BMW PGA Championship 2020: Your form guide for this week's big European Tour event at Wentworth

BMW PGA Championship 2020 at the West Course, Wentworth
The 18th green at Wentworth's West Course

Andy Swales supplies the stats for this week's BMW PGA Championship at Wentworth's iconic West Course...

"On his West Course debut last year, Reed finished in a tie-for-fourth and his form post-lockdown has been fairly solid with six top-20s from 13 starts. In his most recent outing on the PGA Tour last month, Reed tied-13th in the US Open at Winged Foot."

Over the years, October has been an important month for Wentworth Golf Club.

For more than four decades, the prestigious World Match Play Championship was staged over the West Course, mainly during early autumn.

But never before has England's most famous non-links course held the BMW PGA Championship so late in the calendar year.

In 2019, when the tournament was 'forced' to move from its usual May slot because of huge changes to America's golfing schedule, the BMW-sponsored event was switched to September.

Now, more than 12 months on, the event is being played in October, but it remains one of the most illustrious trophies in golf.

This week's PGA will be the second of two back-to-back Rolex Series events and - following the cancellation of this year's Open Championship - will be the most important golf tournament staged on European soil during 2020.

The tournament's new autumnal date means that field size has had to be greatly reduced, as there is fewer daylight hours available compared to late May.

Mixed field

The Tour's flagship event will tee-off this Thursday in the company of four of the world's top-20 players.

It's not as strong as normal, but with Covid-19 ravaging many sporting events these past few months and also affecting travel plans, it's probably not a major surprise.

One late confirmation, which will certainly please European Tour officials, is the arrival of American Patrick Reed, the 2018 Masters champion.

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The 30-year-old Texan has been a keen supporter of European golf in recent years and he will tee-up in Surrey as one of the leading contenders.

On his West Course debut last year, Reed finished in a tie-for-fourth and his form post-lockdown has been fairly solid with six top-20s from 13 starts. In his most recent outing on the PGA Tour last month, Reed tied-13th in the US Open at Winged Foot.

The only American, so far, to win this event was Arnold Palmer in 1975.

Other challengers

Among the other highest ranked golfers taking part are Justin Rose and Shane Lowry.

Rose has twice been runner-up in this event, while Lowry has posted seven top-15 finishes.

Lowry will be keen to banish the misery of his recent outing at the Irish Open when he missed the cut by two shots.

Tommy Fleetwood has finally discovered his best form since lockdown, thanks to a brace of podium finishes from his three most recent starts. But defending champion Danny Willett tees-up having missed the cut in each of his last five tournaments.

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From time-to-time the event throws up a surprise winner and, because of the weaker than normal field, that is clearly a possibility this weekend.

With accuracy from tee-to-green likely to be a key factor at the tree-lined fairways of Wentworth, then Andy Sullivan may be worth a shout.

The 34-year-old from Nuneaton is currently ranked inside the top three in two of the Tour's Strokes Gained categories - SG: Approach and SG: Tee to Green.

Recent changes

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 the Surrey course as long ago as 2009, was brought in again to make further changes seven years later, following heavy criticism by a number of players.

During the latest renovation, all 18 putting surfaces were dug up and re-seeded with a new creeping bent grass.

Four greens were completely re-built, with another five partially re-constructed.

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

A number of putting surfaces had their contours eased, 29 bunkers were removed, while some other hazards were made less severe.

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

Twitter: Andy Swales@GolfStatsAlive

Note: List Contains Leading Reserves

Last 10 Weeks / West Course Form (2010-19)

Position

  • 1–5
  • 6–15
  • 16–25
Player W40 W39 W38 W37 W36 W35 W34 W33 W32 W31
Tommy Fleetwood 2 MC 3 44 59 29 35
Patrick Reed 13 7 40 49 9 13 47
Tyrrell Hatton MC 5 16 25 MC 69
Matthew Fitzpatrick 42 MC 6 MC MC 6
Justin Rose MC 25 MC 9
Shane Lowry MC 43 MC MC 23 66 6
Bernd Wiesberger 48 43 31 5 43 74
Lee Westwood 19 13 10 17 34
Danny Willett MC MC MC MC MC 69
Erik Van Rooyen 6 23 MC 51 20
Matt Wallace 30 43 19 MC 77 59
Christiaan Bezuidenhout MC 55 37 MC 20
Victor Perez 14 MC 31 MC 22 65
Jazz Janewattananond MC 3 MC MC 59
Graeme McDowell MC MC MC MC MC MC 35
Ian Poulter 6 MC 39 22 69
Rasmus Hojgaard 48 MC 31 1 3 6
Thomas Pieters MC 23 15 3
Lucas Herbert 4 7 31 MC 49
George Coetzee 59 48 3 1 1 2 MC
Sam Horsfield MC 44 1 MC 1
Thomas Detry 30 33 49 31 2 56 2
John Catlin MC 1 8 1 25 MC 6 51
Mike Lorenzo-Vera 42 MC 43
Aaron Rai 1 2 15 44 31 44 10
Robert MacIntyre 14 56 24 59 66 59
Martin Kaymer MC MC 2 3 MC MC
Andy Sullivan 26 MC MC 9 47 1 41
Matthias Schwab MC 56 MC 46 42 MC 3
Jorge Campillo 48 8 17 7 8 MC MC
Romain Langasque MC 34 17 MC 1 26 57
Paul Waring Wd MC 32 52 19
Sami Valimaki 63 MC 10 2 6
Branden Grace MC MC MC 29 MC Wd
Benjamin Hebert 19 MC MC 3 MC 34
Kurt Kitayama MC MC 59 MC 51 MC
Justin Harding MC 11 MC Wd 3 44 47 53 MC
Garrick Higgo 26 MC 1 7 47
Hao Tong Li 14 MC Wd 31 8 17 75
Joost Luiten 19 11 MC 52 MC 51 MC
Marcus Kinhult 6 MC MC MC 13 15 MC
Eddie Pepperell 9 MC Wd MC Wd
Min Woo Lee 30 MC 11 MC 72 6 MC
Adri Arnaus 26 23 MC 47
Renato Paratore MC 31 MC 27 MC 34 28
Guido Migliozzi MC 36 6 MC 57 MC MC
Gavin Green 42 MC 8 11 MC
Francesco Laporta 42 MC 50 68 MC 57 MC
Andrea Pavan MC MC MC MC Wd MC 34 MC
Ryan Fox MC MC MC 32 28 15 57 19 15
Wade Ormsby 19 MC MC MC 31 25
Sebastian Soderberg Wd 27 MC 5 10 77
Jason Scrivener MC 25 8 MC 8 14 14 47
Mikko Korhonen 48 MC Wd 6
Jordan Smith 36 7 36 Wd MC 27 22 14 MC
Calum Hill 63 28 MC MC 9 8 39 MC
Joakim Lagergren 63 5 3 24 MC Re
Andrew Johnston Wd 37 3 19
Dean Burmester MC 22 31 21 47 6 MC
Pablo Larrazabal 59 58 24 MC 70 65 51
Sebastian Heisele MC MC 15 14
Brandon Stone 19 14 MC 27 MC 6 MC
Ross Fisher MC MC 39 MC 27 MC 22
Lucas Bjerregaard MC 51 27 58 MC MC
Masahiro Kawamura 56 14 5 8 47 37 MC MC MC
Kiradech Aphibarnrat MC 70 MC MC
Matthew Southgate 9 33 64 24 MC 73 27 61 22
Scott Jamieson 36 54 MC 9 10
Kalle Samooja 9 MC MC MC 65 34
Alexander Bjork 19 24 57 MC 27 3
Adrian Otaegui 42 MC 17 37 14 2 MC
Chris Paisley MC MC MC 27 MC 19 3
Nicolas Colsaerts 30 MC 47 53 63 9 MC
Steven Brown MC 39 64 10 MC 31 5 65
Justin Walters MC MC MC 2 MC 39 MC MC
Joachim B Hansen MC 28 17 25 MC 53 28
Jeff Winther 36 MC 31 47 MC MC
Richie Ramsay MC 33 31 44 MC 34 22
Richard Bland MC 14 27 62 19 MC 56 22
Joel Stalter MC 68 MC MC MC 28
Thorbjorn Olesen MC 58 48 17 66 34 MC
Lorenzo Gagli MC MC 10 MC 14 34
Matthieu Pavon 55 MC MC 64 MC 6
Callum Shinkwin 30 MC MC 8 11 71 28
Sean Crocker 36 39 Wd 37 22 9 15
Ashun Wu 48 MC MC MC 31
Scott Hend 59 11 MC MC 39 44 MC
Marc Warren 4 MC 39 39 34 MC
Robert Rock 3 25 MC MC 37 15
Fabrizio Zanotti 48 7
Nino Bertasio MC 50 MC Wd
David Drysdale MC MC 70 Re 56 MC
Grant Forrest 19 14 66 MC 69 34
Shubhankar Sharma 26 64 44 MC MC MC 63 MC MC
Jack Singh Brar MC
Jeung-Hun Wang 14 26 3 9 7
Victor Dubuisson 9
Julian Suri 36 MC 32 50 39 MC 66 MC MC
Dave Horsey 14 MC 10 51 6 MC 34
Alvaro Quiros MC 44 17 MC MC MC
Nacho Elvira MC 39 MC 68 44 39 MC MC
Edoardo Molinari 56 MC 76 MC 27 47 MC
Maximilian Kieffer MC MC 17 44 14 MC 6
Padraig Harrington 9 MC
Oliver Wilson MC MC Wd MC MC MC
James Morrison 62 60 39 5 27 MC MC
Oliver Fisher MC MC MC Wd 76 MC 26 MC
Tapio Pulkkanen MC 36 MC MC MC 63 63
Ashley Chesters MC MC MC 68 39 MC 28
Alexander Levy MC Wd 41 MC 47
Stephen Gallacher MC 51 58 51 MC MC
Haydn Porteous MC MC MC MC Wd MC MC MC
Soren Kjeldsen MC MC 41 39 62 MC 41
Julien Guerrier MC 48 8 41 MC 56 15
Miguel Angel Jimenez MC 44 34
Gaganjeet Bhullar Dq MC
David Law MC 35 58 MC 37 71 MC
Michael Campbell MC MC MC MC MC MC 70
Thomas Aiken MC
Thomas Bjorn MC MC 57 31 MC MC 69
Richard McEvoy MC 69 MC MC 63 62 57
Chris Wood 66
Graeme Storm MC MC 31 MC MC MC
Peter Hanson MC MC MC
David Howell 56 MC MC MC MC MC 68 MC
Raphael Jacquelin MC MC 74 62
Kristoffer Broberg MC MC MC
Michael Bullen 43
Player `19 `18 `17 `16 `15 `14 `13 `12 `11 `10
Tommy Fleetwood 60 20 MC 69 6 MC 24 49
Patrick Reed 4
Tyrrell Hatton MC MC 30 7 46 38
Matthew Fitzpatrick 46 8 12 47
Justin Rose 8 12 38 25 50 2 MC 10
Shane Lowry 11 15 6 MC 6 2 12 68 4 65
Bernd Wiesberger 17 30 15 MC 46 12 53 MC
Lee Westwood MC 27 14 15 38 35 9 33 2 10
Danny Willett 1 MC 58 3 38 63 32 43 MC 5
Erik Van Rooyen 14 20
Matt Wallace 41 20 MC
Christiaan Bezuidenhout 3
Victor Perez
Jazz Janewattananond
Graeme McDowell 12 27 59 MC MC MC 28
Ian Poulter 60 20 40 26 MC 10 18 MC
Rasmus Hojgaard
Thomas Pieters 37 MC 14 27 MC MC
Lucas Herbert MC
George Coetzee 71 MC MC MC 74 30 24 21
Sam Horsfield 31 15
Thomas Detry MC 43
John Catlin
Mike Lorenzo-Vera 37 43 MC MC 63
Aaron Rai 26 MC
Robert MacIntyre 28
Martin Kaymer 57 MC MC 7 18 12 50 15 31 MC
Andy Sullivan 74 35 30 22 17 26 MC
Matthias Schwab 28
Jorge Campillo MC MC 40 15 59 63 MC MC
Romain Langasque 17 MC
Paul Waring 21 52 MC 46 MC Ret 65
Sami Valimaki
Branden Grace 60 5 9 11 61 24 5
Benjamin Hebert 37 35 58 12 MC MC
Kurt Kitayama 14
Justin Harding MC
Garrick Higgo
Hao Tong Li 51 43 30 27 MC
Joost Luiten 31 MC 24 27 11 12 MC MC MC 17
Marcus Kinhult 46 12
Eddie Pepperell MC 43 MC 72 21 6
Min Woo Lee
Adri Arnaus
Renato Paratore 41 MC MC 43 MC
Guido Migliozzi MC
Gavin Green 72 52
Francesco Laporta
Andrea Pavan 46 52 MC MC
Ryan Fox MC 43 MC
Wade Ormsby MC MC MC MC
Sebastian Soderberg 64
Jason Scrivener MC MC MC MC
Mikko Korhonen 37 15 MC
Jordan Smith 24 MC 40
Calum Hill
Joakim Lagergren 24 MC MC 37
Andrew Johnston 9 MC 21 7 MC
Dean Burmester MC 12 9
Pablo Larrazabal MC MC 24 12 MC 7 12 65 MC MC
Sebastian Heisele
Brandon Stone MC 60 MC MC
Ross Fisher 31 8 9 MC MC MC 32 MC 39 10
Lucas Bjerregaard MC 3 MC MC MC
Masahiro Kawamura MC
Kiradech Aphibarnrat 51 5 14 60 27 MC MC
Matthew Southgate MC 27 MC MC
Scott Jamieson 57 MC 14 47 27 MC MC 43 65
Kalle Samooja
Alexander Bjork 51 27 14
Adrian Otaegui MC MC MC 63
Chris Paisley MC MC MC MC MC
Nicolas Colsaerts 57 MC 3 22 22 71 24 MC MC 78
Steven Brown 64 MC
Justin Walters MC MC MC MC
Joachim B Hansen MC MC MC
Jeff Winther MC MC
Richie Ramsay 6 35 30 43 MC 38 9 MC MC 28
Richard Bland 35 MC 65 MC MC 19 MC MC
Joel Stalter
Thorbjorn Olesen 60 MC MC MC 54 MC MC MC
Lorenzo Gagli MC MC
Matthieu Pavon MC 64 MC
Callum Shinkwin MC Dq
Sean Crocker
Ashun Wu 41 64 MC
Scott Hend MC MC 24 15 MC
Marc Warren 60 MC MC 18 16 2 27 MC
Robert Rock MC 20 MC 47 MC 38 MC 21 45 34
Fabrizio Zanotti MC 15 MC 7 MC 16 24 MC 24 MC
Nino Bertasio Dq 60 14
David Drysdale MC MC 49 37 Dq MC 19 10 MC 56
Grant Forrest
Shubhankar Sharma 17
Jack Singh Brar
Jeung-Hun Wang MC 52 MC 33
Victor Dubuisson 24 60 63 MC 21
Julian Suri 31 43
Dave Horsey MC 51 37 MC 35 MC MC 7 MC
Alvaro Quiros 64 MC MC MC 46 57 32 10 18 MC
Nacho Elvira MC MC MC MC MC
Edoardo Molinari 64 MC MC 65 Ret 46 19 49 39 MC
Maximilian Kieffer MC 42 24 MC 27 MC MC
Padraig Harrington 46 MC MC Ret 61 MC 6
Oliver Wilson MC MC MC MC MC
James Morrison MC MC MC 47 11 MC 10 MC MC
Oliver Fisher MC MC 40 MC MC 73 45 MC MC 65
Tapio Pulkkanen 26 MC
Ashley Chesters 21 MC
Alexander Levy MC 52 51 51 12
Stephen Gallacher MC 52 21 MC 5 MC MC MC 4
Haydn Porteous Ret 43 MC MC
Soren Kjeldsen 41 MC 30 MC 18 MC 45 MC MC 41
Julien Guerrier 60 MC
Miguel Angel Jimenez 31 MC 2 35 4 39 MC MC
Gaganjeet Bhullar MC Ret
David Law 72
Michael Campbell MC MC MC
Thomas Aiken MC MC MC 4 35 7 MC MC 39 17
Thomas Bjorn MC MC 57 52 11 3 40 43 MC
Richard McEvoy MC MC MC 48
Chris Wood 51 27 49 1 4 21 Wd 49 MC 6
Graeme Storm 6 MC 22 70 40 MC 50 Ret
Peter Hanson MC 21 33 27 67 MC 18 13
David Howell MC MC 48 MC MC MC MC MC 39 61
Raphael Jacquelin MC MC MC MC MC 46 24 MC 4 MC
Kristoffer Broberg MC MC MC 74 MC
Michael Bullen

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