WENTWORTH (England) (AFP) Luke Donald was at the head of the field after two rounds of the European PGA Championship on Friday, but had some big names tucked in behind him. Englands Donald, attempting to win on the European Tour for the first time since 2004, had a second successive 68 to finish one shot ahead of English pair Ross Fisher and Danny Willett and South Africas James Kingston.Double British Open champion Padraig Harrington was a shot further back at four-under along with title holder Paul Casey, Swedens Fredrik Andersson-Hed and, another Englishman, Chris Wood. Lee Westwood on two-over, after a second round 74, and Irelands Rory McIlroy, who was a shot better on one-under, both made the cut which fell at three-over par.Donald made his score on the front nine - he was three-under at the turn - before coming back in level par as he attempted to plot his way around the re-vamped lay-out to prove he is over the wrist injury that has blighted his past two seasons. I think the reason why it suits me is because you kind of have to plot your way around a little bit more now, said Donald. Overnight leader Willett put distance between him and the rest of the field early in his round, after Donald was safely in the clubhouse, making three birdies in the first four holes to go nine-under for the tournament. Five bogeys from there brought him back to the pack but he is still in contention for his first win on tour thanks to his first round 65. Willett said: It is where I want to be more often. It is a really big event this week so it would be nice to finally get a win under the belt. Fisher, round in 70, felt he could have scored much better but was let down by his putter. I am a bit disappointed. I left countless putts short, right on the jaws, he said. I played really well and gave myself a lot of good opportunities and just really struggled with the speed of the greens. I just couldnt buy a putt. Casey, aiming to become only the third man to successfully defend the title - after Sir Nick Faldo and Colin Montgomerie, had four birdies in the last six holes, mixed in with two bogeys. Its no surprise to see Luke Donald on top of the leaderboard. He plods his way around the golf course really well. His brother calls him 'Plod, so that is all you need to know, and he has plodded his way round very well. Scotlands Richie Ramsay, four-under at the start, looked the biggest threat to Donalds lead once Willett started to fade after reaching the turn in 33. But the 2006 US Amateur winner had five bogeys coming home and finished in a clutch of players on two-under par. Italys Matteo Manassero became the youngest player, at 17 years and 32 days, to make the cut in this event, after finishing one-under for his two rounds. But Ian Poulter will be missing for the weekend after his 69 was not good enough to make up for his first round 78.