American Billy Horschel took the 18th hole to claim the BMW PGA Championship title in a tense round on Sunday in a tournament with big implications for the European Ryder Cup team.
Horschel was first in a group at -18, standing above his third shot on the par-fifth 18th at Wentworth, but yielding a sensational wedge for a nailed bird around a dazzling round of seven-under 65 to complete.
Englishman Laurie Canter then finally had to find a birdie to force a play-off match, but could not do so and ended up tied with Welshman Jamie Donaldson and those of Thailand Kiradech Aphibarnrat who shot an excellent lock 64.
Horschel, whose pocket bears the colors and emblem of English Premier League club West Ham United, is only the second American to win the title, and he follows in the footsteps of Arnold Palmer.
Apart from the title that was at stake in the flagship tournament of the European Tour, the race to capture the four remaining automatic places in the European team for the Ryder Cup this month offered an interesting sub-plot during the week .
Austrian Bernd Wiesberger, who scored a top-50 mark to discuss his Ryder Cup debut, finished with an equal par 72, which was enough for a share of 20th and a seat in the plane.
“It’s unreal, you know, it was really hard out there,” Wiesberger told Sky Sports. “You try to stay away from all the noise, but it was difficult. I had to grind. But at the end of the day, I am very proud and relieved to make the team.”
Justin got up did not claim the title that would have elevated him to merit in the Ryder Cup squad, although his majestic last round 65 for a part of the fourth place at 16 under probably the captain of Europe would have impressed Padraig Harrington.
Rose, a stalwart of several Ryder Cup victories, nearly scored an albatross at the par-five 18th when his second shot ended just one foot from the hole.
That of Ireland Shane Lowry sweated after getting a captain’s choice for the Ryder Cup after failing to reach the top-eight spot he needed to get an automatic spot.
Lee WestwoodThe gloomy round of 77 opened the door for Lowry to get above him in the race to reach one of the last remaining places, but Lowry sank to the back nine.
After tying for fifth place, Lowry finished 14th and then finished with a double bogey, finishing 12th in 17th place.