McIlroy back to winning ways

European Tour

Despite having a horror week personally, Rory McIlroy shone at the BMW PGA Championship to earn his sixth European Tour win.

McIlroy’s much publicised split with fiance and tennis star Caroline Wozniacki had to be playing on his mind as he walked around the Wentworth course, but the Northern Irishmen showed no sign of it.

The two time Major winner carded a superb six under 66 in his final round, which included six birdies and an eagle to finish 14 under, one stroke ahead of fellow countryman Shane Lowry.

It’s a rollercoaster,” said a rather bemused looking McIlroy.

“I’m not exactly sure how I’m feeling right now, to be honest.

“I struggled a little on Friday but played great over the weekend. I was a little fortunate that some of the guys ahead of me made mistakes and I took advantage of it.”

The win is the 25-year-old’s first European Tour win on European soil, his first win since the Emirates Australian Open in December last year and his first in Europe for over two years.

What’s more remarkable is that McIlroy was seven shots behind overnight leader Thomas Bjorn, who slumped to tie for third place with Luke Donald on 12 under after a disappointing 75.

While a birdie on the final hole all but sealed the memorable win for McIlroy, a booming drive from Donald gave the Englishman a chance to set up an eagle putt to tie.

But Donald’s second landed in the water just short of the green and McIlroy knew he had it all wrapped up.

“Congratulations to @mcIlroyrory,” tweeted Ian Poulter.

“Great round of golf, tough week and very pleased for him.”

Meanwhile, world number three Henrick Stenson carded 70 in the final round to leave him tie for seventh.

The result means new world number one Adam Scott would have to finish 14th or worse at the Crowne Plaza Invitational to surrender his place to the Swede.

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