Nick Dougherty states the change has been justified by the state of the class and also the strength of this area, although moving the BMW PGA Championship to September was originally met with some scepticism.
The European Tour’s flagship event has been held in May since 1975, but this year’s version includes one of the strongest areas in the tournament’s history, while also bringing more celebrities in the PGA Tour…
After the date has been supported for the BMW PGA Championship, there was lots of concern with the possibility of dodgy September weather, however it is not like we did not have conditions at the end of May.
We’ve been lucky here through time, and it looks like we’ve got a week that is fine in shop, along with the potential issues within the weather to get mid-September are unfounded. They’ve had a summer’s advantage to get the West [Course] how they want this, and it’s nothing short of pristine on the market.
I here filmed for Tee-Time Tips that a few weeks before, as they started to deliver it together for tournament conditions and it was stunning. The expansion is consistent, the demanding is consistent, and it’s just what the players need.
The greens are both pure and can remain so during the week, and that I believe we’ll see Wentworth in better condition than we’ve ever seen it.
In terms of the date by a scheduling standpoint, it has been positive. Look at all of the celebrity names in the area this week, including a strong contingent from the USA together with Tony Finau, Patrick Reed and Billy Horschel all making the trip.
Rory McIlroy is the headline act, however he’s an all-star supporting cast with several playing this week that may have found the May date tougher to fit into their schedules. It’s an opportunity for so many to come to Europe and experience the Rolex Series at the time of year.
Padraig Harrington has had an impact, making it clear that he wishes to see everyone who has aspirations of playing in next year’s Ryder Cup teeing it up. Qualifying due to his European group starts and ends , so it is from the players‘ interests to be here to boost their odds of making the team.
Ten of these 12 from Le Golf National are all still here, and the players will inform you the BMW PGA Championship remains the flagship event in the European Tour. It’s a magnificent place and placing, and winning here will constantly feel extra special.
The roll of honour here reads like a who is who of golfing that is European, and the trophy tends to be raised by one of the names. We have had the strange surprise winner but I would be surprised if we saw this happen.
Rory McIlroy is the standout title when you look at the contenders. Last year 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 the week afterwards.
His form and confidence are in the degree that is ideal after a season that is excellent, together with three major wins, and now I’ve lost count of the number of 10s he’s had. The course sets up for himand he the guy to overcome this week, for me personally.
The biggest threat to McIlroy might be Tommy Fleetwood. I’m certain he’ll win at least once or twice before the year is out, and this is just as good a spot as any to pick up his first triumph since Abu Dhabi in January this past year.
Tommy was going into the last round, though he had two shots from the play-off following a bothersome 70 on Sunday and played at Crans-sur-Sierre.
He has been since being clubbed into Shane Lowry at The Open, consistent, following that up with a tie for fourth at the WGC-FedEx St Jude the week and his game was trending in the perfect direction.
To be successful at Wentworth you want to be a great iron player, and that is Tommy advantage. He has proved earlier that he thrives on the stage and playing against the fields, and it doesn’t get any larger than that week.

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