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Volvo PGA Championship

This article is about the Championship held at Wentworth Club, United Kingdom. For the Championship held in the United States, see PGA Championship. For the similarly named PGA Tour event, see BMW Championship (PGA Tour).
BMW PGA Championship
Tournament information
Location Surrey, England
Established 1955
Course(s) Wentworth Club
Par 72
Length 7,302 yards (6,677 m)
Tour(s) European Tour
Format Stroke play
Prize fund 4,750,000
Month played May
Tournament record score
Aggregate 266 Brian Bamford (1961)
Current champion
Italy Matteo Manassero

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. Since then it has had several sponsored names, but the phrase "PGA Championship" has usually been included in the name.

The BMW PGA Championship is played each May over the West Course at the Wentworth Club in Surrey, England. The PGA European Tour has its headquarters at the club and as the tour's home tournament, the BMW PGA Championship is often regarded as the flagship event on the European Tour. It has usually had the highest prize money of any event which the tour organises, but this changed in 2009 with the introduction of the Race to Dubai, and the $10 million Dubai World Championship at the end of the season. There are other more lucrative events than the BMW PGA Championship which are part of the European Tour schedule, such as the majors and the World Golf Championship events, but these are organised by other bodies. It is also the European Tour's designated "Premier event" for the purposes of the Official World Golf Rankings, with a minimum of 64 ranking points available to the winner.[1]

The winner of the tournament is given an exemption into that season's U.S. Open and the next three Open Championships.

In 2000, Colin Montgomerie became the only player to win three years in a row.[2]


Year Venue Winner Country Score Winning margin Runner(s)-up
BMW PGA Championship
2013 Wentworth Club Matteo Manassero  Italy 278 (−10) Playoff (4th hole) Simon Khan
Mark Warren
2012 Wentworth Club Luke Donald (2)  England 273 (−15) 4 strokes Paul Lawrie
Justin Rose
2011 Wentworth Club Luke Donald (1)  England 278 (−6) Playoff (1st hole) Lee Westwood
2010 Wentworth Club Simon Khan  England 278 (−6) 1 stroke Fredrik Andersson Hed
Luke Donald
2009 Wentworth Club Paul Casey  England 271 (−17) 1 stroke Ross Fisher
2008 Wentworth Club Miguel Ángel Jiménez  Spain 277 (−11) Playoff (2nd hole) Oliver Wilson
2007 Wentworth Club Anders Hansen (2)  Denmark 280 (−8) Playoff (1st hole) Justin Rose
BMW Championship
2006 Wentworth Club David Howell  England 271 (−17) 5 strokes Simon Khan
2005 Wentworth Club Ángel Cabrera  Argentina 273 (−15) 2 strokes Paul McGinley
Volvo PGA Championship
2004 Wentworth Club Scott Drummond  Scotland 269 (−19) 2 strokes Ángel Cabrera
2003 Wentworth Club Ignacio Garrido  Spain 270 (−18) Playoff (1st hole) Trevor Immelman
2002 Wentworth Club Anders Hansen (1)  Denmark 269 (−19) 5 strokes Colin Montgomerie
Eduardo Romero
2001 Wentworth Club Andrew Oldcorn  Scotland 272 (−16) 2 strokes Ángel Cabrera
2000 Wentworth Club Colin Montgomerie (3)  Scotland 271 (−17) 3 strokes Darren Clarke
Lee Westwood
Andrew Coltart
1999 Wentworth Club Colin Montgomerie (2)  Scotland 270 (−18) 5 strokes Mark James
1998 Wentworth Club Colin Montgomerie (1)  Scotland 274 (−14) 1 stroke Ernie Els
Gary Orr
Patrik Sjöland
1997 Wentworth Club Ian Woosnam (2)  Wales 275 (−13) 2 strokes Darren Clarke
Ernie Els
Nick Faldo
1996 Wentworth Club Costantino Rocca  Italy 274 (−14) 2 strokes Nick Faldo
Paul Lawrie
1995 Wentworth Club Bernhard Langer (3)  Germany 279 (−9) 1 stroke Michael Campbell
Per-Ulrik Johansson
1994 Wentworth Club José María Olazábal  Spain 271 (−17) 1 stroke Ernie Els
1993 Wentworth Club Bernhard Langer (2)  Germany 274 (−14) 6 strokes Gordon Brand, Jnr
Colin Montgomerie
Frank Nobilo
1992 Wentworth Club Tony Johnstone  Zimbabwe 272 (−16) 2 strokes Gordon Brand, Jnr
José María Olazábal
1991 Wentworth Club Seve Ballesteros (2)  Spain 271 (−17) Playoff (1st hole) Colin Montgomerie
1990 Wentworth Club Mike Harwood  Australia 271 (−17) 1 stroke John Bland
Nick Faldo
1989 Wentworth Club Nick Faldo (4)  England 272 (−16) 2 strokes Ian Woosnam
1988 Wentworth Club Ian Woosnam (1)  Wales 274 (−14) 2 strokes Seve Ballesteros
Mark James
Whyte & Mackay PGA Championship
1987 Wentworth Club Bernhard Langer (1)  West Germany 270 (−18) 4 strokes Seve Ballesteros
1986 Wentworth Club Rodger Davis  Australia 281 (−7) Playoff Des Smyth
1985 Wentworth Club Paul Way  England 282 (−6) Playoff Sandy Lyle
1984* Wentworth Club Howard Clark  England 204 (−12) 2 strokes Gordon J. Brand
Bernhard Langer
Sun Alliance PGA Championship
1983 Royal St George's Golf Club Seve Ballesteros (1)  Spain 278 (−10) 2 strokes Ken Brown
Sandy Lyle
1982 Hillside Golf Club Tony Jacklin (2)  England 284 (−4) Playoff Bernhard Langer
1981 Ganton Golf Club Nick Faldo (3)  England 274 (−10) 4 strokes Ken Brown
Neil Coles
1980 Royal St George's Golf Club Nick Faldo (2)  England 283 (+3) 1 stroke Ken Brown
Colgate PGA Championship
1979 St Andrews Links Vicente Fernandez  Argentina 288 (E) 1 stroke Baldovino Dassù
Gary Player
1978 Royal Birkdale Golf Club Nick Faldo (1)  England 278 (−10) 7 strokes Ken Brown
Penfold PGA Championship
1977 Royal St George's Golf Club Manuel Piñero  Spain 283 (+3) 3 strokes Peter Oosterhuis
1976 Royal St George's Golf Club Neil Coles  England 280 (E) Playoff (3rd hole) Eamonn Darcy
Gary Player
1975 Royal St George's Golf Club Arnold Palmer  United States 285 (+5) 2 strokes Eamonn Darcy
Viyella PGA Championship
1974 Wentworth Club Maurice Bembridge  England 278 (−10) 1 stroke Peter Oosterhuis
1973 Wentworth Club Peter Oosterhuis  England 280 (−8) 3 strokes Dale Hayes
Donald Swaelens
1972 Wentworth Club Tony Jacklin (1)  England 279 (−9) 3 strokes Peter Oosterhuis
Schweppes Open
1970–71 No tournament
1969 Ashburnham Golf Club Bernard Gallacher  Scotland 293 1 stroke John Garner
Guy Wolstenholme
1968 (o) Dunbar Golf Club David Talbot  England 276 5 strokes Bernard Hunt
1967 (o) Hunstanton Golf Club Malcolm Gregson  England 275 3 strokes Hugh Boyle
Piccadilly PGA Close Championship
1968 (c) Royal Mid-Surrey Golf Club Peter Townsend  England 275 1 stroke Neil Coles
PGA Close Championship
1967 (c) Thorndon Park Golf Club Brian Huggett  Wales 271 8 strokes Jimmy Hitchcock
Bernard Hunt
Schweppes PGA Close Championship
1966 Saunton Golf Club Guy Wolstenholme  England 278 4 strokes George Will
1965 Prince's Golf Club Peter Alliss (3)  England 286 Playoff (1st hole) Peter Butler
1964 Western Gailes Golf Club Tony Grubb  England 287 2 strokes Lionel Platts
1963 Royal Birkdale Golf Club Peter Butler  England 306 2 strokes Bobby Walker
1962 Little Aston Golf Club Peter Alliss (2)  England 287 1 stroke Ralph Moffitt
Christy O'Connor Snr
1961 Royal Mid-Surrey Golf Club Brian Bamford  England 266 (−10)
PGA Close Championship
1960* Coventry Golf Club Arnold Stickley  England 247
1959 Ashburnham Golf Club Dai Rees  Wales 283
1958 Llandudno Golf Club Harry Bradshaw  Ireland 287
1957 Maesdu Golf Club Peter Alliss (1)  England 286
1956 Maesdu Golf Club Charlie Ward  England 282 Playoff (2 strokes) Eric Brown
1955 Pannal Golf Club Ken Bousfield  England 277

* – Because of rain, in 1960 the tournament was reduced to 63 holes, and in 1984 it was shortened to 54 holes.
(c) & (o) – In 1967 and 1968, both open and closed championships were held.

Multiple winners

Only nine men have won the event more than once up to and including 2013.

  • 4 wins:
    • Nick Faldo — 1978, 1980, 1981, 1989
  • 3 wins:
    • Peter Alliss — 1957, 1962, 1965
    • Bernhard Langer — 1987, 1993, 1995
    • Colin Montgomerie — 1998, 1999, 2000
  • 2 wins:
    • Tony Jacklin — 1972, 1982
    • Seve Ballesteros — 1983, 1991
    • Ian Woosnam — 1988, 1997
    • Anders Hansen — 2002, 2007
    • Luke Donald — 2011, 2012

Media coverage

Currently in the United Kingdom, all four rounds of the BMW PGA Championship are shown live by Sky Sports with highlights being shown by the BBC.


External links

  • Coverage on the European Tour's official site
  • BMW golf site
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