European Golf Tour
PGA European - BMW PGA Championship Preview
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DATES: Thursday, May 23rd through Sunday, May 26th
SITE: Wentworth Club (West Course), Surrey, England
COURSE ARCHITECT: Harry Colt (1926), Chris Kennedy (re-design, 2001),
         Ernie Els (renovation, 2006, 2009-12)
PAR: 72
YARDAGE: 7,302
Hole-By-Hole:1 - Par 4 473 Yds10 - Par 3 184 Yds
2 - Par 3 154 Yds11 - Par 4 416 Yds
3 - Par 4 465 Yds12 - Par 5 531 Yds
4 - Par 5 552 Yds13 - Par 4 470 Yds
5 - Par 3 203 Yds14 - Par 3 179 Yds
6 - Par 4 418 Yds15 - Par 4 489 Yds
7 - Par 4 396 Yds16 - Par 4 383 Yds
8 - Par 4 391 Yds17 - Par 5 610 Yds
9 - Par 4 449 Yds18 - Par 5 539 Yds
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35 3,501 Yds37 3,801 Yds
 
Annual:  57th
Television:  Golf Channel - Thursday/Friday -- 9 a.m.-12 p.m. (et),
  - Saturday/Sunday -- 9 a.m.-1 p.m. (et),
Defending Champion:  Luke Donald
Runner-Up:  Paul Lawrie
Tournament Record:  266 (Brian Bamford, 1961)
54-Hole Record:  199 (Anders Hansen, 2002)
36-Hole Record:  131 (Paul McGinley, 2008)
Course Record:  62 (Robert Karlsson, 2010)
Course Record in Relation to Par:  63, -11 (Nick Job, 1973)
Total Purse:  $6,125,537 (4,750,000 euros)
Share:  1st Place - $1,020,932; 2nd Place - $680,617; 3rd Place - $383,465
 
2012 Finish
PlayerScorePlayerScore
Luke Donald273Richard Sterne282
Paul Lawrie277Ernie Els283
Justin Rose277Marcel Siem283
Peter Lawrie280Francesco Molinari283
Branden Grace281Five players at284
 
Past BMW PGA Championship Winners
YearWinner (Score) -- Runners-Up
2012Luke Donald (273) -- Paul Lawrie, Justin Rose
2011*Luke Donald (278) -- Lee Westwood
2010Simon Khan (278) -- Luke Donald, Fredrik Andersson Hed
2009Paul Casey (271) -- Ross Fisher
2008*Miguel Angel Jimenez (277) -- Oliver Wilson
2007*Anders Hansen (280) -- Justin Rose
2006David Howell (271) -- Simon Khan
2005Angel Cabrera (273) -- Paul McGinley
2004Scott Drummond (269) -- Angel Cabrera
2003*Ignacio Garrido (270) -- Trevor Immelman
2002Anders Hansen (269) -- Eduardo Romero, Colin Montgomerie
2001Andrew Oldcorn (272) -- Angel Cabrera
2000Colin Montgomerie (271) -- Darren Clarke, Lee Westwood, Andrew Coltart
1999Colin Montgomerie (270) -- Mark James
1998Colin Montgomerie (274) -- Patrik Sjoland, Ernie Els, Gary Orr
1997Ian Woosnam (275) -- Nick Faldo, Darren Clarke, Ernie Els
1996Costantino Rocca (274) -- Nick Faldo, Paul Lawrie
1995Bernhard Langer (279) -- Per-Ulrik Johansson, Michael Campbell
1994Jose Maria Olazabal (271) -- Ernie Els
1993Bernhard Langer (274) -- Gordon Brand Jr, Frank Nobilo, Colin
Montgomerie
1992Tony Johnstone (272) -- Gordon Brand Jr, Jose Maria Olazabal
1991*Seve Ballesteros (271) -- Colin Montgomerie
1990Mike Harwood (271) -- John Bland, Nick Faldo
1989Nick Faldo (272) -- Ian Woosnam
1988Ian Woosnam (274) -- Seve Ballesteros, Mark James
1987Bernhard Langer (270) -- Seve Ballesteros
1986*Rodger Davis (281) -- Des Smyth
1985*Paul Way (282) -- Sandy Lyle
1984#Howard Clark (204) -- Gordon J. Brand, Bernhard Langer
1983Seve Ballesteros (278) -- Ken Brown, Sandy Lyle
1982*Tony Jacklin (284) -- Bernhard Langer
1981Nick Faldo (274) -- Ken Brown, Neil Coles
1980Nick Faldo (283) -- Ken Brown
1979Vicente Fernandez (288) -- Gary Player, Baldovino Dassu
1978Nick Faldo (278) -- Ken Brown
1977Manuel Pinero (283) -- Peter Oosterhuis
1976*Neil Coles (280) -- Eamonn Darcy, Gary Player
1975Arnold Palmer (285) -- Eamonn Darcy
1974Maurice Bembridge (278) -- Peter Oosterhuis
1973Peter Oosterhuis (280) -- Dale Hayes, Donald Swaelens
1972Tony Jacklin (279) -- Peter Oosterhuis
1971Not Held
1970Not Held
1969Bernard Gallacher (293)
1968David Talbot (276)
1967Peter Townsend (275)
1966Brian Huggett (271)
1965*Peter Alliss (286) -- Peter Butler
1964A.G.Grubb (287)
1963Peter Butler (306)
1962Peter Alliss (287)
1961Brian Bamford (266)
1960@A.F.Stickley (247)
1959Dai Rees (283)
1958Harry Bradshaw (287)
1957Peter Alliss (286)
1956*C.H.Ward (282) -- Eric Brown
1955Ken Bousfield (277)

* - Won in Playoff

# - Rain Shortened (54 holes)

@ - Rain Shortened (63 holes)

Note:Formerly known as Schweppes Open (1967-69), Viyella PGA Championship
(1972-74), Penfold PGA Championship (1975-77), Colgate PGA Championship (1978-79), Sun Alliance PGA Championship (1980-83), Whyte & Mackey PGA Championship (1984-87), Volvo PGA Championship (1988-2004), BMW Championship (2005-06).

Top Contenders in the Field
Player2003200420052006200720082009201020112012
Luke Donald------T-18T-257thT-3T-35T-2WonWon
Paul LawriemcT-67T-33T-37mcT-22T-32T-6mcT-2
Justin RoseT-32T-11------2ndmc---T-10mcT-2
Ernie Els4th7thT-39T-19T-24mcT-21T-34T-16T-7
Francesco Molinari---------mcT-30mcT-35T-17T-50T-7
Alvaro Quiros---------------mcT-16mcT-18T-10
Ian PoultermcT-52T-33mcmc------mcT-18T-10
Martin Kaymer------------T-30T-16T-11mcT-31T-15
F. Andersson HedmcT-71mc---T-24mc---T-261stT-18
Robert RockT-23T-47------mc---T-16T-34T-45T-21
Simon Khan---T-24mc2ndT-24T-10mcWonmcT-27
Lee WestwoodmcmcT-27mcT-12wdmcT-102ndT-33
Miguel A. JimenezmcT-8T-563rdT-5WonT-43mcmcT-39
Matteo Manassero---------------------T-17T-7T-43
Edoardo Molinari---------------------mcT-39T-49
Thongchai JaideeT-6455thT-11mcT-8T-30T-43T-13T-24T-56
Colin MontgomerieT-9T-47T-11T-53T-30mcT-35T-48T-772nd
Anders HansenT-53T-4mcmcWonT-40T-21T-71T-18mc
Paul CaseyT-9T-37mcT-11T-12T-10WonT-17T-24mc
Rory McIlroy---------------mc5thT-48T-24mc
Ignacio GarridoWonT-52mcT-47T-30T-63T-64mcT-24mc
David HowellmcT-474thWon---T-63T-72T-61T-39mc
Graeme McDowellmcT-27T-27T-47mc57thT-13T-28mcmc
Nicolas Colsaerts---T-58---T-35---------78thmcmc
Scott Drummond---WonT-11mcmcmcT-54mcmcmc
Sergio Garcia------------------------------
Peter Uihlein------------------------------
Sports Network Selections

Pick to Win - Lee Westwood
Darkhorse - Thongchai Jaidee
 
Last Week's Pick to Win - World Match Play (N.Colsaerts) - Lost in
Last Week's Darkhorse - World Match Play (K.Aphibarnrat) - Lost in 2nd Round
 
Last Week's Pick to Win - Madeira Islands (R.Derksen) - Finished tied for 19th
Last Week's Darkhorse - Madeira Islands (P.Whiteford) - Finished tied for 24th
 
NOTES:
The marquee event on the European Tour, the BMW PGA Championship, takes center stage this week, as players take aim at the 4.75 million euro purse at Wentworth Club. This tournament boasts a fine field of seven of the top-17 players in the world rankings, led by Rory McIlroy, Justin Rose, two-time defending champion Luke Donald and Graeme McDowell.

World No. 2 McIlroy is still looking for his first victory of the season after a superb 2012. He has played better lately, finishing in the top 10 in his last two events on the PGA Tour, and has made six straight cuts.

McDowell is coming off a victory last week at the Volvo World Match Play Championship. He also won this year on the PGA Tour at the RBC Heritage and has moved up to No. 7 in the world rankings.

Colin Montgomerie has dominated this event with 13 top-10s and a tournament- best 42 rounds in the 60s. Montgomerie is a three-time winner (1998-2000) and has been runner-up three times since 1991.

This tournament has been held at the Wentworth Club since 1984. The Wentworth Club used to play host to the World Match Play Championship from 1964-2007. The prize fund of 4.75 million euros is the biggest purse on the 2013 European Tour outside of the major championships, World Golf Championships and the season-ending Dubai World Championship.

Last year, Luke Donald reclaimed the top spot in the world rankings with a comfortable victory. In 2011, Donald bested then world No. 1 Lee Westwood in a playoff to become first in the rankings for the first time. In 2012, Donald returned to the top spot occupied for several weeks by McIlroy. Donald won by four shots over Paul Lawrie and Rose at 15-under 273. He posted four rounds in the 60s and joined Sir Nick Faldo and Montgomerie as the only players to successfully defend their titles in event history.

Donald became the ninth player to win this tournament on multiple occasions, joining Faldo (1978, 80-81, 89), Peter Alliss (1957, 62, 65), Bernhard Langer (1987, 93, 95), Montgomerie (1998-2000), Tony Jacklin (1972, 82), Seve Ballesteros (1983, 91), Ian Woosnam (1988, 97) and Anders Hansen (2002, 07).

In 2010, Simon Khan fired a 5-under 66 in the final round to overcome a 7- stroke deficit and win. Khan finished at 6-under 278 and won by a stroke over Donald and Fredrik Andersson Hed. Khan was not only a sponsor's exemption, but was only notified three days prior to the tournament that he would be in the field. Khan became the first European Tour Qualifying School graduate to win this event the year after graduation. It was Khan's second European Tour title after he won the 2004 Celtic Manor Wales Open. Robert Karlsson set the course record in the third round with a 9-under 62 and tied for 13th place.

Hansen birdied the first playoff hole in 2007 to defeat Rose. The win was Hansen's second at this event after taking the 2002 title. That was his only other victory on the European Tour prior to his playoff win in 2007.

Scott Drummond fired an 8-under 64 in the final round to hold off the competition for his maiden European Tour title in 2004. Drummond, who finished at 19-under-par 269, joined Hansen (2002) as the only players to earn their first career titles at this tournament.

Faldo is a four-time winner and has 13 top-10s. He holds the record for most sub-par rounds with 70, followed by Montgomerie with 60 and Sandy Lyle with 52. Langer (1987) and Howard Clark (1984) are the only players in event history to win wire-to-wire with no ties. Only eight players have posted all four rounds in the 60s and won, with Donald being the last to accomplish the feat in 2012.

Bernard Gallacher was the youngest winner at 20 years and 97 days when he titled here in 1969, while Dai Rees was the oldest at 46 years and 10 days in 1959.

The European Tour travels to Sweden next week for the Nordea Masters in Stockholm, where Westwood won in 2012.

05/21 14:45:06 ET

As of May 21, 2013, at 02:45 PM ET