BMW PGA Championship 2014 Wentworth Updates
Posted at May 24, 2014
The BMW PGA Championship is the flagship event on the European Tour and the leaderboard after round two is a true reflection of that.
The biggest names were attracted to the event at Wentworth this week and the current top 10 is filled with some of the biggest names on the tour. Thomas Bjorn leads the way alongside Shane Lowry (-10), both recovering on the back 9 after slow starts, whilst Rafael Cabrera-Bello and two-time champion Luke Donald find themselves four shots back. Stenson, McIlroy, Zanotti and Jonas Blixt complete the top eight and we are fully expecting one of these star names to take the championship title come Sunday evening. For now though, here are some of our highlights from the weather-stricken week so far.
Black for Mac
The first day of the BMW PGA had an underlying sombre atmosphere as the players and caddies remembered the late caddie Ian McGregor, who sadly passed away whilst on the course at the Madeira Open this month. Despite the inevitable excitement of playing at Wentworth, the importance of the week, the tournament and golf as a sport itself was realised as the players and caddies opted to wear black clothing to pay their respects to a much-loved personality on the tour.
After fellow 'old timer' Miguel Angel Jimenez won at the Spanish Open last week, it would appear Thomas Bjorn has taken inspiration and shot the Wentworth course record on day one followed by a solid 72 to remain at (-10) for the tournament. A share of a four shot lead with Shane Lowry is the reward for the great Dane.
He never fails to make the headlines wherever he goes, and the BMW PGA Championship was no different for Rory McIlroy. A media frenzy ensued when 'Wozzilroy' announced their split from engagement, but the obvious disappointment would not appear to be affecting his game; three birdies in his last four holes and three eagles over the week leave Rory on (-5) and tied for fifth.
He really does seem to relish the big occasions. Jonas Blixt has only had two bogeys so far this week and his solid play leaves him also tied for fifth going into the weekend. A fourth place at the 2013 PGA Championship and a T2 finish at the Masters this year stands Jonas in good stead for continuing his form at Wentworth, on the biggest European Tour stage possible.
Luke Donald has been playing incredibly well this year and he must have fancied himself to perform well once again around Wentworth. Having won here in 2011 and 2012, Donald is right in contention once again having made the most of the better weather; can he make it three out of the last four?
Hugo Boss have long been affiliated with the BMW PGA Championship and their two stars have certainly not disappointed so far this week. Kaymer was playing solidly until an unfortunate triple bogey at the sixth during round two, whilst Henrik Stenson is showing all the signs that he is nearing his 2013 form with a tie for fifth place. The Hugo Boss pop-up store is well worth a visit if you are at Wentworth this weekend and maybe we'll see a Hugo Boss ambassador lifting the trophy come Sunday evening!
It was well suggested that the eventual winner of the 2014 BMW PGA Championship would come from Britain and Ian Poulter is still in the frame at (-2). However, it is not his performance on the course that we have loved this week, but that checked suit at the awards dinner on Tuesday was the biggest talking point of the night! Not many would be able to pull that off, but Ian certainly wore it well.