Transferring the BMW PGA Championship was met with some scepticism, however, Nick Dougherty claims the state of the class and also the strength of this area has justified the change.
The European Tour’s flagship event was held in May since 1975, yet this year’s version features one of the strongest fields in the tournament’s history, while also attracting more stars in the PGA Tour…
After the date was verified for the BMW PGA Championshipthere was a lot of concern with the possibility of dodgy September weather, however it is not as if we didn’t have adverse conditions by the end of May.
We have been fortunate here through the years, and it seems like we have got in store, along with the issues over the weather to get mid-September are unfounded. In terms of the conditioning of this course, they’ve had a whole summer’s advantage to get the West [Course] how they need it, and it is nothing short of immaculate on the market.
I had been here filming for Tee-Time Tips since they started to deliver it together and it was stunning. The expansion is consistent, the demanding is constant, and it’s exactly what the players want.
The greens will remain so during the week and are somewhat pure, and now that I believe we will visit Wentworth in better state than we’ve ever seen it.
In terms of the date from a scheduling standpoint, it has been positive. Look at all the star names in the area including a strong contingent from the United States together with Tony Finau Patrick Reed along with Billy Horschel of making the trip.
Rory McIlroy is the headline act, but he’s an abysmal supportive cast with playing this week who have found the original May date tougher to fit into their schedules. It’s a chance for so many expertise the Rolex Series at this time of year and to visit Europe.
Padraig Harrington has had a direct effect, making it abundantly clear that he wishes to see everyone who has dreams of playing in next year’s Ryder Cup teeing it up. Qualifying due to ends and his group starts , so it is from the players’ interests to be here to enhance their chances of making the group.
Ten of the 12 from Le Golf National are still here, and all the gamers will tell you the BMW PGA Championship remains the flagship event on the European Union. It is a venue and setting, and winning here will feel extra special.
The roll of honor reads like a who’s who of European golfing, along with the coveted trophy tends to be raised by a few of the names. We have experienced the strange surprise winner in the past, but I would be surprised if we saw this occur this week.
Rory McIlroy is clearly the standout title when you examine the key contenders. , he’s won came again, and that he arrives here this week nicely rested after winning the Tour Championship and just losing out at a play-off at the Omega European Masters afterwards.
His confidence and form are at the perfect level together with three big wins, after a season that is excellent, and now I’ve lost count of the number of high 10s. The course sets up for him, and he is obviously the guy to beat this week, such as me.
Maybe the biggest threat to McIlroy might be Tommy Fleetwood. I am sure he’ll win at least once or twice until this year is out, and this is just as good a place as any to pick up his first win because Abu Dhabi in January last year.
Tommy played at Crans-sur-Sierre and had been correct in the combination going into the final round, though he had two shots out of the play-off following a 70.
He’s been really consistent since being clubbed into Shane Lowry at The Open, following that up with a tie for fourth at the WGC-FedEx St Jude the week afterwards, and his match was trending in the perfect direction.
To be successful you need to be a great iron player, and that is Tommy strength. He has proved that he thrives on the stage, at the bigger venues and playing from the areas, and it does not get any larger than this week.