GOLF: Pepperell climbs the Wentworth leaderboard

6:17pm Saturday 24th May 2014

By David Pritchard

EDDIE Pepperell fired an excellent third round of 68 to move into the top ten at the BMW PGA Championship.

The Abingdon golfer hit five birdies and a bogey for a four-under-par total at Wentworth.

It took the 23-year-old into a share of seventh place, with several rivals still to complete their day's work.

Beginning the day two-under for the tournament, he picked up shots at the fourth and eighth to reach the turn in 33.

A dropped shot at the 11th stalled the progress, but Pepperell rallied with birdies at the 14th, 16th and 17th to finish on six-under through 54 holes.

While well adrift of leader Thomas Bjorn, the Frilford Heath golfer is in contention for a strong finish at the European Tour's flagship event for the second season running.

Last year Pepperell claimed a share of sixth place, two shots away from a play-off.

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