VIRGINIA WATER, England (TBEN) – Shane Lowry birdied the 18th hole, then had to wait and see if Rory McIlroy could produce something special to force a playoff in Wentworth.
McIlroy gave himself a shot and the crowd cheered as his long eagle putt crept slowly toward the hole on the last hole, but stopped an inch short.
McIlroy crouched and stared at the ball in disbelief as Lowry hugged his caddy in the scorer’s tent to celebrate a one-time win at the BMW PGA Championship on Sunday.
McIlroy and Jon Rahm came in second, one shot back.
It was Lowry’s first win since the British Open in 2019 and came after a three-day bogey-free appearance in Wentworth.
The tournament was reduced to 54 holes without play on Friday following the death of Queen Elizabeth II on Thursday.
Lowry finished with a 7-under 65 for a 17-under total of 199.
Rahm moved up the standings with a 62 and rolled into an eagle’s putt on 18th to take a two-shot clubhouse lead at 16 under. He then had to wait over two hours to see if it would be good enough for the win, although on a low scoring day at Wentworth it never looked like it.
A beautiful approach shot from Lowry on the 18th ensured that.
Lowry hit a 242-yard iron on the center of the green, then rolled an eagle putt within inches of the hole, leaving a tick-in birdie for the lead.
It was a first win over Wentworth in his 13th appearance in the European Tour’s flagship event, after finishing second to McIlroy in 2014.
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