We start with Rory McIlroy and his win over the weekend at the BMW PGA Championship.
Despite beginning the week with the announcement of his split from fiancé Caroline Wozniacki, and playing at an event where he’d missed the cut the previous two years, the Northern Irishman rallied with a final round 66 to overhaul overnight leader Thomas Bjorn, and eventually finish one stroke clear of Shane Lowry. This was McIlroy’s first European Tour win since the DP World Tour Championship in 2012, and lifts him to World Number Six.
Despite just missing out on a win at Wentworth, Shane Lowry still has reason to celebrate after he secured his place at the season’s next major by winning yesterday’s US Open Qualifying at Walton Heath.
Played over 36 holes in one day, and in very wet conditions, Lowry won with a score of eight under par. With 14 places up for grabs, the final four spots came down to a six man playoff - with Oliver Fisher, Lucas Bjerregaard and Andrea Pavan securing their US Open ticket after the 1st extra hole. Morten Madsen dropped out with a bogey at the next and it came down to Tom Lewis and Danny Willet to bag the last place. And at the 4th extra hole, it was Tom Lewis who stood up to the plate – just before 9pm, with the rain still falling; the Englishman holed this monster putt for an eagle and booked his place at Pinehurst.
Meanwhile, three-time Major Champion Padraig Harrington failed to qualify, and will miss the US Open for the first time in 15 years.
Across to the US now, where Adam Scott cemented his place as World Number One with his victory at the Crowne Plaza Invitational at Colonial.
The Australian edged out Jason Dufner with a birdie on the third playoff hole to secure his first win this year.
We end at the LPGA, where Jessica Korda became the first player to win two tournaments this year with her win at the Airbus LPGA Classic.
The 21-year-old birdied the last to finish 20 under par, a stroke clear of Anna Nordqvist, and two ahead of Michelle Wie, Charley Hull and Catriona Matthew.
That’s all for today, join us tomorrow as we turn our attention to this weekend’s action. In the meantime follow us @golfingworldtv and we’re also on Facebook and Instagram. Bye for now.
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