BMW PGA Championship: Five Wentworth masters

Miguel Angel Jimenez just lurves Wentworth
Miguel Angel Jimenez just lurves Wentworth

The BMW PGA Championship is the showcase event of the European Tour season, and is always played on Wentworth's West Course. Thanks to the Surrey club's many years of long service we know just which players thrive on Harry Colt's Surrey masterpiece. Here are five for starters...

"In his entire European Tour career Simon Khan has won two tournaments, finished runner-up three times and third once. So half of his best performances have come at Wentworth."

Luke Donald
He may be an Illinois resident but home counties born and bred Donald is as English as a plate of ham, egg and chips accompanied by a nice milky cuppa. As such he knows all about playing the south of England's finest tracks and he nearly always relishes this annual trip back to Blighty. The winner of consecutive championships in 2011 and 2012, just four of Donald's 11 appearances have yielded worse than a top 20. He may not quite be in his pomp at present but you could never rule Donald out at Wentworth.

Francesco Molinari
His first few visits were all a bit meh, but something clicked in 2012 and Molinari has been a master of this Surrey track ever since. The Italian's last four appearances at Wentworth have all brought top 10s with 2015's fifth place his best finish yet. We last saw Molinari hanging around at the top of the Players Championship leaderboard to confirm his wellbeing with the game. Who could rule out another high finish for the little Italian?

Shane Lowry
Ireland's bearded wonder has only played the BMW PGA six times but he has shown a real liking for the Wentworth test, finishing fourth on his second bash at the tournament in 2011, runner-up in 2014 and sixth last time out. On top of those three top 10 finishes he also has a 12th. Firmly among the world's elite golfers these days, Wentworth looks a likely venue for Shane to add to his three wins on Tour.

Miguel Angel Jimenez
Few men have lined up at Wentworth more times than Mig and few men have enjoyed the test more than Mig. Since his first appearance, way back in 1990, Jimenez has put together seven top 10 finishes including a win at the 2008 event. And for those who think the 52-year-old has gone at the game, he managed a runners-up spot at the Surrey course in 2015. Let's hope Wentworth have stocked up on celebratory cigars in case Jimenez goes close again.

Simon Khan
Without wishing to sound rude, Khan is an ordinary golfer most weeks but get him to Wentworth and he becomes world-class. A shock 1000.0 winner in 2010, the Englishman also boasts a pair of runner-up finishes on the Surrey layout. To put that into perspective, in his entire European Tour career he has won two tournaments, finished second three times and third once. So half of Khan's best performances have come at Wentworth.

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