Some of the biggest stars in golf have gathered at the famed Wentworth Club in Surrey, England, for the 47th edition of the BMW PGA Championship. Last year, Alex Noren defeated Francisco Molinari to claim his ninth career European Tour victory. This year, he’ll defend his title against one of the strongest fields in a non-major, including past champions Rory McIlroy, Paul Casey, and Chris Wood. Other notables in the field include former world number one ranked players Lee Westwood and Martin Kaymer, as well as former Open champion Padraig Harrington and World Golf Hall of Famer Ernie Els.
Wentworth Club has hosted this event for 38 of its 47 years, and has done so every year since 1984. It has also hosted the 1953 Ryder Cup and was the site of the World Match Play Championship from 1964-2007.
The BMW PGA Championship has a long list of notable winners, including Hall-of-Famers Sir Nick Faldo, Seve Ballesteros, and Colin Montgomerie.
Players to Watch:
Rory McIlroy: Hard to ever bet against the number 8 ranked player in the world. It’s bit a bit of a slump for Rory in Europe; his last victory came in the 2016 Irish Open. With newfound confidence in his putter, however, he has a great chance to add a second BMW PGA title to his trophy case.
Tommy Fleetwood: He has yet to finish outside the top 20 this season on the European Tour, which includes solid finishes at the Masters and two WGC events. He’s had moderate success in this event before; a top-10 in 2015. With the level of play he’s capable of, it should surprise no one to see him challenge the leaderboard.