BMW PGA Championship 2021 Round 2 Leaderboard Summary: Kiradech Aphibarnrat Leads at Wentworth Club After 36-Holes

Published 09/10/2021, 2:53 PM EDT
Golf – European Tour – BMW PGA Championship – Wentworth Golf Club, Virginia Water, Britain – September 10, 2021 Thailand’s Kiradech Aphibarnrat during the second round Action Images via Reuters/Paul Childs


The 2021 BMW PGA Championship has had a captivating start. And after round two, Kiradech Aphibarnrat leads the event with a score of -12. Meanwhile, prominent names like Tommy Fleetwood, Lee Westwood, and Viktor Hovland had a decent second round, as all of them have made it to the weekend. Moreover, Francesco Laporta, Justin Rose, Billy Horschel, and Adam Scott delivered a magnificent Friday performance, which has got them in the top five. 

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This tournament is crucial for European players as the Ryder Cup qualification is on the line. Moreover, European Team skipper Padraig Harrington himself was competing in the field. However, sadly, Harrington failed to make it to the weekend. The cutline came in at -2 and around 78 players have made it to the weekend. 

The leaderboard is on a cliffhanger, as there are around thirteen players within four strokes or fewer from the leader. And going into the moving day, we can expect it to get even closer post-round three. 

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Kiradech Aphibarnrat maintains the lead at the 2021 BMW PGA Championship

Meanwhile, Englishman Sam Horsfield, American Billy Horschel, and the Italian Francesco Laporta carded 65 and were the lowest scorers for the day. Sam remained seven-under for the event, while Billy is -9 and Laporta is -11 thru 36-holes. However, the lead remained with Kiradech Aphibarnrat thanks to his brilliant first round. He carded 64 in round one and 68 in round two. 

The 32-year-old golfer from Thailand had a bogey-free round yesterday and had started on a similar note thru the front nine. However, unfortunately, he registered two bogeys on the 11th and 13th. Kiradech’s approach game was slightly off the radar today. But thanks to his impeccable wedge game, he managed to remain at the top. 

Golf – European Tour – BMW PGA Championship – Wentworth Golf Club, Virginia Water, Britain – September 10, 2021 Thailand’s Kiradech Aphibarnrat during the second round Action Images via Reuters/Paul Childs

Moreover, Laurie Canter, Jamie Donaldson, Fabrizio Zanotti, Thomas Pieters, Shane Lowry, and Marcus Armitage made a leaderboard surge on day two. Everyone carded 66 as they teed off in the morning session, where the conditions were softer due to some rain.

Meanwhile, this round was particularly imperative for Shane Lowry. The Irishman needs a strong finish this week to cement his spot on the Ryder Cup team through automatic qualification. The 34-year-old was on fire with his iron and wedge game. He scored seven birdies and dropped a shot on the 15th, and shares the sixth spot with five players. 

Moreover, here are the top 10 players of the 2021 BMW PGA Championship after round 2.

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 Position PlayersScore
1Kiradech Aphibarnrat -12
2Laurie Canter -11
3Francesco Laporta -11
4Adam Scott -10
5Jamie Donaldson -9
5Justin Rose -9
5Billy Horschel -9
6Fabrizio Zanotti -8
6Shane Lowry-8
6Thomas Pieters -8

Course Conditions

Meanwhile, the course conditions are decent enough, and it has been playing decently thru round two. However, the greens have been slightly trickier as they kept changing their pace throughout the day. In the morning session, the greens were on a softer side due to the rains. However, it became harder as the day progressed. The greens started to settle, and judging the pace of it became a strenuous task.

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Moreover, the roughs on this course aren’t diabolic. Hence, even if a player misses the fairway, he can still go for a birdie chance. So, the moving day is going to be an excellent round, and the 2021 BMW Championship is shaping up for a cliffhanger of a finish at the Wentworth Golf Club.

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Amey Kulkarni

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Amey Kulkarni is a Golf writer at EssentiallySports. He is currently pursuing his Bachelor’s degree in mass media. Before joining EssentiallySports he used to write articles on Golf and Cricket on his personal blog cricgolf.

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