Shane Lowry (10/1 – Outright Winner) says his main aim on Sunday is to win the BMW PGA Championship after moving into contention at Wentworth, although an automatic Ryder Cup spot is also on his mind.
World number 40 Lowry shot a three-under-par 69 on Saturday to move onto -11 for the tournament, leaving him three behind Italian leader Francesco Laporta (11/2 Fav) heading into the final 18 holes in Surrey.
As things stand, the Irishman’s current tied-seventh position has him taking one of the final automatic qualifying spots for Europe’s Ryder Cup team for the event at Whistling Straits, with Bernd Wiesberger also forcing his way in.
It means Lee Westwood would drop out of the automatic nine places and therefore require one of the three captain’s picks from Padraig Harrington, who will announce his selections on Sunday evening after the final round is complete.
Speaking about his chances of winning going into the last round, Lowry told Sky Sports: “Three under and 11-under for the tournament, hopefully the leaders don’t go too far away and hopefully I won’t be too far away going into tomorrow.”
Lowry was also asked about his mindset going into Sunday with a Ryder Cup spot so close, adding: “First and foremost, in front of my head, is going to be trying to win this tournament.
“I love this place. I love coming here. It’s such a big event and I’d truly love to win the tournament. I think, if I win the tournament I should be okay.”
Englishman Laurie Canter (6/1) is second after 54 holes on -13, just one off the pace, while Adam Scott (6/1), Billy Horschel (6/1), Christiaan Bezuidenhout (6/1) and Jamie Donaldson (12/1) are in a share of third on -12.
Lowry, Wiesberger and Sean Crocker follow on -11, while overnight leader Kiradech Aphibarnrat has slipped to -10 to sit alongside Nicolai Hojgaard, Joakim Lagergren and Justin Walters.