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Keith Pelley: ‘It has given everyone connected with this tournament the opportunity to come together, not only to publicly express their condolences to the Royal Family, but also to celebrate the life of a truly extraordinary monarch’

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DP World Tour leader Keith Pelley pays tribute to Queen Elizabeth II during the presentation of the BMW PGA Championship trophy

DP World Tour leader Keith Pelley pays tribute to Queen Elizabeth II during the presentation of the BMW PGA Championship trophy

Shane Lowry picked up a narrow victory at the BMW PGA Championship on Sunday as golf ended a weekend at Wentworth which celebrated the life of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II.

The tournament was immediately suspended on Thursday evening after Buckingham Palace announced the news of the Queen’s death, with Friday’s play also canceled before the DP World Tour event – reduced to 54 holes – resumes Saturday morning at Wentworth .

A two-minute period of silence at 9.50am on Saturday was observed on the course, with staff, caddies and players joining DP World Tour General Manager Keith Pelley on the green in front of the first tee, while the king’s proclamation Charles III was shown on Championship Village screens.

β€œIt has been a very emotional week with the passing of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II on Thursday, not just for everyone in the UK but across the Commonwealth,” Pelley said when presenting the trophy to Lowry on Sunday.

BMW PGA Championship players paid a two-minute tribute to Queen Elizabeth II on Saturday

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BMW PGA Championship players paid a two-minute tribute to Queen Elizabeth II on Saturday

BMW PGA Championship players paid a two-minute tribute to Queen Elizabeth II on Saturday

“There was a lot of talk on Friday about whether we should play the BMW PGA Championship this weekend, but we honestly felt we had to.

“It has given everyone connected to this tournament the opportunity to come together, not only to publicly express their condolences to the Royal Family, but also to celebrate the life of a truly extraordinary monarch.”

Lowry also supported the decision to continue playing after his victory.

“It was a sad week for everyone here in this country and around the world. What Queen Elizabeth II represented was incredible. She was an incredible woman and I was happy the golf was happening because I felt that It was meant to be a celebration of his life and I think that’s what we had this weekend here at Wentworth and I think it was pretty special.”

Shane Lowry beat Rory McIlroy and Jon Rahm at Wentworth

Shane Lowry beat Rory McIlroy and Jon Rahm at Wentworth

Sky Sports pundit Paul McGinley also felt it was the right decision to go ahead with the tournament this weekend.

He said: “It’s one of those moments in time in all of our lives that we will never forget because of the circumstances of the week and the passing of the Queen.

“We will always remember this week and part of that memory will obviously be the passing of the Queen, but we will also remember that it was a tournament that took place when other sports were not played.

“I think, like Shane said, it was the right decision and ultimately many of us will remember that Shane was the champion and joined that illustrious list of people who won. It’s a tournament and a place that is synonymous with the history of golf.”

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