Peter Lawrie and David Drysdale shot a pair of 66s to share the first round lead in the BMW PGA Championship.

Peter Lawrie and David Drysdale shot a pair of 66s to share the first round lead in the BMW PGA Championship.

Drysdale rode some fortune on the 18th to hold on to his share of the lead, when his second shot went into the water, but then bounced out again.

“You could hit 1,000 balls and never have it happen again,” said the 37 year old.

“I don’t know what it hit – maybe a fish. It was a massive break. I don’t think I can say what I would have thought if I had taken six or seven there.”

The Englishman mixed seven birdies with a solitary bogey on his way to a 6-under total.

Ireland’s Lawrie produced a magnificent bogey-free 66 after a blistering start picking up five shots in his first six holes.

“I played so well in practice that I was kind of very nervous starting out,” he said.

“I missed a couple coming in, but 66 can’t be sneezed at. The course is set up great for me – I’m not one of the longest hitters on Tour, but one of the straightest.

“You have to very patient and I’m quite a patient person. My wife wouldn’t believe that, but I am on the course!”

The pair were one shot ahead of World No 10 Justin Rose, Spaniard Alvaro Quiros, Welshman Jamie Donaldson and Swedish pair Niclas Fasth and Richard S Johnson.

There were a further 13 players another shot back on 4-under, including defending champion Luke Donald and South African Ernie Els – a seven time winner at Wentworth.

World No 1 Rory McIlroy struggled to a 2-over 74.

If the 23 year old fails to make the cut, Donald will need a top-eight finish to retake the No 1 ranking, but the defending champion looks keen on retaining his crown after shooting an opening round 68.

Donald has the chance to join Sir Nick Faldo and Colin Montgomerie as the only players to make a successful defence of the European Tour’s flagship event.

World No 3 Lee Westwood shot a 2-under 70 and was happy as he didn’t think he was playing at his best.

“I didn’t have anywhere near my A-game and not even my B-game really.”

BMW PGA Championship First Round Leaderboard
Player Score
David Drysdale -6
Peter Lawrie -6
Justin Rose -5
Alvaro Quiros -5
Richard S Johnson -5
Niclas Fasth -5
Ernie Els  -4
George Coetzee -4
Luke Donald -4
Robert Rock