Francesco Molinari played a near faultless final round to win at Wentworth last weekend.
It was the Italian?s first Rolex Series title at the BMW PGA Championship and his fifth European Tour victory ? joint highest for an Italian player with Costantino Rocca.
Molinari began the final day sharing the lead with 2014 champion Rory McIlroy. A birdie at the third saw him nudge ahead of McIlroy for a solo lead ? a position he held until the end.
His final round 68 took him to 17 under for the tournament and the championship.
McIlroy finished two shots back after a birdie-birdie finish.
?If I could pick one tournament to win in my career it would be this one?, said Molinari. ?I’ve been close so many times. So to finally get over the line was amazing. I can’t wait to be back next year?.
McIlroy?s second place was his best result in a Rolex Series event and moved him to second in the Race to Dubai Rankings and says he is getting back close to his best. ?I didn’t quite pull it off but it’s not far away.
?I get a bit down on myself because my expectations are high and with a 36-hole lead, I should have closed it out this week but that’s not taking anything away from Francesco. He played a great weekend and bogey-free around here is some playing – he deserved the win?.
Defending champion Alex Noren finished 14 under for the tournament, tied for third with fellow Scandinavian player, Denmark?s Lucas Bjerregaard. Highest placed English player was Matthew Fitzpatrick who tied for eighth place with a ten under total score
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