An (65) runs away with BMW PGA Championship


Byeong-Hun An fired a 7-under 65 Sunday to win the BMW PGA Championship by six shots over Miguel Angel Jimenez and Thongchai Jaidee. Here’s how the European Tour’s flagship event wrapped up at Wentworth in Surrey, England:

Leaderboard: An (-21), Jimenez (-15), Jaidee (-15), Chris Wood (-13), Francesco Molinari (-12)

What it means: The 23-year-old South Korean is the first Asian winner of the BMW PGA. His 21-under total set a new tournament scoring record. This is An’s first European Tour win and second professional victory, after he walked away with the Rolex Trophy on the Challenge Tour last August. An is best known to American audiences as the youngest winner of the U.S. Amateur, taking the 2009 title at the age of 17. With the win, An is now the eligible for the U.S. Open at Chambers Bay and the Open Championship at St. Andrews.

Round of the day: An’s card featured five birdies and was highlighted by a tap-in eagle on the par-5 12th that gave him a comfortable cushion for the remainder of his afternoon.

Best of the rest: Wood and Andy Sullivan both turned in 6-under 66. Wood would have closed at 7 under if not for a bogey on 18.

Biggest disappointment: Francesco Molinari led after Thursday, Friday and Saturday – but couldn’t keep it together on Sunday. While An played bogey-free golf, his playing partner made five birdies, five bogeys and a double en route to a 2-over 74 and a disappointing tie for fifth.

Shot of the day: Wood hit his tee shot on the 14th hole and then immediately climbed into a new BMW i8. He aced the 179-yard par-3, winning the car in the process. Watch it here.