Shane Lowry pips Rory McIlroy to BMW PGA Championship to finish three-year winless drought



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Shane Lowry ended his three-year watch for a win with a dramatic victory on the BMW PGA Championship on Sunday.

The Irishman pipped shut pal Rory McIlroy and Jon Rahm by a single stroke at Wentworth to say his first title since The Open Championship in July 2019.

His sixth win on the DP World Tour, the 35-year-old carded a bogey-less 17-under throughout the adjusted 54-hole championship, reduce from the standard 72-hole format after Friday’s second spherical was canceled following the dying of Queen Elizabeth II.

After capturing a six-under 66 and 68 by the opening two rounds, Lowry arrived Sunday two strokes off the lead, however noticed his closing spherical roar into life with an eagle on the fourth gap.

A fourth birdie on the twelfth noticed Lowry draw degree with 2021 US Open champion Rahm, who had set the clubhouse goal at 16-under after carding a joint-event finest 62.

With McIlroy scorching on his heels, a gradual run of 5 straight pars left Lowry needing to birdie the ultimate gap to keep away from a playoff with Rahm. After having birdied the 18th on the primary two rounds, the Irishman made it a hat-trick to maneuver inside touching distance of the title.

It left McIlroy requiring an eagle on the par-five closing gap to pressure a playoff, and the Northern Irishman got here agonizingly near pulling off the feat. The newly-crowned PGA Tour Championship winner discovered the inexperienced in two pictures, however his 23-foot eagle putt missed by mere inches to verify Lowry as champion.

“I am so happy,” Lowry instructed reporters. “It’s so onerous to win on this tour, any tour. You may have a few of the finest gamers on this planet making an attempt to chase you down.

“I felt like my recreation has been ok all 12 months to win, and I simply felt like I haven’t had the breaks that I wanted to win tournaments.

“I’m just very thankful and very grateful that I got to win this, and what a tournament to win, as well. Seems like I don’t like to do it small when I do it, so it’s nice to have this on my resumé as well.”

Lowry reacts after finishing at the 18th hole.

Lowry has registered 4 top-10 finishes on the PGA Tour this season, together with a runner-up end on the Honda Basic in February, to earn $3,616,679 in prize cash.

His triumph Sunday sees him take house €1,351,105.60 ($1,373,533.95), sweetening the enjoyment of ending a irritating rut.

“I think if I didn’t get over line today, maybe I do go back and start asking questions about what I need to do differently or what needs to change because, yes, my golf is good, but if you’re not knocking off the wins and you’re playing well, you might have to ask questions,” Lowry mentioned.

“You spend your life and your profession getting up early daily, working your nuts off to get in these positions and while you get in these positions, it’s fairly uncomfortable.

“It’s not the nicest place in the world because you don’t want to mess it up and be sitting in your hotel room having thrown away the tournament and it’s not a nice place to be.”

Following Queen Elizabeth’s dying Friday, play resumed following a two-minute silence by gamers, employees and followers Saturday morning, with Lowry paying tribute to “an incredible woman.”

“I felt like the right thing to do was go ahead and just have a celebration of her life this weekend as opposed to sitting around and moping about it,” he mentioned.

“The whole world is saddened by her loss but great to see the crowds come out yesterday and today. I felt like it was a great way to give a send-off. I know it might not mean much to anyone but I thought that way.”

McIlroy, who had pipped Lowry to the title eight years in the past, mentioned he was happy to see Lowry lastly reap the rewards of getting constant kind.

McIlroy in action during the final round.

“He’s had a lot of close calls here. Finished second to me when I won in 2014 and he’s got me back today,” the 33-year-old instructed reporters.

“He’s been knocking on the door for some time. He’s performed a whole lot of good golf this 12 months with out really getting over the road.

“So really, really happy for him. We’ve become incredibly close over the last couple of years, and yeah, good to see.”