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Rain delays play at Wentworth

The start of the third round of the BMW PGA Championship was delayed by at least three hours on Saturday following heavy overnight rain.

Parts of the West Course at Wentworth were left under water by the downpours and that meant greenkeeping staff needed more time to prepare the course, with further rain also forecast.

Consequently the 74 players who made the cut were assembled in groups of three rather than two, with joint leaders Thomas Bjorn and Shane Lowry joined by Spain's Rafael Cabrera-Bello and due out at 2.15pm.

Bjorn and Lowry held a four-shot lead over Cabrera-Bello and two-time winner Luke Donald, with world number three Henrik Stenson, two-time major winner Rory McIlroy and in-form Swede Jonas Blixt another shot back on five under.

Donald's second round of 67 was the lowest round of the day on Friday, the former world number one carding six birdies and an eagle after the weather improved in late afternoon, a run of five threes in succession from the eighth culminating in an eagle on the 12th.

"Coming to a place where you have won before, you know the course sets up pretty well for you," said 2011 and 2012 champion Donald, who could join Colin Montgomerie, Bernhard Langer, Nick Faldo and Peter Alliss in winning the European Tour's flagship event three or more times.

"At certain venues like Hilton Head, Tampa and here, even not playing my best like on Thursday I am able to get back into contention. Being nine behind after the first day seems like a big mountain to climb, but now I'm back in position to try to win this championship again."

Bjorn has home advantage, having lived at Wentworth for nine years, but the 43-year-old is not about to take anything for granted after coming into the week on the back of a missed cut in the Spanish Open.

"I've got the experience and I know what it takes to win golf tournaments, but also know that it can very quickly disappear after 36 holes," Bjorn said. "It's such a long way to go and the focus and the intensity will be on the people in the leading group.

"A lot of things can change in this golf tournament from here on in, but as long as I stay focused on my game and try and do the best I can, then we'll see where I am on Sunday."