BMW PGA Championship
Date:Sep 19–22, 2019
Course:Wentworth Club – West Course
The BMW PGA Championship, as it is currently known for sponsorship reasons, is an annual men’s professional golf tournament on the European Tour. It was founded in 1955 by the Professional Golfers’ Association, and as such was originally called the British PGA Championship.
When the PGA Tour changed the tournament schedule last year, the BMW PGA Championship at Wentworth Club in Surrey, England, was in jeopardy of becoming an afterthought as some of the world’s best golfers would have likely decided to stay in the United States to finish the tour.
But the PGA Tour’s changes moved the FedEx Cup playoffs from September to August, creating a hole for the BMW. So its organizers moved the tournament from a busy May to September, freeing more top players to attend the BMW.
“It’s weird,” Francesco Molinari said last year after winning the European Tour’s second-most prestigious event. “I’ve always played this tournament in May. I think I’ve played it probably 12 or 13 times now, and always in May, so it will be a change. Hopefully, we’ll get even a stronger field than we did this year.”
That is exactly what happened.
Now scheduled for Thursday to Sunday, the field includes more high-profile Europeans and a host of Americans, some of whom would have otherwise missed the tournament.