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Willett in 3-way share of 2nd-round lead at Wentworth

  • England's Danny Willett during the second round of the BMW PGA Championship at Wentworth golf club, Virginia Water, England, Friday May 27, 2016. (John Walton/PA via AP) UNITED KINGDOM OUT

    England's Danny Willett during the second round of the BMW PGA Championship at Wentworth golf club, Virginia Water, England, Friday May 27, 2016. (John Walton/PA via AP) UNITED KINGDOM OUT  (The Associated Press)

  • England's Danny Willett , left, lines up a putt with his caddie during the second round of the BMW PGA Championship at Wentworth golf club, Virginia Water, England, Friday May 27, 2016. (John Walton/PA via AP) UNITED KINGDOM OUT

    England's Danny Willett , left, lines up a putt with his caddie during the second round of the BMW PGA Championship at Wentworth golf club, Virginia Water, England, Friday May 27, 2016. (John Walton/PA via AP) UNITED KINGDOM OUT  (The Associated Press)

  • France's Victor Dubuisson plays a shot from between two trees during the second round of the BMW PGA Championship at Wentworth golf club, Virginia Water, England, Friday May 27, 2016. (John Walton/PA via AP) UNITED KINGDOM OUT

    France's Victor Dubuisson plays a shot from between two trees during the second round of the BMW PGA Championship at Wentworth golf club, Virginia Water, England, Friday May 27, 2016. (John Walton/PA via AP) UNITED KINGDOM OUT  (The Associated Press)

Danny Willett made six birdies in a tournament-record 29 on the front nine at the BMW PGA Championship on Friday, setting up a 4-under 68 that gave the Masters champion a three-way share of the second-round lead.

Scott Hend eagled the last for a 69 to tie Willett and Y.E. Yang (69) for the lead on 10-under 134 in the European Tour's flagship event at Wentworth.

Willett's approach shots were so precise that his successful birdie putts on Nos. 3-9 were from no more than 15 feet. The Englishman, who was among the morning starters, reached the turn holding a five-shot lead on 12 under but bogeyed four holes in the back nine — including Nos. 15-17.

Jaco van Zyl (68) is a stroke off the lead.