Tuesday, April 28, 2015

Wentworth's star-studded field for PGA 

championship, May 21-24 

The stars have aligned for this season’s BMW PGA Championship, with defending champion Rory McIlroy headlining a field that includes a host of major champions, World Number Ones and Ryder Cup players all set to tee it up at Wentworth Club from May 21-24.
McIlroy will be joined by current US Open Champion Martin Kaymer, as well as form-horse Justin Rose, who will arrive home fresh off a runner-up finish at the Masters Tournament and having claimed his seventh US PGA Tour title last week.
His victory in New Orleans was Rose’s seventh across the Atlantic, and his narrow one-stroke victory saw him overtake Sir Nick Faldo as the most successful Englishman on American soil.
Rose will hope to follow in the footsteps of World Number One McIlroy, whose victory at Wentworth last year spurred him on to a summer of success in which he went on to win the Open Championship and US PGA Championship, before being crowned Race to Dubai Number One for the second time.
Ryder Cup Captain Darren Clarke, Irishman Padraig Harrington, Spain’s Jose Maria Olazábal, Paul Lawrie of Scotland, Ulsterman Graeme McDowell and YE Yang of Korea will also be in the field, having each claimed one of the game’s big four titles.
Home favourite Luke Donald will be one of ten former Wentworth winners playing, having won in consecutive years from 2011 to earn his place on top of the Official World Golf Rankings. Alongside Els, Kaymer and the current incumbent McIlroy, fellow Englishman Lee Westwood is the fifth man set to tee it up having also played his way to the summit of the sport.
The 23 time European Tour winner will be one of 101 players in the field to have triumphed on The Race to Dubai, while also forming part of a nine-strong representation from last year’s victorious European Ryder Cup team.
Of those triumphant charges, the Great Dane Thomas Bjørn, Scotland’s Steven Gallacher and Jamie Donaldson, who clinched the crucial point on Sunday at Gleneagles, will also join Kaymer, McDowell, McIlroy and Rose.
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