BMW PGA Championship power rankings

Chris Wood. Mandatory Credit: Rob Schumacher-USA TODAY Sports
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The BMW PGA Championship top-10 power rankings lead off with England’s Olympic gold medalist, Justin Rose.

The BMW PGA Championship, the European Tour‘s flagship event, continues the party atmosphere that fueled the Tour’s GolfSixes team match play at St. Alban’s earlier this month.  First played in 1952 as the British PGA Championship, the event has been a staple on the Tour since its founding in 1972. This year, with a multimedia display at the first tee, music on the range, and quite an array of post-play entertainment, Wentworth Club is leaping into a new era of the game as both sport and entertainment.

Chris Wood is the defending champion for the 2017 BMW PGA Championship, which will be contended on the West Course of Wentworth Club in Surrey, England, home of the European Tour. He’s facing a full field of champions and contenders.

Wentworth’s West Course, originally designed by Harry Colt in the 1920s and updated by Ernie Els to accommodate ball design and equipment technology advances, takes full advantage of the heavily wooded landscape surrounding and enfolding the track to challenge the shot-making skills of those who play the course. Look for some new challenges on a track that’s only recently been reopened for play.

Even with Rory McIlroy’s withdrawal, the BMW PGA Championship field is vibrating with talent. Let’s take a look at the players I think most likely to be in contention come Sunday afternoon.