McIlroy blown away at Wentworth

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Updated: May 26, 2012

The high wind that gripped the West course of Wentworth in the afternoon blew away World No1 Rory McIlroy and almost knocked out Lee Westwood. It also slammed open the doors for world No2 Luke Donald to repeat his feat of last year.

The BMW PGA Championship has a surprise leader at the halfway stage of the tournament in England’s James Morrison, who took full advantage of benign morning conditions and shot a brilliant round of eight-under par 64 to take a four-shot lead into the weekend. The 27-year-old eagled the final par-5 18th hole for the second day in succession and made six birdies in a bogey-free round.

Sharing second place on 136 were world No 2 and defending champion Luke Donald (68) and his fellow Briton David Drysdale (70). Ireland’s Peter Lawrie (71) was a further stroke adrift alongside Spain’s Alvaro Quiros (70).

On the PGA Tour, red-hot Jason Dufner remained on track for a third PGA Tour victory in just four weeks by surging into a two-shot lead in Friday’s second round of the Colonial Invitational in Fort Worth, Texas.

The laid-back American, who won his second title on the US circuit at the Byron Nelson Championship on Sunday, fired a flawless six-under-par 64 on another hot and breezy day at the iconic Colonial Country Club.

Dufner covered his last nine holes in a sizzling four-under 31 to post an 11-under total of 129, two better than overnight leader and 2010 champion Zach Johnson, who carded a 67.

Fellow Americans Bo Van Pelt (64) and Tommy Gainey (67) were a further two strokes back at seven under, one better than compatriot Tom Gillis (69).

Dufner, who needed 164 PGA Tour starts before clinching his maiden victory at the New Orleans Classic four weeks ago, continued where he left off on Thursday after shooting a 65.

A stroke behind the pacesetting Johnson overnight, the 35-year-old birdied the 13th and 17th to take over at the top after teeing off at the par-four 10th.