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The European Tour's flagship event swings into action at Wentworth Golf Club

The flagship event of the European Tour, the BMW PGA Championship swung into action at Wentworth Golf Club today (Thursday) until Sunday.

Marlow’s Tyrrell Hatton is one of a number of high profile players set to take to the fairways, while defending champion Danny Willett (Eng) will be joined by fellow major winners Patrick Reed (USA), Justin Rose (Eng), Martin Kaymer (Ger) and Shane Lowry (Irl). It is the third event of the Rolex Series.

The event will tee off behind closed doors for the first time due to the coronavirus pandemic. However, after the cancellation of The Open Championships, the PGA Championship – boasting a prize purse of $7million – is the biggest golf tournament of the year in Europe. BMW is providing each of the 120 players with a car for the tournament week to support with the health and safety of those taking part.

Last year, Danny Willett produce a final round of 67 to keep Jon Rahm at Bay, having started the day level with the Spaniard. Willett’s score of 20-under-par was the second lowest in tournament history.

Speaking this week, he said: “I cannot wait to defend my BMW PGA Championship title. Obviously, it will be a little different this year without fans, but I know Wentworth will be in superb condition and hopefully we can put on a good show for the fans watching on television.”

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