Dodt seizes outright lead in Wentworth

May 28: Two-time Asian Tour winner Andrew Dodt of Australia fired a sparkling four-under-par 68 under testing conditions to seize a one stroke lead in the penultimate round of the BMW PGA Championship on Saturday.

Dodt charged up the leaderboard with five birdies against a bogey to end the day on eight-under-par 208 total at the revamped West Course of the Wentworth Club.

South African Branden Grace sits in second place following a 70 while Francesco Molinari (74) of Italy and Lee Westwood (72) of England shared third on 211.

“I just wanted to hit each shot at a time and commit to that shot, which I think I did. I had a few chances early on I didn’t quite take, and then just played a solid back nine, and it got a little bit tricky with the wind.

“I’ve been working pretty hard on the mental side. I think that helped me today for sure and probably my short game as well. I needed to tidy it up a bit over the last few months and I didn’t need it too much today because my long game was pretty good. It all feels pretty good.

“There will be a few nerves, a lot of nerves there but I’ve just got to try to do what I’ve been doing the last three days and if I can do that, I can give myself a chance,” said the 31-year-old Dodt.

Thai star Kiradech Aphibarnrat bounced back with a 71 to trail by five shots in tied-eighth place while countryman Thongchai Jaidee slipped to tied-56th on 220 following a disappointing 76.

Reigning Order of Merit champion Scott Hend of Australia carded a 71 to stay nine shots off the pace in tied-34th position while India’s S.S.P. Chawrasia posted a 74 to settle for a share of 47th place at the BMW PGA Championship.