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May 25, 2014

McIlroy ends tumultuous week by winning Wentworth showpiece

VIRGINIA WATER England (Reuters) – Former world number one Rory McIlroy ended a tumultuous week by firing a six-under-par 66 in the final round to score a fairytale victory in the BMW PGA Championship at Wentworth on Sunday.

The Northern Irishman, who broke up with tennis-playing fiancee Caroline Wozniacki a few days ago, finished with a 14-under total of 274 at the European Tour’s flagship event.

May 25, 2014

Former European No 1 Karlsson proud to reach 500 up

VIRGINIA WATER England (Reuters) – Former European number one Robert Karlsson failed to mark his 500th Tour appearance with a standout display this week but the Swede could still look back with pride at a career packed with success.

The North Carolina-based professional readily admits he is toiling with his game at the moment and takes encouragement from the form being shown by contemporaries like Spaniard Miguel Angel Jimenez, 50, and Dane Thomas Bjorn, 43.

May 25, 2014

Frenchman Stal plays on at Wentworth despite mother’s death

VIRGINIA WATER England (Reuters) – Gary Stal has had to push personal tragedy aside to play in the BMW PGA Championship after his father made an emotional trip to Wentworth to inform the Frenchman his mother had died of cancer.

The little-known Stal is only featuring at the European Tour’s flagship event on the outskirts of London as a late reserve after fellow countryman Victor Dubuisson pulled out with a damaged shoulder at the start of the week.

May 24, 2014

Bjorn storms clear after six straight birdies

VIRGINIA WATER England (Reuters) – An exhilarating run of six birdies in a row, two shy of the European Tour record, catapulted veteran Thomas Bjorn into a five-stroke lead after the BMW PGA Championship third round on Saturday.

After an overnight downpour delayed the start of play by three hours, it was raining birdies for the 43-year-old Dane as he left a world-class field trailing in his wake with a dynamic five-under-par 67 at the tour’s flagship event.

May 24, 2014

Coach salutes Molinari’s sweet 65 at Wentworth

VIRGINIA WATER England (Reuters) – Francesco Molinari’s long-time coach Denis Pugh looked like the cat who devoured the cream on Saturday after the Italian produced one of the best performances of his career.

The 2010 and 2012 Ryder Cup player charged through the field in the BMW PGA Championship at Wentworth with a sparkling seven-under-par 65 that contained six birdies and an eagle.

May 24, 2014

Steely-eyed Blixt has got what it takes: Jacklin

VIRGINIA WATER England (Reuters) – Rookie trio Jonas Blixt, Victor Dubuisson and Joost Luiten will be welcome additions if they manage to qualify for Europe’s Ryder Cup team later this year, according to four-times skipper Tony Jacklin.

The 69-year-old Englishman, however, is less complimentary about Scotland’s Stephen Gallacher who is another player on the fringes of selection for the side that will defend the trophy against the United States at Gleneagles in September.

May 24, 2014

Golf-Steely-eyed Blixt has got what it takes – Jacklin

VIRGINIA WATER, England, May 24 (Reuters) – Rookie trio Jonas Blixt, Victor Dubuisson and Joost Luiten will be welcome additions if they manage to qualify for Europe’s Ryder Cup team later this year, according to four-times skipper Tony Jacklin.

The 69-year-old Englishman, however, is less complimentary about Scotland’s Stephen Gallacher who is another player on the fringes of selection for the side that will defend the trophy against the United States at Gleneagles in September.

May 24, 2014

No cold comfort as Schwartzel misses Wentworth cut

VIRGINIA WATER England (Reuters) – Charl Schwartzel has little affection for Wentworth and the intermittent rain and chilly 30kph winds tipped him over the edge on Friday as the former U.S. Masters champion slumped to a six-over-par 78.

The 29-year-old South African could barely feel his fingers on the shafts of his clubs and his demeanor was helped none by soreness in his right wrist, an injury that had almost forced him to pull out midway through the BMW PGA Championship second round.

May 23, 2014

Golf-Bjorn and Lowry set pace at soggy Wentworth

VIRGINIA WATER England (Reuters) – Dane Thomas Bjorn and Irishman Shane Lowry led the way after the BMW PGA Championship second round on Friday as tricky pin placements, squally winds and intermittent rain made good scoring tough.

Only a handful of players broke 70 and twice former winner Luke Donald fared best, the Englishman plotting his way to a five-under 67 to move into a share of third place with Spain’s Rafa Cabrera-Bello (73) on six-under 138, four strokes off the pace.

May 23, 2014

McIlroy may not be singing in rain but outlook is improving

VIRGINIA WATER England (Reuters) – Winds gusted at up to 29kph and spectators sought to avoid the driving rain at every opportunity but a sopping wet West Course at Wentworth provided a golfing sanctuary for Rory McIlroy on Friday.

The Northern Irishman, still hurting after scrapping his planned wedding to Danish tennis player Caroline Wozniacki, posted a one-under-par 71 in the BMW PGA Championship second round to finish in a challenging position on five-under 139.

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