Fox lifts BMW PGA Championship trophy at Wentworth

Ryan Fox birdied the last to win the BMW PGA Championship by one shot and claim a maiden Rolex Series victory.

The New Zealander entered the day at Wentworth Club three shots off the lead and when he made a triple-bogey on the difficult third, he could have been forgiven for thinking that his chance had gone.

The 36-year-old picked up two birdies on the front nine to turn in 36 and then came home in 31, birdieing the par-five 18th from six feet after laying up for a closing 67, to finish at 18 under, one clear of home favourites Tyrrell Hatton and Aaron Rai.

A tie for third at last week’s Horizon Irish Open represented his best finish of 2023 and Fox now enters the history books as the first Kiwi winner of this event and follows in the footsteps of Major-winning countryman Michael Campbell, who won at the prestigious Surrey venue in the 2005 World Match Play Championship. He also moves to third in the Race to Dubai Rankings in partnership with Rolex.

“I’m immensely proud,” said Fox.

“It’s such an iconic tournament. I know Michael Campbell has won around here when it was the match play event and to add to that history here and create some of my own is very special.

“To have a back nine like that, especially after how I started the day, it’s amazing. I played great. Pretty much didn’t miss a shot from the third hole onwards and saw a couple of putts go in and it was a pretty cool feeling on the last to sort of know I had one to win and actually make it.

“I’ve got an almost three-year-old and a four-month-old standing over there and to have them here to support with a place pretty close by where we can stay at home this week just made the week.”

World Number Three Jon Rahm was 16 under after a 68, one ahead of Ryder Cup team-mate Viktor Hovland and two clear of Tommy Fleetwood.

Major champion Rory McIlroy made a charge through the field with a closing 65 and finished at 13 under alongside Australian Adam Scott and England’s Callum Shinkwin.

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