Francesco Laporta is in a pole position to win his first European Tour a Rolex Series at the BMW PGA Championship, but the Italians have a concise ranking behind him at the end of the final day at Wentworth, and several of them are fighting for a place on Pádraig Harrington’s European Ryder Cup team.
The 30-year-old converted a try under 69, which included an eagle on the par fifth fourth, to score a 14 under-total and take a lead over Englishman Laurie Canter, who scored for two under 70s. signed it.
Among those who were a stroke further down at 12 were former FedEx Cup winner Billy Horschel and 2013 Masters Champion Adam Scott, while Shane Lowry and Bernd Wiesberger were both at 11 under par after the final day.
Lowry and Wiesberger are both a low round of automatic qualifying for the Ryder Cup, while Justin Rose has to come back from five strokes to claim the victory he needs to go to the automatic qualifying places – the former US Open winner sits at nine below track figure.
Wiesberger said: ‘I’m just focusing on winning the golf tournament. You need to move forward and be positive in your approach on every shot, regardless of the outcome. Just be positive about it, and I feel like I’m good enough to be on the leaderboard. It’s also fun to be there, and it’s a great opportunity with the crowd and to be able to play here and just enjoy it. ”
Lowry says: ” I feel like I had a great chance to make the Ryder Cup team in 2016, and I threw it away. While fighting as hard as possible for the last few months, I went out every day and tried my best and luckily it was good, but who knows if it will be good enough? ”
Lee Westwood is also in danger of slipping out of the automatic qualifying spots for Whistling Straits within two weeks – and the former world number 1 will aim for a low final at Wentworth while beating Lowry and Wiesberger.