BMW PGA 2015
An re-writes the record books here at Wentworth Club
Byeong Hun An landed his maiden European Tour title in record-breaking fashion with a sensational final round display at the BMW PGA Championship.
The Korean confirmed the enormous promise he showed as an amateur with a commanding victory at Wentworth Club on Sunday.
He carded a final round of 65 to finish 21 under par and beat the previous tournament record by two shots, finishing six ahead of veterans Miguel Angel Jiménez and Thongchai Jaidee.
England’s Chris Wood was two shots further back in fourth after a closing 66 which included winning a BMW i8 for a hole-in-one on the 14th, a tournament-record fifth ace of the week.
An is only the second player to win The European Tour’s flagship event on their rookie season and claimed the first prize of €833,330.
The 23 year old – who became the youngest winner of the US Amateur Championship in 2009 at the age of 17 – moves from 132nd in the Official World Golf Ranking to inside the top 60 as a result, securing his place in the US Open and Open Championship.
Afterwards An hailed a “life-changing” victory, saying: “It’s like a fifth Major to me. It’s the biggest title I have won and gets me into a lot of events. This is life-changing.
“I’m still really excited and over the moon right now. “I wasn’t expecting this. I didn’t know that a win was this close. It came all of a sudden. I’ve been playing well all year but I never thought I would win this event. “I played really well today. I was nervous at the start of the day but confident on every hole because I was hitting it well and putting nicely. I made some mistakes but being bogey-free I think is very good out here. “It was great to go into the last hole with a six-shot lead and I love that I’m the first Asian to win this event. It’s great.”