On a final day when players were scoring for fun, it was 2019 Open champion Shane Lowry who added another coveted title to his impressive career, as a closing birdie gave him a unique win over Ryder Cup teammates Jon Rahm and Rory McIlroy. .
Although Lowry won, it couldn’t have been much closer as, playing last, McIlroy hit two superb shots from 25 feet. Needing an eagle to force a playoff, his putt looked set to drop a few feet, however, with just a few rolls, he remained finished sideways to the lip, just an inch from falling!
At the start of the day, it was Viktor Hovland and Soren Kjeldsen who held a one-shot lead over a number of top players. However, after a final round 63 from LIV golfer Patrick Reed, it looked like the American might have a long wait to see if he had a chance, especially since none of the leaders had yet teeed off. !
An hour later though, his effort was overtaken by Rahm, who was unstoppable on the back nine as a closing 29, which included a bogey, put him 16 under par for the tournament and knocked him out. gave a two-stroke lead on a course that had plenty of golf to come in Wentworth.
As the Spaniard waited, it soon became a race between Lowry and McIlroy and, following a birdie on the 12th, it was Lowry who held the advantage with six holes remaining.
Scratching his drive on the last hole, Lowry found the green safe with his approach and two putts for a birdie. That left it up to McIlroy to birdie the playoffs but, after missing his birdie putt on the 17th, only an eagle would be good enough for a playoff berth.
While the 33-year-old also found the green in two on the iconic 18th, he found himself with a doable eagle putt that would put him in the playoffs with his good friend. Hitting his putt, it looked to everyone like he was going to go down, but somehow he didn’t, meaning McIlroy missed a single shot.
The win is Lowry’s first since his Open triumph in 2019 and follows the theme of an incredibly successful 2022 where he had a number of top 5 finishes.