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PGA Championship: Francesco Molinari wins at Wentworth by two from Rory McIlroy

PGA Championship: Francesco Molinari wins at Wentworth by two from Rory McIlroy

Italy's Francesco Molinari has won the PGA Championship at Wentworth by two shots from fellow overnight leader Rory McIlroy.Last year's runner-up Molinari finished on 17 under after a final-day 68.Northern Ireland's McIlroy, winner in 2014, carded a two-under-par 70 on Sunday to finish second at the European Tour's flagship event.
Denmark's Lucas Bjerregaard and defending champion Alex Noren from Sweden tied third, a shot further back.Molinari, who only hit two bogeys in his four rounds this week, was barely tested by McIlroy during the final round.McIlroy, the world number eight, had led by three shots at the halfway stage but was pegged back by a 71 on Saturday.It was a procession for world number 32 Molinari on Sunday as he went through the front nine in three under par.McIlroy stayed at level par after nine, struggling to attack the leader. He missed fairways and greens, and failed to set up birdie chances.A bogey four on the 10th saw McIlroy's challenge falter further as he dropped back into the chasing pack.Birdies on the 17th and 18th lifted McIlroy to second outright and made the final score seem closer, but in truth Molinari cruised to the win with another flawless round.McIlroy, who had been looking for "spark" in Surrey to ignite his season, with The Open beginning on 19 July, will see this as a missed opportunity.His 2018 campaign has hardly been a disaster thanks to an impressive victory in the Arnold Palmer Invitational and three other top-five finishes.However, he has also missed three cuts and failed to complete the career Grand Slam after a disappointing final round in the Masters.Molinari takes home the winner's prize of one million euros (£875,000 and will have also pushed himself into the Thomas Bjorn's thoughts for Europe's Ryder Cup with increased ranking points now on offer in the run-up to the contest in France in September.More to follow.
bbc.com
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