‘BMW PGA Championship matches everything The Players has to offer’

Let’s all say a big thank you to golfing bosses in America for its favour that was largest they completed the European Tour.
In a stroke, they elevated the status of their BMW PGA Championship, however although it wasn’t something they planned.
By switching the PGA Championship to depart August clear for its FedExCup, the vested interests of American golf forced the BMW PGA to proceed to September. In doing this, they helped the European Tour solve.
For the very first time in recent history, the championship was good news for the players, sponsors, and lovers, and the outcome has been a showcase event to coincide with any in the rich history of Wentworth.
And in my estimation, the Wentworth event has, after its autumn rebirth, instantly risen to a position in golfing only.
Many in America may scoff at that given the strength of this area every year but they’d perhaps be underestimating the significance of Tony Finau Patrick Reed, also Billy Horschel being at Wentworth last week. That trio may prove to be an advance party for many more to come after the positives start to feed back across the Atlantic.
Today, Americans have respected the European PGA Championship although not recognized as a world event and you are able to understand why. For a beginning, the European Tour has struggled to acquire its very own top players to tee up in their own flagship tournament, never mind attract players from all over the world.
There were a variety of factors, most of them related to the standing on the golf calendar of Wentworth, squeezed to a May that then comprised the Players Championship and Jack Nicklaus’s Memorial Tournament. That week in May, ancient in the united kingdom growing period made it hard for the course to become conditioned to some degree we have come to expect at tournaments that are world class.
Players were frequently critical of the greens and with the additional complication of regular redesigns of the program, the build-up into the championship each year was plagued by private and public controversy. Without a doubt, this event’s image was damaged and it appeared to be boxed in 1 manner or another although it was a highlight in the European Tour.
It wasn’t assisted when the then new chief executive, Keith Pelley, said since its prize fund lagged from the DP World Tour Championship in Dubai, it was no more the flagship event of the Tour.
Subsequently came rumblings of discontent itself if a new regime created tensions with members and with the Tour, which has its headquarters . All the negative baggage – calendar-related or never – seems to have been left in the old May slot since the tournament rode high on a tide of optimism.
The European Tour is given plenty of freedom by september within the program and that is something they use to prevent any clashes from the. All in all has, with the PGA Tour’s flagship, The Players personally, invited comparisons because of me.
Apart from the obvious disparity in strength of fields as things stand, Wentworth matches everything Sawgrass has to offer and occasionally more, and I say this as someone who considered the Players Championship as my favorite event.
On place Wentworth, 15 minutes from Heathrow and on London’s edge, trumps Sawgrass . Ponte Vedra is more than just two hours north of Orlando and Jacksonville, its own airport, is not exactly an airline hub. Remember, for each and every superstar who arrives at his private jet, there are hundreds and hundreds of others who need to get to championships on airlines.
It is a fact that Wentworth has a hole which can mess any card as fast as the par-three in Sawgrass, although the classes are different and impossible to compare like-for-like.
Also, much as I love the 18th in Sawgrass, I think Wentworth now has a more dramatic stadium arena on its ending hole. What cannot be disputed is that Wentworth has a background of, although opinions about the 2 courses are subjective.
Between the BMW PGA, the old World Matchplay Championship and the 1953 Ryder Cup, the famous senior class in Surrey has sponsored Sam Snead, Arnold Palmer, Jack Nicklaus, Gary Player, Lee Trevino, Seve Ballesteros, Greg Norman, Sir Nick Faldo, Bernhard Langer, Ian Woosnam, Colin Montgomerie and Tiger Woods.
To be honest, some of them possess their own history in Sawgrass too and the Players Championship is considered to be the gem at the PGA Tour’s crown, but the European Tour has burnished its own gem and – handed a few years in its new September championship – it may be a sparkling as brightly.

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