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.


St Andrews hosts the British Open 2010

This week sees the British Open returns to the home of golf, as St. Andrews hosts the 139th British Open Golf Championship.  Last year the British Open Championship was held at Turnberry where veteran Tom Watson surprised everyone apart from himself as he almost lifted the trophy but lost a gripping 4 hole play-off against fellow American Stewart Cink.

Graeme McDowell will have a boost of confidence after his amazing victory at last month’s US Open at Pebble Beach; and Tiger Woods will be looking to win his third British Open Golf Championship title and become the first golfer to win three British Opens at St Andrews, following his victories in 2000 and 2005.

As with most tournaments he enters, Tiger Woods is favourite to win but it’s a surprise to see Graeme McDowell isn’t heading the European list of contenders.  That goes to Lee Westwood and Rory McIlroy, closely followed by Padraig Harrington, along with South African Ernie Els and American left-hander Phil Mickeslon.

Lee Westwood will go to St. Andrews boosted by his own recent victory on the US golf circuit at the St Jude Classic in Memphis Tennessee after a three-way play-off with American Robert Garrigus and Sweden’s Robert Karlsson.

As for Rory McIlroy, he is still looking for his first major title after being touted as a serious contender for the past few years now.  It may be the pressure of such high expectations, but McIlroy has not been able to stay with the leaders over the course of four days, and as a rule fades in the latter part of the big occasions.  But as always I will be hoping the young golfer from Northern Ireland will be lucky this time around.

Due to his low stature in the world rankings these days, Ryder Cup captain, Colin Montgomerie had to qualify for the 2010 Open at St Andrews.  But like Tiger Woods, St. Andrews is a special place for Monty, who has never missed an Open Championship since making his debut in 1990 at St Andrews.

The 139th British Open Golf 2010 will take place at St. Andrews, Scotland between Thursday 15th and Sunday 18th July.

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Genworth Financial ‘Putts For Charity’ Pro Challenge.

Here is some exclusive footage of some of the biggest names on the European Tour – including Ross Fisher, Robert Karlsson, Lee Westwood, Miguel-Angel Jimenez, Jose-Felipe Lima and Graeme McDowell – from the end of play on Day One of the Portugal Masters.

The golfers will be leaving their rivalries behind on the course to come together for the Genworth Financial ‘Putts For Charity’ Pro Challenge.

The cream of Europe’s golfers will raise money for charity by picking a ball with monetary figure on it and then attempting to putt the ball. If they succeed they donate the figure to charity.

The golfers also share their views on their current form and achievements over this year and the final stages of the European Tour. Also general chat about next years Ryder Cup, the Road To Dubai and their thoughts on golf being accepted into the Olympics for 2016.


Robert Karlsson out of the British Open

Robert Karlsson, last seasons European number one, will miss the British Open Championship at Turnberry due to a continuing eye problem. Karlsson has not played since the European Open and may face a further six months out of the game.

It had been suspected that Karlsson was suffering from an inner ear infection, affecting both his vision and balance, but the Swede has since been found to have fluid behind the retina.

“The doctors took pictures of my eye and said it was a water blister behind the retina and quite a bad one” says Karlsson whose doctor has said that it is quite a common problem for males between 25 and 50 with stressful jobs.

“My depth of vision had gone and where I noticed it most was with chip shots and bunker shots” added Karlsson.

New Zealander Tom Wilkinson will also miss the Open, despite qualifying in America the player has since undergone thumb surgery. A full field of 156 competitors ensures that no replacements will be required for Karlsson and Wilkinson.

Robert Karlsson secures European Order of Merit title

Robert Karlsson has become the first ever Swede to win the European Order of Merit golf title. The 39-year-old could afford to finish 32nd in the final competition of the season at the Volvo masters as his closest challenger Lee Westwood failed to grab the victory he needed for the title.

Overall, Robert Karlsson finished 17 strokes behind Valderrama winner Soren Kjeldsen of Denmark, but this didn’t matter as Lee Westwood finished tied for 13th with Padraig Harrington. Therefore, after an anxious weekend that Robert Karlsson described as the ‘hardest ever experienced’ in his golf career, he was able to lift the Harry Vardon trophy.

Robert Karlsson admitted that he was disappointed not to finish the season with a good personal performance, but that his Order of Merit victory marks a ‘great day for Swedish golf’.

The fact that Robert Karlsson is celebrating is a justified reward for the players’ consistency over this European Tour. He has only finished outside the top 20 places on six occasions over 23 events. That’s a rather remarkable achievement and highlights how far he has come as a professional golfer.

The Swede admits that he has taken his game to a ‘new level’ and that it feels ‘fantastic’ because of it. The next step for him though is to record a major victory, something I might stick a golf bet on him doing in 2009. He has come a long way as a player in the last three years or so and if this continues; he can become very, very successful because he is a model professional.