The BMW PGA Championship is the flagship event on the European Tour and Wentworth’s West Course will be the host venue for 29th consecutive time.
Luke Donald defends the BMW PGA Championship against an impressive field.
Donald will face stern opposition at Wentworth from the likes of: World Number 1 Rory McIlroy, former Number 1s Lee Westwood and Martin Kaymer, Major champions Charl Schwartzel, Graeme McDowell and Paul Lawrie as well as last week’s Volvo Match Play champion Nicolas Colsaerts.
Donald edged Westwood out in a play-off to claim the crown last year, and snatched his fellow Englishman’s spot at the top of the world rankings with it. Donald now finds himself behind McIlroy in second spot, but knows history can repeat itself should he win the event.
The 34-year-old Donald lost his No 1 ranking to McIlroy in April, a month after losing it to the Northern Irishman for the first time after 40 weeks at the top, and has one win to his name in 2012 – the Transitions Championship.
Donald doesn’t have to win at Wentworth to return to No 1. If he finishes second, McIlroy would have to win to stay top and if McIlroy misses the cut, Donald can go above him by finishing eighth or better.
“I would have to put this above the WGC Matchplay which I won, just because of the strength of the field,” said Donald.
“This is just a small step down from the majors. The PGA at Wentworth [which Donald won last year] is a great tournament and I wish it attracted more of the Americans to go there.”