Billy Horschel (pictured) has become just the second American to win the BMW PGA Championship at Wentworth before Europe skipper Padraig Harrington finalised his team selection for the Ryder Cup (USA 8/15, Europe 6/4 – To Lift The Cup).
Horschel followed in the footsteps of Arnold Palmer, who won the tournament in 1975. The 34-year-old carded a round of 65 to finish the European Tour’s flagship event on 19-under-par.
He finished one shot ahead of Englishman Laurie Canter – who failed to forced a play-off after missing a 15-foot putt for birdie on the last hole, Kiradech Aphibarnrat and Jamie Donaldson.
“Add my name to Arnold Palmer, that’s legendary stuff,” Horschel said.
“If it wasn’t for him, we wouldn’t have this modern era of golf to play in front of thousands of fans and big sponsors.
“Tiger Woods took it to another level but Arnie is the one who started it. So to have my name on that trophy is pretty special. To win this event means a lot.”
The tournament was the last to be played before Harrington’s Ryder Cup team selection was finalised.
Despite carding a final round of 77, experienced Englishman Lee Westwood secured automatic selection for the tournament, along with Matt Fitzpatrick and Bernd Wiesberger.
And it was Shane Lowry, Ian Poulter and Sergio Garcia who were given the captain’s pick to complete the 12-man line up as Europe seek to defend their title at Whistling Straits.
US Open winner Jon Rahm was already in the team along with Rory McIlroy, Tyrrell Hatton, Paul Casey, Tommy Fleetwood, and Viktor Hovland.
Europe are hoping to win their first Ryder Cup in the USA since 2012.
“I am absolutely thrilled with my team, with all of our picks we have the strongest 10, 11 and 12 we’ve ever had,” said Harrington.