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DATES: Thursday, May 21st through Sunday, May 24th
SITE: Wentworth Club (West Course), Surrey, England
COURSE ARCHITECT: Harry Colt (1926), Chris Kennedy (re-design, 2001),
         Ernie Els (renovation, 2006)
PAR: 72
YARDAGE: 7,320
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 3 212 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 4 401 Yds17 - Par 5 610 Yds
9 - Par 4 449 Yds18 - Par 5 538 Yds
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35 3,520 Yds36 3,800 Yds
 
Annual:  55th
Television:  Golf Channel - Thursday/Friday -- 10 a.m.-12 p.m. (et),
  Saturday/Sunday -- 9:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. (et),
Defending Champion:  Miguel Angel Jimenez
Runner-Up:  Oliver Wilson
Tournament Record:  266 (Brian Bamford, 1961)
54-Hole Record:  199 (Anders Hansen, 2002)
36-Hole Record:  131 (Paul McGinley, 2008)
Course Record:  63 (Nick Job, 1973; Wayne Riley, 1991; Angel Cabrera, 2001;
  Jarrod Moseley, 2002; Robert Dinwiddie, 2008)
Total Purse:  $6,103,013 (4,500,000 euros)
Share:  1st Place - $1,017,180; 2nd Place - $678,104; 3rd Place - $382,053
 
2008 Finish
PlayerScorePlayerScore
Miguel Angel Jimenez*277Retief Goosen281
Oliver Wilson277Richard Green281
Luke Donald279Andres Romero281
Robert Karlsson279Alexander Noren281
Jyoti Randhawa280Six players at282

* - Won in Playoff

 
Past BMW PGA Championship Winners
YearWinner (Score) -- Runners-Up
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
Player1999200020012002200320042005200620072008
Miguel A. JimenezT-43T-20mcmcmcT-8T-563rdT-5Won
Oliver Wilson---------------------mcT-472nd
Luke Donald------------------T-18T-257thT-3
Robert KarlssonT-13T-13T-67T-31mcmcwdT-14T-41T-3
Jyoti Randhawa---------------mc---T-58T-605th
Richard GreenmcT-5T-17T-61mcT-20T-33T-14T-8T-6
Andres Romero------------------------T-12T-6
Retief GoosenT-4T-7mcmcmcT-11T-11T-19mcT-6
Paul Casey---------75thT-9T-37mcT-11T-12T-10
Simon Khan---------------T-24mc2ndT-24T-10
Paul McGinleymcT-20T-26mcT-32mc2nd---T-50T-10
Martin Kaymer------------------------T-30T-16
Felipe Aguilar---------------------------T-16
Thongchai Jaidee------------T-6455thT-11mcT-8T-30
Peter Lawrie------------mcT-42T-39T-25T-12T-34
Anders Hansen---T-20T-21WonT-53T-4mcmcWonT-40
Henrik Stenson------T-39mcT-40mcT-49T-19T-8T-40
Hennie Otto---mc---------mc---------T-40
Angel CabreramcT-512ndT-40mc2ndWonT-29T-5T-46
Graeme McDowell------------mcT-27T-27T-47mc57th
Ignacio GarridoT-56T-62mcT-19WonT-52mcT-47T-30T-63
David HowellT-13T-62mc---mcT-474thWon---T-63
Justin Rose------T-32mcT-32T-11------2ndmc
Richard Sterne---------------T-42T-22mcT-3mc
Niclas Fasth---mcT-14T-11T-14mcT-27T-29T-8mc
Jeev Milkha SinghT-29mc72ndmc---------mcT-12mc
Ernie ElsT-4---T-39---4th7thT-39T-19T-24mc
Colin MontgomerieWonWonT-17T-2T-9T-47T-11T-53T-30mc
Thomas Bjorn---T-62T-39T-19mcT-18T-22mcT-39mc
Andrew OldcornT-43mcWonT-34---mcmcmcT-47mc
Michael CampbellT-19T-11T-4T-4T-48mcT-8T-37mcmc
Bradley Dredge---mcmcmcmcmc10thT-41mcmc
Scott Drummond---------------WonT-11mcmcmc
Darren ClarkeT-13T-2T-8T-7T-14T-4wdmcmcmc
Rory McIlroy---------------------------mc
Lee WestwoodT-56T-2mcmcmcmcT-27mcT-12wd
Jose M. OlazabalT-10T-56T-11T-71T-48T-42T-22T-14T-41---
Robert Rock------------T-23T-47------mc---
Ben Curtis---------------mcT-33mc------
John Daly------------------------------
Sports Network Selections

Pick to Win - Paul Casey
Darkhorse - Alastair Forsyth
 
Last Week's Pick to Win (Thomas Bjorn) - Finished tied for 25th
Last Week's Darkhorse (Rafael Cabrera a-Bello) - Finished tied for 20th
 
NOTES:
The marquee event on the European Tour, the BMW PGA Championship, takes center stage this week, as winners of 14 major championships take aim at the $6.1 million purse at Wentworth Club. This event boasts a fine field of 10 of the top 25 players in the world rankings, led by world No. 4 and Players Championship winner Henrik Stenson, who is playing for the first time since winning the Players two weeks ago. World No. 17 Ernie Els is also in the field. Els, who has won a record seven HSBC World Match Play Championships at Wentworth, helped remodel the course in 2006.

Last year, Miguel Angel Jimenez birdied the second playoff hole to defeat Oliver Wilson. Jimenez and Wilson both closed with rounds of four-under 68 to finish at 11-under-par 277 at Wentworth Club. On the first extra hole, No. 18, Wilson's second landed in a greenside bunker, while Jimenez left himself 45 feet from the fringe. The Spaniard three-putted for par. Wilson blasted to seven feet, however his birdie effort lipped out. He tapped in for par and the duo headed back to the 18th tee again. Wilson's drive landed in the right rough before Jimenez found the short grass off the tee. Jimenez knocked his second to 35 feet. Wilson played his second down the fairway, then dropped his third within 13 feet. Jimenez rolled his eagle putt past the cup and stepped aside as Wilson attempted his birdie putt. Wilson, who had nearly the same putt the first time around, missed his birdie putt and tapped in for par. Jimenez kicked in his three-footer for birdie and the win. The win was the second of 2008 for Jimenez and 15th in his career on the European Tour. He entered the final round four shots behind Robert Karlsson, who shot a final- round, two-over 74. Last year's playoff was the 10th in the history of the event.

In 2007, Anders Hansen birdied the first playoff hole to defeat Justin 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. Hansen became the eighth player to win the BMW PGA Championship on multiple occasions, joining Nick Faldo (1978, 80-81, 89), Peter Alliss (1957, 62, 65), Bernhard Langer (1987, 93, 95), Colin Montgomerie (1998-2000), Tony Jacklin (1972, 82), Seve Ballesteros (1983, 91) and Ian Woosnam (1988, 97).

In 2006, David Howell cruised to the victory. He posted a three-under 69 in the final round, his fourth round in the 60s, to win the event by five shots at 17-under-par 271. Howell became the first English winner of this event since Faldo captured his record-breaking fourth title in 1989.

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

Montgomerie has dominated this event with 12 top-10s and has registered 36 rounds in the 60s. Montgomerie is a three-time winner (1998-2000) and has been runner-up three times since 1991. Faldo is a four-time winner of this event, with a tournament-best 40 rounds in the 60s. Faldo, who has 13 top-10s at this event, holds the record for most sub-par rounds with 70, followed by Montgomerie with 53 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 six players have posted all four rounds in the 60s and have won, with Howell becoming the last to accomplish the feat in 2006.

Bernard Gallacher was the youngest winner of this event 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.

Jose Maria Olazabal owns the record for most consecutive cuts made at this event with 20 and counting. Olazabal did not play last year but he is scheduled to play this year.

This tournament has been held at the Wentworth Club since 1984. The Wentworth Club used to play host to the World Match Play Championship held from 1964-2007. The prize fund of 4.5 million euros is the biggest purse on the 2009 European Tour outside of the major championships, World Golf Championships and the season-ending Dubai World Championship.

The European Tour remains in England next week for The European Open, where Ross Fisher is the defending champion.

05/19 13:57:38 ET

As of May 19, 2009, at 01:57 PM ET

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