Marcus Helligkilde produced an enormous end over the West Course at Wentworth to open up a two-shot lead after day one of many BMW PGA Championship.
The 26-year-old Dane, who graduated from the Problem Tour on the finish of the 2021 season, birdied his ultimate three holes to signal for a 64 and transfer to eight beneath par, forward of Richie Ramsay and Matt Fitzpatrick, earlier than play was halted as a result of fading mild.
All 12 members of Europe’s Ryder Cup crew are teeing it up this week and Fitzpatrick was the very best of them on Thursday, with Matthew Baldwin and James Morrison one shot additional again at 5 beneath par alongside Jorge Campillo and Pablo Larrazábal, Thomas Detry, Rikuya Hoshino, Adrian Meronk and Connor Syme.
However it was Helligkilde who stole the present in Surrey, carding ten birdies en path to matching his lowest DP World Tour spherical to par, as he appears to raised a second place end in Korea earlier this yr – his finest end result on Europe’s prime tier tour to this point.
Ryder Cup crew mates Ludvig Åberg and Tyrrell Hatton are amongst a bunch of 9 gamers at 4 beneath par, with an extra three of Luke Donald’s aspect – Tommy Fleetwood, Viktor Hovland and defending champion Shane Lowry – at three beneath, alongside European Junior Ryder Cup Captain Stephen Gallacher, Rolex Sequence winner Aaron Rai and an extra six gamers.
Rory McIlroy, searching for so as to add to the BMW PGA Championship title he gained in 2017, sits in a 19-way tie sixty fifth – together with Ryder Cup teammates Justin Rose and Bob MacIntyre – after taking pictures a level-par 72 that included three bogeys and three birdies