Luke Donald is in pole position to retain the PGA Championship title and return to the top of the world rankings after overnight leader James Morrison suffered a third-round meltdown at Wentworth.
Morrison had been four shots clear after a second-round 64, but the world No. 236 carded a woeful 81 on Saturday to leave him eight strokes behind Donald heading into yesterday’s final round.
As England’s Morrison struggled to recover after a quadruple bogey eight, a triple bogey eight and three other bogeys, Donald made light of testing conditions to take the lead.
His 69 was the joint best round of a windy day and the Englishman is well on course to secure the top eight finish needed to seize the No. 1 spot from Rory McIlroy, who missed a second successive cut on Friday.
The 34-year-old is now 11-under-par and two shots ahead of second-placed Justin Rose as he bids to follow Nick Faldo and Colin Montgomerie as the only players to make a successful defense of the European Tour’s flagship event.
Rose, who could move to a career-high fifth in the world, was one of only three players to break 70 in testing conditions.
Lawrie is in third spot on seven-under after a 72, while joint fourth are former Open champion Paul Lawrie and South African trio Branden Grace, Richard Sterne and Ernie Els, who was furious with tournament organizers for not keeping the greens well watered.