VIRGINIA WATER, England — Shane Lowry tapped in for a birdie at the 18th hole, then had to wait and see if Rory McIlroy could produce something special to force a playoff at Wentworth Club.
McIlroy gave himself a chance, and the crowd cheered as his long eagle putt on the final hole crept slowly toward the cup, only to stop less than an inch short.
The four-time major winner from Nothern Ireland crouched down, staring at the ball in disbelief, while Lowry hugged his caddie in the scorer's tent to celebrate a one-shot victory at the BMW PGA Championship on Sunday.
It was Lowry's first win since the 2019 British Open and came after a bogey-free performance from start to finish at the DP World Tour's flagship event
It was also, the 35-year-old Irishman said, a win for all the golfers who — like him — have rejected the lucrative offers from LIV Golf, the fledgling series backed by Saudia Arabia's sovereign wealth fund that has drawn players from the European circuit and the PGA Tour.