Rory McIlroy To Make BMW PGA Championship Return

The four-time Major winner will headline the field at Wentworth in September

Rory McIlroy hits a tee shot
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Rory McIlroy is set to make his return to the BMW PGA Championship and the DP World Tour's flagship event at Wentworth for the first time since 2019 this September.

The four-time Major champion was victorious at the 2014 BMW PGA Championship, runner-up to Francesco Molinari in 2018 and also recorded a top five finish back in 2009.

“I look forward to competing again at the BMW PGA Championship,” said McIlroy. “It’s an event I always love playing – the West Course has been good to me in the past, and the fans are incredibly supportive.

“I’ve had a consistent year so far and having a chance to win again at the iconic Wentworth would help my season long campaign.”


McIlroy joins a strong line up for the event, with US Open champion Matt Fitzpatrick, 2021 US Open champion Jon Rahm, defending champion Billy Horschel and 2020 winner Tyrrell Hatton also in the field. LIV Golf player and Majesticks GC team member Ian Poulter has also vowed to play the event.

It remains to be seen whether more Americans make the trip over to Surrey following the PGA and DP World Tours strengthening their alliance amid the threat of LIV Golf.

The strengthened alliance saw a number of announcements including the PGA Tour acquire a 40% stake in European Tour Productions, a total of 10 PGA Tour cards given to the top 10 finishers on the Race to Dubai and a pledge of increased purses on the DP World Tour.

Elliott Heath
Senior Staff Writer

Elliott Heath is our Senior Staff Writer and has been with Golf Monthly since early 2016 after graduating with a degree in Sports Journalism. He manages the Golf Monthly news, features, courses and travel sections as well as our large Facebook, Twitter and Instagram pages. He covered the 2022 Masters from Augusta National as well as four Open Championships on-site including the 150th at St Andrews. His first Open was in 2017 at Royal Birkdale, when he walked inside the ropes with Jordan Spieth during the Texan's memorable Claret Jug triumph. He has played 35 of our Top 100 golf courses, with his favourites being both Sunningdales, Woodhall Spa, Western Gailes, Old Head and Turnberry. He has been obsessed with the sport since the age of 8 and currently plays at West Byfleet Golf Club in Surrey, where his handicap index floats anywhere between 2-5. His golfing highlights are making albatross on the 9th hole on the Hotchkin Course at Woodhall Spa, shooting an under-par round, playing in the Aramco Team Series on the Ladies European Tour and making his one and only hole-in-one at the age of 15 - a long time ago now!

Elliott is currently playing:

Driver: Titleist TSR4

3 wood: TaylorMade SIM2 Max

Hybrid: TaylorMade SIM Max

Irons: Mizuno MP5 4-PW

Wedges: Cleveland RTX ZipCore 50, 54, 58

Putter: Odyssey White Hot OG #5

Ball: TaylorMade TP5x