This month holds the BMW PGA Championships at Wentworth golf course in Surrey, England. Hopefully the attendance should be very high, as all of the 12 players were in the European Ryder Cup winning team will be playing. The tournament begins on the 23rd May and will last four days. During last year’s tournament, just over 95,000 people attended the event which was a 73% increase on the crowd they had in 1995. Nevertheless, this year the Wentworth club hopes to get even more people visiting, watching the players from the European Ryder Cup team; they could have more than 100,000 attendees.
Every lover of sport will remember the phenomenal Ryder Cup we had last year in 2012, when the United States were 10-6 up and on the verge of winning the cup, then Europe unbelievably came back to retain the title and win with a score of USA 13 ½ – 14 ½ Europe. The 12 players who were included in that European team are all going to be playing at Wentworth for the only English professional golf tournament of the year, which will certainly attract thousands of golf fans from all over the nation.
Wentworth’s chief executive Julian Small commented, “This year we are the only professional golf tournament in the whole of England. That gives us a focus. The field we have is akin to a major championship, in terms of the quality of players. We review after every tournament and say what can we do better? It is about learning, developing and evolving. This is the player’s championship. We have built long-term relationships with the players here at Wentworth and it is a chance to have a great festival and championship.”
There have been some changes to Wentworth golf course recently, which were put in as golfing great Ernie Els believed they were needed. They were only small changes but a bunker has been taken away from the 6th hole and the run-off area on the 17th hole has been modified. Also, two new sites have been built due to an increased number in the crowd, one near Sunningdale and the other in Windsor Great Park Crown Estate, both with free shuttle-buses to the tournament.
The 12 Ryder Cup players that will be taking part at Wentworth are: Nicolas Colsaerts (Belgium), Luke Donald (England), Sergio Garcia (Spain), Peter Hanson (Sweden), Martin Kaymer (Germany), Paul Lawrie (Scotland), Graeme McDowell (Northern Ireland), Rory McIlroy (Northern Ireland), Francesco Molinari (Italy), Ian Poulter (England), Justin Rose (England) and Lee Westwood (England).
Author Daniel Foster.
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