Lee Westwood defies odds to chase the lead at BMW PGA Championship

• Westwood’s third-day 68 puts him two shots off Wentworth lead
• Scott Hend the one to catch at nine under par going into final day

Surprise at pre-tournament odds of 33-1 for Lee Westwood to prevail at the BMW PGA Championship was no more keenly felt than by the man himself. Far from offering a display of arrogance, Westwood rightly points out that his previous two starts had returned a top-10 finish at the Irish Open and tie for second at the Masters. It seemed curious that he was regarded as such a long-shot.

Westwood may yet have the last laugh. His third round of 68, leaving him just two from the Wentworth lead held by Scott Hend at nine under par with 18 holes to play, should be put in proper statistical context. Westwood found 16 greens in regulation and had 31 putts. In short, four under par was probably the worst he could have scored; if the 43-year-old’s putter turns warm on Sunday, his credentials will be even more serious.

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