European Golf Tour
PGA European - BMW PGA Championship Preview
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DATES: Thursday, May 20th through Sunday, May 23rd
SITE: Wentworth Club (West Course), Surrey, England
COURSE ARCHITECT: Harry Colt (1926), Chris Kennedy (re-design, 2001),
         Ernie Els (renovation, 2006, 2009-10)
PAR: 71
YARDAGE: 7,261
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 4 490 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
35 3,501 Yds36 3,760 Yds
Annual:  56th
Television:  Golf Channel - Thursday/Friday -- 10 a.m.-1 p.m. (et),
  - Saturday/Sunday -- 9:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. (et),
Defending Champion:  Paul Casey
Runner-Up:  Ross Fisher
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:  $5,567,055 (4,500,000 euros)
Share:  1st Place - $927,842; 2nd Place - $618,561; 3rd Place - $348,439
2009 Finish
Paul Casey271Anthony Wall279
Ross Fisher272Charl Schwartzel279
Soren Kjeldsen275Ben Curtis279
Stephen Dodd276Thomas Levet280
Rory McIlroy278Thomas Aiken281
Past BMW PGA Championship Winners
YearWinner (Score) -- Runners-Up
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
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
Paul Casey------75thT-9T-37mcT-11T-12T-10Won
Ross Fisher------------------T-41T-39T-682nd
Soren KjeldsenT-38T-32mcT-7T-27T-2764thmcT-103rd
Stephen Dodd------mcT-28T-42T-39mcT-54mc4th
Rory McIlroy------------------------mc5th
Charl Schwartzel------------mcmcmcmcT-22T-6
Anthony WallmcT-17mcmcT-24mcT-6mcmcT-6
Thomas LevetmcT-26mcT-7T-8T-39---T-64T-589th
Martin Kaymer---------------------T-30T-16T-11
Graeme McDowell---------mcT-27T-27T-47mc57thT-13
Thomas BjornT-62T-39T-19mcT-18T-22mcT-39mcT-16
Alvaro Quiros------------------------mcT-16
Robert Rock---------T-23T-47------mc---T-16
Richard GreenT-5T-17T-61mcT-20T-33T-14T-8T-6T-21
Anders HansenT-20T-21WonT-53T-4mcmcWonT-40T-21
Ernie Els---T-39---4th7thT-39T-19T-24mcT-21
Robert KarlssonT-13T-67T-31mcmcwdT-14T-41T-3T-32
Luke Donald---------------T-18T-257thT-3T-35
Niclas FasthmcT-14T-11T-14mcT-27T-29T-8mcT-35
Colin MontgomerieWonT-17T-2T-9T-47T-11T-53T-30mcT-35
Francesco Molinari------------------mcT-30mcT-35
Miguel A. JimenezT-20mcmcmcT-8T-563rdT-5WonT-43
Thongchai Jaidee---------T-6455thT-11mcT-8T-30T-43
Darren ClarkeT-2T-8T-7T-14T-4wdmcmcmcT-52
Peter Hanson------------T-20T-5wdmcT-16T-54
Scott Drummond------------WonT-11mcmcmcT-54
Jyoti Randhawa------------mc---T-58T-605thT-64
A. Canizares---------------------T-20T-10T-64
Ignacio GarridoT-62mcT-19WonT-52mcT-47T-30T-63T-64
David HowellT-62mc---mcT-474thWon---T-63T-72
Oliver Wilson------------------mcT-472ndmc
Paul McGinleyT-20T-26mcT-32mc2nd---T-50T-10mc
Henrik Stenson---T-39mcT-40mcT-49T-19T-8T-40mc
Louis Oosthuizen---------------mc---T-71T-40mc
Lee WestwoodT-2mcmcmcmcT-27mcT-12wdmc
Justin Rose---T-32mcT-32T-11------2ndmc---
Padraig HarringtonT-17T-45mc------T-11T-6T-24------
Ian PoultermcmcmcmcT-52T-33mcmc------
Edoardo Molinari------------------------------
Sports Network Selections

Pick to Win - Lee Westwood
Darkhorse - Nicolas Colsaerts
Last Week's Pick to Win (Chris Wood) - Finished tied for 5th
Last Week's Darkhorse (Alejandro Canizares) - Finished 2nd
The marquee event on the European Tour, the BMW PGA Championship, takes center stage this week, as players take aim at the 4.5 million euros 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. 3 Lee Westwood. World No. 7 Ernie Els is also in the field. Els, who has won a record seven World Match Play Championships at Wentworth, helped remodel the course.

Last year, Paul Casey birdied his final two holes in the final round to win this event by a single stroke over Ross Fisher at Wentworth Club. Casey shot a four-under 68 in the final round to polish off the win at 17-under 271. Casey birdied the 15th hole Sunday to move one clear. Fisher, in the group ahead of Casey, countered with birdies at 17 and 18 to get into the clubhouse with a one-shot lead at minus-16. But Casey responded. He too birdied the 17th to get into a tie for the lead, but found a bunker with his second at the par-five closing hole at Wentworth. He blasted out to five feet and sank the putt for the victory. It was Casey's second win in 2009 on the European Tour and 10th of his career.

In 2008, 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. The win was the second of 2008 for Jimenez and 15th in his career on the European Tour. The 2008 playoff was the 10th in the history of the event.

Anders Hansen birdied the first playoff hole in 2007 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.

Scott Drummond fired an eight-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 event.

Montgomerie has dominated this event with 12 top-10s and has registered 38 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 55 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 seven players have posted all four rounds in the 60s and have won, with Casey becoming the last to accomplish the feat in 2009.

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, however, has not played here since 2007 and is not in the field 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 from 1964-2007. The prize fund of 4.5 million euros is the biggest purse on the 2010 European Tour outside of the major championships, World Golf Championships and the season-ending Dubai World Championship.

The European Tour travels to Spain next week for the Madrid Masters, where Ross McGowan is the defending champion.

05/18 15:24:34 ET

As of May 18, 2010, at 03:24 PM ET