Danny Willett won a European Tour event on home soil for the first time in his career Sunday with a three-shot victory at the BMW PGA Championship in Virginia Water, England.
Willett shot a 5-under 67 to finish 20 under overall and defeat a field including half of the world's top 50 players, there for the European Tour's flagship event. He collected his seventh European Tour title, but all the others came outside England.
"This week has been one of those fairy tales to win on home soil," said Willett, a 31-year-old Englishman and former Masters champion. "[I've] had a couple of good chances here before, and the crowd weren't going to let me throw it away."
Jon Rahm shared the overnight lead with Willett and finished second after a 2-under 70. South Africa's Christiaan Bezuidenhout (68) was a shot further back.
Rory McIlroy, ranked second in the world, followed up his third-round 65 with a 67 to finish tied for ninth, his 16th top-10 finish in 21 events this season.
Willett was ranked 462nd in May after a run of injuries. He will be just outside the top 30 when the rankings are updated on Monday.
"It doesn't get much better than this, does it?" Willett said. "It was a battle out there, with myself more than anyone else, and it's nice to come through the other side."
Playoff settles PGA Tour event
• Sebastian Munoz of Colombia made a 15-foot birdie putt on the 18th hole to force a playoff with a 2-under 70, and then beat Sungjae Im (66) with a par on the first extra hole to win the Sanderson Farms Championship in Jackson, Miss., for his first PGA Tour victory.
• Rocco Mediate birdied his last two holes for a 6-under 64 and won the PGA Tour Champions Sanford International in Sioux Falls, S.D.
Sun sweeps semifinals
Connecticut advanced to the WNBA Finals for the first time since 2005, defeating host Los Angeles 78-56 and sweeping the semifinal series 3-0.
Jasmine Thomas had 29 points for the Sun.
Host Las Vegas defeated Washington 92-75 and pushed the other semifinal to Game 4, scheduled for Tuesday. Washington leads 2-1.
Around the horn
Men's tennis: Daniil Medvedev defeated Borna Coric 6-3, 6-1 in the final of the St. Petersburg (Russia) Open. Medvedev, ranked fourth, has reached the final in five consecutive tournaments, including the U.S. Open.
Olympic baseball: Israel qualified for the Olympic baseball tournament for the first time, with former Twins player Danny Valencia hitting a three-run homer in an 11-1 rout of South Africa in Parma, Italy. Israel earned the Europe/Africa berth. The United States will attempt to qualify at the World Baseball Softball Confederation Premier 12 tournament in November in Mexico.
Women's tennis: American Danielle Collins beat seven-time Grand Slam champion Venus Williams 7-5, 7-6 (5) in the opening round of the Wuhan (China) Open.
Figure skating: Olympians Madison Chock and Evan Bates won ice dance at the U.S. International Classic in Salt Lake City, with a stunning free dance that earned 122.22 points.
Team tennis: Roger Federer secured a must-win victory for Team Europe, and Alexander Zverev ensured the Laver Cup was retained when he defeated Milos Raonic of Team World in a super-tiebreaker in Geneva. Zverev won 6-4, 3-6, 10-4 and gave the Europeans a 13-11 win. Federer beat John Isner 6-4, 7-6 (3).