From start to finish, celebrations for the 60th anniversary of the European Tour’s flagship event – and the tenth under the BMW banner – were pure perfection. Few could have predicted at the start of the final round that Northern Ireland’s McIlroy would make up seven strokes on Thomas Björn (Denmark), the overnight leader, to storm through to a stunning victory. The former world No1 produced one of the great rounds in the history of the championship, a 66 that included an eagle and six birdies (five on the inward nine), for a 14 under par total of 274 and victory by one stroke over Shane Lowry (Ireland), and two over Björn (75) and Luke Donald (England), the former champion, who had a round of 70.
"I would like to offer my heartfelt congratulations to Rory McIlroy for a fantastic victory in the 2014 BMW PGA Championship," said Dr Ian Robertson, Member of the Board of Management of BMW AG, Sales and Marketing BMW. "I would like to say how honoured we are to be title partner of this prestigious event for the tenth consecutive year. There is such a great atmosphere here. You can really sense the passion for this event and for this iconic golf course. This place always has a very special feeling. Some great names battled it out this year, but Rory McIlroy did an outstanding job of taming the West Course."
Among McIlroy’s birdies, he chipped in at the 10th, got up and down from sand at the 12th and 18th, and rolled in a putt of around eight metres at the 13th. It was a masterclass in all aspects of the game. "I was able to relax on the golf course and to play the way I wanted to," said McIlroy, who won a first prize of 791,660 Euros. "Everything came together. It seemed that everything fell my way. This win just validates all the hard work that I've put in this year."