Molinari, An share lead at BMW PGA


Francesco Molinari has led all week at the BMW PGA Championship, but now he has company at the top. Here's how things look at Wentworth, where Molinari shares the lead with a former U.S. Amateur champion:

Leaderboard: Franceso Molinari (-14), Byeong-Hun An (-14), Thongchai Jaidee (-12), Tommy Fleetwood (-11), Miguel Angel Jimenez (-10), Alex Noren (-9), Shane Lowry (-8)

What it means: Molinari started the day with a one-shot cushion and played well, with birdies on three of his first eight holes. He led at one point by two shots but was caught down the stretch by An, a 23-year-old Korean who closed with five birdies on the back nine to shoot a 67.

Round of the day: Fleetwood offered one of the shots of the tournament at the par-5 fourth hole, where he holed his approach for a rare albatross. He added an eagle at the 12th and had scores of 2, 3, 4 and 5 across the four par-5s on the West Course. Fleetwood shot a 7-under 65 to move into fourth.

Best of the rest: American Peter Uihlein seemed in danger of a missed cut after an opening-round 76, but Uihlein bounced back with a 68 and shot a 6-under 66 in the third round. Uihlein opened his round with four straight birdies and was 6 under through 12 holes. At 6 under, he trails Molinari by eight shots.

Biggest disappointment: Luke Donald began the day at 4 under and on the fringe of contention, but the Englishman struggled to a 5-over 77. It dropped him all the way to a tie for 61st at 1 over, and Donald now needs a strong final round to remain in the top 60 in next week's world ranking and secure an exemption into the U.S. Open.

Main storyline heading into Sunday: The spotlight remains on Molinari, as it has all week. The Italian is clearly comfortable at this course, with top-10 finishes each of the last three years, and he has his game firing on all cylinders after a runner-up showing last week at the Open de Espana. But An showed that he can handle the pressures of the final pairing, and the two could be in for an entertaining duel.

Shot of the day: Jimenez gave the crowds reason to celebrate with an ace on the par-3 second hole. It was the Spaniard's third hole-in-one this year, and the 10th of his European Tour career, setting a new all-time record. The shot helped Jimenez to a 4-under 68.