- Witness Ryan Fox’s remarkable final-round comeback at the BMW PGA Championship, where he overcame a triple-bogey setback to secure his fourth DP World Tour victory.
- Rising star Ludvig Aberg came close to clinching the title but lost the final-round struggle.
- Seven European Ryder Cup players finished in the top ten, with Rory McIlroy making a remarkable charge through the field.
New Zealand’s Ryan Fox won the BMW PGA Championship with a stunning final-round comeback on Sunday, deflating rising star Ludvig Aberg’s title hopes.
Fox started the day three strokes behind overnight leader Aberg, and a triple-bogey seven on the third hole appeared to have eliminated him.
However, the 36-year-old finished his final 13 holes in eight under par for a 67. Fox won by one stroke over playing partners Aaron Rai and Tyrrell Hatton with an 18-under total. “To be honest,” Fox remarked after winning his fourth DP World Tour victory, “I don’t really know what to think at the moment.”
“It’s not a tournament that has always been kind to me despite the fact that I enjoy coming here.” “I’m not sure what changed today, but making a birdie on the last to win is pretty special.”It’s incredible to have a back nine like that, especially after how I started the day. “I played fantastically and didn’t miss a shot after the third.”
Rai missed a long eagle putt on the 18th hole that would have earned him the title or triggered a play-off.
World No. 3 Jon Rahm, who had finished second in both of his previous outings at Wentworth, carded a 68 to finish fourth on 16 under. Sweden’s Aberg, who was attempting to win his 10th professional tournament, led by two shots after 54 holes.
But the 23-year-old sensation finished with a 76, including two double bogeys in three holes.
Aberg, whose win in the final qualifying event won him a Ryder Cup wild card, confessed defeat would “sting for a long time.”
“It was quite difficult out there, and I made a few stupid mistakes where I missed on the wrong side and was a little bit too cute with the chips,” he admitted.
“I paid for it today, and I’m trying to learn from it.” I’m looking forward to the next time I find myself in that situation.”
Seven European Ryder Cup players finished in the top ten, with Rory McIlroy blasting through the field with a round of 65.
McIlroy, who barely made the cut due to a birdie on the 18th hole in near darkness on Friday, ended in a tie for seventh place before departing for Mykonos on Monday for a friend’s party.
When asked if Europe captain Luke Donald would be delighted ahead of the match against the US in Rome later in September, McIlroy replied, “It’s awesome.” “We’re in a good place.” We had a great day in Rome on Monday; the squad has been shaping up nicely over the previous few months, and everyone has been in great shape.
“It’s still almost two weeks until the first ball is hit on Friday morning, but I’m sure you’ll ask all the boys who are coming in here; they’re all just so excited to get to Rome and get started.”