Hatton, Spain’s Adri Arnaus and South Africa’s Justin Harding shoot 6-under 66s to set pace at Wentworth near London
66: First-round score for Adri Arnaus, Tyrrell Hatton and Justin Harding, who shared the lead at 6 under in the European Tour’s BMW PGA Championship on Thursday at Wentworth Club in Virginia Water, England. Hatton, an Englishman who has attended the European Tour's flagship event in suburban London since boyhood, is looking for his fifth victory on his home tour. Hatton, who is No. 15 in the Official World Golf Ranking and will turn 29 on Wednesday, offset one bogey with five birdies and an eagle, at the par-5 fourth hole, at Wentworth’s West Course. He played Wentworth’s four par 5s in 5 under. Hatton won the Arnold Palmer Invitational in March for his first PGA Tour title, before golf shut down in the wake of the global coronavirus pandemic. Arnaus and Harding turned in bogey-free cards. Arnaus, 25, a former college golfer at Texas A&M, is looking for his first victory on a major pro tour. Harding, 34, a former college golfer at Lamar, has won 10 times worldwide, including once on the European Tour and seven times on his native Sunshine Tour. Ireland’s Shane Lowry, the reigning British Open champion, shared fourth place with England’s Matthew Fitzpatrick and Eddie Pepperell and Malaysia’s Gavin Green at 67. American Patrick Reed, who leads the tour’s Race to Dubai season standings on the strength of his victory at the WGC Mexico and two T-13 results in the major championships, opened with a 70. The BMW PGA, which dates to 1955 as the PGA Close Championship, has been held at Wentworth since 1984 and features a who’s-who of European golf as former champions (scores).
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