Colin Montgomerie sets off this afternoon with a two shot lead in the millennium edition of the Volvo PGA Championship at Wentworth Club in his bid to become the first player to win the title for a third successive year.
Montgomerie heads the field with a twelve under par total of 132 following a brilliant second round 65 on Saturday. Green, who completed his rain-delayed second round with second successive 67, holds second place on his own with Northern Ireland’s Darren Clarke, Swede Robert Karlsson and Scotland’s Andrew Coltart a further two shots back at eight under.
“Expectation is very high,” said Montgomerie. “There is a lot of pressure on me to do well and win three in a row. No-one has ever done that before and there’s a reason for that.
“I’m playing very well obviously and putting better. When I putt well I’m usually on top. Now I expect to win.”
But Montgomerie can expect those behind to make strong challenges over the last two rounds, particularly with five of his 1999 European Ryder Cup teammates occupying places in the top 20.
Left hander Green , winner of the Dubai Desert Classic in 1997, was in one of 13 groups left to complete their second round when darkness fell on Saturday evening. He resumed on Sunday morning at the 14th hole at eight under par and was quickly to work.
His opening four iron at the 179 yard par 3 hole sailed in close and he stroked in the birdie putt from four feet. Birdies at the 16th and 18th brought a four under par inward nine of 33 and a score of 67 taking him into second place in the championship on ten under par.
He said: “I am definitely delighted with my form. My putting has been exceptional the last two days and I am moving the ball both ways. The key was reading the wind and the conditions and I’ve been doing that”.
Of the three players on eight under WGC – Andersen Colnsulting Match-play champion Darren Clarke carded a second round 68 and played the last four holes of his second round in four under par. A birdie at 15 was followed by an eagle 3 at 17 and a birdie on the last. He said: “If I play as I can, I will have a chance. As long as Colin doesn’t go mad again.
“Colin played great and when he gets on a roll like that he is fantastic. But it’s not intimidating. I’m not intimidated by anyone. My finish made a difference. I had to do something to stay within reach of him and I managed to do that.
“I’m four behind and feel I will have to play really well to have a chance. But at Wentworth the chances do present themselves of you keep it on the fairways. Do that and you will have the birdie putts and that’s what I intend to do.”Video Highlights from Saturday