Horschel is the American’s first winner of the BMW PGA Championship, since Arnold Palmer in 1975. Bernd Wiesberger and Matt Fitzpatrick secure qualification for Europe’s Ryder Cup team.
Ali Stafford, Wentworth
Last updated at 5:25pm, 12/09/21
After securing a one shot victory at the BMW PGA Championship, Billy Horschel won his maiden Rolex Series crown.
To close the bogey-free 65 at Wentworth, Laurie Canter and Jamie Donaldson were both a shot behind him.
Christiaan Begzuidenhout finished fifth, two strokes behind Justin Rose, Andrew “Beef” Johnston, and Francesco Laporta. Bernd Wiesberger’s top-20 result ensured that the Austrian was qualified for Europe’s Ryder Cup team.
Lee Westwood made a record 11th Ryder Cup appearance, despite closing 77. Shane Lowry, who required a top eight finish to qualify for the automatic places in the Ryder Cup, was eliminated after round 71.
Aphibarnrat began the day fourth behind, but he quickly climbed up the leaderboard. He hole from 10 feet at the start and then posted four consecutive birdies starting from the fourth. The four-time European Tour winner also posted four birdies straight from the forth.
Horschel had three birdies on a stretch of four holes, moving alongside Aphibarnrat briefly at 15 under. However, Aphibarnrat made a 25-foot birdie to the 11th. The Thai player then made a 20 foot eagle to the par-5 next. That gave Horschel eight under and three clear.
Canter was pushed to the bottom of the leaderboard, after having bogeyed the first hole and cancelled his birdie at that hole by dropping another shot at it at the second. Canter responded with four birdies over five holes before adding one from three feet at tenth.
Aphibarnrat made a birdie from 15 feet to par the 15th, while Alex Noren lost his course record of 60. Horschel kept in touch with Horschel’s back-to-back wins from the 11th, and Canter birdied 12th to maintain his hope.
Aphibarnrat managed to escape with only a bogey from hitting his approach into bushes at 17th par. He then made par at last and set 18 under. Horschel tied the score at 15th with an 8-foot birdie.
Donaldson completed the quartet by finishing at the top with his close-range birdie on the 17th. He then followed that up with a par-five gain at the last. Horschel came in front of him after he fired his third shot at 18th. It was within two feet.
Canter was able to get up to 19 under by making a last-hole birdie. However, Canter missed the target at 20 feet. Horschel became the first American to win the BMW PGA Championship.
Publiated at Sun, 12 Sep 2021 17:43:18 (+0000).