Nick Dougherty claims the change has been justified by the status of the course and also the strength of the area, although moving the BMW PGA Championship was met with some scepticism.
The European Tour’s flagship event has been held in May because 1975, but this year’s edition features one of the strongest fields in the tournament’s history, while also attracting more stars from the PGA Tour…
There was a lot of concern about the prospect of September weather when the new date has been confirmed for the BMW PGA Championship, but it is not as if we didn’t have adverse conditions.
We’ve been lucky here and it looks like we have got a week that is fine in store, and the issues over 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 this, and it’s nothing short of pristine out there.
I here filmed Tee-Time Tips that a few weeks ago, since they started to deliver it together for championship 28, and it had been stunning. The growth is consistent, the rough is consistent, and it is just what the players want.
The greens are somewhat pure and can remain so throughout the week, and I think we will visit Wentworth in better condition than we’ve ever seen it previously.
Concerning the date by a scheduling standpoint, it’s been positive. Just look at all of the celebrity names in the area including a strong contingent from the USA using Patrick Reed, Tony Finau along with Billy Horschel of making the trip.
Rory McIlroy is the headline act, but he’s an all-star supporting cast with playing this week that might have found the May date that is original harder to fit in their schedules. It’s a chance for many to come to Europe and experience the Rolex Series.
Padraig Harrington has had an effect, which makes it clear he wants to see everybody who has aspirations of playing in next year’s Ryder Cup teeing it up. Qualifying due to his European group begins and finishes , therefore it is in the players’ interests.
Ten of these 12 out of Le Golf National are all still here, and each of the gamers will inform you that the BMW PGA Championship remains the flagship event on the European Tour. It is a magnificent venue and winning here, and placing would always feel extra special.
The roll of honor reads like a who’s who of golf that is European, along with the trophy tends to be lifted by a few of the bigger names. I’d be amazed if we saw this occur this week, although we have experienced the odd surprise winner here in the past.
Rory McIlroy is the standout name when you examine the contenders. Last year, he’s won here came close again, and that he arrives this week rested after winning the Tour Championship and only losing out at a play-off in the Omega European Masters afterwards.
His confidence and form are in the degree that is perfect after a season that is constantly excellent, with three large wins, and now I have lost count of the amount of high 10s. The class sets up perfectly for himand he is obviously the man to beat for me.
The biggest danger to McIlroy could be Tommy Fleetwood. I’m certain he’ll win at least once or twice before the year is out, and this is as good a spot as any to pick up his first win since Abu Dhabi in January last year.
Tommy turned out going into the last round, even though he had two shots from the play-off on Sunday after a bothersome 70 and played at Crans-sur-Sierre.
He’s been because being clubbed into Shane Lowry at The Open, consistent, following that up with a tie for fourth in the WGC-FedEx St Jude per week afterwards, and his game was trending in the right direction.
To succeed you have to be a excellent iron player, and that is Tommy strength. He playing from the biggest areas and has proved he participates in the larger places, on the stage, and it doesn’t get any larger.