BMW Championship 2019
After a quiet few weeks on both the PGA and European Tour, the BMW Championship 2019 is back this weekend with a number of stars in attendance. The first of five Rolex Series events to be played out before the Race to Dubai Champion is crowned. This is the 62nd edition of the BMW PGA Championship and one of the best fields in memory. The switch from its traditional May date (to incorporate the PGA Championship slotting in as the year’s second major) looks to be an excellent one as long as the unpredictable British weather co-operates.
This weeks also see the start of the 2020 Ryder Cup points process which is a huge enticement for a number of players. Ian Poulter is renowned for not favoring Wentworth but is keen to retain his Ryder Cup spot. Champion Golfer of the year, Shane Lowry, has made it very clear he wants to be part of Team Europe. He has had quite a dip since winning this years Open Championship but he doesn’t want to just make the team on merit.
This week sees the return of heavily stacked field with a number of the worlds elite in show. Recently crowned PGA Tour Player of the Year Rory McIlroy tees off tomorrow afternoon. In the hope of adding a 5th trophy to his cabinet for 2019. He was runner-up at Crans-sur-Sierre a fortnight ago, seven days on from his brilliant victory in the TOUR Championship which secured the FedExCup jackpot and played a big part in him being crowned PGA TOUR Player of the Year last week. He is definitely a golfer in form and confidence will not be lacking. Paul Casey, Justin Rose, Jon Rahm and Tommy Fleetwood are all in attendance this week. All four will be hoping to lift some silverware this Sunday.
And there’s some welcome American flavor too with Tony Finau, Patrick Reed, Billy Horschel and Andrew Putnam also pegging it up at Wentworth. A first start for Finau at Wentworth so we’re guessing a little. But third at Royal Portrush shows he travels well. The big hitter ended the FedExCup playoffs with fourth and seventh, ranking 1st for GIR at the BMW. If Finau gets his strategy right (knowing when to club down and when to let rip), he could be dangerous.