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Wentworth win means so much to me: Willett


Danny Willett
Danny Willett

By Phil Casey

Former Masters champion Danny Willett hailed a "fairytale" first European Tour victory on home soil after overcoming Spain's Jon Rahm in a final-round duel at the BMW PGA Championship.

Willett carded a closing 67 at Wentworth to finish 20 under par, three shots ahead of fellow overnight leader Rahm, with South Africa's Christiaan Bezuidenhout a shot further back.

Americans Billy Horschel and Patrick Reed were joint fourth on 15 under.

After missing the cut at Wentworth last May, Willett was ranked 462nd in the world as he struggled with a loss of form precipitated by a number of injuries. He will be just outside the top 30 when the rankings are updated today and top of the Ryder Cup qualifying standings after the first event.

"There were some dark places and we were in a bit of turmoil," Willett admitted. "We have reworked everything. It's extra special when you are then able to produce special things. This week has been one of those fairytales to win on home soil."

World No.2 Rory McIlroy, who made the cut with nothing to spare, added a 67 to his third round of 65 to finish in a tie for ninth, his 16th top 10 in 21 events this season.

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