In the week from 5 to 11 September there will be no shortage of great tournaments to follow, but some circuits take a break: the Challenge Tour travels to Portugal and will resume on 15 September for the Open de Portugal at Royal Óbidos.
The PGA Tour, which ended the 2021-2022 season, will also start again only next week, with the first appointment of the new season: the Fortinet Championship.
DP World Tour – BMW PGA Championship This week from 8 to 11 September the best European and world champions have the opportunity to play together one of the most important appointments in the DP World Tour Calendar.
The event, at the center of the attention of golf enthusiasts, is at Wentworth and the course that of the West Course. Also known as Burma Road, it is perhaps the best known golf course in England and, for sure, the one that has been most seen on TV.
It has long hosted the World Matchplay (WGC Dell Technologies Match Play), so much so that the course was familiar to all golfers of the 80s and 90s. Many golf enthusiasts also remember it for the very particular characteristic of having two PAR 5s on the last two holes of the course.
Since 2009, the course has undergone several changes at the hands of Ernie Els’ design company (in collaboration with the designers of the European Tour). The difficulty of the course has increased considerably and the biggest change, the addition of a stream in front of the green of the last hole, was the most incisive.
The Rolex Series made their Wentworth Club debut five years ago when Alex Noren won. Tyrrell Hatton, John Rahm, Danny Willett and Francesco Molinari also followed. In the weeks leading up to the event there has been a lot of talk about the 18 LIV players who are on the entry list, but the real star on the pitch, especially after the FedExCup victory, will be Rory McIlroy.
The reigning champion, on the field to defend his title, is Billy Horschel, who has become the second American to win the European Tour flagship event thanks to an exciting birdie on the 72nd hole. Starting with two strokes behind Francesco Laporta, Horschel had made a final lap in 65 strokes, to win by a length over Kiradech Aphibarnrat and Laurie Canter.
For an $8 million prize pool, we will see world No.3 Rory McIlroy on the pitch along with three of the top ten Official World Ranking players and five of the top twenty finishers. The experts are ready to bet on McIlroy, not only for the success of East Lake two weeks ago, but also because the Northern Irish champion has already won in 2014 on this path.
There are those who are ready to bet that his biggest rival will be No. 6 in the world Jon Rahm, who is participating for the 2nd time in the tournament. Horschel also has all the credentials to win the event again. He is not only a player in the top 20 of the world rankings, but he has shown that he has a real passion for the event and for the pitch.
His two trips to Wentworth have netted a 4th place and a win and, after winning his seventh PGA Tour title at the June Memorial, he looks like one of his favorites. On the pitch we will also find Patrick Reed, who in the past has shown that he likes Wentworth.
The 2018 Masters champion has played twice in this event and finished in the top five on both occasions. Among the important names there is also that of the English Tyrrell Hatton, who has a love and hate relationship with the BMW Championship, together with that of the reigning champion of the US
Open Matt Fitzpatrick and Ryder Cup teammates Viktor Hovland, Shane Lowry, and Tommy Fleetwood. The race to represent Europe at the Marco Simone Golf and Country Club begins this week with points up for grabs to join Luke Donald’s team.
The captain is preparing to play in an event that he has won twice. With him on the field also his vice-captains Thomas Bjørn and Edoardo Molinari. The other blues we will see at the event will be Francesco Molinari, Francesco Laporta, Guido Migliozzi, Andrea Pavan and Nino Bertasio.
We will be able to cheer for them by following them on GOLFTV / DISCOVERY + and EUROSPORT, with the comments of Alessandro Bellicini, Nicola Pomponi, Silvio Grappasoni and Isabella Calogero at the following programming: