Rolex Series

Day three digest: 2021 BMW PGA Championship

Everything you need to know from day three of the third Rolex Series event of the 2021 Race to Dubai.

First at Wentworth

Francesco leapt into the lead, the Ryder Cup race was going to the wire, Kiradech was not afraid of a little water and Billy was eyeing a big win in round three of the 2021 BMW PGA Championship.

Here is everything you need to know from Moving Day at Wentworth Golf Club.

Laporta hits the front

Francesco Laporta is looking to join an exclusive club on Sunday. Only Tony Jacklin, Anders Hansen, Scott Drummond and Byeong-hun An have won their first European Tour titles at the BMW PGA Championship and the Italian is looking to become player number five. He fired a 69 on Saturday to get to 14 under and lead the way by one from Laurie Canter. "It will be tough," he said. "It will be tough. But I like to be under pressure. This is what we play for. The crowd is amazing and I'm just looking forward to playing tomorrow and seeing all the crowds."

Lowry ready for the fight

The battle for the final automatic Ryder Cup place is going right down to the wire. Shane Lowry was in the team on Thursday morning but in the past three days he has been in and out and in and out and on Saturday night, he was out. The Irishman was a mere 2.34 points behind Lee Westwood due to one holed putt on the 18th hole. There are a host of scenarios that could still play out before Padraig Harrington makes his picks and Lowry will be battling right to the last. "It's been a stressful week but I'm proud of myself and the way I've handled it and played some good golf and put myself in position," said Lowry. "I've been in big, high pressure situations before and I'm not going to back down or shy away. I'm going to go out tomorrow and work as hard as I can to achieve my career long goal."

Horschel searching for a career highlight

It was clear after his debut two years ago that Wentworth and the BMW PGA Championship had made an impression on Billy Horschel. A lifelong fan of the event, it had been his dream to play in it and now he has set his sights on a win - a win he would rank alongside a victory in the 'fifth Major'. "There's tournaments as pros that we want to win, the Players, the Majors, maybe a few others but as an American, you don't usually say a tournament on the European Tour," he said. "To win the BMW PGA Championship would be equal to me as a Players Championship." He enters Sunday two shots off the lead.

Full commitment from Kiradech

It took Kiradech Aphibarnrat 15 holes to make his first birdie on Saturday but you can't say it was for a want of trying. Just look at this on the 11th.

Flag hunters

Sometimes the flag can be your enemy, as Justin Rose found out on the eighth green.

And sometimes it's hard to tell if it's your friend or your enemy. Just ask Marcus Armitage.

No putter required

At an event where the Ryder Cup is centre stage, one of the heroes of 2014 was putting on a show. Take a bow Stephen Gallacher.

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