New Zealander Ryan Fox is the new champion of the BMW PGA in Wentworth, on the outskirts of London, after delivering a final round of 67 strokes for 270 (-18); The Englishmen Aaron Rai (68) and Tyrrell Hatton (66) finished one stroke away and again a brave Jon Rahm (68 this Sunday) finished two strokes away.
"I didn't think after the triple bogey on the 3rd hole that he would be talking now as a PGA winner," Fox, 36, told Sky Sports. It is his fourth victory on the European Tour and 17th as a professional.
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Fox, after an outstanding 2022, had not recorded any top 10 in what, according to him, had been a tough year until this Sunday.
His second child was born 4 months ago and his father-in-law passed away in June after a brief battle with cancer. Last week he was third at the Irish Open and now has his first Rolex Series title. The game was interrupted for more than an hour and a half due to the threat of an electrical storm.
At that time Hatton was the leader with -17 (finished 14th), followed with -16 Fox (in 14th and who overcame a triple bogey on hole 3 with 8 birdies from holes 6 to 18), -15 Rai (14) and -14 Rahm (14). The Englishman Hatton was in charge with -17 when he sent his ball out of bounds from the tee on the 15th hole.
Jon Rahm was playing with him, who was provisional 4th with -14 after a round of ups and downs: three birdies for one bogey in the first four holes, then three consecutive bogeys between 5 and 7 that dropped him from the first places, and a brave reaction with an eagle at 12 and a birdie at 13 (ball 'given') that placed him in the ointment for the title, especially after Hatton's error in the 15th.
But Hatton 'saved' that 15th hole with a repairing bogey by holing a putt of about three meters for '5' On the 16th Rahm buried a putt of about 12 meters for birdie and placed himself at -15 with the two par 5s to go. It was a shame that he couldn't beat a stroke on the 17th and on the 18th he shot for eagle, finally finishing with a round of 68 and 272 (-16), 4th, two strokes behind Fox.
The European Tour declared the suspension of play for safety reasons to give spectators time to evacuate the field. At that time it was raining heavily on Wentworth. Rory McIlroy, in one of his typical comebacks, finished his round with 65 strokes, seven under par, and was tied for sixth at -13, finally finishing tied for seventh.
Noteworthy is the collapse of the Swedish leader Ludvig Aberg (76) while of the 12 Europeans in the Ryder Cup, nine made the cut (MacIntyre, N. Hojgaard and Justin Rose were eliminated), seven finished in the top 10 (Hatton, Rahm, Hovland, Fleetwood, McIlroy, Aberg and Straka, and 9 in the top 20 (Lowry and Matt Fitzpatrick).
Of the rest of the Spaniards, Jorge Campillo finished at -8; Adrián Oategui with -5; Rafa Cabrera and Santi Tarrió, with -2; and Adri Arnaus with -1.
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