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DATES: Thursday, May 24th through Sunday, May 27th
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:  56th
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:  Lee Westwood
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:  $5,731,292 (4,500,000 euros)
Share:  1st Place - $948,000; 2nd Place - $632,000; 3rd Place - $356,068
 
2011 Finish
PlayerScorePlayerScore
Luke Donald *278Shane Lowry282
Lee Westwood278Six players at283
Simon Dyson280
Raphael Jacquelin282
Marcus Fraser282

* - Won in Playoff

 
Past BMW PGA Championship Winners
YearWinner (Score) -- Runners-Up
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
Player2002200320042005200620072008200920102011
Luke Donald---------T-18T-257thT-3T-35T-2Won
Lee WestwoodmcmcmcT-27mcT-12wdmcT-102nd
Matteo Manassero------------------------T-17T-7
Colin MontgomerieT-2T-9T-47T-11T-53T-30mcT-35T-48T-7
Ernie Els---4th7thT-39T-19T-24mcT-21T-34T-16
Peter Hanson------T-20T-5wdmcT-16T-54T-13T-18
Anders HansenWonT-53T-4mcmcWonT-40T-21T-71T-18
Alvaro Quiros------------------mcT-16mcT-18
Ian PoultermcmcT-52T-33mcmc------mcT-18
Retief GoosenmcmcT-11T-11T-19mcT-6mc---T-18
Thongchai Jaidee---T-6455thT-11mcT-8T-30T-43T-13T-24
Paul Casey75thT-9T-37mcT-11T-12T-10WonT-17T-24
Rory McIlroy------------------mc5thT-48T-24
Ignacio GarridoT-19WonT-52mcT-47T-30T-63T-64mcT-24
Martin Kaymer---------------T-30T-16T-11mcT-31
Ross Fisher------------T-41T-39T-682ndT-10T-39
David Howell---mcT-474thWon---T-63T-72T-61T-39
Edoardo Molinari------------------------mcT-39
Robert Rock---T-23T-47------mc---T-16T-34T-45
Francesco Molinari------------mcT-30mcT-35T-17T-50
F. Andersson Hed---mcT-71mc---T-24mc---T-261st
Simon Khan------T-24mc2ndT-24T-10mcWonmc
Paul LawrieT-34mcT-67T-33T-37mcT-22T-32T-6mc
Justin RosemcT-32T-11------2ndmc---T-10mc
Charl Schwartzel------mcmcmcmcT-22T-6T-17mc
Graeme McDowell---mcT-27T-27T-47mc57thT-13T-28mc
Nicolas Colsaerts------T-58---T-35---------78thmc
Miguel A. JimenezmcmcT-8T-563rdT-5WonT-43mcmc
Scott Drummond------WonT-11mcmcmcT-54mcmc
Martin Laird------------------------------
Sports Network Selections

Pick to Win - Luke Donald
Darkhorse - Matteo Manassero
 
Last Week's Pick to Win (Martin Kaymer) - Finished tied for 17th
Last Week's Darkhorse (Nicolas Colsaerts) - Finished 1st
 
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 Euro purse at Wentworth Club. This tournament boasts a fine field of seven of the top-20 players in the world rankings, led by the top three players in the world - Rory McIlroy, defending champion Luke Donald and Lee Westwood.

McIlroy missed the cut in his last event at The Players Championship on the PGA Tour. It was his first missed cut in over a year. McIlroy has finished in the top-five in six of the eight events he has played worldwide in 2012, winning The Honda Classic on the PGA Tour. Donald has four top-10 finishes on the PGA Tour this year, including a win at the Transitions Championship. He could regain the No. 1 ranking if he wins this week. Westwood has five top- five finishes in 2012, but has yet to record a victory on the PGA or European Tour. World No. 44 Ernie Els is also in the field. Els, who has won a record seven World Match Play Championships at Wentworth, helped remodel the course.

Colin Montgomerie has dominated this event with 13 top-10s and a tournament- best 41 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 4.5 million Euros is the biggest purse on the 2012 European Tour outside of the major championships, World Golf Championships and the season-ending Dubai World Championship.

Last year, Donald became the top player in the world after beating Westwood with a birdie on the first playoff hole. Donald sealed the win when Westwood's third shot on the playoff hole spun back into the water just off the green at Wentworth Club's par-five 18th hole. Donald captured his fifth European Tour win.

In 2010, 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. 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 nine-under 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).

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 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 59 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 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.

The European Tour travels to Wales next week for the ISPS Handa Wales Open in Newport, where Alexander Noren is the defending champion.

05/22 16:19:55 ET

As of May 22, 2012, at 04:20 PM ET