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European Golf Tour
PGA European - BMW PGA Championship Preview
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DATES: Thursday, May 26th through Sunday, May 29th
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: 7,251
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 4 480 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 Yds36 3,750 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:  Simon Khan
Runner-Up:  Luke Donald, Fredrik Andersson Hed
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)
Total Purse:  $6,344,400 (4,500,000 euros)
Share:  1st Place - $1,060,275; 2nd Place - $706,850; 3rd Place - $398,239
 
2010 Finish
PlayerScorePlayerScore
Simon Khan278Padraig Harrington282
Luke Donald279Paul Lawrie282
Fredrik Andersson Hed279James Kingston282
Stephen Gallacher280Chris Wood282
Danny Willett281Three players at283
 
Past BMW PGA Championship Winners
YearWinner (Score) -- Runners-Up
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
Player2001200220032004200520062007200820092010
Simon Khan---------T-24mc2ndT-24T-10mcWon
Luke Donald------------T-18T-257thT-3T-35T-2
F. Andersson Hed------mcT-71mc---T-24mc---T-2
Stephen GallachermcT-47mcT-20mcmcmcmcmc4th
Danny Willett---------------------------5th
Paul LawrieT-17T-34mcT-67T-33T-37mcT-22T-32T-6
Ross Fisher---------------T-41T-39T-682ndT-10
Lee WestwoodmcmcmcmcT-27mcT-12wdmcT-10
Justin RoseT-32mcT-32T-11------2ndmc---T-10
Thongchai Jaidee------T-6455thT-11mcT-8T-30T-43T-13
Peter Hanson---------T-20T-5wdmcT-16T-54T-13
Paul Casey---75thT-9T-37mcT-11T-12T-10WonT-17
Charl Schwartzel---------mcmcmcmcT-22T-6T-17
Francesco Molinari---------------mcT-30mcT-35T-17
Matteo Manassero---------------------------T-17
Graeme McDowell------mcT-27T-27T-47mc57thT-13T-28
Paul McGinleyT-26mcT-32mc2nd---T-50T-10mcT-28
Robert Rock------T-23T-47------mc---T-16T-34
Ernie ElsT-39---4th7thT-39T-19T-24mcT-21T-34
Soren KjeldsenT-32mcT-7T-27T-2764thmcT-103rdT-41
Rory McIlroy---------------------mc5thT-48
Richard GreenT-17T-61mcT-20T-33T-14T-8T-6T-21T-48
Colin MontgomerieT-17T-2T-9T-47T-11T-53T-30mcT-35T-48
A. Canizares------------------T-20T-10T-64T-48
David Howellmc---mcT-474thWon---T-63T-72T-61
Anders HansenT-21WonT-53T-4mcmcWonT-40T-21T-71
Martin Kaymer------------------T-30T-16T-11mc
Alvaro Quiros---------------------mcT-16mc
Miguel A. JimenezmcmcmcT-8T-563rdT-5WonT-43mc
Scott Drummond---------WonT-11mcmcmcT-54mc
Ignacio GarridomcT-19WonT-52mcT-47T-30T-63T-64mc
Louis Oosthuizen------------mc---T-71T-40mcmc
Ian PoultermcmcmcT-52T-33mcmc------mc
Edoardo Molinari---------------------------mc
John Daly------------------------T-72---
Retief GoosenmcmcmcT-11T-11T-19mcT-6mc---
Y.E. Yang------------------T-60---------
Sports Network Selections

Pick to Win - Lee Westwood
Darkhorse - Alvaro Quiros
 
Last Week's Pick to Win (Luke Donald) - Finished 2nd
Last Week's Darkhorse (Soren Kjeldsen) - Finished tied for 9th
 
NOTES:
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 eight of the top-14 players in the world rankings, led by the top three players in the world - Lee Westwood, Luke Donald and Martin Kaymer. Donald and Kaymer can replace Westwood as the No. 1 player in the world this week, and Donald is arguably the hottest player in the world right now. He has finished in the top-10 in eight straight events, including a win at the WGC-Accenture Match Play Championship. Donald lost to Ian Poulter in the championship last week at the Volvo World Match Play Championship. World No. 20 Ernie Els is also in the field. Els, who has won a record seven World Match Play Championships at Wentworth, helped remodel the course.

This will be the first time that all four current major champions will be playing in a European Tour event other than the major championships and world golf championships. They are: Graeme McDowell (2010 U.S. Open), Louis Oosthuizen (2010 British Open), Martin Kaymer (2010 PGA Championship), Charl Schwartzel (2011 Masters).

Last year, Simon Khan fired a five-under 66 in the final round to overcome a seven-stroke deficit and win. Khan finished at six-under 278 and won by a stroke over Donald and Fredrik Andersson Hed. He 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 nine-under-par 62 and tied for 13th place.

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 this tournament 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 by five shots at 17-under-par 271. Howell became the first English winner 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 39 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, with a tournament-best 40 rounds in the 60s. Faldo, who has 13 top-10s, holds the record for most sub- par rounds with 70, followed by Montgomerie with 56 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 Paul Casey being the last to accomplish the feat in 2009.

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.

Jose Maria Olazabal owns the record for most consecutive cuts made with 20 and counting. Olazabal is playing here this week for the first time since 2007.

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 2011 European Tour outside of the major championships, World Golf Championships and the season-ending Dubai World Championship.

The European Tour travels to Wales next week for the Saab Wales Open in Newport, where Graeme McDowell is the defending champion.

05/24 16:15:48 ET

As of May 24, 2011, at 04:16 PM ET