It’s a tie at the top of the BMW PGA Championship leaderboard after 54 holes at the Wentworth Club.
Byeong-hun An birdied the 18th hole to catch Francesco Molinari at the top of the leaderboard at -14 under par.
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Francesco is looking for a wire to wire win at the BMW PGA Championship at Wentworth, but Byeong-hun is seeking his first European Tour victory, and is making a real fight of it, carding a -5 under par 67 third round to Francesco’s -4 under 68.
Francesco spoke about Tommy Fleetwood holing out with a seven iron from 198 yards on the par four 4th hole on Wentworth’s West Course for just the third albatross in the history of this tournament, and putting some pressure on the guys at the top;
“There were a few guys flying at the start with the albatross and other stuff you don’t want to see when you’re leading a tournament.”
“I stayed calm and overall it was a good day.”
“Every tournament is different but to win here would be pretty much at the same level I would say as the WGC events.”
“I think it’s one of these tournaments that it’s just a little step underneath the Majors but definitely one that you want to have on your resume in your career.”
South Korean rookie Byeong is playing very well in his first season, having already recorded three top-ten finishes in an impressive start to his professional career.
“I was really consistent all day, I hit it well and then missed a couple of shots, which is possible on this course, but overall I played great today.”
Thongchai Jaidee from Thailand is in third position at -12 under par, just two shots off the pace, he signed a card for a third round -4 under par 68.
Tommy Fleetwood, apart from his Albatross, scored an Eagle on the par five 12th, to get to -11 under par for the tournament, and 4th place with a third round -7 under par 65;
“That was about as good as you can play a hole of golf.”
“Perfect drive, 198 yards to the pin. I was thinking one club less but went with a normal seven iron and it pitched seven or eight feet right of the pin and span in.”
“Wobbly [his caddie Phil Morbey] was pretty excited because it was his choice of club, not mine.”
“You have to try and calm down after that, and I fired a five iron miles over the green on the fifth with a little bit of adrenalin.”
“The last seven or eight months I’ve had a lot of top fives and a lot of top threes. I’ve come close and people have just played better than me.”
There’s not much I could have done about it. It’s just such a fine line between winning and finishing second and third. You want to be remembered for winning and it would be great to win this week.”
Miguel Angel Jiménez sits in fifth spot, thanks to another hole in one, last week it was at the Spanish Open, which won him 288 bottles of beer, this one set a new European Tour record;
“It’s very prolific this year, the last few months.”
“You get the right distance, the right club, hit a good shot and that’s the ingredients you need to make a hole-in-one. It’s nice to have the record.”