BMW PGA Championship R4

Willett’s Wentworth wizardry earns BMW PGA triumph

September 19-22
Wentworth Golf Club, Virginia Water, Surrey, England
$7,000,000
Live leaderboard
Round 1, Round 2, Round 3


Danny Willett claimed his second Rolex Series title in successive seasons as the Englishman overcame Jon Rahm in stunning fashion to win the BMW PGA Championship title, his first victory on home soil.

BMW PGA Championship R4 - Danny Willett claimed his second Rolex Series title in successive seasons as the Englishman earned his first victory on home soil
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“I’ve watched this tournament for a lot of years. You know, through the Match Play and then obviously the BMW PGA Championship. Yeah, it’s always nice to be able to compete on home soil. I’ve had a couple looks at The Open a couple of times but to be able to win finally on such an iconic golf course, with I think one of the best fields they have had.

“The last kind of eight or ten months with a couple of wins in the Rolex Series Events – it’s really put things right in my own mind, which is nice.”

The former Masters Tournament champion was locked in a tense battle with the determined Spaniard all weekend at Wentworth Club and there were turning points aplenty for the 21,962 fans in attendance – but none more so than at the 11th .

Having entered the final round tied for the lead, Willett had pulled two clear through ten holes courtesy of four birdies – to Rahm’s two – but found himself in some trouble with his second and third shots at the par four 11th , leaving himself with a monster putt for bogey.


He duly drained it for a five, though, with one of his many masterful escapes this week at the Surrey venue, and thereafter the wind was taken from Rahm’s sails – the 24-year-old bogeyed two of the following three holes with a birdie in between.

“You know Jon is going to be sticking around all day. I obviously got off to a quick start and 11 was a real big point in the golf tournament. I’ve watched a lot of the golf on TV and the people that win every week are not the guys that hit every fairway and hit everything to six feet.

“Certain things happen through the week. And one of those moments might happen on a Sunday, might happen on a Thursday or a Friday, but for it to happen on Sunday early on in the back nine was crucial just to keep my nose in front really – just to give me that little bit of breathing room down them last six holes.

“Any tournament win is amazing. That’s now my seventh win on Tour, and every single time I’ve won, they have been pretty stellar events against pretty stellar fields and The Ryder Cup stuff – it’s the first event of what, 40-odd (qualification events), whatever it’s going to be, for a year’s time when it’s back in America, Whistling Straits. It’s always nice.”

Willett, who won the final Rolex Series event of the 2018 season – the DP World Tour Championship, Dubai – closed out a deserved three-stroke victory with birdies at the two closing par fives for a five under 67 and a 20 under total. The Englishman moved to ninth in the Race to Dubai Rankings presented by Rolex.

Rahm had gone for broke on the final hole by going for the green with a second shot which ended up in the water, but he bravely got up and down and signed for a final round 70 and a 17 under total.


“I’m not going to lie. It hurts. It stings. I played good all week, and up until the 13th hole, I was incapable of hitting an iron close to the pin and made a couple stupid mistakes. I should have come closer than two shots on the last two holes. I had my chances.

“Again, I did what I had to do. Just had a couple of really stupid mistakes there. I’m just going to have to figure out why it happened and that’s it.

“At the same time, Danny played amazing golf. He played really, really good. I believe that 11th hole was the key moment of the match. He had a long, long putt for bogey and I had a decent look for a birdie, and he makes a bomb for a bogey and I missed my putt right. That was at least a one-shot swing right there and if he doesn’t make it, I’m putting more relaxed without the whole crowd going crazy. That was a key moment of the match.”

Christiaan Bezuidenhout of South Africa earned his best result in a Rolex Series event as he took outright third spot with a 16 under total, after closing out the week with a four under 68. American debutants at Wentworth, Billy Horschel and Patrick Reed, shared fourth spot while home hero Justin Rose took outright eighth spot and four-time Major winner Rory McIlroy shared ninth spot with Andrew ‘Beef’ Johnston.


Pos.
Player
Nat
To Par
R1
R2
R3
R4
Total
1
Danny Willett
ENG
-20
68
65
68
67
268
2
Jon Rahm
ESP
-17
66
67
68
70
271
3
Christiaan Bezuidenhout
RSA
-16
68
67
69
68
272
T4
Billy Horschel
USA
-15
72
65
71
65
273
T4
Patrick Reed
USA
-15
70
70
67
66
273
T6
Richie Ramsay
SCO
-13
71
68
67
69
275
T6
Rafael Cabrera Bello
ESP
-13
69
70
67
69
275
8
Justin Rose
ENG
-12
67
68
69
72
276
T9
Rory McIlroy
NIR
-11
76
69
65
67
277
T9
Andrew Johnston
ENG
-11
69
70
69
69
277
T11
Shane Lowry
IRL
-10
72
71
69
66
278
T11
Paul Casey
ENG
-10
68
69
71
70
278
T11
Viktor Hovland
NOR
-10
69
69
70
70
278
T14
Erik Van Rooyen
RSA
-9
70
74
67
68
279
T14
Kurt Kitayama
USA
-9
71
71
68
69
279
T14
Francesco Molinari
ITA
-9
69
70
69
71
279
T17
Romain Langasque
FRA
-8
69
74
70
67
280
T17
Bernd Wiesberger
AUT
-8
74
67
69
70
280
T17
Henrik Stenson
SWE
-8
66
69
74
71
280
T17
Shubhankar Sharma
IND
-8
71
67
66
76
280
T21
Ashley Chesters
ENG
-7
70
73
68
70
281
T21
Paul Waring
ENG
-7
70
71
68
72
281
T21
Andrew Putnam
USA
-7
71
67
70
73
281
T24
Joakim Lagergren
SWE
-6
70
71
71
70
282
T24
Jordan Smith
ENG
-6
69
71
70
72
282
T26
Aaron Rai
ENG
-5
71
70
72
70
283
T26
Tapio Pulkkanen
FIN
-5
71
73
69
70
283
T28
Matthias Schwab
AUT
-4
70
75
70
69
284
T28
Robert MacIntyre
SCO
-4
69
72
70
73
284
T28
Alexander Noren
SWE
-4
69
72
69
74
284
T31
Miguel Angel Jimenez
ESP
-3
69
74
74
68
285
T31
Joost Luiten
NED
-3
68
72
73
72
285
T31
Julian Suri
USA
-3
71
74
69
71
285
T31
Richard Sterne
RSA
-3
71
71
70
73
285
T31
Sam Horsfield
ENG
-3
71
71
70
73
285
T31
Ross Fisher
ENG
-3
70
73
66
76
285
T37
Michael Lorenzo-Vera
FRA
-2
70
70
75
71
286
T37
Thomas Pieters
BEL
-2
73
71
70
72
286
T37
Benjamin Hebert
FRA
-2
72
72
69
73
286
T37
Mikko Korhonen
FIN
-2
71
69
71
75
286
T41
Soren Kjeldsen
DEN
-1
73
71
73
70
287
T41
Matt Wallace
ENG
-1
65
76
72
74
287
T41
Gonzalo Fernandez-Castano
ESP
-1
70
73
70
74
287
T41
Renato Paratore
ITA
-1
71
71
71
74
287
T41
Ashun Wu
CHI
-1
72
73
68
74
287
T46
Padraig Harrington
IRL
Par
73
72
75
68
288
T46
Andrea Pavan
ITA
Par
68
76
75
69
288
T46
Matthew Fitzpatrick
ENG
Par
73
71
74
70
288
T46
Marcus Kinhult
SWE
Par
70
72
75
71
288
T46
Russell Knox
SCO
Par
69
71
76
72
288
T51
Alexander Bjoerk
SWE
1
76
69
76
68
289
T51
Chris Wood
ENG
1
70
75
71
73
289
T51
Kiradech Aphibarnrat
THA
1
73
72
71
73
289
T51
Tony Finau
USA
1
70
68
77
74
289
T51
Yusaku Miyazato
JPN
1
71
72
71
75
289
T51
Haotong Li
CHN
1
71
72
70
76
289
T57
Scott Jamieson
SCO
2
68
77
75
70
290
T57
Nicolas Colsaerts
BEL
2
73
66
78
73
290
T57
Martin Kaymer
GER
2
70
74
73
73
290
T60
Julien Guerrier
FRA
3
69
76
77
69
291
T60
Ian Poulter
ENG
3
73
70
77
71
291
T60
Tommy Fleetwood
ENG
3
70
75
70
76
291
T60
Branden Grace
RSA
3
72
72
68
79
291
T64
Sebastian Soederberg
SWE
4
68
77
76
71
292
T64
Ernie Els
RSA
4
68
76
76
72
292
T64
Alvaro Quiros
ESP
4
69
75
76
72
292
T64
Edoardo Molinari
ITA
4
71
74
75
72
292
T64
Steven Brown
ENG
4
69
75
74
74
292
T69
Robert Coles
ENG
6
71
74
76
73
294
T69
Trevor Immelman
RSA
6
71
74
73
76
294
71
George Coetzee
RSA
8
68
72
79
77
296
T72
David Law
SCO
9
75
69
78
75
297
T72
Gavin Green
MAS
9
72
73
72
80
297
74
Andy Sullivan
ENG
14
71
74
76
81
302
CUT
Andres Romero
ARG
2
71
75
146
CUT
Brandon Stone
RSA
2
72
74
146
CUT
David Lipsky
USA
2
73
73
146
CUT
Guido Migliozzi
ITA
2
74
72
146
CUT
Nacho Elvira
ESP
2
72
74
146
CUT
Lee Slattery
ENG
2
71
75
146
CUT
Lucas Bjerregaard
DNK
2
75
71
146
CUT
Lucas Herbert
AUS
2
75
71
146
CUT
Ricardo Melo Gouveia
POR
2
72
74
146
CUT
Thomas Aiken
RSA
2
71
75
146
CUT
Wade Ormsby
AUS
2
74
72
146
CUT
Darren Fichardt
RSA
3
73
74
147
CUT
Jason Scrivener
AUS
3
71
76
147
CUT
Jeung-Hun Wang
KOR
3
71
76
147
CUT
Justin Walters
RSA
3
70
77
147
CUT
Matthew Southgate
ENG
3
73
74
147
CUT
Oliver Fisher
ENG
3
72
75
147
CUT
Thomas Detry
BEL
3
71
76
147
CUT
Tom Lewis
ENG
3
71
76
147
CUT
Adrian Otaegui
ESP
4
72
76
148
CUT
Justin Harding
RSA
4
73
75
148
CUT
Pablo Larrazabal
ESP
4
77
71
148
CUT
Chris Paisley
ENG
5
73
76
149
CUT
Jorge Campillo
ESP
5
72
77
149
CUT
Lee Westwood
ENG
5
71
78
149
CUT
Raphael Jacquelin
FRA
5
72
77
149
CUT
Ryan Fox
NZL
5
78
71
149
CUT
Thomas Bjorn
DEN
5
74
75
149
CUT
Bradley Dredge
WAL
6
73
77
150
CUT
David Howell
ENG
6
75
75
150
CUT
Jose Maria Olazabal
ESP
6
78
72
150
CUT
Maximilian Kieffer
GER
6
73
77
150
CUT
Richard McEvoy
ENG
6
75
75
150
CUT
Scott Hend
AUS
6
72
78
150
CUT
Shiv Chawrasia
IND
6
72
78
150
CUT
David Drysdale
SCO
7
76
75
151
CUT
Hideto Tanihara
JPN
7
75
76
151
CUT
Luke Donald
ENG
7
76
75
151
CUT
Robert Rock
ENG
7
75
76
151
CUT
Stephen Gallacher
SCO
7
76
75
151
CUT
Thongchai Jaidee
THA
7
77
74
151
CUT
Matthew Cort
ENG
8
72
80
152
CUT
Paul O’Hara
SCO
8
75
77
152
CUT
Romain Wattel
FRA
8
71
81
152
CUT
Tyrrell Hatton
ENG
8
73
79
152
CUT
Alexander Levy
FRA
9
75
78
153
CUT
Dean Burmester
RSA
9
76
77
153
CUT
David Dixon
ENG
10
79
75
154
CUT
Fabrizio Zanotti
PAR
10
71
83
154
CUT
James Morrison
ENG
10
76
78
154
CUT
Jens Dantorp
SWE
10
77
77
154
CUT
Eddie Pepperell
ENG
11
79
76
155
CUT
Robert Karlsson
SWE
11
76
79
155
CUT
Jacques Kruyswijk
RSA
12
81
75
156
CUT
Paul Dunne
IRL
13
80
77
157
CUT
Matthieu Pavon
FRA
14
79
79
158
DSQ
Nino Bertasio
ITA
Par
76
76
RET
Haydn Porteous
RSA
Par
74
74