Eire’s Shane Lowry labelled his BMW PGA Championship triumph on Sunday as “one for the nice guys” in a swipe on the controversial LIV Golf Sequence.
Lowry pipped Jon Rahm and Rory McIlroy to the title at Wentworth on Sunday in a match trimmed to 54 holes after Friday’s play was postponed following the loss of life of Queen Elizabeth II.
Former US Open champion Rahm had set a testing clubhouse goal of 16 below par following a superb ultimate spherical of 62, that includes a again 9 of simply 29.
However Lowry responded with an eagle and 5 birdies of his personal in a closing 65 to complete 17 below.
Rewarded for his consistency, the previous British Open winner didn’t file a single bogey all through the occasion.
McIlroy discovered himself needing to eagle the 18th to drive a play-off with Lowry however noticed his putt from 23 toes end millimetres from the opening.
It was a dramatic finish to an acrimonious week for a match that includes 18 gamers from the Saudi-backed LIV Golf Sequence.
Lowry had mentioned at first of the week that he “can’t stand” the LIV stars being within the subject after the breakaway tour plunged golf into civil battle.
In the meantime, LIV participant Ian Poulter was seen in a heated change with American star Billy Horschel on the placing inexperienced earlier than the match began.
American Talor Gooch was the highest finisher from the LIV gamers at Wentworth in fourth place, and Lowry took the chance to hit again on the rival tour after his victory.
“I made no secret how I really feel about the entire thing. I needed to win for myself in the beginning, however for everybody that has stayed loyal to this Tour I actually really feel that is one for the nice guys,” Lowry mentioned.
“It’s been a superb 12 months, however felt like I’ve been shut just a few instances and only some tournaments left this season and I actually needed to win one and this was high of the listing.
“I’m so completely satisfied. I can’t put into phrases how completely satisfied I’m, how a lot I like this tour, this match. I’m the happiest man on the planet proper now.”
McIlroy, who carded a closing 67, has additionally been an outspoken critic of the LIV gamers and he admitted it was a aid to see his good good friend Lowry decide up the trophy.
“I’m okay. I believe Shane successful softens the blow. If it had been another person, I won’t have felt as snug with it as I’m. Seeing a good friend win is all the time nice and I’m actually completely satisfied for him,” he mentioned.
“I struggled right now. I didn’t hit my irons very effectively. I used to be kind of scrambling lots however I acquired probably the most out of my spherical.”