DEFENDING CHAMPION Luke Donald posted a three-under-par 69 at the BMW PGA Championship to take a two-stroke lead with one round remaining.
Donald shot four birdies, including three on the back nine, and just one bogey to move to the top of the leaderboard on 11-under overall.
The Englishman, ranked second in the world, must finish in the top eight at the Wentworth Club to move above Rory McIlroy and regain top spot in the standings, after the Northern Irishman failed to make the half-way cut.
Donald’s 69 was the equal best round on Saturday, matched only by compatriots Justin Rose and Ian Poulter. Donald leads Rose by two strokes, with Ireland’s Peter Lawrie in third spot on seven under.
Overnight leader James Morrison endured a terrible third round on Saturday, shooting a nine-over 81. Morrison had been four shots ahead of Donald at the end of Friday’s second round.
But the 27-year-old Englishman’s quadruple bogey on the fourth hole and a triple bogey on the eighth hole effectively scuppered his hopes of a surprise victory in the European Tour’s flagship event.
Morrison now heads into Sunday’s final round tied 11th on three under.