Record breaking rookie, South Korean Byeong-hun An wins the BMW PGA Championship, finishing at -21 under par and beating the previous tournament record by two shots, at Wentworth Club West Course on Sunday.
Rookie Byeong-hun carded a fabulous bogey free final round -7 under par 65, to win the BMW PGA Championship with a -21 under par total, and a massive six shots ahead of his nearest challenger.
Obviously he was over the moon with his maiden European Tour win, and securing a place in the US Open and Open Championship;
“I’m still really excited and over the moon right now.”
“I wasn’t expecting this. I didn’t know that a win was this close. It came all of a sudden. I’ve been playing well all year but I never thought I would win this event.”
“I played really well today. I was nervous at the start of the day but confident on every hole because I was hitting it well and putting nicely. I made some mistakes but being bogey-free I think is very good out here.”
“It was great to go into the last hole with a six-shot lead and I love that I’m the first Asian to win this event. It’s great.”
“It’s like a fifth Major to me. It’s the biggest title I have won and gets me into a lot of events. This is life-changing.”
Miguel Angel Jiménez and Thongchai Jaidee were tied in second place, those six shots off the pace at -15 under par for the tournament.
England’s Chris Wood, who suffered a broken wrist earlier in the year, finished in fourth spot, a last round -6 under 66, which included an Ace at the 179 yard par three 14th, and gave him a total of -13 under par. The Ace also came with the reward of a BMW i8, Chris went over to the car, and squeezed in the gull-wing door and tried it out for size;
“I just about fit in there.”
“Last night at the hotel I bumped into Miguel [who had the tenth hole-in-one of his career on Saturday] and I said, another hole-in-one, when is it my turn?”
“All the players took on the 14th on Tuesday when we have a practice round and we think, ‘Wouldn’t it be nice, a BMW i8?’ You never think that it’s going to happen to you.”
“I hit a great shot and it was a bit of a delayed reaction because you hear two cheers; one sounded like it just missed and the second one it went in.”
“It was a long winter at home and you do worry whether you’re going to come back to the player you were, but to finish top five in a marquee event here at Wentworth is a big boost in confidence.”