The BMW PGA Championship returns to Wentworth this week, with some of the worlds best on show. Rory McIlroy will attempt to defend his title, and coming straight off the back of an impressive week at Quail Hollow is the firm favourite to take his second consecutive win at Wentworth..
McIlroy has had a busy schedule this year and played in a lot of events recently which also sees him hosting the Irish Open next week, but that being said he is in great form and will be hard to beat this week.
Martin Kaymer has also played some good golf over the past few weeks and the former world number one certainly likes being back in the UK and feels comfortable with the conditions.
“It's even nicer to come back here (to Wentworth), feeling really like home. Even though it's not my home country, it is where I feel the most comfortable“ - Martin Kaymer
Luke Donald will be hoping for a strong performance this week, he has struggled for form recently which has seen him drop to 60th in the world rankings. Lets hope he can find his form on home soil and get back to his best ahead of a busy Ryder cup year. He will playing with Brooks Koepka and Open de España champion James Morrison in his opening two rounds this week.
The field is particularly strong this year and its great to see there are some of the worlds best teeing it up in the European Tours flagship event. Patrick Reed, who only this year joint the European Tour, pulled out of the event on Monday due to personal reasons and will also miss out on the Irish Open. This has come under some scrutiny as he also will be playing in the Crowne Palaza event in the USA, which he committed to before withdrawing from the BMW. An in-form Danny Willet however will feature at this years event and will be keen to keep his run of great play up. He is second in the R2D rankings and will be keen to keep the pressure on McIlroy.
Ian Poulter will be missing from the field at the European tours flagship event, however he will make a return to the UK in October to host the British Masters at Woburn.
The BMW is always a very well attended event, and the Wednesday Pro-Am is also getting some good media this year. Its good to see the players having a relaxing pre-tournament event with some big named celebrities to help get bigger crowds attending. The introduction of free tickets to the event this year will also help to draw in crowds, and build the atmosphere of this already greta event.
Rory McIlroy is the firm favourite for this one, but I'm sure he will have a lot of competition from some talented players wanting to make an impression on Ryder Cup captain Darren Clarke.