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Willett out in front at Wentworth after carding mixed fortunes on course

By Phil Casey

Masters champion Danny Willett experienced a mixture of the sublime and the ridiculous as he set the clubhouse target with a remarkable 68 in the BMW PGA Championship at Wentworth.

Following on from a flawless 66 in his first round in England since winning his maiden major title at Augusta, Willett raced to the turn in a tournament-record of 29 thanks to six birdies in seven holes from the third.

At that stage the world number nine enjoyed a five-shot lead, but after dropping his first shot of the week on the 10th, the 28-year-old also carded a hat-trick of bogeys from the 15th and had to birdie the last to come home in 39 and complete a 68.

"I played great most of the day and then chucked a couple of horrid shots in there and it was nice to make birdie at the last," said Willett, whose group were put on the clock for slow play.

"You could have just chucked it and finished really poorly, but to make birdie on the last was good and shows a little bit of mental strength."

And he added: "It was still not quite the back nine I was hoping for but 10 under par, you'd have taken it at the beginning of the day."

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