Moving the BMW PGA Championship into September was met with some scepticism, but Nick Dougherty claims the condition of the class and the strength of this area has justified the switch.
The European Tour’s flagship event was held in May because 1975, but this year’s edition includes one of the strongest areas in the championship’s history, while also bringing more stars in the PGA Tour…
There was lots of concern about the prospect of September weather when the new date was confirmed for the BMW PGA Championship, however it’s not as if we didn’t have conditions.
It seems like we have got a week that is nice in shop, and we have been fortunate here through the years, and the potential issues within the weather to get mid-September are unfounded. They’ve had the advantage of a whole summer to get the West [Course] how they want it, and it is nothing short of immaculate on the market.
I here filmed Tee-Time Tips that a few weeks ago, and it had been stunning as they started to deliver it together for championship conditions. The expansion is consistent, the rough is consistent, and it is just what the gamers want.
The greens are pure and will remain so during the week, and I think we’ll visit Wentworth in better state than we’ve ever seen it.
In terms of the date from a scheduling standpoint, it’s been positive. Just look at all the celebrity names in the field this week, including a strong contingent from the United States using Tony Finau, Patrick Reed and Billy Horschel of making the trip.
Rory McIlroy is the headline act, however he’s an all-star supporting cast together with several playing this week who might have found the May date tougher to fit in their schedules. It’s a chance for many encounter the Rolex Series at this season and to come to Europe.
Padraig Harrington has had an impact, which makes it clear that he would like to see everybody who has dreams of playing in the next year’s Ryder Cup teeing it up. Qualifying for finishes and his team begins here, so it is in the players’ interests.
Ten of these 12 from Le Golf National are here, and all the players will tell you that the BMW PGA Championship remains the flagship event in the European Union. It’s a venue and winning here, and placing will always feel extra special.
The roll of honour here reads like a who’s who of European golfing, along with the coveted trophy tends to be raised by a few of the names. I’d be surprised if we saw this happen today, although we’ve experienced the strange surprise winner here in the past.
Rory McIlroy is the standout title when you examine the contenders. he’s won here came again, and that he arrives this week nicely rested after winning the Tour Championship and just losing out at a play-off in the Omega European Masters the week after.
His confidence and form are in the degree after a season that is excellent, together with three major wins, and now I have lost count of the number of top 10s. The course sets up for him, and he’s clearly the guy to conquer such as me.
Perhaps the biggest danger to McIlroy could be Tommy Fleetwood. I’m certain he will win at least once or twice until this year is out, and it is as good a spot as any to pick up his first triumph.
Tommy played at Crans-sur-Sierre and turned out right in the mix heading into the final round, but he finished two shots out of the play-off after a frustrating 70.
He’s been because being clubbed into Shane Lowry at The Open, really consistent, following that up with a tie for fourth at the WGC-FedEx St Jude per week and his match was trending in the ideal direction.
To succeed in Wentworth you have to be a excellent iron player, and that’s Tommy advantage. He has proved that he thrives at the places, on the stage and playing against the areas, and it doesn’t get any bigger.