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BMW PGA Championship 2019: Your form guide for this week's event at Wentworth

BMW PGA Championship 2019 at Wentworth
Defending champ: Francesco Molinari crosses the bridge at 18 during Sunday's final round last year
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Course and current form stats ahead of this week's European Tour 'major' over the West Course at Wentworth. Stats and words supplied by Andy Swales ...

"Europe's golfing officials have been rewarded with one of the strongest fields in Wentworth history. Seven of the world's top 16 have travelled across the Atlantic to compete, as well as 20 of the leading 50."

For the first time in European Tour history, the BMW PGA Championship is being held in September.

After 44 successive years in May, the Tour's flagship event has been moved to its new late season slot.

In many ways, this new date has been forced on the European Tour following decisions made more than 4,000 miles away across the Atlantic.

When the PGA Tour decided to bring forward its end-of-season FedEx Cup Play-Offs, and to accommodate this change America's PGA Championship was moved from August to May, something had to give.

If the BMW-sponsored event at Wentworth had remained in its former position on the calendar, it would have found itself wedged somewhere between the second and third major championships of the year - which during 2019 were separated by just four weeks.

This would have had a profound negative effect on its quality of field.

So European officials at Wentworth decided to act quickly, in order to dispel any fears that many of the Tour's US-based pros might decide to remain Stateside, and not return to England to contest their own Blue Riband championship.

Excellent Attendance

As it happens, Europe's golfing officials have been rewarded with one of the strongest fields in Wentworth history.

Seven of the world's top 16 have travelled across the Atlantic to compete, as well as 20 of the leading 50.

Among them are American trio Patrick Reed, Tony Finau and Billy Horschel, all of whom would probably have not made the trip if the championship was still being staged in May.

Star Attractions

Wherever you look, you can't help but be impressed by the level of talent teeing-up.

World No 2 Rory McIlroy is the biggest name taking part, but there are many others too.

This year's Open champion Shane Lowry makes his first start in Europe since winning at Royal Portrush in July.

The Irishman has a strong record over the West Course, where he finished runner-up to McIlroy five years ago.

Defending champion Francesco Molinari has posted six top-10s from his most recent seven starts here, while in-form Paul Casey won 10 years ago.

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One player whose appearance is largely down to the change in dates is Henrik Stenson, who is making only a third start at Wentworth in nine years.

The Swede was third over the West Course in 2017 and has played well during the latter part of the summer.

Newcomer To Surrey

Despite making his Wentworth debut, Spaniard Jon Rahm will be a feared competitor, while just outside the world's top 25 are the names of Matt Wallace and Matthew Fitzpatrick.

Wallace was third in Amsterdam on Sunday, while his fellow Englishman has played pretty well most of the year, registering three runner-up finishes. Fitzpatrick tied-eighth at Wentworth in 2018.

One other player with a good course history is Branden Grace. Although the South African has not posted a strokeplay top-10 since early February, Wentworth is a venue where golfers often rediscover inspiration through their back catalogue of good memories.

Historic Venue

The West Course at Wentworth has been the tournament's permanent home since 1984 and has undergone a number of changes since the turn of the Millennium.

Ernie Els, who was called upon to revamp this Surrey course as long ago as 2009, was brought in to make further changes seven years later, following strong criticism by a number of players.

Many leading pros were unhappy with the state of the greens and, ahead of the 2017 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 - with another five 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.

According to the European Tour website: 'The aim of the renovation was to recognise Harry Colt's original vision for the West Course, while taking into account the demands of the modern game.'

Heading Back In Time

Former Ryder Cup skipper Thomas Bjorn, one of those who assisted Els in making the changes, admitted: "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.

"We've taken some of the tough obstacles out which we didn't think Wentworth was all about."

This included easing the severity of contouring on many putting surfaces, and reducing the depth of a number of bunkers.

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. However, this famous Virginia Water heathland layout remains a tough, tree-lined course, ready to challenge the skills and nerves of those teeing-up this Thursday.

Twitter: Andy Swales@GolfStatsAlive

MC* - Missed Additional 54-Hole Cut

Note: List contains leading reserves

Position

  • 1–5
  • 6–15
  • 16–25
Player W37 W36 W35 W34 W33 W32 W31 W30 W29 W28
Rory McIlroy 2 1 19 6 4 MC 34
Justin Rose 26 52 10 11 20
Jon Rahm 13 5 3 7 11
Francesco Molinari 61 82 11
Tony Finau 7 4 30 27 3
Tommy Fleetwood 8 13 11 43 4 2
Paul Casey 1 3 24 13 27 57
Patrick Reed 15 36 15 19 1 22 12 10
Shane Lowry 48 52 1
Matthew Fitzpatrick 69 2 4 20 14
Matt Wallace 3 MC 27 51 14
Henrik Stenson 3 27 20 4
Ian Poulter 31 10 8 MC 14
Bernd Wiesberger 5 MC 30 32 1
Billy Horschel 37 21 6 9 MC
Rafael Cabrera-Bello 63 12 MC 9
Eddie Pepperell 35 MC 51 71 43
Andrew Putnam 43 12 24 32 4
Tyrrell Hatton 59 43 6 14
Alex Noren MC 40 60 12 11
Hao Tong Li 20 MC MC
Lucas Bjerregaard MC 28 MC 51 16 MC
Justin Harding MC 43 7 43 41 MC
Lee Westwood MC 28 MC 4 55
Danny Willett MC 24 48 6
Erik Van Rooyen 12 1 5 20 14
Tom Lewis MC 1 59 Wd 11 43
Kiradech Aphibarnrat 71 60 32 MC*
Andrea Pavan 12 16 3 25 MC 4
Jorge Campillo MC 33 MC MC MC*
Thomas Pieters 10 20 12 1 67 20
Branden Grace MC 30 48 51 MC
Russell Knox MC MC 48 41 MC
Mike Lorenzo-Vera 10 6 MC 28
Joost Luiten 10 23 29 32 MC
Robert MacIntyre 2 MC MC 23 6 MC
Benjamin Hebert MC MC 41 2
Adri Arnaus MC 6 MC 2 MC
Guido Migliozzi 7 33 28
Martin Kaymer MC MC 31 20
Sebastian Soderberg 70 1 5 MC MC
Mikko Korhonen 65 35 39 63 48
Viktor Hovland 10 2 11 4 16
Ryan Fox 60 MC 16 MC
Adrian Otaegui MC MC MC MC MC 20
Alexander Bjork 22 28 20 23 MC 62
Andy Sullivan 36 MC 20 MC 28
Kurt Kitayama 21 36 MC MC 43
Marcus Kinhult 12 20 48
Paul Waring 28 20 30 63 48
Christiaan Bezuidenhout 12 68 MC 34
Matthias Schwab 2 8 5 MC
Julian Suri MC MC MC MC 55
Lucas Herbert 22 8 MC 62
Jordan Smith MC MC MC MC
David Lipsky MC 51 MC MC MC
Thomas Detry 36 20 20 43
Richard Sterne 22 48 MC MC
Aaron Rai MC 29 39 12 MC
Victor Perez MC MC 10 28
Sean Crocker 36 MC 28 Wd 55
Ross Fisher 46 35 MC
Alexander Levy MC MC 5 18 MC MC
Dean Burmester MC MC 3 58 33 MC*
Sam Horsfield 49 14 43 10 3 MC
Kalle Samooja MC 2 47 51 20
Gavin Green 40 12 16 58 MC
Chris Paisley 27 48 MC 34
Pablo Larrazabal 7 MC 72
Jason Scrivener MC 20 30 MC
Andrew Johnston 23 10 MC 4
Brandon Stone 21 MC MC* MC MC 34
Scott Hend MC 36 MC 71 MC
Nacho Elvira 36 MC 48
Joachim B Hansen MC 43 16 30 MC
Wade Ormsby 8 5 MC
Gaganjeet Bhullar 60 MC 53 MC MC
Chris Wood 40 69 53 MC MC
Alvaro Quiros 46 48 MC
Paul Dunne 27 MC MC 23 MC
Darren Fichardt 56 43 MC 30 48
Fabrizio Zanotti MC MC MC 55
Shubhankar Sharma 40 46 MC MC 51 34
George Coetzee 15 MC MC 9
David Law 60 MC MC MC MC
Robert Rock 70 MC MC
Scott Jamieson 21 12 MC 39 26
Grant Forrest MC MC 58 MC 43
Lorenzo Gagli MC MC 2 40 MC 14
Maximilian Kieffer 27 MC MC MC
Ashun Wu 55 36 MC 20 MC
Stephen Gallacher MC 47 MC MC
David Drysdale MC MC 23 MC*
Matthew Southgate 10 46 MC 10 30 MC
Jack Singh Brar MC 64 33 37 14 62
Joakim Lagergren 7 20 MC 10 MC
Kim Koivu MC MC MC 11 Wd
Padraig Harrington 15 12 MC 58 MC MC MC MC
Andres Romero 21 2 MC 51 MC MC
Nino Bertasio 49 20 Wd MC 72 4
Edoardo Molinari 21 MC MC* 14 34
Renato Paratore MC 12 20 39 28
Ashley Chesters 15 9 72 MC 18 MC*
Soren Kjeldsen 55 MC MC 29 MC MC
Lee Slattery 40 35 40 39 9
Ernie Els MC Wd 32
Thomas Aiken 55
Nicolas Colsaerts MC MC 53 58 69
Hideto Tanihara 27 56 20 MC 62
Liam Johnston 15 MC 61 MC 5 MC
Matthieu Pavon MC MC 10 MC MC
Tapio Pulkkanen MC MC MC 39 MC
Richard McEvoy MC MC MC MC
Victor Dubuisson Wd 43 Wd 39 MC
Oliver Fisher MC 22 MC MC 51 48
Justin Walters Wd MC 59 58 MC
Romain Wattel MC 6 MC MC 14 20
Haydn Porteous 55 35 29 11 9 34
Richie Ramsay 55 MC 58 MC 58 34
Dave Horsey MC 43 MC 34
Gonzalo F`dez-Castano MC MC 59 23 MC*
Stuart Manley 55 22 76 MC 67 55
Jamie Donaldson 27 35 5 MC 9
Jaco Van Zyl MC 17 63 2 MC
Thongchai Jaidee MC
Luke Donald MC MC 56
Bradley Dredge 10 61 47 39 62
Jacques Kruyswijk 66 MC MC 23 MC
Yusaku Miyazato 49 MC 48 MC MC
Trevor Immelman 60 MC MC MC*
Robert Karlsson MC 63 MC 10 MC
Julien Guerrier
Steven Brown 15 MC MC MC MC
Pedro Figueiredo 49 33 35 MC MC MC
Thomas Bjorn MC MC MC 58 Wd
Jens Dantorp MC MC 48 40 MC 69
Raphael Jacquelin MC MC MC MC MC
Ricardo Gouveia MC 36 MC MC* 48 MC
Jeung-Hun Wang 27 MC MC MC* MC MC
James Morrison 4 MC 28 29 30 MC
Miguel Angel Jimenez 23 MC
SSP Chawrasia MC MC MC MC
David Dixon
David Howell MC 63 MC 30 MC
Paul O`Hara
Michael Campbell MC MC
Matthew Cort
Jose Maria Olazabal MC
Robert Coles
Player `18 `17 `16 `15 `14 `13 `12 `11 `10 `09
Rory McIlroy 2 MC 1 MC MC 24 48 5
Justin Rose 12 38 25 50 2 MC 10
Jon Rahm
Francesco Molinari 1 2 55 5 7 9 7 50 17 35
Tony Finau
Tommy Fleetwood 20 MC 69 6 MC 24 49
Paul Casey 20 MC MC 24 17 1
Patrick Reed
Shane Lowry 15 6 MC 6 2 12 68 4 65
Matthew Fitzpatrick 8 12 47
Matt Wallace 20 MC
Henrik Stenson 3 7 61 MC
Ian Poulter 20 40 26 MC 10 18 MC
Bernd Wiesberger 30 15 MC 46 12 53 MC
Billy Horschel
Rafael Cabrera-Bello 8 22 MC 16 MC 15 MC 17 MC
Eddie Pepperell 43 MC 72 21 6
Andrew Putnam
Tyrrell Hatton MC 30 7 46 38
Alex Noren 3 1 43 8 Wd 32 21 MC 74 21
Hao Tong Li 43 30 27 MC
Lucas Bjerregaard 3 MC MC MC
Justin Harding
Lee Westwood 27 14 15 38 35 9 33 2 10 MC
Danny Willett MC 58 3 38 63 32 43 MC 5
Erik Van Rooyen 20
Tom Lewis 55 46 MC MC
Kiradech Aphibarnrat 5 14 60 27 MC MC
Andrea Pavan 52 MC MC
Jorge Campillo MC 40 15 59 63 MC MC
Thomas Pieters MC 14 27 MC MC
Branden Grace 5 9 11 61 24 5
Russell Knox MC MC
Mike Lorenzo-Vera 43 MC MC 63 MC
Joost Luiten MC 24 27 11 12 MC MC MC 17
Robert MacIntyre
Benjamin Hebert 35 58 12 MC MC
Adri Arnaus
Guido Migliozzi
Martin Kaymer MC MC 7 18 12 50 15 31 MC 11
Sebastian Soderberg
Mikko Korhonen 15 MC
Viktor Hovland
Ryan Fox 43 MC
Adrian Otaegui MC MC 63
Alexander Bjork 27 14
Andy Sullivan 35 30 22 17 26 MC
Kurt Kitayama
Marcus Kinhult 12
Paul Waring 52 MC 46 MC Ret 65 21
Christiaan Bezuidenhout
Matthias Schwab
Julian Suri 43
Lucas Herbert
Jordan Smith MC 40
David Lipsky 27 MC 55 35
Thomas Detry 43
Richard Sterne MC MC MC 57 6 MC
Aaron Rai MC
Victor Perez
Sean Crocker
Ross Fisher 8 9 MC MC MC 32 MC 39 10 2
Alexander Levy 52 51 51 12
Dean Burmester 12 9
Sam Horsfield 15
Kalle Samooja
Gavin Green 52
Chris Paisley MC MC MC MC
Pablo Larrazabal MC 24 12 MC 7 12 65 MC MC 48
Jason Scrivener MC MC MC
Andrew Johnston MC 21 7 MC
Brandon Stone 60 MC MC
Scott Hend MC 24 15 MC
Nacho Elvira MC MC MC MC
Joachim B Hansen MC MC MC
Wade Ormsby MC MC MC
Gaganjeet Bhullar MC Ret
Chris Wood 27 49 1 4 21 Wd 49 MC 6
Alvaro Quiros MC MC MC 46 57 32 10 18 MC 16
Paul Dunne MC 30
Darren Fichardt 7 MC MC MC MC MC
Fabrizio Zanotti 15 MC 7 MC 16 24 MC 24 MC 21
Shubhankar Sharma
George Coetzee MC MC MC 74 30 24 21
David Law
Robert Rock 20 MC 47 MC 38 MC 21 45 34 16
Scott Jamieson MC 14 47 27 MC MC 43 65
Grant Forrest
Lorenzo Gagli MC MC
Maximilian Kieffer 42 24 MC 27 MC MC
Ashun Wu 64 MC
Stephen Gallacher 52 21 MC 5 MC MC MC 4 MC
David Drysdale MC 49 37 Dq MC 19 10 MC 56
Matthew Southgate 27 MC MC
Jack Singh Brar
Joakim Lagergren MC MC 37
Kim Koivu
Padraig Harrington MC MC Ret 61 MC 6
Andres Romero MC 54
Nino Bertasio 60 14
Edoardo Molinari MC MC 65 Ret 46 19 49 39 MC
Renato Paratore MC MC 43 MC
Ashley Chesters MC
Soren Kjeldsen MC 30 MC 18 MC 45 MC MC 41 3
Lee Slattery MC MC MC MC MC 37 MC 35
Ernie Els MC 51 59 MC 6 7 16 34 21
Thomas Aiken MC MC 4 35 7 MC MC 39 17 10
Nicolas Colsaerts MC 3 22 22 71 24 MC MC 78
Hideto Tanihara 35 3
Liam Johnston
Matthieu Pavon 64 MC
Tapio Pulkkanen MC
Richard McEvoy MC MC 48
Victor Dubuisson 24 60 63 MC 21
Oliver Fisher MC 40 MC MC 73 45 MC MC 65 MC
Justin Walters MC MC MC
Romain Wattel MC 66 4 68 30 MC MC MC
Haydn Porteous 43 MC MC
Richie Ramsay 35 30 43 MC 38 9 MC MC 28 MC
Dave Horsey MC 51 37 MC 35 MC MC 7 MC 43
Gonzalo F`dez-Castano MC 62 MC MC 11
Stuart Manley
Jamie Donaldson MC MC MC 18 30 37 53 7 34 32
Jaco Van Zyl 14 7 51 45 MC 39
Thongchai Jaidee 8 54 52 2 38 40 56 24 13 43
Luke Donald 65 27 38 3 MC 1 1 2 35
Bradley Dredge MC 40 MC 70 60 39 Ret MC
Jacques Kruyswijk 20
Yusaku Miyazato Ret
Trevor Immelman 58 MC
Robert Karlsson MC MC MC 27 67 MC 13 32
Julien Guerrier MC
Steven Brown MC
Pedro Figueiredo
Thomas Bjorn MC 57 52 11 3 40 43 MC 16
Jens Dantorp 35
Raphael Jacquelin MC MC MC MC 46 24 MC 4 MC 71
Ricardo Gouveia MC MC MC
Jeung-Hun Wang 52 MC 33
James Morrison MC MC 47 11 MC 10 MC MC
Miguel Angel Jimenez MC 2 35 4 39 MC MC 43
SSP Chawrasia MC 58 27 MC MC 15 31 34 MC
David Dixon MC MC MC MC
David Howell MC 48 MC MC MC MC MC 39 61 72
Paul O`Hara MC
Michael Campbell MC MC MC MC
Matthew Cort MC MC MC MC MC
Jose Maria Olazabal MC 69 27 Ret 59
Robert Coles MC MC 69 MC MC MC

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