Willett has BMW PGA-record 29 on front 9

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) Danny Willett made six birdies in a tournament-record 29 on the front nine at the BMW PGA Championship on Friday, setting up a 4-under 68 that gave the Masters champion a three-way share of the second-round lead.

Scott Hend eagled the last for a 69 to tie Willett and Y.E. Yang (69) for the lead on 10-under 134 in the European Tour's flagship event at Wentworth.

Willett's approach shots were so precise that his successful birdie putts on Nos. 3-9 were from no more than 15 feet. The Englishman, who was among the morning starters, reached the turn holding a five-shot lead on 12 under but bogeyed four holes in the back nine - including Nos. 15-17.


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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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