BMW PGA Championship: Shane Lowry holds off Rory McIlroy and Jon Rahm to claim Wentworth victory | Golf News

Rory McIlroy narrowly missed the final hole eagle to force a shoot-off, with Jon Rahm also tied for second after a day 62 round; Shane Lowry posted seven-under 65 to finish on 17-under for a first world win since winning the Open in 2019

Last update: 09/12/22 06:21

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The best of the action from the BMW PGA Championship Finals at Wentworth.

The best of the action from the BMW PGA Championship Finals at Wentworth.

Shane Lowry ended a 38-month winless run on the DP World Tour by fending off Rory McIlroy and Jon Rahm to claim an impressive victory in the BMW PGA Championship.

Lowry hit an eagle and five birdies to post a seven under 65 and close a bogey-free week at the Wentworth event, reduced to 54 holes after Friday’s play was canceled due to the death of Queen Elizabeth II.

The Irishman finished the week 17 under and one ahead of Ryder Cup teammates McIlroy and Rahm, securing his sixth DP World Tour title and first since The Open at Royal Portrush in 2019.

Jon Rahm finished his round with a 20-foot eagle to score a round of the day 62 and set the club goal at 16 under

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Jon Rahm finished his round with a 20-foot eagle to score a round of the day 62 and set the club goal at 16 under

Jon Rahm finished his round with a 20-foot eagle to score a round of the day 62 and set the club goal at 16 under

Lowry, heading into the final round two shots off the lead, followed a 10-foot eagle on the par-5 fourth while drilling from the fringe in the seventh and converting a 25-foot birdie on the next to reach the turn in 31 .

The 35-year-old started his back nine with a birdie to move into one from Rahm, who had set the clubhouse goal with a round of the day 62, before closing in on the Spaniard up and down from a bunker on the green side to take advantage of the par five 12th.

Lowry's victory will put him back in the world top 20

Lowry’s victory will put him back in the world top 20

McIlroy had also made the fourth eagle earlier in the day, but had three bogey putts from range on the eighth, only to respond with birdies on the 10th, 12th and a fringe hole on the 15th to close in on Lowry.

Lowry failed to find a birdie on the 17th but reached the 18th green by five for two and two putts from 20 feet for a birdie, securing the clubhouse goal, which was enough to the victory when McIlroy could not find a last-hole eagle to force a play-off.

McIlroy’s eagle attempt stopped inches from target and left him on 16 under, with Rahm on the same total after playing a five-hole six-under streak around the bend and then calling off a bogey at 15 with a birdie-birdie-eagle finish.

Talor Gooch finished as the highest-ranked member of LIV Golf’s contingent after a last-hole eagle closed a 67 and propelled him to fourth place, with Patrick Reed posting a bogey-free 63 to end the week in a tie at four for fifth.

Patrick Reed reflects on his final round 63 and at Wentworth, which included nine birdies

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Patrick Reed reflects on his final round 63 and at Wentworth, which included nine birdies

Patrick Reed reflects on his final round 63 and at Wentworth, which included nine birdies

Co-leaders of the night Soren Kjeldsen and Viktor Hovland also finished at 14 under alongside Reed and Belgian Thomas Detry, while defending champion Billy Horschel took a share of ninth with Rafa Cabrera Bello, Francesco Molinari and Matthew Pavon.

The DP World Tour season then moves to Italy for the DS Automobiles Italian Open, which kicks off on Thursday and will be held at the site of next year’s Ryder Cup, featuring McIlroy and the US Open champion Matt Fitzpatrick among those who have confirmed their participation.

Watch the DS Automobiles Italian Open live on Sky Sports. Live coverage begins on Thursday 15 September with the bands featured from 7.30am on Sky Sports Golf, before full coverage from 12.30pm.

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