In case you were wondering where all of the great European Tour players have gone, the answer is, The Wentworth Club at Virginia Water for the BMW PGA Championship. Ten major champions, five former number one players in the world, and four players currently in the top ten will tee it up on Thursday morning in Surrey, England for the first tournament of the year in Great Britain.
Twenty-one year-old Italian, Matteo Manassero will defend his 2013 BMW Championship against some of the best golfers in the world when action gets underway Thursday at the European Tour’s Flagship event.
With The Race To Dubai points, and Ryder Cup points on the line this week, everyone who is anyone in European golf is in the field except for the newly crowned world number one, Adam Scott. Scott will be testing his game in Ft. Worth at the Crowne Plaza Invitational.
Colin Montgomerie is the only player in history to win this event three times, and in consecutive years from 1998 through 2000, and several players have won it twice, including the most recent, Luke Donald in 2011, and 2012, but it is an event that 2013 US Open champ, Justin Rose has never won.
In fact, the 33 year-old Brit, who was born in Johannesburg, South Africa has the BMW PGA Championship on his life’s “Bucket List“, and an event he used to attend as a spectator.
“It’s a bucket-list tournament for me,” said Rose, who lost a play-off to Anders Hansen in 2007 and also finished joint second in 2012.
“It’s a tournament I grew up watching as a kid so it’s definitely special to me. Apart from the Majors, a World Golf Championships or two possibly, I don’t see a tournament I would more like to win.
“My form is good, I’ve been playing well and building some nice momentum. I’ve had three top tens in a row, three top fives in my last two and I feel like there’s more to squeeze out of my game, too.
If I were to hit a betting shop in England this week, I think Martin Kaymer would be on my slip somewhere. The 29 year-old from Dusseldorf is playing some of the best golf of his career since he decided to quit playing his golf swing, and start playing the game again.
He finished tied 29th at The Byron Nelson last week after winning at TPC Sawgrass the previous week. If the travel doesn’t have him worn out, he would have to be at the top of my short-list to win at Virginia Water on Sunday afternoon.