BMW PGA Championship: 2018 in review
The 2018 BMW PGA Championship was the 64th edition of the annual tournament. Yet again it took place at on the West Course at Wentworth Golf Club over the weekend of 24th to 27th May. The club also hosts the European Tour headquarters.
Pro-Am Tournament – Wentworth Golf Club
The week kicked off with the traditional Celebrity Pro-Am tournament which always attracts the biggest names in sport and showbiz. This year’s star-studded field included:
- Pep Guardiola (Coach, Manchester City)
- Paul Scholes (Former England International)
- Teddy Sherringham (Former England International)
- Damon Hill (1994 F1 World Champion)
- Niall Horan (One Direction)
- Damian Lewis (Homeland, Billions)
- Jamie Dornan (Fifty Shades of Grey)
This year’s field was as strong as ever with no less than 7 previous winners teeing off on Thursday.
Included in this group was fan favourite Rory McIlroy who was attempting to add to his 2014 success. Following rounds of 67 and 65 the Ulsterman was top of the leaderboard with a score of -12 at the halfway point. Fellow Brit Tommy Fleetwood wasn’t far off the pace in fourth with a score of -8.
The third round on Saturday proved a frustrating one for McIlroy who only managed to shoot 71 to take him to -13. To make matters worse in-form Italian, Francesco Molinari, shot a superb 66 to tie with McIlroy on -13. The 2017 champion, Alex Norén, was also making a strong bid to retain his title ending up -9 on Saturday evening.
BMW PGA Championship 2018 – Final Round
The final round on Sunday proved testament to the old adage that consistency is the key to success.
McIlroy, despite his strong start to the tournament, faltered badly and only managed to pick up a couple of shots and finished on -15.
Norén was determined not to give his title up easily. The Swede went down fighting with a battling round of 67 to finish the weekend tied third with fellow Scandinavian Lucas Bjerregaard on -14.
However with consistent rounds of 70, 67, 66 and 68 Molinari finished the tournament on -17 to pickup his fifth European Tour victory. This took him alongside Costantino Rocca as the most prolific Italian winners in the Tour’s history.
To further prove the point that consistency is the key to success Molinari had previously finished in the top ten five times out of his previous six attempts.
When asked about his win Molinari said:
I’ve been so close so many times. If I could pick one tournament to win in my career it would be the BMW PGA Championship. So to finally get over the line was amazing and I can’t wait to be back next year.
There was also top class entertainment away from the course in the Championship Village.
Saturday evening saw Drum and Bass four-piece Rudimental entertain the crowds with their upbeat set and Simple Minds of “Don’t you forget about me” fame brought the week to a close to what was an unforgettable tournament.
Final Leaderboard – BMW PGA Championship 2018
|1||Francesco Molinari||Italy||70-67-66-68 = 271||−17|
|2||Rory McIlroy||Northern Ireland||67-65-71-70 = 273||−15|
|T3||Lucas Bjerregaard||Denmark||65-73-71-65 = 274||−14|
|Alex Norén||Sweden||69-68-70-67 = 274|
|T5||Kiradech Aphibarnrat||Thailand||68-69-71-67 = 275||−13|
|Branden Grace||South Africa||69-69-69-68 = 275|
|7||Darren Fichardt||South Africa||66-72-71-67 = 276||−12|
|T8||Rafael Cabrera-Bello||Spain||72-68-70-68 = 278||−10|
|Ross Fisher||England||71-68-68-71 = 278|
|Matthew Fitzpatrick||England||67-71-73-67 = 278|
|Thongchai Jaidee||Thailand||69-72-69-68 = 278|
BMW PGA Championship 2019 tickets & hospitality
Our focus now turns to 2019 and the annual return of the BMW PGA Championship to Wentworth. Next year’s tournament has moved to the 19th to 22nd September to accommodate the move of the PGA Championship back to May.
The move will not affect the world-class golf or the world-class atmosphere that has become synonymous with the BMW PGA and first class hospitality will still be on offer.
We have the following fantastic BMW PGA Championship hospitality packages available to book now:
The Moët Pavilion
Located in the heart of the Championship Village at Wentworth Golf Club the Moët Pavilion is deliberately informal and just a short walk from the 1st Tee and 18th Green.
The Green on 18
Located on the ground floor of the Championship Pavilion The Green on 18 offers one of the greatest views in golf making you feel like you are on the 18th Green with the best players in the world.
For further information on these packages you can visit our BMW PGA Championship tickets & hospitality page or call our hospitality experts on 0121 233 6500.