Shane Lowry Claims BMW PGA Championship At Wentworth

In a thrilling final day, it was Shane Lowry who secured the DP World Tour's flagship event after a final round 65

Lowry smiles whilst holding his putter
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On a final day where players were scoring for fun, it was 2019 Open champion, Shane Lowry, who added yet another coveted title to his impressive career, as a closing birdie gave him a one shot win over Ryder Cup teammates Jon Rahm and Rory McIlroy.

Although Lowry won, it couldn't have been much closer as, playing the last, McIlroy hit two stunning shots to 25-feet. Needing an eagle to force a playoff, his putt looked like it was going to drop a few feet out, however, with just a few rolls left it finished on the side of the lip, a mere inch away from dropping!

Beginning the day, it was Viktor Hovland and Soren Kjeldsen who held a one shot lead over a number of top players. However, following a final round 63 from LIV golfer, Patrick Reed, it seemed the American may have a lengthy wait to see if he was in with a chance, especially as none of the leaders had even teed off yet!

An hour later though, his effort was surpassed by Rahm, who was unstoppable over the back nine as a closing 29, which included a bogey, put him at 16-under-par for the tournament and gave him a two-shot lead over a field which had plenty of golf ahead at Wentworth.

As the Spaniard waited, it was soon becoming a race between Lowry and McIlroy and, following a birdie at the 12th, it was Lowry who held the advantage with six holes remaining.

Striping his drive at the last hole, Lowry safely found the green with his approach and two-putted for birdie. That left it up to McIlroy to birdie in for a playoff but, after missing his birdie putt at the 17th, only an eagle would be good enough for a playoff spot.

McIlroy misses his putt on the 18th

McIlroy's putt came within an inch of dropping on the 18th

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As the 33-year-old also found the green in two at the iconic 18th, he was left with a makeable eagle putt which would put him in a playoff with his good friend. Striking his putt, it looked for all the world like it was going to drop but somehow it didn't, meaning McIlroy missed out by just one shot.

The victory is Lowry's first since his Open triumph back in 2019 and follows the theme of an incredibly successful 2022 where he has had a number of top 5 finishes.

Matt Cradock
Staff Writer

Matt joined Golf Monthly in February 2021 covering weekend news, before also transitioning to equipment and testing. After freelancing for Golf Monthly and The PGA for 18 months, he was offered a full-time position at the company in October 2022 and continues to cover weekend news and social media, as well as help look after Golf Monthly’s many buyers’ guides and equipment reviews.

Taking up the game when he was just seven years of age, Matt made it into his county squad just a year later and continues to play the game at a high standard, with a handicap of around 2-4. To date, his best round came in 2016, where he shot a six-under-par 66 having been seven-under through nine holes. He currently plays at Witney Lakes in Oxfordshire and his favourite player is Rory McIlroy, despite nearly being struck by his second shot at the 17th during the 2015 BMW PGA Championship.

Matt’s current What’s In The Bag?

Driver: Honma TW747, 8.75°

Fairway Wood: TaylorMade Rocketballz Stage 2, 15°, 19°

Hybrid: Adams Super Hybrid, 22°

Irons: Mizuno MP54, 5-PW

Wedges: Cleveland 588 RTX 2.0 Tour Satin, 50°, 56°, 60°

Putter: Cleveland TFI 2135 Satin Cero

Ball: Titleist Pro V1x