Lee Westwood in contention in PGA Championship at Wentworth

 

BMW PGA Championship, Wentworth, third round leaderboard

  • -9: A Canizares (Spa)
  • -8: L Westwood (Eng)
  • -7: M Manassero (Ita), M Warren (Sco)
  • -6: S Lowry (Ire)
  • -5: S Garcia (Spa), P Larrazabal (Spa), E Molinari (Ita), F Molinari (Ita), L Slattery (Eng), R Bland (Eng), E Pepperell (Eng), M Foster (Eng)
  • Selected others -3: E Els (SA)
  • -1 : J Rose (Eng), N Colsaerts (Bel)
  • Level: D Clarke (NI), P McGinley (Ire)

Lee Westwood trails leader Alejandro Canizares by one shot going into day four of Wentworth's PGA Championship.

The 40-year-old Englishman fired 67 to reach eight under but Spain's Canizares edged past on a balmy day in contrast to the wintry opening rounds in Surrey.

Italy's 20-year-old Matteo Manassero and Scotland's Marc Warren are tied for third at seven under with Ireland's Shane Lowry six under.

Westwood eagle helps him to second

Sergio Garcia is five under despite the Tiger Woods racism row this week.

The 33-year-old Spaniard had to issue an unreserved apology to Woods after making a "fried chicken" jibe at the world number one.

Garcia shot a third-round 68 and afterwards expressed his gratitude to the Wentworth crowds for their treatment of him.

"The crowds here, I don't have words to explain what I feel towards them," he said. "They have been amazing, every single tee, every single green, cheering me on, and I can never pay them back."

Spain's Pablo Larrazabal, Italian brothers Eduardo and Francesco Molinari and English quartet Lee Slattery, Richard Bland, Mark Foster and 22-year-old Eddie Pepperell also ended on five under.

England's world number four Justin Rose finished one under, while Open champion Ernie Els is three under.

Westwood said it would be "ironic" if the European Tour's flagship event at Wentworth yielded his first victory since moving his family from England to Florida in December.

  • Westwood is aiming to go one better than runner-up spots in 2011 and 2000
  • Canizares chasing second win and first since Russian Open in 2006
  • Manassero could beat Bernard Gallacher as youngest PGA winner at 20

"It would be great and I am after as many wins as I can get, but it's a crowded leaderboard and I will have to play as well if not better than I did today," said the runner-up in 2000 and 2011.

"I felt much more in tune with my swing and had a lot better distance and direction control with my irons and set up a lot of chances. It was one of the most fun days I have ever had on a golf course."

Asked if a win on Sunday would be the biggest of his career, the former world number one added: "It would be right up there, probably in the top three.

"Dubai (in 2009) was probably the biggest because that was to win the money list as well, while in 1997 I went down to Australia and beat Greg Norman for the Australian Open in a play-off and I rate that highly."

Canizares, son of four-time European Ryder Cup star Jose Maria Canizares, birdied the final two holes to complete a 68.

The 30-year-old is chasing a second European Tour title in his first event since pulling out of the China Open at the start of the month after being diagnosed with viral meningitis.

Watch highlights of rounds three and four on Saturday and Sunday from 18:00 BST on BBC Two