BMW PGA Championship: Danny Willett wins by three shots at Wentworth
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The Danny Willett of england has won the PGA Championship by three shots following a five-under-par 67.
Willett started the day tied for the lead with Spain’s Jon Rahm, who shot 70 to finish second, together with the Christiaan Bezuidenhout third of South Africa party.
It is the biggest win as the 2016 US Masters and the seventh of his profession of the 31-year-old.
Justin Rose was eighth after a 72, one spot ahead of Rory McIlroy.
“This was a fairytale week for me personally,” said Willett. “To win on home land really has been wonderful for me.
“This class creates fantastic winners and it is an honour and a chance to put my name together with theirs.”
Willett was catapulted into the high echelons when he took good advantage of Jordan Spieth’s dramatic collapse to pick up the Green Jacket in Augusta three years ago of golf.
But from the stage of the April day in Georgia, Willett’s game nosedived. After this event he had been 462nd on the planet.
In an effort to get back to the top, he changed everything – his caddie, his coach, his management company, his dwelling – and there were signs that he had been turning the corner after he won the DP World Tour Championship at Dubai last November.
But his game came together in stunning fashion above the four times. Scores of 68, 65, 68 and 67 were testament to that.
Tied at the start of the afternoon at the next and second put and that he was never captured. And he finished with birdies the famous par fives at both in grandstand style to cover a great performance.
In the world, Willett climbs back to 31st with success and he also takes an immediate lead for the 2020 match in the process for Europe’s Ryder Cup team at Whistling Straits, Wisconsin.
Rahm was desperate to follow in the footsteps of the likes of Seve Ballesteros and Jose Maria Olazabal as a Spanish winner in Wentworth.
Nevertheless, the 24-year-old could not match Willett’s quality.
A birdie putt on the 16th which could have narrowed the difference outside, and trailing coming up the past, if his approach to the green landed in the atmosphere, his challenge was finished.
Bezuidenhout shot four rounds in the 60s to finish on his own third, whereas American duo Billy Horschel along with Patrick Reed, the 2018 Masters Champion, justified their decision to come over by sharing fourth place.
Englishman Rose’s 72 was the highest total of anybody within the top 15 on Sunday, while Northern Irishman McIlroy’s 67 saw him article 132 within the weekend – the smallest in the area – with only just survived the halfway cut after beginning with a 76.
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