Billy Horschel (269 strokes, -19) triumphs during a BMW PGA
Championship after a thriller on a final turn during a Wentworth
The 34-year-old becomes usually a second American to secure
feat during a flagship eventuality on a European Tour, Arnold Palmer
carrying won in 1975.
- 110,000 spectators benefaction for a ‘Festival of Golf’.
Bernd Wiesberger (AUT, -11, T20), fortifying champion Tyrrell
Hatton (MC) and Matthew Fitzpatrick (both ENG, -11, 20) qualify
for a European Ryder Cup team.
Captain Padraig Harrington hands furious cards to Sergio García
(ESP), Shane Lowry (IRL, -12, T17), and Ian Poulter (ENG, MC).
Spectators were means to lapse after one-year interregnum imposed
by a Coronavirus pandemic, and fans enjoyed a top-quality BMW PGA
Championship during Wentworth that boasted sporting play galore.
Horschel cumulative a pretension during a third Rolex Series eventuality of the
year, and his second vital BMW pretension after a BMW Championship in
Denver (USA) with an glorious final turn of 65 (7 underneath par) and a
birdie during a 18th hole. There was also copiousness of torment around
a doubt of who would explain a final 3 gift spots
on a Ryder Cup Team Europe, and fans were kept guessing until late
in a final round.
“On interest of everybody during BMW, we would like to honour Billy
Horschel for winning a 2021 BMW PGA Championship,” pronounced Chris
Brownridge, Chief Executive Officer BMW Group UK. “It has been
illusory to see spectators safely behind during Wentworth in chairman this
year and we have all been treated to an sparkling contest in return.”
A stirring final turn during times featured 15 players in with a chance
of a pretension though it was Horschel who valid many skilful during gripping his
nerve. In a end, 7 birdies though a singular forsaken shot were
a pivotal to a initial feat for an American golfer during an eventuality in the
prestigious Rolex series. The 2014 FedExCup champion usually pulled clear
of a margin on a final hole, holding a shining proceed shot and
following that adult with a tap-in birdie.
“It feels amazing. We are articulate about winning majors, a Players
Championship and a few other events, though after carrying been here in
2019, we combined a BMW PGA Championship to that list,” pronounced Horschel.
“In my opinion this is equal to winning a Players Championship. The
names on this prize are legends in their possess right. To be a second
American to win this eventuality is amazing. There is something about me
personification good in BMW tournaments – we have to find some some-more BMW events
around a world.”
Second place was common by Kiradech Aphibarnrat (THA), Jamie
Donaldson (WAL) and Laurie Canter (ENG, all -18), forward of Christiaan
Bezuidenhout (RSA, -17). Justin Rose, Andrew ‘Beef’ Johnston (both
ENG) and Francesco Laporta (ITA, all -16) followed tied in sixth.
The BMW PGA Championship was a final contest during that European
players had a possibility to measure points for a Ryder Cup. Four of the
9 gift places were still mathematically adult for grabs.
However, there was usually a fanciful possibility that England’s Matthew
Fitzpatrick and Tyrrell Hatton would skip out on qualification, so a
stirring conflict grown for a remaining 3 spots between Bernd
Wiesberger, Lee Westwood, and Shane Lowry. Wiesberger gave a most
plain opening over 4 rounds, apropos a first-ever Austrian
to validate for a Ryder Cup. The advantage swung behind and onward from
Westwood to Lowry, culminating in a heart-stopping culmination on Sunday
that saw a Englishman explain a top hand.
Lowry’s dream of participating in a Ryder Cup for a initial time
will still come true, however, as captain Padraig Harrington nominated
a Irish golfer as Captain’s Pick on Sunday during a Wentworth Club, as
was also a box for Ryder Cup legends Sergio García and Ian Poulter.
Jon Rahm (ESP), Rory McIlroy (NIR), Tommy Fleetwood (ENG), Viktor
Hovland (NOR) and Paul Casey (ENG) had already competent for the
fortifying champions’ group before a BMW PGA Championship.
The teams from a USA and Europe will face one another during Whistling
Straits (in a US state of Wisconsin) during a week after next
(21st to 26th September), that will also symbol a entrance of BMW as
Worldwide Partner of a Ryder Cup. The US group for a mythological and
emotionally charged group eventuality will underline Collin Morikawa, Dustin
Johnson, Bryson DeChambeau, Brooks Koepka, Justin Thomas, Patrick
Cantlay, Tony Finau, Xander Schauffele, Jordan Spieth, Harris English,
Daniel Berger and Scottie Scheffler.