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BMW PGA Championship Preview

Last week the European Tour staged its first Rolex Series Event since returning from lockdown, with Englishman Aaron Rai claiming a dramatic playoff victory against Tommy Fleetwood.

This week the Tour moves down south to its flagship event, the BMW PGA Championship, held at the world famous Wentworth Golf Club. The event will run from 8th-11th October.

 

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Aaron Rai – Martin Kaymer – Matt Wallace

Rai claimed his biggest win to date at last week’s Aberdeen Standard Investments Scottish Open. The 25-year-old also finished runner-up in the previous week at the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open.

Kaymer has achieved two Top 3 finishes in his last four starts but missed the cut in his last two events.

Wallace finished last year’s event T41 after leading day one. He hasn’t missed a cut since the Wyndham Championship in August.

Patrick Reed – Lee Westwood – Tyrrell Hatton

Reed is the only player this week in the world’s Top 10. He has however, been praised by golf fans for committing to the event after mainly plying his trade on the PGA Tour. He finished T4 in last year’s event.

Westwood has had four Top 20 finishes in a row, including a T13 result at the US Open. The Englishman lost a play-off here to Luke Donald in 2011.

Hatton had one of his best seasons on the PGA Tour in 2019-20 claiming his first PGA Tour victory and seventh place in the FedEx Cup.

 

Tommy Fleetwood – Shane Lowry – Danny Willett

Fleetwood lost in last week’s playoff in Scotland after missing a short putt. He finished T6 here in 2015 and made an albatross in the process.

Lowry is the current Open Champion and finished T11 in last year’s event. The Irishman missed last week’s Scottish Open and, in the previous week, didn’t make the cut.

Defending champion Willett claimed a three-shot victory last year over Spaniard Jon Rahm. The Englishman comes into the event with five consecutive missed cuts.

 

Justin Rose – Ian Poulter – Sam Horsfield

Rose won this event in 2011 and has a great record, finishing eighth last year. He is currently ranked 108th in the Race to Dubai standings so will be looking for a strong week.

Poulter had a strong showing last week at the Scottish Open, finishing T6. The Englishman has a love-hate relationship with this event; his best finish was in 2012, when he achieved 10th place.

Horsfield has two victories since returning from lockdown (Celtic Classic, English Open) but he missed the cut at last week’s Scottish Open.

 

Bernd Wiesberger – Rasmus Højgaard – Matthew Fitzpatrick

The Austrian, Wiesberger, has won two Rolex Series events and has a T5 finish since returning from lockdown.

Højgaard has been one of the standout players since the Tour returned after lockdown. The 19-year-old has already achieved two European Tour victories in his debut season.

Fitzpatrick finished T8 in 2018 and has been playing good golf since returning from lockdown, with three Top 10 finishes.

 

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Wentworth Golf Club was founded in 1922 and is the headquarters of the PGA European Tour.

Since 1984 Wentworth has hosted its flagship event, the PGA Championship, with many legends of the game winning here.

Legends like Tony Jacklin, Arnold Palmer, Nick Faldo, Ian Woosnam, Seve Ballesteros, Bernhard Langer, Colin Montgomerie and Rory McIlroy have all claimed the title.

This year, Patrick Reed and Tommy Fleetwood will be the favourites for the event. But, with yet another star studded field, there will be a number of players vying for the title.

 

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A lifelong interest in watching and playing sport led Matt to study Sports Journalism at Solent University, graduating in 2019 with a broken nose after a hockey mishap. However, golf is his primary passion. As a junior, he held a scratch handicap, played for county and was Junior Club Captain. Matt has interviewed a number of influential figures within golf as well as working with the R&A and writing for Golf Monthly.

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