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Bjorn, Lowry share lead at Wentworth
Surrey, England (SportsNetwork.com) - Thomas Bjorn managed an even-par 72 on Friday and dropped into a share of the lead after two rounds of the BMW PGA Championship.
Shane Lowry posted a 2-under 70 to join Bjorn in the lead at 10-under-par 134. Bjorn earned his 15th tour title in December, while Lowry picked up his second title in 2012 in Portugal.
Two-time winner Luke Donald fired a 5-under 67 to soar into a share of third place at minus-6. He was joined there by Rafael Cabrera-Bello, who stumbled to a 1-over 73 in round two.
Rory McIlroy, Henrik Stenson and Jonas Blixt all carded 1-under 71s. They are tied for fifth at 5-under 139 with Fabrizio Zanotti, who managed an even-par 72 on Friday.
Two-time winner Anders Hansen shot 3-under 69 to move into a tie for ninth. He is one of five players tied at 4-under 140.
Bjorn, who had missed the cut in his last two events, tripped to a bogey on the first. After five pars in a row, he faltered to another bogey to slide into a share of the lead with Lowry, who parred the first six holes on Friday.
After his bogey on seven, Bjorn parred four in a row around the turn. As he did that, Lowry stumbled to his second bogey in two days on the par-4 seventh. For the second straight day, he bounced right back with a birdie on No. 8.
Lowry then made a mess of the ninth as he struggled to a double-bogey. Bjorn birdied the 12th to move three ahead, but Lowry birdied the 10th to get back within two.
Bjorn stumbled to a bogey on No. 13, then Lowry birdied the 12th for the second straight day to forge a tie at minus-8. Bjorn bounced back with a birdie on the 15th, where he holed a bunker shot for birdie and the lead.
The Dane closed with a birdie at the 18th to get in at 10-under.
"Those were tough conditions out there for everybody, especially on the front nine. It was extremely difficult to get into a rhythm. We played those first four holes in I don't know how long. We had a couple rulings in front of us. It was just impossible to find that rhythm," said Bjorn. "Then Retief (Goosen) left us with injury after five holes and we got caught in a two-ball. It just seemed like we were waiting and waiting for a long time. I was pretty pleased with the way I finished the round."
Lowry parred four in a row from the 13th before closing with birdies at 17 and 18 to join Bjorn atop the leaderboard.
"To finish birdie-birdie was nice especially since I played the back nine lovely after a sloppy double-bogey on nine. I was there mentally today," Lowry said. "It was tough for the front nine with the rain, but it was a nice back nine and I took advantage of it."
NOTES: Matteo Manassero, last year's winner, posted a 71, but missed the cut by five strokes ... The cut line fell at 2-over-par 146 with 74 players moving on to the weekend ... Among those that missed the cut were Niclas Fasth, 1994 champion Jose Maria Olazabal, Darren Clarke, three-time runner-up Ernie Els and Charl Schwartzel.
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