Rory bounces back with victory at BMW PGA Championship

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

Rallying from a broken relationship and seven shots back heading into the final round, Northern Ireland’s Rory McIlroy finished with back-to-back birdies to close out his round of 66 and capture the European Tour’s BMW PGA Championship.

McIlroy, who was World No. 10 entering the week, was the first Irishman to win the title in more than 50 years.

At 14-under overall, Rory ended up one shot clear of fellow countryman Shane Lowry and two strokes ahead of Thomas Bjorn and Luke Donald at the European Tour’s flagship event at Wentworth Golf Club in England.

Race to Dubai standings leader Bjorn blew a five-shot overnight advantage after posting a back-nine 30 Saturday. The 43-year-old Dane struggled throughout the final round but had his chances late before shooting 75.

It was the similar story for Donald, a two-time champion here. The Englishman was 3-over through six holes and couldn’t get all the way back.

For Lowry, he led the tournament until a double-bogey at No. 12. His solo second-place effort was his best in more than a season.

For McIlroy, the victory marked his first victory on European soil. His last worldwide triumph was in December of 2013 at the Emirates Australian Open when he chased down Adam Scott for the title.

McIlroy was the betting favorite heading into the week at at 12-to-1 odds

Stephen Gallacher ended up T-5 with a final-round 66. Henrik Stenson shot 70 to finish T-7 alongside Francesco Molinari. Stenson has a shot at becoming the new World No. 1 Monday depending upon how Scott finishes at the PGA Tour’s Crowne Plaza Invitational.

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