BMW PGA Championship 3rd round, Luke Donald in control. May 26 2012
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Luke Donald is in control of the BMW PGA Championship title at Wentworth after overcoming testing conditions with a third round - 3 under par, 69, at the Wentworth Club in front of record Saturday crowd of 25,176. Luke showed his class with a joint-best round of the day in strong winds, the 34 year old is now eleven under par for the tournament, and two ahead of Justin Rose in second place.
Luke is attempting to follow Sir Nick Faldo and Colin Montgomerie as the only players ever to make a successful defence of The European Tour's flagship event. Nick Faldo did it in 1980 and 1981, while Colin Montgomerie had three wins in a row from 1998 to 2000.
The overnight leader James Morrison had a very difficult day, even though he started four clear of the field after a sparkling second round 64. The world's number 236 cracked under the pressure and signed for an 81 and will go into the closing eighteen holes eight strokes behind after, a quadruple bogey eight, a triple bogey eight and three bogeys on his card.
Luke said of his day;
"The tougher the better. The good players that can be patient and deal with it are always going to rise to the top usually. That was by far my best round of the three. The wind was swirling and I hit a lot of solid shots. There were a couple of loose ones coming down the stretch, but I'm very pleased with that finish, it was hugely important for me. Physically and mentally it was tough and it's going to be a grind tomorrow."
Justin Rose was also pleased with his effort in the windy conditions;
"I'm delighted. It was one of those where I didn't realise how good a round it was until I saw that the course had taken its toll."