Laurie wins one bullet in the BMW PGA Championship while McIlroy loses

Virginia Water, England (AP) – Shane Lowry took a spot on a birdie on the 18th hole and then had to wait to see if Rory McIlroy could produce something special to force a playoff at Wentworth.

McIlroy gave himself a chance and the crowd cheered as his tall eagle on the last hole crept slowly toward the cup, only to stop less than an inch.

McIlroy perched staring at the ball in disbelief as Laurie hugged the can in the logger’s tent to celebrate his one-shot win at the BMW PGA Championship on Sunday.

It was Laurie’s first win since the British Open in 2019 and came after a ghost-free performance over three days at Wentworth.

It was also, according to the 35-year-old Irishman, a win for all golfers who – like him – turned down lucrative offers from the Saudi Arabia-backed breakaway chain LIV Golf. Both Lowry and McIlroy were outspoken this week in criticizing the fact that a group of LIV golfers have been allowed to play at Wentworth.

“I wanted to go out and win this championship for myself, first and foremost, but I am thinking about this tour and everyone who has remained loyal to this tour,” Lowry said. “I really feel like this one is for the good guys.”

McIlroy and John Ram were tied for second place, with a single shot. Taylor Gotsch, who plays at LIV Circuit, was once again fourth.

It was Laurie’s first win since the British Open in 2019 and came after a ghost-free performance over three days at Wentworth.

The tournament was reduced to 54 holes with no play on Friday following the death of Queen Elizabeth II on Thursday.

Lowry finished 7-under 65 to 17-under 199.

“I just said to my coach this morning, ‘I just want to let myself play golf today,’” Laurie said. “I’m playing the best golf of my life, I just need to allow myself to do it. And I did that.”

Ram climbed into the leaderboard with 62, rolling in an eagle shot in 18th place to take a two-shot lead in 16th under 16th place. After that, he had to wait more than two hours to see if he would be good enough to win, on the Although it probably wouldn’t have been on a day when he scored quite a few goals at Wentworth.

A superb shot from Lowry on the 18th confirmed that.

Lowry hit an iron from 242 yards into the center of the green—a good enough shot to earn an instant grip out of the box—and then rolled an eagle a few inches out of the hole, leaving himself a pressure bird to drive.

McIlroy, who plays in the pairing behind Lowry, also had a 14-foot flying throw in the 17th inning to the right of the hole. When Lowry then flew the last hole, McIlroy knew he needed a 15th-class eagle—something he couldn’t manage at Wentworth.

I got painfully close.

“I thought this knockout would go into the hole by three feet,” said McIlroy, who won a third FedEx Cup title last month. “It kind of filled me up at the end. But overall it was another really good week.”

Laurie’s first win at Wentworth was in his thirteenth appearance in the European Tour main event, having finished second to McIlroy in 2014.

“I love it here,” Laurie said, “I’ve argued in the past.” “The bad shots I’ve shot over the years in the feud are really starting to creep into my head. It’s amazing what this game does.”