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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
BMW PGA Championship logo.png
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
Aggregate266 Brian Bamford (1961)
Italy Francesco Molinari
2019 BMW PGA Championship
Wentworth Club is located in England
Wentworth Club
Wentworth Club
Location in England

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 will move to a September date from 2019 as a consequence of the US PGA Championship switching 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]

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WinnersEdit

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

* – Because of bad weather, in 1960 the tournament was reduced to 63 holes, and in 1984 it was shortened to 54 holes.
(c) & (o) – In 1967 and 1968, both open and closed championships were held.

In 1956 Ward beat Brown 139 to 141 in the playoff.

Multiple winnersEdit

Only nine men have won the event more than once up to and including 2018.

  • 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.

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