Shane Lowry wins PGA 'for the good guys'

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Shane Lowry has hailed his victory in the BMW PGA Championship as "one for the good guys" as he produced a flawless performance to edge out Ryder Cup teammates Jon Rahm and Rory McIlroy at Wentworth.

Rahm had set a testing clubhouse target of 16 under par following a stunning final round of 62 on Sunday, the former US Open champion carding two eagles and seven birdies and 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 closing 65 to finish 17 under, the former Open champion not carding a single bogey in a tournament reduced to 54 holes following the cancellation of Friday's play after the death of the Queen.

McIlroy found himself needing to eagle the 18th to force a play-off with Lowry but agonisingly saw his putt from 23 feet finish millimetres right of the hole.

The tournament had featured 18 players from the Saudi-backed LIV Golf series - American Talor Gooch was their top finisher in fourth - and Lowry had said at the start of the week that he "can't stand" them being in the field.

"I made no secret how I feel about the whole thing," Lowry said.

"I wanted to win for myself first and foremost, but for everyone that has stayed loyal to this Tour, I really feel this is one for the good guys."

Lowry, who had finished runner-up to McIlroy at Wentworth in 2014, added: "It means a lot.

"It's been a good year, but felt like I've been close a few times and only a few tournaments left this season and I really wanted to win one and this 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."

A disappointed McIlroy, who carded a closing 67, said: "I'm okay. I think Shane winning softens the blow.

"If it had been someone else, I might not have felt as comfortable with it as I am. Seeing a friend win is always great and I am really happy for him."

Any hopes of a last-day Australian charge never materialised as veteran Scott Hend's 67 saw him finish on top of the pile in joint-32nd place on nine under.

Min Woo Lee (70), Adam Scott (69), Maverick Antcliff (70) and Jason Scrivener (73) all finished a shot further back on eight under.