Bjorn fires 62; leads by 2 at Wentworth
05/22/2014 4:05 PM
05/22/2014 4:05 PM
Surrey, England (SportsNetwork.com) - Thomas Bjorn fired a course-record tying 10-under 62 on Thursday as he grabbed 2-stroke lead with the opening round of the BMW PGA Championship suspended due to darkness.
Bjorn's 62 matched the record that Robert Karlsson set in 2010 on the West Course at Wentworth Club. The Dane earned his 15th tour title in December, but has missed the cut in his last two worldwide events.
"Last week was awful and I was starting to feel a little frustrated with things and in practice this week, I was not good either," Bjorn admitted.
Shane Lowry fired an 8-under 64 to grab second place, while Rafael Cabrera- Bello birdied four of the last six holes to post 65.
Gary Stal is alone in fourth after carding a 6-under 66 in the opening round. Anthony Wall, Justin Walters and Fabrizio Zanotti share fifth place at minus-5.
Rory McIlroy, Martin Kaymer and Henrik Stenson are among six players tied for eighth at 4-under 68.
Defending champion Matteo Manassero struggled to an 8-over 80 and he is tied for last place.
There were two lightning delays earlier in the day, which eventually led to the round being suspended due to darkness.
Bjorn opened with a birdie on the second and came back with another on the par-5 fourth. After a pair of pars, he converted a birdie chance on No. 7.
Around the turn, Bjorn caught fire. He converted back-to-back birdie chances at 10 and 11. Bjorn followed with a 10-foot eagle chance on the 12th.
At the 14th, he birdied that par-3 and came back two holes later with another birdie on the 16th. Bjorn closed his round with a birdie on the par-5 18th.
"You shoot great rounds in your career, but to shoot 62 on this course, you can't ask for more. I don't really know where to start," Bjorn said. "To step out on this course of all courses and play like I did today was surprising. It was just one of those days where you walk off the course and think I want to keep playing."
Lowry birdied the first two holes, then tripped to a bogey on the third. He got that right back with a birdie on the fourth. He again traded a bogey for a birdie from the seventh.
The two-time European Tour winner, who has missed the cut in six of his nine starts this year, flew up the leaderboard with four birdies in the first five holes of the back nine. Lowry jumped into second place with birdies at 16 and 17, before closing with a birdie at the last.
NOTES: The first round will resume at 7:15 a.m. local time on Friday, and second round tee times will be delayed 15 minutes ... Ian Poulter and Justin Rose opened with 2-under 70s, while Luke Donald and Peter Hanson both carded a 71.