MARC WARREN set out in today’s second round of the BMW PGA Championship feeling “comfortable” about seeing his name on the leaderboard.
The 34-year-old birdied the last for an opening four-under-par 68 in the European Tour’s flagship event at Wentworth.
It left him sitting joint-third, three shots behind Italian pacesetter Francesco Molinari, on a day when world No. 1 and defending champion Rory McIlroy signed for a 71.
“I feel really comfortable when I see my name on the leaderboard now,” admitted Warren.
“It’s not that I expect it because expectations in this game can be really dangerous.
“One of the things I’ve got going for me right now as far as golf goes is I don’t expect too much of myself. I try and let all the hard work in my game come to the fore.”
Warren finished second in this event two years ago, losing to another Italian, Matteo Manassero, in a play-off.
“I didn’t do anything wrong so there was definitely no disappointment,” he reflected on that. “But it’s definitely one of those tournaments where, after you come so close, it gets you fired up when you come back. As Justin Rose said, this is a bucket list tournament.”
McIlroy said of his effort: “There weren’t really any aspects of my game I thought were really good, but I don’t feel any aspect of my game was really off.
“So it was probably a fair reflection of how I played.”
Capital-based Richie Ramsay opened with a 71, one less than Chris Doak, who is attached to Turnhouse.
Stephen Gallacher withdrew with a wrist injury but is confident he’ll be okay to play in next week’s Irish Open at Royal County Down.