Willett trails 3 by 1 stroke at BMW PGA

England's Danny Willett drives off the 7th tee during day three of the Irish Open at The K Club, County Kildare Ireland. Saturday May 21, 2016. (Brian Lawless /PA via AP) UNITED KINGDOM OUT - NO SALES - NO ARCHIVES

VIRGINIA WATER, England (AP) Masters champion Danny Willett got off to another fast start on the European Tour, shooting a 6-under 66 to be a stroke behind a trio of leaders after the first round of the BMW PGA Championship on Thursday.

Y.E. Yang, Scott Hend and Joost Luiten shared the lead on a day of low scoring in perfect conditions at the tour's headquarters at Wentworth.

Willett, the only member of the world's top 20 competing in the tournament, was the first-round leader at the Irish Open last week but was eventually reeled in by Rory McIlory, and closed with a final-round 77. Playing in front of his home fans for the first time since winning at Augusta, the Englishman fed off their encouragement.


Money Leaders: European
Rank Player Earnings
1 D.Willett €2,794,349
2 R.McIlroy €1,988,304
3 L.Oosthuizen €1,581,984
4 R.Cabrera Bello €1,425,394
5 H.Stenson €1,095,083
6 L.Westwood €986,453
7 B.Grace €950,430
8 J.Luiten €742,532
9 C.Schwartzel €733,041
10 S.Kjeldsen €711,722
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