• BMW International Open, Round Three

Willett on target to claim first European Tour win

ESPN staff
June 22, 2012
Danny Willett is in pole position to land his first European Tour title © Getty Images


Danny Willett heads fellow Englishman Chris Wood in the hunt for a maiden European Tour victory, after the former carded a 69 to rise to the top of the leaderboard at the BMW International Open.

Willett, still searching for a first triumph in four seasons on Tour having racked up 19 top-ten finishes, rose to the summit after mixing six birdies with three bogeys in a three-under effort to move to 12-under for the tournament.

Wood, a three-time runner-up at the event, turned in a three-under par 33 to jump to 12-under but a solid back nine was punctuated by a bogey on his penultimate hole saw him close the day one stroke adrift of Willett following a 70.

It was a day to forget for Sergio Garcia, the Spaniard's game completely deserting him during a torrid 18 holes. He opened with back-to-back bogeys before a double at the par-five third left him with a mountain to climb. He steadied things with a string of pars but more errors soon crept in and anyone that takes 36 swings of the putter is going to struggle to post a decent number. He was seven-over for the day - a score that leaves him little hope of victory from one-over.

Compatriot Miguel Angel Jimenez struggled too, scratching his way to a 75 to go into Sunday's final round on one-over, but fellow Spaniard Gonzalo Fdez-Castano is in the hunt after a second successive 69 catapulted him to seven-under-par.

Former Dunhill Championship winner and home favourite Marcel Siem is loitering dangerously on nine-under after a second 68 of the week, while overnight leader Joel Sjoholm battled back from an error-strewn front nine to post a 72 to sit alongside Wood in a tie for second.

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