Lightning delays Westwood at Wentworth

Lee Westwood’s opening round at the BMW PGA Championship was delayed twice today by stormy weather at Wentworth.

Lightning in the skies above the Surrey course, and torrential rain, kept Westwood off the first tee for 40 minutes after play was suspended.

And once he did get on the course, it was only for a short time before the players came off again, this time for a lengthy delay.

The Worksop golfer got back underway at 3.45pm, having due to start his round at 12.50pm, and he made a solid enough start, dropping just one shot in the first seven holes.

His round looked set to take a turn for the worse on the eighth, but a beautiful putt from well off the green dropped in and rescued the situation and he settled for a bogey.

The back nine yielded much more success for the Florida resident however.

He bogeyed the 11th, but then picked up four birdies in the final seven holes to finish the round with a 71, one under par.

Westwood is tied for 35th going into tomorrow’s second round.

Fellow Worksop golfer Mark Foster is level par after the first round, tied for 58th.

Tomorrow, Westwood tees off at 8.40am, and Foster is off at 11.40am.

Denmark’s Thomas Bjørn was the man to watch on day one of the tournament, shooting a new course record of 62, 10 under par to top the leaderboard.