The superb wedge played by Justin Rose to secure a play-off in the BMW PGA Championship at Wentworth Club has been recognised as The European Tour Shot of the Month for May.
Knowing that only a birdie four at the last would suffice to catch Denmark’s Anders Hansen – who ultimately prevailed at the first hole of sudden-death – Rose played a three-quarter pitching wedge from 109 yards to within six inches of the hole.
The Englishman’s spectacular effort was judged to be the best played during a month sprinkled by outstanding shot making on The European Tour International Schedule.
In second place was Padraig Harrington’s five wood to the ninth green at Adare Manor Hotel and Golf Resort which set up an eagle three and a first home win in the Irish Open for 25 years.
Third place went to a wonderful approach played by Welshman Bradley Dredge as he tried to catch Harrington, a perfectly judged seven iron from the rough to two and a half feet for a birdie at the 71st hole.
Looking back on his winning shot, Rose said: “I certainly knew what I had to do. I took a long walk up to the green to see if Anders had made a birdie. I knew I needed to make a four to get in the play-off and I had the perfect yardage for a three-quarter pitching wedge to fly it past the hole and spin it back. It was nice to pull it off and have a tap-in!”
The European Tour Shot of the Month Award is presented to a Tour Member for the shot judged to be the most outstanding during each calendar month on The European Tour International schedule.
The winners so far this year have been: Retief Goosen of South Africa (January), Mikko Ilonen of Finland (February), South Africa’s Anton Haig (March) and another South African, Charl Schwartzel (April). The winning shots from each month are entered towards The European Tour Shot of the Year.
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