BMW PGA Championship 2021: Course and current form stats for the European Tour event at Wentworth

The West Course at Wentworth, home of the BMW-sponsored PGA Championship
The par-five 12th at Wentworth's West Course

European golf's 'second major' takes place over Wentworth's West Course this week. Words and stats supplied by Andy Swales...

"Lowry's West Course record is the stronger of the two, and he is currently in better shape than Fitzpatrick. But both certainly have the game to conquer the field this week."

With the PGA Tour taking a well-earned, albeit short, break between seasons, all the focus is on Europe. And it's a big one too!

The European Tour's flagship event, the BMW-sponsored PGA Championship, takes place over Wentworth's West Course for a 38th consecutive year.

Second only to The Open Championship in importance, regarding tournaments staged outside the United States, this week's event has attracted a decent field.

Although Tour chief Keith Pelley will be disappointed that leading Europeans Jon Rahm and Rory McIlroy have chosen not to cross the Atlantic, he will still be satisfied with the overall content of this week's field.

On the tee

Young Norwegian Viktor Hovland and experienced American Billy Horschel - both of whom competed in Atlanta - will be teeing-up on Thursday.

World No 14 Hovland, whose only previous trip to Wentworth earned him a tie-for-11th two years ago, arrives in England after posting the joint-fourth lowest 72-hole total in Georgia on Sunday.

Horschel, meanwhile, also played in the Tour Championship, completing 72 holes in 10-under-par.

The 34-year-old from Florida tied-fourth on his Wentworth debut in 2019.

Two pros with a solid history over the West Course are Matt Fitzpatrick and Shane Lowry.

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Fitzpatrick appears almost certain to qualify for Europe's Ryder Cup team - which will be named next week - while Lowry is currently occupying the final cut-off position.

Qualifying for the three-day contest ends this Sunday, so the pair may have other matters on their minds this week.

Lowry's West Course record is the stronger of the two, and he is currently in better shape than Fitzpatrick. But both certainly have the game to conquer the field this week.

Encouraging signs

Elsewhere, Tommy Fleetwood made a welcome return to form over the weekend, finishing just one stroke behind the winner (Nicolai Hojgaard) of the Italian Open.

It was his first podium finish for almost 14 months and first strokeplay top-10 since March.

Finally, another golfer showing better form again is Alex Noren, a former champion over the West Course.

The world No 62 posted T-10s in the opening two FedEx Cup Play-Off events last month, but just failed to qualify for the Tour Championship.

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All three of his PGA Tour T-10s during the past 12 months have come in his last six starts, dating back to early July.

Although the Swede is highly unlikely to snatch a late Ryder Cup wild-card for the European team, another strong performance this week just might give skipper Padraig Harrington something to think about.

Wentworth winner in 2017, Noren followed this up with a tie-for-third 12 months later.

West Course details

Wentworth, possibly Britain's most famous non-links course, will be hosting the third of this season's four Rolex Series events.

The West Course 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 first revamped the Surrey course 12 years ago, was called upon to make a few more updates in 2016.

During this 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 putting surfaces 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.

Water hazards are few and far between, but it remains a good test of accuracy, especially from the tee.

Good course management is vital on a layout which possesses a handful of tricky dog-legs.

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

Top 12 Stroke Averages


West Course (2015-20)
Avg:...Player...(Rds)
69.90: Francesco Molinari (20)
70.09: Shane Lowry (22)
70.15: Alex Noren (20)
70.42: Marcus Kinhult (12)
70.63: Justin Rose (16)
70.75: Chris Wood (20)
70.85: Matt Fitzpatrick (20)
70.86: Danny Willett (22)
70.90: Ross Fisher (20)
70.93: Rafael Cabrera-Bello (14)
70.94: Ian Poulter (16)
71.00: Miguel Angel Jimenez (12)
Min. No. of Rounds = 10

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MC* - Missed Additional 54-Hole Cut

Note: List Contains Leading Reserves

Note: Tour Championship positions relate to 72-hole total, not position after handicap.

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Last 10 Weeks / Wentworth Form (2011-20)

Position

  • 1–5
  • 6–15
  • 16–25
Player W36 W35 W34 W33 W32 W31 W30 W29 W28 W27
Viktor Hovland 4 17 43 36 14 12
Tyrrell Hatton MC 17 MC 18
Matt Fitzpatrick MC MC 57 26 2
Billy Horschel 7 52 31 17 53 54
Lee Westwood 34 27 31 59 35
Adam Scott MC 2 36 46
Tommy Fleetwood 2 65 46 16 33 26 17
Shane Lowry 26 11 23 22 12 23
Garrick Higgo MC 64 Wd 53 MC MC 41
Justin Rose 10 54 46
Ian Poulter 31 10 26 4
Christiaan Bezuidenhout 3 58 10 16 53 44 23
Victor Perez 18 50 13 61 MC 59
Robert MacIntyre MC MC 65 15 MC 8 18
Branden Grace 52 MC 2 30 MC 54
Bernd Wiesberger 46 2 21 59 26
Alex Noren 9 4 16 MC MC 4
Min Woo Lee 12 21 62 MC 1 17
Matt Wallace MC Wd 8 40 26
Guido Migliozzi 34 7 32 MC 35
Thomas Detry MC 27 22 MC 2 MC
Rasmus Hojgaard 18 1 3 38 MC 41
Martin Kaymer MC 18 MC MC 41
Aaron Rai 41 45 2 26 63 19 35 12
Antoine Rozner 52 13 45 59 65 33
Justin Harding MC 32 7 2 19 MC 23
Richard Bland 5 MC 3 67 15 4
Calum Hill 34 7 1 4 MC* 62 MC* MC
Dean Burmester 34 40 6 40 35 MC
Andy Sullivan MC 40 13 48 MC* 26 MC 12
Daniel Van Tonder 27 21 45 21 MC MC 40 MC MC
Sam Horsfield 15 MC 23 6 67 MC Wd
John Catlin 24 21 51 7 32 MC MC 41
Johannes Veerman 8 MC 1 46 8 3
George Coetzee 27 MC MC 1 26 MC
Brandon Stone MC MC 12 MC MC 75 MC
Marcus Armitage MC 7 38 30 53 54 41
Thomas Pieters 18 MC 54 16 35 12
Kalle Samooja 60 MC 8 45 MC MC
Henrik Stenson 15 3 4 MC MC
Matthias Schwab 8 64 4 27 MC MC
Danny Willett MC MC 33 MC 67
Sami Valimaki 46 MC MC 44 27 MC* MC
Adrian Meronk 2 27 17 51 59 MC
Callum Shinkwin 46 33 3 16 MC 4 MC MC
Masahiro Kawamura 5 21 55 16 3 5 59 MC
Kurt Kitayama 11 MC 32 MC MC* 69
Sean Crocker 18 4 2 MC MC 9
Adrian Otaegui 34 MC 38 MC MC 26 12
Padraig Harrington 33 MC MC 72 18 MC
Laurie Canter MC MC MC 40 59 MC
Francesco Molinari 52 32 MC MC MC*
Jazz Janewattananond Wd 67 33 27 46 MC MC
Tom Lewis MC MC 16 MC 54 67 40 55 25
Grant Forrest 34 MC 1 MC 73 4
Nicolai Hojgaard 1 17 21 MC MC* 14
Mikko Korhonen 8 40 MC 3 MC MC
Jamie Donaldson MC 27 3 34 65 MC
Joachim B Hansen MC MC 29 56 27 MC MC
Adri Arnaus 12 MC 60 38 75 56
Wilco Nienaber MC MC MC 64 31 MC MC
Wade Ormsby MC 56 MC 51 10 12 MC
Ryan Fox MC 29 13 34 42 67 44 MC
Renato Paratore MC 7 50 56 27 65 MC
Rafael Cabrera-Bello 20 MC MC 58 MC 23 MC
Jordan Smith MC 9 23 3 47 MC 41
Daniel Gavins MC MC MC 38 1 9 8 21
Joost Luiten 18 12 MC 69 MC
Maximilian Kieffer 27 21 45 MC 39
Graeme McDowell MC 56
James Morrison MC 27 13 2 MC* 40 MC 17
Jorge Campillo MC 32 21 34 59 MC MC MC
Connor Syme MC MC MC 32 18 35 41
Dave Horsey 27 MC 13 MC 2 MC MC MC
Marc Warren MC MC MC MC MC* 47 MC 28
Romain Langasque MC MC 35 MC 44 MC
Matthew Jordan 15 4 47 6 MC MC 18 12
Alexander Bjork MC 13 26 51
Jonathan Caldwell 57 53 55 30 MC MC MC
Alexander Levy 34 32 2 38 26 52 26 65
Nacho Elvira MC 13 MC 22 1 MC MC
Matthew Southgate 34 MC 44 33 MC 26
Andrew Johnston MC 60 MC 9
Maverick Antcliff Wd 65 29 35 26 40 MC 28
Tapio Pulkkanen 27 MC 2 25 35 MC
Marcus Kinhult MC 47 64 68 MC 59 MC
Chris Paisley MC MC MC 10 MC 33
Jeff Winther MC 40 MC MC 44 28
Victor Dubuisson 27 MC Wd
Mike Lorenzo-Vera MC MC MC 44 MC
Benjamin Hebert 57 32 MC MC 33 MC 59
Dale Whitnell 65 MC 13 68 11 MC MC 4
Nicolas Colsaerts MC 18 18 MC 51
Richie Ramsay MC MC 9 28 25 15 4
Justin Walters MC MC 40 8 MC 18 41
Eddie Pepperell 46 MC 29 MC 22 MC MC
Joakim Lagergren 63 MC 17 35 MC
Jack Senior MC MC MC 22 MC 67 10 61
Darius Van Driel MC MC 47 53 7 54 17
Fabrizio Zanotti 27 72 35 65 33
Ross Fisher 34 MC 55 56 MC 15 MC
Rikard Karlberg MC 53 MC MC MC 2
Scott Hend 52 MC MC 56 MC 64 44 MC
Francesco Laporta 4 MC MC 32 71 4
Scott Jamieson 8 47 MC MC MC 67
Edoardo Molinari 5 MC 18 MC
Ross McGowan MC 4 23 67 MC MC MC MC
Sebastian Rodriguez Garcia MC MC MC MC MC MC MC MC
Matthieu Pavon MC MC MC MC 12 MC
Steven Brown 57 MC MC MC 47 69 41
Pablo Larrazabal 8 Dq MC 33
Robert Rock MC MC MC MC 64 MC* MC
Sebastian Soderberg MC 40 17 MC MC
Paul Waring 62 MC MC MC MC MC
Nino Bertasio MC 62 29 MC 44 MC
Gavin Green 24 32 MC MC 57 MC MC
Shubhankar Sharma 12 50 9 16 30 32 MC 56
Oliver Farr 18 MC MC 30 11 14 59 23
David Drysdale MC MC 51 38 32 32 MC MC
David Law MC MC MC 4 15 18 35 41
Thorbjorn Olesen MC MC MC 54 MC
Luke Donald MC MC MC 16 MC
Soren Kjeldsen MC 32 7 MC MC 18 MC* MC
Joel Stalter MC MC 51 Wd MC 44 MC
Ashley Chesters 24 40 13 48 15 18 MC MC
Kiradech Aphibarnrat 27 34 20 37 39 MC MC* 39
Julien Guerrier 44 56 MC MC 40 MC* 51
Zander Lombard MC MC 60 MC MC 33
Lee Tae-Hee Wd MC 23 47 MC MC
Oliver Fisher MC MC 12 MC MC 18 MC* MC
Lorenzo Gagli MC MC 40 MC MC MC MC
Stephen Gallacher MC MC 64 MC MC MC
Cormac Sharvin MC MC MC MC MC MC 44 33
Richard McEvoy MC 47 MC 23 39 32 MC MC
Alvaro Quiros MC 35 16 Wd MC 18 MC
Julian Suri 46 56 60 MC MC* MC MC MC
Andrea Pavan MC 53 70 MC MC MC
Haydn Porteous MC MC MC MC MC Wd MC MC MC
Oliver Wilson MC 21 35 MC MC MC MC
Robin Roussel 63 67 39 MC MC
Lucas Bjerregaard MC 67 35 10 32 MC MC
Miguel Angel Jimenez MC 27
Chris Wood MC MC MC 32 77 MC
Ricardo Santos MC MC MC 63 MC 14 MC MC
David Howell Wd MC MC MC MC MC 57 MC 17
Graeme Storm MC MC MC MC MC 73 MC
Robert Karlsson
Raphael Jacquelin MC MC MC MC 68
Thomas Aiken Wd MC MC
Thomas Bjorn MC
Peter Hanson MC MC
Matthew Cort 12 MC
Player `20 `19 `18 `17 `16 `15 `14 `13 `12 `11
Viktor Hovland 11
Tyrrell Hatton 1 MC MC 30 7 46 38
Matt Fitzpatrick 7 46 8 12 47
Billy Horschel 4
Lee Westwood 18 MC 27 14 15 38 35 9 33 2
Adam Scott
Tommy Fleetwood 13 60 20 MC 69 6 MC 24 49
Shane Lowry 13 11 15 6 MC 6 2 12 68 4
Garrick Higgo 27
Justin Rose 37 8 12 38 25 50 2 MC
Ian Poulter 5 60 20 40 26 MC 10 18
Christiaan Bezuidenhout 40 3
Victor Perez 2
Robert MacIntyre 58 28
Branden Grace MC 60 5 9 11 61 24 5
Bernd Wiesberger 40 17 30 15 MC 46 12 53 MC
Alex Noren 28 3 1 43 8 Wd 32 21 MC
Min Woo Lee MC
Matt Wallace 24 41 20 MC
Guido Migliozzi MC MC
Thomas Detry 48 MC 43
Rasmus Hojgaard MC
Martin Kaymer 10 57 MC MC 7 18 12 50 15 31
Aaron Rai MC 26 MC
Antoine Rozner
Justin Harding MC MC
Richard Bland 35 MC 65 MC MC 19 MC
Calum Hill
Dean Burmester MC MC 12 9
Andy Sullivan 3 74 35 30 22 17 26 MC
Daniel Van Tonder
Sam Horsfield MC 31 15
John Catlin MC
Johannes Veerman
George Coetzee MC 71 MC MC MC 74 30 24 21
Brandon Stone MC MC 60 MC MC
Marcus Armitage
Thomas Pieters 62 37 MC 14 27 MC MC
Kalle Samooja 48
Henrik Stenson 17 3 7
Matthias Schwab 37 28
Danny Willett 32 1 MC 58 3 38 63 32 43 MC
Sami Valimaki 13
Adrian Meronk
Callum Shinkwin MC MC Dq
Masahiro Kawamura 20 MC
Kurt Kitayama MC 14
Sean Crocker 44
Adrian Otaegui MC MC MC MC 63
Padraig Harrington 40 46 MC MC Ret 61 MC
Laurie Canter
Francesco Molinari 14 1 2 55 5 7 9 7 50
Jazz Janewattananond MC
Tom Lewis MC 55 46 MC MC
Grant Forrest 32
Nicolai Hojgaard
Mikko Korhonen MC 37 15 MC
Jamie Donaldson MC MC MC 18 30 37 53 7
Joachim B Hansen 7 MC MC MC
Adri Arnaus 32
Wilco Nienaber
Wade Ormsby 54 MC MC MC MC
Ryan Fox 20 MC 43 MC
Renato Paratore 7 41 MC MC 43 MC
Rafael Cabrera-Bello 6 8 22 MC 16 MC 15 MC
Jordan Smith 13 24 MC 40
Daniel Gavins
Joost Luiten MC 31 MC 24 27 11 12 MC MC MC
Maximilian Kieffer MC MC 42 24 MC 27 MC MC
Graeme McDowell 24 12 27 59 MC MC MC
James Morrison MC MC MC MC 47 11 MC 10 MC
Jorge Campillo MC MC MC 40 15 59 63 MC MC
Connor Syme
Dave Horsey 13 MC 51 37 MC 35 MC MC 7
Marc Warren MC 60 MC MC 18 16 2 27
Romain Langasque 58 17 MC
Matthew Jordan
Alexander Bjork MC 51 27 14
Jonathan Caldwell
Alexander Levy 48 MC 52 51 51 12
Nacho Elvira 54 MC MC MC MC MC
Matthew Southgate 44 MC 27 MC MC
Andrew Johnston 18 9 MC 21 7 MC
Maverick Antcliff
Tapio Pulkkanen 54 26 MC
Marcus Kinhult 10 46 12
Chris Paisley MC MC MC MC MC MC
Jeff Winther MC MC MC
Victor Dubuisson 32 24 60 63 MC 21
Mike Lorenzo-Vera MC 37 43 MC MC 63
Benjamin Hebert MC 37 35 58 12 MC MC
Dale Whitnell
Nicolas Colsaerts MC 57 MC 3 22 22 71 24 MC MC
Richie Ramsay 20 6 35 30 43 MC 38 9 MC MC
Justin Walters MC MC MC MC MC
Eddie Pepperell 6 MC 43 MC 72 21 6
Joakim Lagergren 32 24 MC MC 37
Jack Senior
Darius Van Driel
Fabrizio Zanotti 62 MC 15 MC 7 MC 16 24 MC 24
Ross Fisher 20 31 8 9 MC MC MC 32 MC 39
Rikard Karlberg MC 2
Scott Hend 10 MC MC 24 15 MC
Francesco Laporta
Scott Jamieson MC 57 MC 14 47 27 MC MC 43 65
Edoardo Molinari MC 64 MC MC 65 Ret 46 19 49 39
Ross McGowan 53
Sebastian Rodriguez Garcia
Matthieu Pavon 27 MC 64 MC
Steven Brown 24 64 MC
Pablo Larrazabal 27 MC MC 24 12 MC 7 12 65 MC
Robert Rock 48 MC 20 MC 47 MC 38 MC 21 45
Sebastian Soderberg MC 64
Paul Waring MC 21 52 MC 46 MC Ret
Nino Bertasio MC Dq 60 14
Gavin Green 48 72 52
Shubhankar Sharma 48 17
Oliver Farr MC 27
David Drysdale MC MC MC 49 37 Dq MC 19 10 MC
David Law MC 72
Thorbjorn Olesen 27 60 MC MC MC 54 MC MC MC
Luke Donald MC 65 27 38 3 MC 1 1
Soren Kjeldsen 65 41 MC 30 MC 18 MC 45 MC MC
Joel Stalter 62
Ashley Chesters MC 21 MC
Kiradech Aphibarnrat 40 51 5 14 60 27 MC MC
Julien Guerrier 44 60 MC
Zander Lombard MC MC
Lee Tae-Hee
Oliver Fisher 67 MC MC 40 MC MC 73 45 MC MC
Lorenzo Gagli MC MC MC
Stephen Gallacher 60 MC 52 21 MC 5 MC MC MC
Cormac Sharvin
Richard McEvoy MC MC MC MC
Alvaro Quiros MC 64 MC MC MC 46 57 32 10 18
Julian Suri MC 31 43
Andrea Pavan MC 46 52 MC MC
Haydn Porteous MC Ret 43 MC MC
Oliver Wilson MC MC MC MC MC
Robin Roussel
Lucas Bjerregaard MC MC 3 MC MC MC
Miguel Angel Jimenez MC 31 MC 2 35 4 39 MC
Chris Wood 51 27 49 1 4 21 Wd 49 MC
Ricardo Santos 57 50 MC
David Howell 65 MC MC 48 MC MC MC MC MC 39
Graeme Storm Ret 6 MC 22 70 40 MC 50
Robert Karlsson MC MC MC MC 27 67 MC
Raphael Jacquelin MC MC MC MC MC 46 24 MC 4
Thomas Aiken 60 MC MC MC 4 35 7 MC MC 39
Thomas Bjorn Wd MC MC 57 52 11 3 40 43
Peter Hanson MC 21 33 27 67 MC 18
Matthew Cort MC MC MC MC MC MC

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