s hard to fine a good curry back in the States but there’s some good ones round here.”