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
BMW PGA Championship logo.png
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 5,000,000
Month played May
Tournament record score
Aggregate 266 Brian Bamford (1961)
Current champion
England Chris Wood
2016 BMW PGA Championship
Wentworth Club is located in England
Wentworth Club
Wentworth Club
Location in England

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 Winner Country Venue Score To par Margin
of victory
Runner(s)-up
BMW PGA Championship
2016 Chris Wood  England Wentworth Club 279 −9 1 stroke Sweden Rikard Karlberg
2015 An Byeong-hun  South Korea Wentworth Club 267 −21 6 strokes Thailand Thongchai Jaidee
Spain Miguel Ángel Jiménez
2014 Rory McIlroy  Northern Ireland Wentworth Club 274 −14 1 stroke Republic of Ireland Shane Lowry
2013 Matteo Manassero  Italy Wentworth Club 278 −10 Playoff England Simon Khan
Scotland Marc Warren
2012 Luke Donald (2)  England Wentworth Club 273 −15 4 strokes Scotland Paul Lawrie
England Justin Rose
2011 Luke Donald  England Wentworth Club 278 −6 Playoff England Lee Westwood
2010 Simon Khan  England Wentworth Club 278 −6 1 stroke Sweden Fredrik Andersson Hed
England Luke Donald
2009 Paul Casey  England Wentworth Club 271 −17 1 stroke England Ross Fisher
2008 Miguel Ángel Jiménez  Spain Wentworth Club 277 −11 Playoff England Oliver Wilson
2007 Anders Hansen (2)  Denmark Wentworth Club 280 −8 Playoff England Justin Rose
BMW Championship
2006 David Howell  England Wentworth Club 271 −17 5 strokes England Simon Khan
2005 Ángel Cabrera  Argentina Wentworth Club 273 −15 2 strokes Republic of Ireland Paul McGinley
Volvo PGA Championship
2004 Scott Drummond  Scotland Wentworth Club 269 −19 2 strokes Argentina Ángel Cabrera
2003 Ignacio Garrido  Spain Wentworth Club 270 −18 Playoff South Africa Trevor Immelman
2002 Anders Hansen  Denmark Wentworth Club 269 −19 5 strokes Scotland Colin Montgomerie
Argentina Eduardo Romero
2001 Andrew Oldcorn  Scotland Wentworth Club 272 −16 2 strokes Argentina Ángel Cabrera
2000 Colin Montgomerie (3)  Scotland Wentworth Club 271 −17 3 strokes Northern Ireland Darren Clarke
England Lee Westwood
Scotland Andrew Coltart
1999 Colin Montgomerie (2)  Scotland Wentworth Club 270 −18 5 strokes England Mark James
1998 Colin Montgomerie  Scotland Wentworth Club 274 −14 1 stroke South Africa Ernie Els
Scotland Gary Orr
Sweden Patrik Sjöland
1997 Ian Woosnam (2)  Wales Wentworth Club 275 −13 2 strokes Northern Ireland Darren Clarke
South Africa Ernie Els
England Nick Faldo
1996 Costantino Rocca  Italy Wentworth Club 274 −14 2 strokes England Nick Faldo
Scotland Paul Lawrie
1995 Bernhard Langer (3)  Germany Wentworth Club 279 −9 1 stroke New Zealand Michael Campbell
Sweden Per-Ulrik Johansson
1994 José María Olazábal  Spain Wentworth Club 271 −17 1 stroke South Africa Ernie Els
1993 Bernhard Langer (2)  Germany Wentworth Club 274 −14 6 strokes Scotland Gordon Brand, Jnr
Scotland Colin Montgomerie
New Zealand Frank Nobilo
1992 Tony Johnstone  Zimbabwe Wentworth Club 272 −16 2 strokes Scotland Gordon Brand, Jnr
Spain José María Olazábal
1991 Seve Ballesteros (2)  Spain Wentworth Club 271 −17 Playoff Scotland Colin Montgomerie
1990 Mike Harwood  Australia Wentworth Club 271 −17 1 stroke South Africa John Bland
England Nick Faldo
1989 Nick Faldo (4)  England Wentworth Club 272 −16 2 strokes Wales Ian Woosnam
1988 Ian Woosnam  Wales Wentworth Club 274 −14 2 strokes Spain Seve Ballesteros
England Mark James
Whyte & Mackay PGA Championship
1987 Bernhard Langer  West Germany Wentworth Club 270 −18 4 strokes Spain Seve Ballesteros
1986 Rodger Davis  Australia Wentworth Club 281 −7 Playoff Republic of Ireland Des Smyth
1985 Paul Way  England Wentworth Club 282 −6 Playoff Scotland Sandy Lyle
1984 Howard Clark  England Wentworth Club 204* −12 2 strokes England Gordon J. Brand
West Germany Bernhard Langer
Sun Alliance PGA Championship
1983 Seve Ballesteros  Spain Royal St George's Golf Club 278 −10 2 strokes Scotland Ken Brown
Scotland Sandy Lyle
1982 Tony Jacklin (2)  England Hillside Golf Club 284 −4 Playoff West Germany Bernhard Langer
1981 Nick Faldo (3)  England Ganton Golf Club 274 −10 4 strokes Scotland Ken Brown
England Neil Coles
1980 Nick Faldo (2)  England Royal St George's Golf Club 283 +3 1 stroke Scotland Ken Brown
Colgate PGA Championship
1979 Vicente Fernández  Argentina St Andrews Links 288 E 1 stroke Italy Baldovino Dassù
South Africa Gary Player
1978 Nick Faldo  England Royal Birkdale Golf Club 278 −10 7 strokes Scotland Ken Brown
Penfold PGA Championship
1977 Manuel Piñero  Spain Royal St George's Golf Club 283 +3 3 strokes England Peter Oosterhuis
1976 Neil Coles  England Royal St George's Golf Club 280 E Playoff Republic of Ireland Eamonn Darcy
South Africa Gary Player
1975 Arnold Palmer  United States Royal St George's Golf Club 285 +5 2 strokes Republic of Ireland Eamonn Darcy
Viyella PGA Championship
1974 Maurice Bembridge  England Wentworth Club 278 −10 1 stroke England Peter Oosterhuis
1973 Peter Oosterhuis  England Wentworth Club 280 −8 3 strokes South Africa Dale Hayes
Belgium Donald Swaelens
1972 Tony Jacklin  England Wentworth Club 279 −9 3 strokes England Peter Oosterhuis
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 England John Garner
England Guy Wolstenholme
1968 (o) David Talbot  England Dunbar Golf Club 276 (−8) 5 strokes England Bernard Hunt
1967 (o) Malcolm Gregson  England Hunstanton Golf Club 275 (−13) 3 strokes Republic of Ireland Hugh Boyle
Piccadilly PGA Close Championship
1968 (c) Peter Townsend  England Royal Mid-Surrey Golf Club 275 (−5) 1 stroke England Neil Coles
PGA Close Championship
1967 (c) Brian Huggett  Wales Thorndon Park Golf Club 271 (−13) 8 strokes England Jimmy Hitchcock
England Bernard Hunt
Schweppes PGA Close Championship
1966 Guy Wolstenholme  England Saunton Golf Club 278 (−2) 4 strokes Scotland George Will
1965 Peter Alliss (3)  England Prince's Golf Club 286 (−6) Playoff (1st hole) England Peter Butler
1964 Tony Grubb  England Western Gailes Golf Club 287 (−1) 2 strokes England Lionel Platts
1963 Peter Butler  England Royal Birkdale Golf Club 306 2 strokes Scotland Bobby Walker
1962 Peter Alliss (2)  England Little Aston Golf Club
(and Sutton Coldfield Golf Club)
287 1 stroke England Ralph Moffitt
Republic of Ireland Christy O'Connor Snr
1961 Brian Bamford  England Royal Mid-Surrey Golf Club
(and Richmond Golf Club)
266 (−11) 3 strokes England Peter Alliss
Republic of Ireland Christy O'Connor Snr
PGA Close Championship
1960* Arnold Stickley  England Coventry Golf Club 247 2 strokes Wales Dai Rees
1959 Dai Rees  Wales Ashburnham Golf Club 283 6 strokes England Bernard Hunt
England David Snell
1958 Harry Bradshaw  Ireland Maesdu Golf Club 287 1 stroke Wales Dai Rees
1957 Peter Alliss  England Maesdu Golf Club 286 3 strokes England Charlie Ward
1956 Charlie Ward  England Maesdu Golf Club 282 Playoff
(36 holes)
Scotland Eric Brown
1955 Ken Bousfield  England Pannal Golf Club
(and Starbeck Golf Club)
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.

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

Multiple winners[edit]

Only nine men have won the event more than once up to and including 2016.

  • 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. 

External links[edit]

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