“It’s one for the good guys”: Shane Lowry is happy about the triumph of the BMW PGA Championship

Shane Lowry celebrated his BMW PGA Championship win as “one for the good guys” as he shot clean to edge out Ryder Cup team-mates Jon Rahm and Rory McIlroy at Wentworth.

Rahm had set a Test target of 16-under par after a stunning final round of 62, with the former US Open champion carding two eagles and seven birdies, covering the back nine in just 29 despite a bogey on the 15th.

However, Lowry responded with an eagle and five birdies of his own in a final round of 65 to finish 17 under. The former Open champion didn’t card a single bogey in a tournament reduced to 54 holes after the game was lost on Friday after Queen’s death.

McIlroy was forced to finish 18th to force a playoff with Lowry, but watched in agony as his putt ended millimeters right of the hole from 23ft.

The tournament featured 18 players from the Saudi-backed LIV Golf series – American Talor Gooch was their top finisher in fourth place – and Lowry had said earlier in the week he “can’t take it” that they are on the field.

“I’ve made no secret of what I think of the whole thing,” Lowry said. “I wanted to win for myself first and foremost, but for everyone who has stayed loyal to this tour, I really feel like this is a tour for the good guys.”

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Lowry, who finished second to McIlroy at Wentworth in 2014, added: “It means a lot.

“It’s been a good year but I felt like I was close a couple of times and there were only a few tournaments left this season and I was dying to win one and that was top of the list.

“I’m so happy. I can’t put into words how happy I am, how much I love this tour, this tournament. I’m the happiest man in the world right now.

“I got to 16 and was trying to get over that but had to worry about Rory behind me, he could do anything about how good he is on the last couple of holes. I just did my best to hit shots and told my coach I have to allow myself to play golf. I’m playing the best golf of my life and I did it.”

A disappointed McIlroy, who dealt a final 67, said: “I’m fine. I think Shane’s win softens the blow.

“If it had been someone else, I might not have felt as comfortable as I do now. It’s always great to see a friend win and I’m really happy for them.

“I fought today. I didn’t hit my irons very well. I crawled quite a bit but got the most out of my lap.

“I wish I’d gotten a four when I was 17, but other than that, I pushed in and did what I had to do to give myself a chance to go down at 18, and that’s all you ask for can.”

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