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BMW PGA Championship leaderboard

BMW PGA Championship leaderboard

See all the final scores from the BMW Championship at Wentworth, where Francesco Molinari held off a late surge from Rory McIlroy

 

BMW PGA Championship leaderboard:

PositionNameNationScore
1Francesco MolinariItaly-17
2Rory McIlroyNorthern Ireland-15
T3Lucas Bjerregard
Alex Noren
Denmark
Sweden
-14
T5Kiradech Aphibarnrat
Branden Grace
Thailand
South Africa
-13
7Darren FichardtSouth Africa-12
T8Rafa Cabrera-Bello
Ross Fisher
Matt Fitzpatrick
Thongchai Jaidee
Spain
England
England
Thailand
-10

BMW PGA Championship Report

It’s been a long time coming, but Francesco Molinari is finally a winner at Wentworth.

The Italian must have wondered what it would take to get over the line – in his last six appearances here at European Tour HQ, Molinari has finished inside the top-10 five times. Last year, only Alex Noren – who fired a mind-boggling 62 in the final round – got the better of him.

Nobody would catch him this time, though. Starting the final round tied with Rory McIlroy, Molinari posted a bogey-free round of 68 to run out a two-shot winner and claim his fifth European Tour title.

The 35-year-old got things started with birdies at the 3rd and 4th, and then went on to play almost error-free golf with further birdies at the 8th and 12th.

The only scare came at the infamous par-5 18th. After laying up, his approach found the middle of the green but spun back off the front edge, narrowly missing the water hazard.

Not known for being a prolific winner, this was a clinic in ball-striking and how to play while facing the pressure of being in contention.

It was made all the more impressive that this level of performance came in the Rolex Series opener, as Molinari takes home £880,000 and joins an illustrious list of winners here at the spiritual home of the European Tour.

Click here for Keel Timmins’ full round-up from Wentworth

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Matt Coles

Matt Coles

Mention a European country, and Matt will tell you which resorts make the National Club Golfer Top 100s: European Resorts list. He might even throw in who designed the golf course and how many rooms the hotel has got at each one…

Matt got into the game of golf from a young age, following his old man to the local golf club. He fell for the sport, and now can’t seem to go a day without thinking about how to improve his game (Thanks Dad!). Matt has been a member of Howley Hall GC in Leeds since 2020, and is just about managing to maintain a single-figure handicap. He likes to remind people that he once broke 75, but won’t tell people that it was on a shortened course during the winter.

He moved to Leeds after graduating from the University of Central Lancashire with a First Class Honours degree in Sports Journalism. Matt joined NCG after almost five years travelling the world with the Professional Squash Association, working on events in all four corners of the globe.

Matt currently plays a Cobra King LTDx driver and RadSpeed 3-wood. TaylorMade monopolise the rest of his bag, with a SIM UDI, M5 irons and both Milled Grind and HI-TOE wedges, along with a Monza Redline putter. He uses a Vice Pro Plus golf ball, because he’s a bit different…

Away from golf, Matt is a Manchester United fan, and a keen runner, having ran the Rob Burrow Leeds Marathon (his first and possibly last), in May 2023.

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