Rose well placed, Lawrie leads at Wentworth

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Updated: May 25, 2012

 

Former Open Champion, Paul Lawrie tamed the newly designed Wentworth with a stunning opening round of 66 to put him a shot clear of a host of top names at the BMW PGA Championships.

One stroke adrift ere world number 10 Justin Rose, big-hitting Spaniard Alvaro Quiros, Briton Jamie Donaldson and Swedish duo Niclas Fasth and Richard S Johnson.

World No 1 Rory McIlroy could have done with a straighter approach shot after he took a costly six at the par-five 12th, to finish at 2 over.

World No 2 Luke Donald and third-ranked Lee Westwood were in happier moods after shooting rounds of 68 and 70 respectively.

Former world No 1 Ernie Els was all smiles after compiling a 68 on the West Course he has redesigned in recent years.

On the PGA Tour, Jason Dufner maintained his red-hot form on the PGA Tour, while fellow American Zach Johnson charged into a one-shot lead in Thursday’s opening round of the Colonial Invitational in Fort Worth.

Dufner, winner of the Byron Nelson Championship on Sunday who is seeking a third PGA Tour victory in just four weeks, opened with a 65 to finish level with fellow Americans Tom Gillis, Kyle Reifers and rookie Harris English.

Spaniard Sergio Garcia saved par from greenside bunkers on his last two holes for a 66 to share sixth place with Americans Chris DiMarco and Tommy Gainey, and Argentina’s Andres Romero.