Bjorn five clear at Wentworth

Thomas Bjorn will enjoy a five-stroke lead at the start of the final day of the BMW PGA Championship

The Dane carded a five-under 67 to move clear of England’s Luke Donald, who got round shot a solid 68 on a rain-delayed Saturday.

The current Race to Dubai leader is chasing a 16th European Tour win and victory on Sunday will assure him of a return to the European Ryder Cup team at Gleneagles.

After a steady start to proceedings Bjorn carded six birdies in a row – just two short of the European Tour record – and made another on the 18th to cover the back nine in 30 for the second time in three days.

Rory McIlroy recovered from a double bogey on the opening hole to shoot a 69 as he finished on eight-under-par overall for a share of forth place alongside Holland’s Joost Luiten.

Bjorn had also taken six on the first while a bogey on the fifth briefly left him three shots behind Lowry, although his recovery on the back nine was far more spectacular.

“I’m starting to warm to this place,” Bjorn quipped after his round.

“I got off to a really rough start with a lot of loose swings early on but hit a really good shot on 10 and started to feel more comfortable,” the 43-year-old added.

“I probably drew a little on what I did on Thursday on the back nine, putts started to drop and you get in the zone where things start to go your way.

“I was proud of the way I handled the round and proud of my determination and the way I stayed with my golf. It was a remarkable run of holes.”

Meanwhile Donald’s flawless 68 included an eagle on the fourth and vital birdies on the 17th and 18th.

“It was very important to make those birdies because every time I looked at the leaderboard Thomas had made another one,” Donald said.

“I did not want him to get too far ahead of me and it was important to be in the last group tomorrow.