BMW PGA Championship 2018: Key stats for this week's event at Wentworth

World No 10 Paul Casey is chasing a second PGA Championship title in Surrey
Paul Casey, winner nine years ago, will fancy his chances over the West Course
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Andy Swales brings you course and current form stats for this week's BMW PGA Championship at Wentworth...

"World No 12 Tommy Fleetwood tied-seventh at TPC Sawgrass earlier this month and will feel comfortable on home soil."

The action heads to Wentworth for this week's BMW Championship, the flagship event of the European Tour.

First staged 63 years ago, Europe's 'PGA Championship' remains one of golf's most prestigious titles and, once again, has attracted an excellent field.

Rory McIlory, winner four years ago, is the headline act having missed last year's instalment due to a nagging rib injury and was absent also in 2016.

However, this tournament is always about more than just one player, and is staged at one of the most famous venues in sport.

The West Course became the tournament's permanent home in 1984 and has undergone a number of changes during the past decade.

Ernie Els, who was called upon to revamp this Surrey course as long ago as 2005, was brought in again to make further changes 11 years later, following criticism by a number of players.

Many leading pros were unhappy with the state of Wentworth's greens and, ahead of last year's tournament, all 18 putting surfaces were dug up and re-seeded with a new creeping bent grass.

The South African sought the advice of a handful of experienced golfers and, during the multi-million pound renovation, four greens were completely re-built while another five were partially re-constructed.

They also installed a new sub-air system below each of the greens with the purpose of making them firmer and faster, while improving drainage.

Speaking ahead of last year's tournament Thomas Bjorn, one of those instructed to assist Els, said: "It is an old style course and it had probably been a little over-modernised, so we brought it to where we think it should be.

"We listened long and hard to the views of the Tour players. You have to when you have such a big event on a traditional golf course, with so much history.

"It will still be a really tough test, but we've taken some of the tough obstacles out which we didn't think Wentworth was all about."

Els added: "We improved the greens and took bunkers out, and restored holes to their former glory. Some holes don't even have bunkers on them anymore."

In all, a total of 29 bunkers were removed, yet the Virginia Water heathland layout remains a tough, tree-lined course and ready to challenge the skills and nerves of many of the biggest stars this week.

Returning Home

England's Paul Casey, champion around the West Course in 2009, tees-up for the first time in five years as he seeks a spot in Europe's Ryder Cup team this autumn.

Casey has missed just a single cut during the past 16 months and, in his last 26 starts, has only slipped out of the top-25 on three occasions.

The 40-year-old has already won in the States this year and it would be no surprise if he stood on the podium again this Sunday.

Another Englishman, who is now part of the world's elite group of golfers, is Tommy Fleetwood.

The world No 12 tied-seventh at TPC Sawgrass earlier this month and will feel comfortable on home soil.

A victory at Wentworth would represent another step up the golfing ladder for Fleetwood who tied-sixth in this event three years ago.

Mr Consistent

Among those with a strong West Course pedigree is Francesco Molinari.

The Italian played superbly here last year when he finished runner-up and was only beaten by Alex Noren's remarkable closing 62.

Another course specialist is Irishman Shane Lowry whose current form is fairly mediocre - just one top-30 finish this calendar year.

South African Branden Grace flies in from the States having stood on the podium in Dallas on Sunday.

He usually enjoys this tournament - four top-25s from five visits - including a tie-for-ninth last year when he began the final round one shot off the pace.

Bogey Venue

And what chance for Ian Poulter on a course where he has posted just a single top 10 finish?

The 42-year-old is in great current form, but normally struggles on designer-Harry Colt's famous layout.

Twitter: Andy Swales@GolfStatsAlive

MC* - Missed Additional 54-Hole Cut

Position

  • 1–5
  • 6–15
  • 16–25
Player W20 W19 W18 W17 W16 W15 W14 W13 W12 W11 W10 W9
Rory McIlroy MC 16 5 36 1 MC
Tommy Fleetwood 7 MC 4 17 17 26 14
Paul Casey 5 MC 15 17 1 12
Alex Noren 17 MC MC 3 36 14
Tyrrell Hatton MC 42 MC 44 9 69 3
Rafael Cabrera-Bello 17 MC MC 38 MC 36 3
Ian Poulter 11 22 7 44 1 5 41 MC
Kiradech Aphibarnrat 30 45 44 5 MC 1 5
Francesco Molinari MC 16 49 20 17 26 25
Branden Grace 3 46 24 29 8 30
Matthew Fitzpatrick 46 14 38 36 MC MC 30
Ross Fisher 71 63 MC MC MC 36 MC 46
Alexander Levy MC 14 1 36
Hao Tong Li MC 32 32 59 54 63
Dylan Frittelli MC 20 32 MC MC 36 55
Thomas Pieters 39 66 MC 52 52 37
Yusaku Miyazato 6 18 13 12 MC 52 60
Paul Dunne 7 MC 2 8 5 55
Alexander Bjork 1 3 39 MC
Joost Luiten 46 25 9 9 37
Julian Suri 53 58 8 29 MC 48
Shane Lowry 46 34 28 14 MC 49
Byeong Hun An 30 63 MC 7 52 14 MC
Jorge Campillo 5 3 46 5 27
Matt Wallace 3 MC MC 1
Chris Paisley MC 4 MC 37
George Coetzee 43 MC 4 1
Eddie Pepperell 14 MC MC
Hideto Tanihara MC 9 12
Adrian Otaegui 1 2 19 12
Wade Ormsby MC 52 25 50
Martin Kaymer MC 42 MC 73 48 MC
Lee Westwood MC*
Mike Lorenzo-Vera 8 2 62 34
Jordan Smith 46 3 52 MC
Chris Wood MC MC 54 48
Thorbjorn Olesen MC 37 46
Dean Burmester 3 MC Dq 71 3 30
Ryan Fox 65 37 12 MC MC
Pablo Larrazabal 27 MC 21 4
Fabrizio Zanotti MC MC 50
Andy Sullivan 3 7 21
Joakim Lagergren 1 37 3 MC
Andrew Johnston 12 2
Dave Horsey MC 36 MC
Jeung-Hun Wang 7 13 MC 40
Erik Van Rooyen 46 MC 7 21 MC 10
Harold Varner 7 55 MC MC MC MC 45 78
Julien Guerrier 6 20 MC 9 MC 38
Darren Fichardt 52 58 1 70
Richie Ramsay 46 32 72
Scott Jamieson 53 MC MC MC 7
Nicolas Colsaerts 7 MC MC 28
Nacho Elvira 14 22 3 40
Jason Scrivener MC 20 MC 73 40
Renato Paratore MC 61 21 MC
Richard Sterne 22 34 21
Lucas Bjerregaard 5 6 MC
David Lipsky 23 45 MC 67 48
Gavin Green 34 56 MC 46 16 64
Soren Kjeldsen 17 Wd MC MC
Matthew Southgate 12 48
Aaron Rai 46 20 52 12 9 MC
Matthieu Pavon MC MC MC MC
Callum Shinkwin 65 MC 13 28
Phachara Khongwatmai MC 12 56 66 MC MC
Scott Hend 64 MC MC MC MC
Marcus Kinhult 63 MC MC MC MC
Haydn Porteous 39 41 MC MC 48
Tapio Pulkkanen 63 56 36 21 MC
Padraig Harrington MC 28 MC* MC MC
Mikko Korhonen 26 41 MC 3
Paul Waring 11 9 63
Adam Bland 28 MC MC MC 18
Thomas Detry 33 MC 19 MC
Graeme McDowell MC 27 22 51 55 MC 22 40
Jin Ho Choi 31 20 7 MC 58 9 29
Marc Warren MC MC 46 5 53
Andrew Dodt MC 27 32 MC MC 45
Clement Sordet MC 45 MC MC 12 54
Benjamin Hebert 2 MC 13 63
Andres Romero MC 5 MC
Alvaro Quiros MC 45 2 MC
Robert Rock 36 28 12
Romain Wattel 59 56 52
Austin Connelly MC 11 MC 13 63
Mikko Ilonen 14 3
Stephen Gallacher 12 MC 52 7
Jacques Kruyswijk MC 14 MC 9 29
Oliver Fisher 10 MC 52 MC Wd
Ryan Evans 59 11 46 MC 34 21
Brandon Stone MC MC 22 39 60
Sam Brazel MC MC
Nino Bertasio 70 32 59 34 MC MC
Sam Horsfield 41 MC 32 MC MC 14 2
Pedro Oriol 46 MC 29 39 8
SSP Chawrasia MC 41 MC 40 MC
Ashun Wu MC 7 29 34 53
Lee Slattery 58 MC 32 MC
Chase Koepka MC 34 MC MC Wd
Marcus Fraser 34 MC 32 22 46 60 29
Andrea Pavan MC 9 11 3 21 MC
Maximilian Kieffer 28 MC 41 12 48
Jens Dantorp 46 48 MC 67 16 21
Sebastian Heisele MC MC 4 MC MC 44
Jamie Donaldson MC MC 32 MC 34
Steven Brown MC 7 65 MC 16 MC
Adrien Saddier MC MC MC MC 62
Marcel Siem MC 56 19 MC
James Morrison 46 MC 65 MC MC 16
Brett Rumford MC MC MC 5 62
David Drysdale 3 MC MC MC MC MC
Robert Karlsson 15 MC MC
Chris Hanson MC 27 41 MC MC
Richard Bland MC MC MC MC MC
Thongchai Jaidee MC MC 73 MC
Matthias Schwab 28 20 MC 28 8 4 29
Oliver Farr 25 26 MC MC MC MC
Edoardo Molinari 9 45 MC MC 57
Gregory Bourdy 74 MC 62 46 54
Bradley Dredge MC MC 13 52
Thomas Aiken MC 14 MC MC 8
Jeff Winther 17 14 MC 34 21
Gregory Havret 38 MC MC MC 23
Jason Norris MC 27 Wd 58 MC MC
Lasse Jensen MC 27 MC MC Wd
Peter Hanson MC MC
Ricardo Gouveia MC 45 59 52 16 29
Danny Willett MC MC MC Wd 29
Matteo Manassero 20 20 46 39 57
Charlie Ford MC MC MC 63 66
Ashley Chesters MC 20 MC MC 30 MC
Carlos Pigem 20 MC MC MC MC
Felipe Aguilar 59 MC 65 17 MC 28 53 4
Zander Lombard MC 34 MC MC MC
Daniel Brooks MC 48 MC 66 MC Wd
Scott Fernandez 26 34 MC MC 34 MC
Christiaan Bezuidenhout 26 26 46 22 28 MC 17
Bradley Neil MC MC MC MC 58 MC
Nico Geyger 20 MC 23 4 MC MC 3 MC
Gonzalo F`dez-Castano 19 MC 24 Wd MC MC MC
Daniel Im MC 48 MC MC MC MC
Pep Angles MC 14 48 MC 46 MC
Ernie Els MC MC 30 72 49 64
Thomas Bjorn 41 MC 34
Mark Foster MC MC MC MC MC
Soomin Lee MC 14 Dq MC 53 48
Raphael Jacquelin MC 41 MC MC MC
James Heath 4 MC 72 MC MC
Pontus Widegren MC Dq 41 MC MC
Rak Hyun Cho 41 MC MC MC 12 MC
Sebastien Gros MC 48 MC 12 25 4
Matthew Baldwin 9 55 MC 52 28 38
Connor Syme MC MC 74 MC MC 11
Darren Clarke 63
Trevor Immelman MC MC*
David Howell MC 36 39 MC 21
Robert Coles
Josh Geary 10 MC 26 46 MC MC
Paul O`Hara 1
Gavin Hay MC MC
Richard Wallis
Player 2017 2016 2015 2014 2013 2012 2011 2010 2009 2008
Rory McIlroy MC 1 MC MC 24 48 5 MC
Tommy Fleetwood MC 69 6 MC 24 49
Paul Casey MC MC 24 17 1 10
Alex Noren 1 43 8 Wd 32 21 MC 74 21 6
Tyrrell Hatton 30 7 46 38
Rafael Cabrera-Bello 22 MC 16 MC 15 MC 17 MC
Ian Poulter 40 26 MC 10 18 MC
Kiradech Aphibarnrat 14 60 27 MC MC
Francesco Molinari 2 55 5 7 9 7 50 17 35 MC
Branden Grace 9 11 61 24 5
Matthew Fitzpatrick 12 47
Ross Fisher 9 MC MC MC 32 MC 39 10 2 68
Alexander Levy 51 51 12
Hao Tong Li 30 27 MC
Dylan Frittelli MC
Thomas Pieters 14 27 MC MC
Yusaku Miyazato
Paul Dunne 30
Alexander Bjork 14
Joost Luiten 24 27 11 12 MC MC MC 17
Julian Suri
Shane Lowry 6 MC 6 2 12 68 4 65
Byeong Hun An 24 33 1
Jorge Campillo 40 15 59 63 MC MC
Matt Wallace MC
Chris Paisley MC MC MC
George Coetzee MC MC 74 30 24 21
Eddie Pepperell MC 72 21 6
Hideto Tanihara 3
Adrian Otaegui MC 63
Wade Ormsby MC MC
Martin Kaymer MC 7 18 12 50 15 31 MC 11 16
Lee Westwood 14 15 38 35 9 33 2 10 MC Ret
Mike Lorenzo-Vera MC MC 63 MC 58
Jordan Smith 40
Chris Wood 49 1 4 21 Wd 49 MC 6
Thorbjorn Olesen MC MC MC 54 MC MC MC
Dean Burmester 9
Ryan Fox MC
Pablo Larrazabal 24 12 MC 7 12 65 MC MC 48
Fabrizio Zanotti MC 7 MC 16 24 MC 24 MC 21
Andy Sullivan 30 22 17 26 MC
Joakim Lagergren MC 37
Andrew Johnston 21 7 MC
Dave Horsey 51 37 MC 35 MC MC 7 MC 43
Jeung-Hun Wang MC 33
Erik Van Rooyen
Harold Varner
Julien Guerrier
Darren Fichardt MC MC MC MC MC
Richie Ramsay 30 43 MC 38 9 MC MC 28 MC
Scott Jamieson 14 47 27 MC MC 43 65
Nicolas Colsaerts 3 22 22 71 24 MC MC 78
Nacho Elvira MC MC MC
Jason Scrivener MC MC
Renato Paratore MC 43 MC
Richard Sterne MC MC 57 6 MC MC
Lucas Bjerregaard MC MC MC
David Lipsky MC 55 35
Gavin Green
Soren Kjeldsen 30 MC 18 MC 45 MC MC 41 3 10
Matthew Southgate MC MC
Aaron Rai
Matthieu Pavon MC
Callum Shinkwin Dq
Phachara Khongwatmai MC
Scott Hend 24 15 MC
Marcus Kinhult
Haydn Porteous MC MC
Tapio Pulkkanen
Padraig Harrington MC Ret 61 MC 6
Mikko Korhonen MC
Paul Waring MC 46 MC Ret 65 21
Adam Bland
Thomas Detry
Graeme McDowell 27 59 MC MC MC 28 13 57
Jin Ho Choi
Marc Warren MC MC 18 16 2 27 MC 21 22
Andrew Dodt 6 47 MC 67 39 53 41
Clement Sordet
Benjamin Hebert 58 12 MC MC
Andres Romero 54 6
Alvaro Quiros MC MC 46 57 32 10 18 MC 16 MC
Robert Rock MC 47 MC 38 MC 21 45 34 16
Romain Wattel 66 4 68 30 MC MC MC
Austin Connelly
Mikko Ilonen 62 MC MC 38 12 61 MC MC 68 MC
Stephen Gallacher 21 MC 5 MC MC MC 4 MC MC
Jacques Kruyswijk
Oliver Fisher 40 MC MC 73 45 MC MC 65 MC 16
Ryan Evans
Brandon Stone MC MC
Sam Brazel MC
Nino Bertasio 14
Sam Horsfield
Pedro Oriol
SSP Chawrasia 58 27 MC MC 15 31 34 MC MC
Ashun Wu MC
Lee Slattery MC MC MC MC 37 MC 35 MC
Chase Koepka
Marcus Fraser MC MC 27 MC MC 4 MC 43 34
Andrea Pavan MC MC
Maximilian Kieffer 24 MC 27 MC MC
Jens Dantorp
Sebastian Heisele
Jamie Donaldson MC MC 18 30 37 53 7 34 32 53
Steven Brown
Adrien Saddier
Marcel Siem MC 52 MC 7 40 7 53 41 59 65
James Morrison MC 47 11 MC 10 MC MC
Brett Rumford Wd MC MC MC 62 70 MC MC 43 MC
David Drysdale 49 37 Dq MC 19 10 MC 56
Robert Karlsson MC MC 27 67 MC 13 32 3
Chris Hanson MC
Richard Bland MC 65 MC MC 19 MC MC
Thongchai Jaidee 54 52 2 38 40 56 24 13 43 30
Matthias Schwab
Oliver Farr 27
Edoardo Molinari MC 65 Ret 46 19 49 39 MC
Gregory Bourdy 62 15 55 57 12 MC MC 28 MC 38
Bradley Dredge 40 MC 70 60 39 Ret MC MC
Thomas Aiken MC 4 35 7 MC MC 39 17 10
Jeff Winther MC
Gregory Havret MC MC 11 30 19 61 MC 76 MC 38
Jason Norris
Lasse Jensen MC
Peter Hanson 21 33 27 67 MC 18 13 54 16
Ricardo Gouveia MC MC
Danny Willett 58 3 38 63 32 43 MC 5
Matteo Manassero 30 MC 46 MC 1 43 7 17
Charlie Ford
Ashley Chesters
Carlos Pigem MC
Felipe Aguilar MC 37 11 MC MC MC 13 MC MC 16
Zander Lombard MC
Daniel Brooks 54 55 MC MC
Scott Fernandez
Christiaan Bezuidenhout
Bradley Neil
Nico Geyger
Gonzalo F`dez-Castano 62 MC MC 11 MC
Daniel Im MC
Pep Angles MC
Ernie Els 51 59 MC 6 7 16 34 21 MC
Thomas Bjorn 57 52 11 3 40 43 MC 16 MC
Mark Foster MC MC 26 24 MC 47 74 48 58
Soomin Lee MC 67
Raphael Jacquelin MC MC MC 46 24 MC 4 MC 71 MC
James Heath
Pontus Widegren
Rak Hyun Cho
Sebastien Gros 64 MC
Matthew Baldwin MC MC MC MC
Connor Syme
Darren Clarke MC MC 38 MC 32 MC 45 MC 52 MC
Trevor Immelman MC
David Howell 48 MC MC MC MC MC 39 61 72 63
Robert Coles MC 69 MC MC MC
Josh Geary
Paul O`Hara
Gavin Hay
Richard Wallis MC MC MC
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