Rory lights up again – for 17 holes

Rory McIlroy blamed a sudden gust of wind for a disappointing finish in Saturday’s 3rd round at Wentworth.

Rory McIlroy blamed a sudden gust of wind for a disappointing finish in Saturday’s 3rd round of the BMW PGA Championship at Wentworth.
A birdie on the last hole of his second round had enabled the 22-year-old world number six to survive the halfway cut with nothing to spare but things were very 24 hours later.

This time his five-wood second on this par five hole found the controversial stream in front of the green.

And so, after four earlier birdies, the resultant bogey six meant a three under par 68 and one over total that left him seven shots behind overnight leaders Luke Donald, Alvaro Quiros and Matteo Manassero, who had yet to tee off inn the third round.

“I hit it really well, but the wind came back into my face almost as soon as I hit it,” said the Northern Irishman, who was trying to overcome an awful opening 76 that had left him 12 shots adrift of Donald.

“I played a really good round and am very disappointed with the last, but a 68 in these conditions was a pretty good score.

“I don’t know who set the course up, but some of the pin placings were just brutal.

:I don’t know what they were thinking – people want to see us making birdies and hitting it close.”

Welshman Rhys Davies improved from two over to one under, but then double-bogeyed the ninth, while playing partner Colin Montgomerie mixed two birdies with two bogeys on the outward half to remain at two over.

Paul Casey, who joined Ian Poulter yesterday in criticising some of the changes to the course, was paired with Ernie Els, the man Wentworth employed to plan them.

Els had hit back at the criticism after shootinn a 68 in his second round, but neither he nor Casey was able to make a move up the leaderboard in the early stages.

After five holes they also stood at two over.