BMW PGA Championship

The BMW PGA Championship, as it is currently known for sponsorship reasons, is an annual men's professional golf tournament on the European Tour. It was founded in 1955 by the Professional Golfers' Association, and as such was originally called the British PGA Championship. Since then it has had several sponsored names, but the phrase "PGA Championship" has usually been included in the name.

BMW PGA Championship
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Tournament information
LocationSurrey, England
Established1955
Course(s)Wentworth Club
Par72
Length7,302 yards (6,677 m)
Tour(s)European Tour
FormatStroke play
Prize fundUS$7,000,000
Month playedSeptember
(October in 2020)
Tournament record score
Aggregate266 Brian Bamford (1961)
To par−21 An Byeong-hun (2015)
Current champion
England Tyrrell Hatton
2020 BMW PGA Championship
Location Map
Wentworth Club is located in England
Wentworth Club
Wentworth Club
Location in England
Wentworth Club is located in Surrey
Wentworth Club
Wentworth Club
Location in Surrey

The BMW PGA Championship has usually been played each May, on the weekend of the UK's Spring Bank Holiday, over the West Course at the Wentworth Club in Surrey, England. The PGA European Tour has its headquarters at the club and as the tour's home tournament, the BMW PGA Championship is often regarded as the flagship event on the European Tour. The tournament switched to September in 2019 as part of a revamp of the golfing calendar in which the US PGA Championship moved to May.[1]

It has usually had the highest prize money of any event which the tour organises, but this changed in 2009 with the introduction of the Race to Dubai, and the $10 million Dubai World Championship at the end of the season. There are other more lucrative events than the BMW PGA Championship which are part of the European Tour schedule, such as the majors and the World Golf Championship events, but these are organised by other bodies. It is also the European Tour's designated "Premier event" for the purposes of the Official World Golf Rankings, with a minimum of 64 ranking points available to the winner.[2]

The winner of the tournament is given an exemption into that season's U.S. Open and the next three Open Championships.

In 2000, Colin Montgomerie became the only player to win three years in a row.[3]

WinnersEdit

Year Winner Score To par Margin of
victory
Runner(s)-up Venue Winner's
share ()
BMW PGA Championship
2020   Tyrrell Hatton 269 −19 4 strokes   Victor Perez Wentworth Club 974,457
2019   Danny Willett 268 −20 3 strokes   Jon Rahm Wentworth Club 1,056,662
2018   Francesco Molinari 271 −17 2 strokes   Rory McIlroy Wentworth Club 995,394
2017   Alex Norén 277 −11 2 strokes   Francesco Molinari Wentworth Club 1,041,939
2016   Chris Wood 279 −9 1 stroke   Rikard Karlberg Wentworth Club 833,330
2015   An Byeong-hun 267 −21 6 strokes   Thongchai Jaidee
  Miguel Ángel Jiménez
Wentworth Club 833,330
2014   Rory McIlroy 274 −14 1 stroke   Shane Lowry Wentworth Club 791,660
2013   Matteo Manassero 278 −10 Playoff   Simon Khan
  Marc Warren
Wentworth Club 791,660
2012   Luke Donald (2) 273 −15 4 strokes   Paul Lawrie
  Justin Rose
Wentworth Club 750,000
2011   Luke Donald 278 −6 Playoff   Lee Westwood Wentworth Club 750,000
2010   Simon Khan 278 −6 1 stroke   Fredrik Andersson Hed
  Luke Donald
Wentworth Club 750,000
2009   Paul Casey 271 −17 1 stroke   Ross Fisher Wentworth Club 750,000
2008   Miguel Ángel Jiménez 277 −11 Playoff   Oliver Wilson Wentworth Club 750,000
2007   Anders Hansen (2) 280 −8 Playoff   Justin Rose Wentworth Club 725,000
BMW Championship
2006   David Howell 271 −17 5 strokes   Simon Khan Wentworth Club 708,330
2005   Ángel Cabrera 273 −15 2 strokes   Paul McGinley Wentworth Club 666,660
Volvo PGA Championship
2004   Scott Drummond 269 −19 2 strokes   Ángel Cabrera Wentworth Club 625,000
2003   Ignacio Garrido 270 −18 Playoff   Trevor Immelman Wentworth Club 583,330
2002   Anders Hansen 269 −19 5 strokes   Colin Montgomerie
  Eduardo Romero
Wentworth Club 528,708
2001   Andrew Oldcorn 272 −16 2 strokes   Ángel Cabrera Wentworth Club 544,521
2000   Colin Montgomerie (3) 271 −17 3 strokes   Darren Clarke
  Lee Westwood
  Andrew Coltart
Wentworth Club 415,130
1999   Colin Montgomerie (2) 270 −18 5 strokes   Mark James Wentworth Club 303,350
1998   Colin Montgomerie 274 −14 1 stroke   Ernie Els
  Gary Orr
  Patrik Sjöland
Wentworth Club 280,000
1997   Ian Woosnam (2) 275 −13 2 strokes   Darren Clarke
  Ernie Els
  Nick Faldo
Wentworth Club 256,676
1996   Costantino Rocca 274 −14 2 strokes   Nick Faldo
  Paul Lawrie
Wentworth Club 233,324
1995   Bernhard Langer (3) 279 −9 1 stroke   Michael Campbell
  Per-Ulrik Johansson
Wentworth Club 210,000
1994   José María Olazábal 271 −17 1 stroke   Ernie Els Wentworth Club 186,662
1993   Bernhard Langer (2) 274 −14 6 strokes   Gordon Brand Jnr
  Colin Montgomerie
  Frank Nobilo
Wentworth Club 163,324
1992   Tony Johnstone 272 −16 2 strokes   Gordon Brand Jnr
  José María Olazábal
Wentworth Club 140,000
1991   Seve Ballesteros (2) 271 −17 Playoff   Colin Montgomerie Wentworth Club 116,662
1990   Mike Harwood 271 −17 1 stroke   John Bland
  Nick Faldo
Wentworth Club 93,324
1989   Nick Faldo (4) 272 −16 2 strokes   Ian Woosnam Wentworth Club 81,662
1988   Ian Woosnam 274 −14 2 strokes   Seve Ballesteros
  Mark James
Wentworth Club 70,000
Whyte & Mackay PGA Championship
1987   Bernhard Langer 270 −18 4 strokes   Seve Ballesteros Wentworth Club 51,324
1986   Rodger Davis 281 −7 Playoff   Des Smyth Wentworth Club 49,000
1985   Paul Way 282 −6 Playoff   Sandy Lyle Wentworth Club 42,000
1984   Howard Clark 204[a] −12 2 strokes   Gordon J. Brand
  Bernhard Langer
Wentworth Club 35,000
Sun Alliance PGA Championship
1983   Seve Ballesteros 278 −10 2 strokes   Ken Brown
  Sandy Lyle
Royal St George's 21,000
1982   Tony Jacklin (2) 284 −4 Playoff   Bernhard Langer Hillside 18,662
1981   Nick Faldo (3) 274 −10 4 strokes   Ken Brown
  Neil Coles
Ganton 16,324
1980   Nick Faldo (2) 283 +3 1 stroke   Ken Brown Royal St George's 16,324
Colgate PGA Championship
1979   Vicente Fernández 288 E 1 stroke   Baldovino Dassù
  Gary Player
St Andrews Links 11,662
1978   Nick Faldo 278 −10 7 strokes   Ken Brown Royal Birkdale 14,000
Penfold PGA Championship
1977   Manuel Piñero 283 +3 3 strokes   Peter Oosterhuis Royal St George's 14,000
1976   Neil Coles 280 E Playoff   Eamonn Darcy
  Gary Player
Royal St George's 14,000
1975   Arnold Palmer 285 +5 2 strokes   Eamonn Darcy Royal St George's 14,000
Viyella PGA Championship
1974   Maurice Bembridge 278 −10 1 stroke   Peter Oosterhuis Wentworth Club 5,600
1973   Peter Oosterhuis 280 −8 3 strokes   Dale Hayes
  Donald Swaelens
Wentworth Club 3,071
1972   Tony Jacklin 279 −9 3 strokes   Peter Oosterhuis Wentworth Club 3,070
Schweppes PGA Championship
1970–71: No tournament
1969   Bernard Gallacher 293 +5 1 stroke   John Garner
  Guy Wolstenholme
Ashburnham
1968 (o)   David Talbot 276 −8 5 strokes   Bernard Hunt Dunbar
1967 (o)   Malcolm Gregson 275 −13 3 strokes   Hugh Boyle Hunstanton
Piccadilly PGA Close Championship
1968 (c)   Peter Townsend 275 −5 1 stroke   Neil Coles Royal Mid-Surrey
PGA Close Championship
1967 (c)   Brian Huggett 271 −13 8 strokes   Jimmy Hitchcock
  Bernard Hunt
Thorndon Park
Schweppes PGA Close Championship
1966   Guy Wolstenholme 278 −2 4 strokes   George Will Saunton
1965   Peter Alliss (3) 286 −6 Playoff[b]   Peter Butler Prince's
1964   Tony Grubb 287 −1 2 strokes   Lionel Platts Western Gailes
1963   Peter Butler 306 2 strokes   Bobby Walker Royal Birkdale
1962   Peter Alliss (2) 287 1 stroke   Ralph Moffitt
  Christy O'Connor Snr
Little Aston
Sutton Coldfield
1961   Brian Bamford 266 −11 3 strokes   Peter Alliss
  Christy O'Connor Snr
Royal Mid-Surrey
Richmond
PGA Close Championship
1960   Arnold Stickley 247[c] 2 strokes   Dai Rees Coventry
1959   Dai Rees 283 6 strokes   Bernard Hunt
  David Snell
Ashburnham
1958   Harry Bradshaw 287 1 stroke   Dai Rees Maesdu
1957   Peter Alliss 286 3 strokes   Charlie Ward Maesdu
1956   Charlie Ward 282 Playoff[d]   Eric Brown Maesdu
1955   Ken Bousfield 277 2 strokes   Max Faulkner Pannal
Starbeck

(c) & (o) – In 1967 and 1968, both open and closed championships were held.

  1. ^ Tournament reduced to 54 holes because of bad weather.
  2. ^ Alliss won on the first hole of a sudden-death playoff.
  3. ^ Tournament reduced to 63 holes because of bad weather.
  4. ^ Ward defeated Brown in a 36 hole playoff; Ward 139, Brown 141.

Multiple winnersEdit

Only nine men have won the event more than once up to and including 2019.

  • 4 wins:
    • Nick Faldo – 1978, 1980, 1981, 1989
  • 3 wins:
    • Peter Alliss – 1957, 1962, 1965
    • Bernhard Langer – 1987, 1993, 1995
    • Colin Montgomerie – 1998, 1999, 2000
  • 2 wins:
    • Tony Jacklin – 1972, 1982
    • Seve Ballesteros – 1983, 1991
    • Ian Woosnam – 1988, 1997
    • Anders Hansen – 2002, 2007
    • Luke Donald – 2011, 2012

Media coverageEdit

Currently in the United Kingdom, all four rounds of the BMW PGA Championship are shown live by Sky Sports with highlights being shown by the BBC.

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "US PGA Championship: Golf's fourth major moved from August to May". BBC Sport. Retrieved 12 August 2017.
  2. ^ "How the system works". Official World Golf Ranking. Retrieved 23 October 2016.
  3. ^ "Montgomerie Wins 3rd Straight Volvo". The New York Times. 30 May 2000. Retrieved 23 May 2009.

External linksEdit

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