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Wednesday 20 August 2014

Rory McIlroy wins BMW PGA Championship at Wentworth

Video: Watch the Northern Irishman's bunker shot at the 18th hole

VIRGINIA WATER, ENGLAND - MAY 25:  Rory McIlroy of Northern Ireland throws his ball to the crowd after holing a birdie putt on the 18th green during day four of the BMW PGA Championship at Wentworth on May 25, 2014 in Virginia Water, England.  (Photo by Andrew Redington/Getty Images)
VIRGINIA WATER, ENGLAND - MAY 25: Rory McIlroy of Northern Ireland throws his ball to the crowd after holing a birdie putt on the 18th green during day four of the BMW PGA Championship at Wentworth on May 25, 2014 in Virginia Water, England. (Photo by Andrew Redington/Getty Images)
VIRGINIA WATER, ENGLAND - MAY 25:  Rory McIlroy of Northern Ireland hits his 3rd shot on the 18th hole during day four of the BMW PGA Championship at Wentworth on May 25, 2014 in Virginia Water, England.  (Photo by Ross Kinnaird/Getty Images)
VIRGINIA WATER, ENGLAND - MAY 25: Rory McIlroy of Northern Ireland hits his 3rd shot on the 18th hole during day four of the BMW PGA Championship at Wentworth on May 25, 2014 in Virginia Water, England. (Photo by Ross Kinnaird/Getty Images)
VIRGINIA WATER, ENGLAND - MAY 21:  Rory McIlroy of Northern Ireland reacts after hitting from a bunker on the 18th hole during the Pro-Am ahead of the BMW PGA Championship at Wentworth on May 21, 2014 in Virginia Water, England.  (Photo by Ian Walton/Getty Images)
VIRGINIA WATER, ENGLAND - MAY 21: Rory McIlroy of Northern Ireland reacts after hitting from a bunker on the 18th hole during the Pro-Am ahead of the BMW PGA Championship at Wentworth on May 21, 2014 in Virginia Water, England. (Photo by Ian Walton/Getty Images)

Northern Ireland's Rory McIlroy has snatched a remarkable victory at the BMW PGA Championship at Wentworth.

McIlroy came from seven shots behind to claim the win on Sunday as overnight leader Thomas Bjorn squandered a five-shot lead at Wentworth.

Just days after the heartache of calling off his wedding to tennis star Caroline Wozniacki, McIlroy carded a closing 66 to win the European Tour's flagship event for the first time following a rollercoaster final day.

McIlroy only took the outright lead for the first time with a birdie on the 71st hole and made another on the last to finish 14 under par, one ahead of Ireland's Shane Lowry with two-time winner Luke Donald and Bjorn a shot behind in third.

Lowry had briefly been three clear when he started the back nine with a hat-trick of birdies, but drove into trouble on the 13th and ran up a double-bogey six.

Bjorn began the day five shots clear of playing partner Donald but both players ran up triple bogeys on the sixth to throw the tournament wide open, Bjorn taking two shots to get out of a fairway bunker and then finding more sand with his fourth shot.

That brought back unpleasant memories of the Dane's collapse in the 2003 Open at Sandwich, when he took three to escape from a greenside bunker on the 16th in the final round and lost by one to Ben Curtis.

Donald responded with five birdies in his next 10 holes - chipping in on the 13th and 16th - but crucially failed to birdie the 17th which meant he needed an eagle on the last to tie.

Bjorn also needed a three on the 18th after birdies on the 16th and 17th, but after Donald had found the water with his approach, the 43-year-old's third shot came up well short of the flag to confirm McIlroy's triumph.

 

Further reading:

Rory McIlroy using PGA as escape route

Rory McIlroy calls off engagement to Caroline Wozniacki 

Issuing wedding invitations spooks Rory McIlroy into split with Caroline Wozniacki  

Rory McIlroy love split - It's not you, it's me  

 

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