Byeong-Hun An captures BMW PGA Championship in run-away victory

Final Round — European Tour — BMW PGA Championship — Wentworth Club — Surrey, England —

Rookie 23-year-old Byeong-Hun An shocked the field and perhaps the sport with a run-away victory at the European Tour’s flagship event — the BMW PGA Championship.

Standing on the first tee at Wentworth Club, An was paired with three-time European Tour champion and two-time Ryder Cup member Francesco Molinari. At 14-under and tied for the lead, the 132nd ranked player in the world stepped the gas on engineered a bogey-free 7-under-65 to finish 21-under and win the championship by six shots.

An, a former U.S. Amateur champion in 2009 at age 17, set a number of records along the way. Managed by Chubby Chandler, is a rookie on tour. His family moved him to Florida in 2005 to train with David Leadbetter and the results are paying off with his maiden European Tour win.

An entered the week at as an 80-to-1 betting long shot to win.

Molinari, trying to go wire-to-wire, shot 74 and slipped back to 5th place. Thongchai Jaidee and Miguel Angel Jimenez finished T-2 at 15-under. The 51-year-old Jimenez shot 67 Sunday. Chris Wood logged a fourth-place effort.

All of this in a tournament that featured defending champion Rory McIlroy, who finished 14-under a season ago but missed the cut outright this week.

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