Bjerregaard leads at PGA with McIlroy two behind


Rory McIlroy was a winner at Wentworth in 2014
First round leaderboard*
-7 Bjerregaard (Den); -6 Burmester (SA), Fichardt (SA); -5 Bland (Eng), Fitzpatrick (Eng), McIlroy (NI), Horsfield (Eng); -4 Paisley (Eng), Jensen (Den), Korhonen (Fin), Aphibarnrat (Tha), Dredge (Wal)
Selected others: -3 Lowry (Ire), Ramsay (Sco), Rock (Sco); -2 Fleetwood (Eng), Westwood (Eng); -1 Smith (Eng), Fisher (Eng), Dunne (Ire); O’Hara (Sco), Neil (Sco), Warren (Sco), Gallacher (Sco), McDowell (NI); E Casey (Eng), Wood (Eng); +1 Johnston (Eng), Hatton (Eng); +2 Poulter (Eng); +3 Els (SA), Willett (Eng)

Northern Ireland’s Rory McIlroy is two shots off the lead after carding a five-under-par 67 in his first round at the BMW PGA Championship at Wentworth.

Denmark’s Lucas Bjerregaard took the clubhouse lead on seven under, with South African’s Dean Burmester and Darren Fichardt a shot behind.

World number eight McIlroy is level with England’s Matthew Fitzpatrick, Richard Bland and Sam Horsfield.

Tommy Fleetwood and Lee Westwood carded 70s while Ian Poulter went round in 74.

Their English compatriot Chris Paisley in a five-way tie on four under alongside Wales’ Bradley Dredge, while defending champion Alex Noren is on three under with Ireland’s Shane Lowry and Scotland’s Richie Ramsay.

Former Open champion Darren Clarke pulled out of the tournament an hour before he was set to tee off and was replaced by Charlie Ford. Clarke, 49, tweeted

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