The history & tradition of the BMW PGA Championship

Wentworth Club is one of the most prestigious courses in the UK, set in Surrey; this course is home to the BMW PGA ChampionshipGolf equipment with direct golf is exactly what you need when tackling these challenging, yet enjoyable courses.

The BMW PGA Championship is considered the flagship event of the European Tour with the PGA European Tour headquarters based at Wentworth Club. This even was founded in 1955 and is usually played at the end of May each year on the West Course of Wentworth Club.

West Course at Wentworth is a seventy three par course that opened in 1926; the course record belongs to Robert Karlsson, a 62 shot at round three of the 2010 BMW PGA Championship. This is considered to be a stern but fair course designed by Harry Colt with pleasant elevation changes. In 2005 the course was redesigned and a renovation project was underway by golfing favourite Ernie Els, lengthening some of the holes including the construction of eighteen new greens.

BMW PGA Championship Winners

Over the past ten years there have been winners from all over the world that have played on the beautifully landscaped West Course at Wentworth for the championships.

Only eight players have managed to win the event more than once and when the total prize money is estimated around £3.6 million, it’s no surprise that this is one of the most prestigious golfing events held annually and followed by thousands of spectators.

The most wins at this course during the championship is held by Nick Faldo with four wins, followed by Peter Allis, Berhard Langer and Colin Montgomerie with three wins. Tony Jacklin, Seve Ballesteros, Ian Woosnam and Anders Hansen all have won this event twice.

Other winners at this event include players from Spain, Denmark, Argentina, England and Scotland with last year being won by Luke Donald from England with a 278 (-6). This was a match to be remembered by everyone who loves golf with Luke Donald winning in a sudden death playoff against Lee Westwood that enabled him to go home with the winning prize of £600,000.

What to Expect This Year

The BMW PGA Championship is ready to start for this year with a buzz of excitement as the top three contenders are expected to offer thrilling entertainment as they battle for first place.

This year all eyes will be on Rory McIlroy, Luke Donald and Lee Westwood to see who will walk away with the winning prize and title.

For those who enjoy golf equipment with direct golf, you will be able to see how these professional players take full advantage of their equipment during the game, what they use for which holes so should you ever have the opportunity to play on the prestigious West Course at Wentworth Club you will have an idea on what to expect.

The tournament will be made up of fifteen major Championship players and twenty nine Ryder Cup players who will battle it out over four days this year to win the ultimate title of winner of the BMW PGA Championship.

Luckily the weather is holding for this year’s event, the West Course has been designed to take full advantage of the climate and location, taking wind factor into consideration during the planning stages, but sunshine is always welcome when attending or playing in such an event.

The longest drive on the course still belongs to Robert Karlsson and it will be interesting for those with golf equipment with golf direct to see if there is a new record broken this year. The course difficulty remains the same being challenging yet enjoyable for the handicap golfer.

Luke Donald is ranked number one golfer in the world

Luke Donald World Ranked #1 Golfer
Luke Donald World Ranked #1

English golfer Luke Donald tops the world ranking after winning the BMW PGA Championship last weekend at Wentworth.

The thirty-three year old from Hemel Hempstead plays most of his golf these days in the United States but is also a member of the European Tour.  He turned professional in 2001 and first entered the world ranking Top 20 in 2005 and Top 10 in 2006.

He first played in the European Ryder Cup team in 2004 and in the same year won the WGC-World Cup for England with his partner Paul Casey.

Last month he became the second English golfer to be ranked number one player in the world by replacing Lee Westwood. His victory at Wentworth followed his biggest win to date in February 2011 when he beat Martin Kaymer to win the WGC-Accenture Matchplay Championship 3&2 in the final.

Watching golf over the past few years I saw Luke Donald as a very reliable, safe and consistent player but am surprised he has become ranked world number one.

Furthermore, previous to his much publicised meltdown, no one would have thought that in 2011 the name of Tiger Woods would not be at the top of the list, let alone falling out of the Top 10!

Official World Golf Ranking Top 20

1  Luke Donald,  England
2  Lee Westwood,  England
3  Martin Kaymer,  Germany
4  Phil Mickelson,  USA
5  Graeme McDowell,  N. Ireland
6  Rory McIlroy,  N. Ireland
7  Matt Kuchar,  USA
8   Steve Stricker,  USA
9   Paul Casey,  England
10 Charl Schwartzel,  South Africa
11 Bubba Watson,  USA
12 Ian Poulter,  England
13 Tiger Woods,  USA
14 Dustin Johnson,  USA
15 Nick Watney,  USA
16 K.J. Choi,  South Korea
17 Jim Furyk,  USA
18 Hunter Mahan,  USA
19 Jason Day,  Australia
20 Francesco Molinari,  Italy

For more information visit the Official World Golf Ranking website.