BMW PGA Championship. Shane Joins Thomas At The Top May 23 2014
Shane Lowery /Getty ImagesAs so often happens Thomas followed his sparkling 62 with a more mundane 72, allowing Shane to catch him at the top of the leaderboard at Wentworth. Both players are now on -10 under par for the tournament, Shane scoring a second round -2 under 70, while Thomas stood still with his even par 72 round. Thomas was upset at the length of time they had to wait today, it got to him, but not Shane who said he played good golf today; "I was good out there today,"I was mentally there and really enjoyed it. It was tough for the front nine with the rain and stuff but it was a nice back nine and I managed to take advantage of it."
Thomas was more reticent; "Those were tough conditions for everybody out there today, especially on the front nine it was extremely difficult to get into a rhythm. We played those first four holes in I don't know how long, and we had a couple of rulings in front of us. It was just impossible to find a good rhythm and Retief left us with a back injury after five holes, so we got caught in a two-ball."
"It just seems like all day we were waiting and waiting for a long time on a lot of these shots. It was a tough ask today so I was pretty pleased with the way I finished the round."
Tied in third spot are Rafa Cabrera-Bello and a resurgent Luke Donald, both players are at -6 under par, four strokes back of the leaders. Luke carded the lowest round of the day with six birdies and an Eagle for -5 under par on the day and he reported that good putting has put him in contention to win again; "When we were warming up the rain was coming down pretty heavy and the wind was blowing hard. 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."
Henrik Stenson could replace Adam Scott as World Number One this week depending on their respective results, with a missed cut for Adam in the Crowne Plaza Invitational meaning Henrik would need just a top-30 finish at Wentworth. Henrik joked about the possibility;
"I will be sitting at home biting my nails all evening. I don't expect Adam to miss the cut but I played fantastic golf for four or five months last season and made more points than anyone. If I can get to number one it's on the back of that."