Molinari holds off McIlroy to win BMW

(AP Photo/Chris Carlson)

VIRGINIA WATER, England (AP) Francesco Molinari's path to the biggest win of his career at the BMW PGA Championship was drama-free until he sized up his approach to the 72nd hole.

Rory McIlroy, his closest rival three strokes back, had just hit to 20 feet to set up an eagle chance. Molinari was between clubs for his third shot and faced a delicate wedge over the water protecting Wentworth's pretty 18th green.

His ball landed short of the pin and span back toward the water. The spectators held their collective breath - so did Molinari - but it came to rest on the fringe, just short of trouble.

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Money Leaders: European
Rank Player Earnings
1 Patrick Reed €1,808,343
2 Rory McIlroy €1,439,272
3 Francesco Molinari €1,257,947
4 Kiradech Aphibarnrat €1,058,529
5 Alex Noren €1,015,735
6 Tommy Fleetwood €903,656
7 Shubhankar Sharma €890,779
8 Rafa Cabrera Bello €818,943
9 Alexander Bjork €811,463
10 Jon Rahm €810,488
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