Chris Wood Chops Down BMW Title
In a mad final day scramble, England’s Chris Wood notched the crown at the BMW PGA Championship with a 9-under 279, edging Sweden’s Rikard Karlberg by a single stroke.
Karlberg’s closing round 65 made things intense, highlighted by his ace on No. 2 that parlayed into a 5-under front nine. But his bogey on No. 16 cost him a desperately needed stroke, and Wood parred No. 18 after staggering down the stretch, with three bogeys on his last five holes.
Wood was amazing on the front nine, coming in with a 6-under 29 thanks in large part to an eagle 3 on No. 4. For the tournament he was 9-under on the front nine and an even par on the back nine.
Wood was tied for fifth entering Sunday and Karlberg a distance 28th, both trailing overall leader Scott Hend of Australia, who had shot 65-69-73 on the first three days. Hend had started to become unraveled on Saturday, with three straight bogeys on the back nine before closing it with his second straight eagle on No. 18.
On Sunday, Hend double-bogeyed No. 1 and No. 7 and bogeyed 6, 8, and 9 to hit the turn with a 6-over 41. He double-bogeyed 10 and bogeyed 11, to hit 9-over on the day before mercifully closing with a birdie on 16 and an eagle on 17 to finish tied for 15th.
Masters champion Danny Willett wound up finishing third at 7-under with a final day 71 after staggering to a 76 on Saturday.