Italy’s Francesco Molinari displayed a cool head and a razor-sharp game to see off the challenge of Rory McIlroy in the final round of the championship.
With an outward half of 32, he came home in 36 for a 17-under-par total of 271 and victory by two strokes over McIlroy (70) and three over Alex Noren (SWE), the 2017 champion, and Lucas Bjerregaard (DEN), the first round leader.
“It feels amazing,” the delighted winner said. “I have been close many times and now I’ve finally got across the line. If I picked one tournament to win, it would be the BMW PGA Championship.”