Tennis Willett sees Rahm's challenge winning at Wentworth

Willett sees Rahm's challenge winning at Wentworth

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Danny Willett claimed his seventh European Tour title and a first at home after defeating Spain's Jon Rahm in a final round at the BMW PGA Championship.

Willett shorted a 67 finish at Wentworth to finish 20 under par, three shots ahead of fellow Rahm leader overnight, with South Africa's Christiaan Bezuidenhout one shot further back.

Rory McIlroy, who made the cut without anything to spare, added a 67 to his third round of 65 to finish in a draw for eighth, his 16th top 10 in 21 events this season.

After losing the cut at Wentworth last May, Willett placed 462nd in the world as he struggled with a loss of form that was precipitated by a series of injuries. The 31-year-old from Sheffield will be just outside the top 30 when the rankings are updated Monday.

"It doesn't get much better than this?" Willett told Sky Sports. "It was a fight out there, with myself more than anyone else, and it's nice to get through the other side."

Willett and Rahm began the day tied to the lead, and the Englishman struck the first blow with birdies on second and third before Rahm got a win on fourth to halve his deficit.

Danny Willett claimed his first European Tour title at home
Danny Willett claimed his first European Tour title at home (Bradley Collyer / PA)

A birdie on the eighth restored Willett’s two-shot lead, but he looked to surrender it after hitting a tree with his recovery shot after a wild run on the 11th, then threw his third shot off the heather in a bunker.

The former Masters champion appeared to have injured his right wrist in the process, but after finding the green with his fourth, he hailed from 40 feet and dropped just one shot.

Rahm dropped on the 12th after incorrectly assessing his pitch to the green and watching the ball roll back towards him, but the Ryder Cup star immediately bounced back to birdie the next.

Jon Rahm completed three strokes behind Willett
Jon Rahm completed three strokes behind Danny Willett (Bradley Collyer / PA)

However, after discussing which club to hit on par-three 14th, Rahm chose the wrong option to get outside the green in a bunker and was unable to get up and down for par.

Both players came just outside the green for two on the par-five 17th and Willett struck the killer by chipping within inches of the hole.

Rahm's chip ran five yards past, and though he held the cushion for a birdie, Willett knocked to take a two-shot lead to the 18th tee, and any doubt about the result was removed when Rahm found the water short of the green with its access.

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