Although he let a final-round three-shot lead slip at Wentworth, Shane Lowry was comforted by a very valuable putt on the last hole. 

The Offalyman sunk a 50-foot effort on the last green to claim an outright second-place finish at the BMW PGA, just a single shot behind winner Rory McIlroy.

The result saw the 27-year-old jump up from 142nd to 74th in the world rankings, as well as earning him points on the European Tour and Ryder Cup tables, where he moved to 19th. 

“I feel very unlucky,” Lowry said after his round after allowing McIlroy to make up a seven-shot deficit on the last day.

“I felt like I hit some great shots coming in but obviously to hole the putt on the last and finish second on my own is really nice. It’s after giving me a lot of world ranking points and a lot of Race to Dubai points as well.”