London-American Billy Horschel won the BMW PGA Championship title with a birdie in the 18th hole on Sunday in a tournament that had a huge impact on Europe’s Ryder Cup team.
Horschel was tied for the first time in a group at -18 as he pitched on his third shot at Wentworth in a par-five 18th, but a nailed-on to complete the sizzling round of seven-under 65s. Produced a sensational wedge for the birdie.
With Horschel in the clubhouse, Englishman Laurie Cantor needed to find a birdie in the last to force a playoff, but was unable to do so and ended in a tie for second with Welshman Jamie Donaldson and Thailand’s Kiradek Efibernarat. Ho, who scored a brilliant final 64.
Horschel, whose bag sports the colors and emblem of English soccer club West Ham United, is only the second American to win the title, following in Arnold Palmer’s footsteps.
He later said he would celebrate by going to dinner with West Ham’s England international Declan Rice.
“I’m really speechless, and that’s rare,” said Horschel, who has missed the US Ryder Cup squad. “Winning this event means a lot, it’s like a players’ championship.”
“I knew if I could birdie one of the last three holes I could win and one was enough.”
In addition to the titles at stake in the European Tour’s premier tournament, the race to eliminate the four remaining automatic spots on Europe’s squad for this month’s Ryder Cup offered an interesting sub-plot throughout the week.
Austrian Bernd Wiesberger, who needed a top-50 finish for his Ryder Cup debut, finished with a level-par 72, enough to finish 20th and fourth on the European points list for a seat on the plane. After being in place was qualifying.
“It’s unreal you know, it was really tough out there today,” Wiesberger told Sky Sports. “You try to stay away from all the noise but it was difficult. I had to grind But at the end of the day, I am really proud and relieved to have made the team. “
England’s Matt Fitzpatrick also guaranteed his place after a 68 finish, giving him a top-20 spot, while Tyrell Hatton, who missed the cut in his crown defence, is also in.
Justin Rose did not claim the title which earned him a qualifying Ryder Cup squad despite a fine performance in the final round of 65, which included him coming close to catching the Albatross on the 18th hole.
Ireland’s Shane Lowry was sweaty after receiving the captain’s choice for the Ryder Cup, which he needed to secure an automatic spot after failing to finish a top-eight spot.
But captain Padraig Harrington handed him the third captain’s choice and will make his Ryder Cup debut later this month at the cost of Rose, who was left out.
Lee Westwood’s disappointing round of 77 opened the door for Lowry to overtake him in the race to grab an automatic spot, but Lowry stumbled on the back nine.
Lowry bogeyed 14th after going into the tie for fifth place and then with a double bogey, finishing 12th in 17th place—a relief for veteran Westwood who made his 11th appearance in the biennial match. will do.
Five players—Jon Rahm, Rory McIlroy, Tommy Fleetwood, Victor Hovland and Paul Casey—have already qualified for the Ryder Cup at Whistling Straits from 24–26 September on merit.
Harrington’s other two picks were Ian Poulter and Sergio Garcia.
by Martin Hermann
This News Originally From – The Epoch Times