Shane Lowry wins and deals against Saudi golfers

Mith victory in the BMW PGA Championship on Sunday evening at the Wentworth Club in Virginia Water, Shane Lowry not only fulfilled a long-cherished dream, especially since he had failed several times at one of his favorite courses in England. In his 13th appearance, the 35-year-old Irishman won the DP World Tour's flagship tournament for the first time, earning $1.36 million in prize money and first qualifying points for the Ryder Cup next year in Rome.

The triumph on the West Course of the noble facility near London, the first since his "home win" in 2019 at the British Open in Portrush (Northern Ireland), but had a completely different meaning for Lowry: "First and foremost I wanted to win this tournament for myself, but I think also for the tour and everyone who has remained loyal to this tour," said Lowry in the first winner's interview, "I really feel like this win is one for the good guys."

The "good guys", not only for Lowry, are all those who did not allow themselves to be lured to the LIV Golf series financed by Saudi Arabia for millions of euros. And what Lowry certainly appreciated as well: Second place was also shared with the Northern Irishman Rory McIlroy and the Spaniard Jon Rahm, two colleagues who, like him, had always vehemently opposed the participation of 17 "Saudi golfers" in Wentworth in the run-up to the tournament.

It also doesn't matter to McIlroy that he's with four of the renegades, the English Ian Poulter and Lee Westwood, Spaniard Sergio Garcia and Austria's Bernd Wiesberger, were all part of the team that lost the last Ryder Cup to the United States team in Whistling Straits, Wisconsin: "I wouldn't say I'm at the moment I have a special relationship with them.” Because at Wentworth Club of all places, where the DP World Tour has its headquarters, these pros took advantage of the fact that the former European Tour, unlike the PGA Tour, does not exclude renegades from their tournaments.

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