Golf: Tour rookie An lands runaway victory for Korea at Wentworth

South Korea's An Byeong Hun in action during the third round of the BMW PGA Championship on May 23, 2015. -- PHOTO: REUTERS
South Korea's An Byeong Hun in action during the third round of the BMW PGA Championship on May 23, 2015. -- PHOTO: REUTERS

VIRGINIA WATER, England (REUTERS) - South Korean An Byeong Hun became only the third European Tour rookie to win the BMW PGA Championship in the 60-year history of the event, when he roared to a spectacular six-shot victory on Sunday.

The 23-year-old went into the final round in a tie for the lead with Italian Francesco Molinari and pieced together a nerveless seven-under-par 65 to finish with a 21-under total of 267 on a grey but humid day at Wentworth.

An's triumph earned him a cheque for 833,330 euros (S$1.23 million) and meant that he joined British pair Bernard Gallacher (1969) and Scott Drummond (2004) as rookie winners of the tour's flagship event.

Spain's Miguel Angel Jimenez (67) and Thailand's Thongchai Jaidee (69) shared second place, two ahead of Briton Chris Wood who recorded a hole-in-one at the 14th on the way to a closing 66.

Molinari ballooned to a 74 to finish fifth.