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Danny Willett has roller-coaster round Friday at BMW PGA Championship

May 27, 2016

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It appeared Danny Willett could do no wrong on Friday at the BMW PGA Championship. The 2016 Masters winner toured Wentworth's front nine in just 29 shots, a new course record. At 12 under for the tournament, it looked like Willett would run away with the event.

And then the back nine happened.

After logging six birdies in his first nine holes, Willett jumped on the bogey train. The 28-year-old needed a birdie on the 18th just to break 40.

"Different," Willett said afterwards, when describing his day. "Played great most of the day and dropped a couple of horrible golf shots in there."

Not helping matters was Willett's group, which included Victor Dubuisson and Soomin Lee, being put on the clock.

"Couple of shots in there (that were rushed) didn't help," Willett remarked. "But you can't blame something on bad shots."

Despite shooting 10 shots higher on his final nine, Willett sits at 10-under par for the tournament, in prime position to win in front of his home-country's fans.

"It's a lovely place to play golf," Willett said. "It's nice we can get the crowds here to support."