Shane Lowry beats Rory McIlroy, Jon Rahm by one

Shane Lowry hugged his friend Rory McIlroy as the latter strolled through the scoring tent.

“I don’t know how it missed,” Lowry told McIlroy, referring to the 2022 FedEx Cup champion’s eagle putt on the 18th hole at Wentworth Club in Surrey, England. Lowry missed an eagle minutes earlier, instead calling for a birdie to take the club lead at 17 under.

McIlroy needed his putt to tie. He slid very close to the hole and stopped, apparently looking inside the cup from the right edge. He birdied it, but it wasn’t enough.

Lowry clinched victory after a brilliant 7-under 65 finish to claim the 2022 BMW PGA Championship, the showpiece event of the DP World Tour. Lowry was two strokes behind when the day started overnight leaders Viktor Hovland and Soren Kjeldsen, but his birdie on the par-5 final hole gave him a one-shot victory over McIlroy and Jon Rahm, whose 8-under 29 (with a bogey) on the back nine on Sunday propelled him to the top of the clubhouse for most of the day.

Rory McIlroy of Northern Ireland reacts after his putt for an eagle on the 18th hole was stopped dead during the BMW PGA Championship at Wentworth Golf Club on September 11, 2022 in Virginia Water, England. (Photo by Warren Little/Getty Images)

“It’s been a good year. I felt like I got close a few times,” Lowry said. “I really enjoy it here. I have argued here in the past. I am so happy.”

Rahm shot a 10-under 62 in the final round, but he had five birdies and two eagles on his back nine to take the club lead until Lowry’s closing birdie. Lowry, meanwhile, hit the par-5 fourth hole to start his day, then birdied five as he entered.

Lowry played all three rounds without registering a bogey. He became the first Irishman, and the second ever, to win the BMW PGA Championship since Harry Bradshaw in 1958.

McIlroy, meanwhile, shot 5 under in the final round to finish at 16 under for the tournament, which was reduced to 54 holes after the death of Queen Elizabeth II. He also just missed a birdie on the par-5 17th hole that would have taken him to 16 under and tied for the lead.

McIlroy was in the fairway on the 18th when Lowry birdied to take the lead. He knew an Eagle was needed, hitting a 242-yard 4-iron at 23-foot-6.

Still, his eagle putt came a little short, handing his good friend Lowry his first victory since the Open Championship at Royal Portrush in 2019.

Talor Gooch was fourth in solo at 15 under. Before the leaders left, Patrick Reed completed a 9-under 63 to take the club lead at 14 under, but he finished tied for fifth with Hovland, Kjeldsen and Thomas Detry.

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