The world’s top 3 golfers look set to continue their battle for the mantle of Number 1 this May at the stunning Wentworth Club in the BMW PGA Championship. With Luke Donald, Rory McIlroy and Lee Westwood all due to compete in this event, this looks set to be one of the best in recent years.
While many will be drawn to the British trio, the event will also feature no less than 14 major champions including Ernie Els who was responsible for the dramatic redesign of Colt’s original West Course. The other major champions include Rich Beem (2002 PGA Championship), Shaun Micheel (2003 PGA Championship), Mike Weir (2003 Masters), Darren Clarke (2011 Open Championship), Graeme McDowell (2010 US Open), Paul Lawrie (1999 Open Championship), Retief Goosen (2001 & 2004 US Open), Charl Schwartzel (2011 Masters), Martin Kaymer (2010 PGA Championship), Michael Campbell (2005 US Open), Jose Maria Olazbal (1994 & 1999 Masters) & Padraig Harrington (2007, 2008 Open Championship & 2008 PGA Championship). With one of the top fields in world golf, Donald will face a tough test to retain the title he won in a playoff against Westwood in the 2011 event.
For some the West Course at Wentworth holds a certain marmite quality with both Harrington and Ian Poulter talking of their less than favourable disposition towards the Burma Road layout. Wentworth is, however, the home of English tournament golf as host to so many great events played here including the World Matchplay from 1964 – 2007 and PGA Championship from 1984 – present. For me, it is a fantastic course and one which is rightly held in the position as one of Europe’s finest.
With just two European Tour events scheduled for 2012 in England, there will be a great hope for a homegrown winner but I think the majority of UK golf fans would take a victory in the other event taking place in July – The Open Championship at Royal Lytham & St Annes.