BMW PGA 2014
History in the making
Anniversaries abound to mark the occasion of this year’s BMW PGA Championship! Please read on to find out more as we look forward to this year’s Championship 22nd to 25th May 2014.
Last year a new Park and Ride system was successfully implemented with additional changes to Member Parking. Further information on this years arrangements will be published here in due course.
Members Hospitality at the Championship
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See what our defending champion, Matteo Manassero, has to say!
This year’s BMW PGA Championship is highly significant for several reasons. Of course, it is Europe’s flagship tournament and thus typically attracts the strongest line-up of top players on UK soil outside of the Open Championship. So, it’s business as usual there, then. In addition, the 2014 Championship is the tenth in succession under the partnership between BMW, The European Tour and Wentworth Club.
It is the 30th anniversary of Wentworth Club becoming the permanent home of the Championship the year that Howard Clark won – and it is also the 60th PGA Championship in a glorious history stretching back to 1955. What’s more, it is 45 years since the Club’s very own Bernard Gallacher won his PGA Championship title at the splendid Welsh links of Ashburnham (see interview on page 24-27). Get the fire brigade on standby when all those birthday candles are lit! At the time of writing the field had yet to be announced, although if recent history is any indication we’re in for another golfing treat. In 2011 it was the first time all four current major champions had been in the field and the first time anywhere in the world that a playoff would determine the identity of the official number one ranked golfer.
The following year half of the world’s top-20 players were in attendance and in 2013 there were 11 of the 12 members from Europe’s victorious Ryder Cup team at Medinah. It’s no wonder that around 100,000 spectators have streamed through the gates of Wentworth in recent years. This year, reigning US Open champion Justin Rose will like his chances of finally lifting the prestigious BMW PGA Championship trophy, as no doubt will former two-time champion Luke Donald. However, Matteo Manassero has perhaps more reason than anyone to be excited by the prospect and will be relishing the opportunity to defend his title. The 20-year old etched his name on the trophy alongside his hero Seve Ballesteros and fellow countryman Costantino Rocca, by virtue of an assured playoff victory against Simon Khan and Marc Warren in last year’s event. He is the youngest ever winner of this Championship. “I’m really looking forward to returning to Wentworth, especially after my win last year,” said the man from Verona. “Wentworth has a really special place in my heart, I really cannot wait to get back there and I’m looking forward to defending my BMW PGA Championship title as best I can. There are so many unbelievable players who have won the title, which does make it even more special. I joined a long list of top players to lift the trophy, so it’s a great privilege.”
Talking to the European Tour during the Christmas and New Year break Manassero admitted that it had actually taken quite some time for the magnitude of this victory to properly sink in. “It was immediate joy when I first won,” he said. “But at the start you don’t understand how important a win it is, how much of an honour it is for the rest of your life to have that win.” European Tour Chief Executive George O’Grady has said that, “we now have a championship that showcases all that is great about the European Tour. BMW and our other sponsors help us make this as good a championship as we can possibly make it. Richard Caring and his team at Wentworth help us make a stage we can be proud of”. Tournament Director Jamie Birkmyre said: “We believe the event continues to represent outstanding value over one of the best weeks of professional golf in the world. We are committed to providing a high level of service at competitive prices and believe everyone attending in 2014 will again enjoy the enhanced overall experience. Due to the high interest in the Championship, most facilities – like public catering and refreshment outlets – will be fully operational from Tuesday while Wednesday continues to grow as the ‘must-see’ experience for celebrity spotters.” The BMW PGA Championship is a ‘must-see’.