BMW PGA Championship

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BMW PGA Championship
BMW PGA Championship logo.png
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, 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 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]

Winners[edit]

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

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 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. ^ "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 links[edit]

Coordinates: 51°24′N 0°35′W / 51.40°N 0.59°W / 51.40; -0.59