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Rory McIlroy wins BMW PGA Championship at Wentworth
Rory McIlroy drove to a one-shot victory in the BMW PGA Championship at Wentworth to win for the first time on European soil.
The Northern Irishman, 25, trailed Thomas Bjorn by seven shots overnight before overhauling the Danish star after a stumble which left him closing with 75.
Englishman Luke Donald fought gallantly for an an eagle at the last to force a play-off which never came once he found water in front of the green with his second shot. It meant that Shane Lowry’s amazing birdie putt on 18 earned him second place on his own after closing with a 68.
McIlroy had endured a torrid time being hounded by the media following the airing of his personal life. However, he managed to push all other thoughts to the back of his mind and secure a first ever win on European soil.
He also becomes the first Northern Irishman to win the event and equals the largest final round comeback – matching the incredible seven shots Simon Khan overcame to win in 2010.
McIlroy finally took the lead outright for the first time with a birdie on the 71st hole, before making another on the last to finish 14 under par – one ahead of Lowry with two-time winner Donald and Bjorn a shot back in third.
Speaking to BBC Sport after the game, McIlroy explained: "I can't explain it. It's obviously a week of mixed emotions. I am looking at the trophy saying 'How the hell did it happen?'
"I was asked in an interview how I feel and I don't know. I feel happy that I've won but it's been a weird week.
"I really wanted to win before going into the second major of the season. I couldn't have asked for a better way to prepare."