The Associated Press

VIRGINIA WATER, England — A fast start by Danny Willett and a sublime finish by Jon Rahm helped them into a tie for the second-round lead at the BMW PGA Championship at Wentworth on Friday.

Willett was 5 under after his first five holes and rolled in three more birdies in a 7-under 65, lifting the former Masters champion atop the leaderboard at the flagship event at the European Tour’s headquarters. He was soon joined at 11 under overall by No. 6-ranked Rahm, who fired a 67.

“This weekend you’re going to have a real good leaderboard,” said Willett, “and we’ve put ourselves in a position to be right up there.”

The leaders were two strokes clear of Justin Rose (68), Henrik Stenson (69) and Christiaan Bezuidenhout (67).

Also Friday:

An leads storm-delayed Sanderson Farms: JACKSON, Miss. — Byeong Hun An finished off a 6-under 66 in the morning and posted another 66 in the afternoon to end his long day atop the leaderboard in the storm-delayed Sanderson Farms Championship.

Triplett ahead at Sanford International: SIOUX FALLS, S.D. — Kirk Triplett birdied two of his last three holes for a 4-under 66 to take a one-shot lead after one round of the Sanford International.

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