BMW PGA Championship

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This article is about the Championship held at Wentworth Club, United Kingdom. For the Championship held in the United States, see PGA Championship. For the similarly named PGA Tour event, see BMW Championship (PGA Tour).
BMW PGA Championship
Tournament information
Location Surrey, England
Established 1955
Course(s) Wentworth Club
Par 72
Length 7,302 yards (6,677 m)
Tour(s) European Tour
Format Stroke play
Prize fund 4,750,000
Month played May
Tournament record score
Aggregate 266 Brian Bamford (1961)
Current champion
Northern Ireland Rory McIlroy
2014 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.

The BMW PGA Championship is played each May 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. 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.[1]

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.[2]

Winners[edit]

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

Multiple winners[edit]

Only nine men have won the event more than once up to and including 2014.

  • 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 coverage[edit]

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.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "How the system works". Official World Golf Ranking. 1 January 2013. Retrieved 20 May 2013. 
  2. ^ "Montgomerie Wins 3rd Straight Volvo". The New York Times. 30 May 2000. Retrieved 23 May 2009. 

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