McIlroy, Molinari tied for lead at BMW

Northern Ireland's Rory McIlroy on the 6th fairway during day two of the BMW PGA Championship at Wentworth Golf Club, Surrey, England Friday May 25, 2018. (Adam Davy/PA via AP)

VIRGINIA WATER, England (AP) Francesco Molinari mastered the toughest conditions of the week at Wentworth to shoot a 6-under 66 and share the lead with Rory McIlroy after three rounds of the BMW PGA Championship on Saturday.

Scoring was more difficult because of gusty winds and fast, firm greens at the West Course but Molinari managed a bogey-free round featuring six birdies starting from the eighth hole.

It was the lowest score of the day as the Italian took five shots off McIlroy, who started the round with a three-stroke lead and needed birdies at the par fives at Nos. 17 and 18 for a 1-under 71 to keep at least a share of first place on 13-under 203.

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