Rolex Series

Day two digest: 2020 BMW PGA Championship

Everything you need to know from the second round of the third Rolex Series event of the season.


Shane Lowry and Matthew Fitzpatrick climbed to the summit, David Howell made a lot of money for charity with a hole-in-one and Tyrrell Hatton had another good day at the office at the BMW PGA Championship on Friday.

Here is everything you need to know from the second round of the third Rolex Series event of the season.

Howell ace raises big money for charity

The birdies and eagles were flying in first thing on Friday as the early starters made the most of favourable scoring conditions. But the best shot of the morning came from 2006 champion David Howell at the par three 14th. He holed his tee shot with a seven iron from 184 yards for a magnificent hole-in-one but he didn't drive away from Wentworth in the sponsor's car parked behind the tee. Instead, £71,675.01 - the value of the car - will be donated to the Alzheimer’s Society by BMW on Howell’s behalf. Well done David.

Lowry aiming to give Ireland something to cheer about

Open Champion Lowry put on a sensational show on Friday, posting a bogey free 65 to sit alongside Fitzpatrick at the top of the leaderboard at the halfway stage. After watching the Republic of Ireland’s Euro 2020 play-off charge end in a dramatic penalty shoot-out defeat in Slovakia on Thursday night, Lowry wants to give his country something to cheer about this weekend...

No putter required for Fitzpatrick at the third and fourth

We only saw ten birdies at the tricky third hole on day two - and there weren't many better than Fitzpatrick's. After appearing to change his mind when choosing which club to use from the sand, he holed his bunker shot to make it back to back birdies. He then chipped in for an eagle on his very next hole. Who needs a putter anyway?

Poulter's pair of eagles

Starting his second round from the ninth tee, Ian Poulter got his first eagle of the day at the 12th when he chipped in from just short of the green. He made another from around five feet on the 18th before coming a matter of inches away from making a third at the long fourth. Watch out par fives, Poulter's coming to get you.

Ian Poulter

Hatton having a good week

When Lowry and Fitzpatrick set the daunting clubhouse target of 12 under early on day two, it looked like the afternoon starters would struggle to get anywhere near it due to the changing weather conditions. But despite having to deal with rain showers, Hatton bounced back from an opening bogey with six birdies to post a second round 67 and get within one shot of the leaders.

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