Rory McIlroy To Play In BMW PGA Championship At Wentworth

The 2014 champion has confirmed his place at Wentworth in May

Rory McIlroy To Play In BMW PGA Championship At Wentworth
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Four-time major winner and 2014 BMW PGA Champion Rory McIlroy has confirmed his spot at Wentworth

Rory McIlroy To Play In BMW PGA Championship At Wentworth

Rory McIlroy will return to Wentworth this May to play in the BMW PGA Championship.

The four-time major winner won the tournament in 2014, before going on to win The Open, the WGC-Bridgestone Invitational and his second USPGA Championship.

In 2014 he came from seven back with a closing 66 to beat Shane Lowry by a stroke.

McIlroy missed last year's tournament with injury, but has teed it up on the West Course eight times and has a poor record their despite his victory four years ago.

In fact, in eight appearances at the European Tour's flagship event he has missed the cut four times.

McIlroy won the title in 2014

“I’m looking forward to going back to Wentworth,” said McIlroy.

“I haven’t played there in a couple of years but from what I’ve seen, with the new grass that they’ve put in, it looks a much better golf course, a much more playable golf course.

“It was always a great golf course but sometimes it could get very tricky with some of the lies you could get. For them to re-grass the place and for it to look as good as it does is great, and I’m looking forward to playing it.

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“It’s always a good week. If Wentworth gets good weather, and hopefully we do, the crowds are awesome, the golf course is great, and the area is beautiful, so I’m looking forward to going back.

“I’ve had a weird relationship with Wentworth,” he said. “I had the win there back in 2014 but I haven’t really done much else. I think I had a top five back in 2009 but it’s been a place of high frustration for me so I’m looking forward to going back and trying to solve the puzzle again.

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At least I do have good memories there.”

Rory McIlroy's BMW PGA Championship record:

2015 - MC 2014 - WIN 2013 - MC 2012 - MC 2011 - T24 2010 - T48 2009 - 5 2008 - MC

Last year, Alex Noren shot a course record 62 which included an eagle at the last hole to win his 10th European Tour title in stunning fashion.

Valspar Championship winner and 2009 BMW PGA Champion Paul Casey and current Race to Dubai champion Tommy Fleetwood have also confirmed their participation in the event.

As well as Wentworth, McIlroy has also said that he will play in the Players Championship in May.

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Elliott Heath
Elliott Heath

Elliott Heath is our Senior Staff Writer and has been with Golf Monthly since early 2016. Elliott graduated in Sports Journalism in 2016 and currently manages the Golf Monthly news, courses and travel sections as well as our Facebook, Twitter and Instagram pages. He is obsessed with the game and currently plays at West Byfleet Golf Club in Surrey. His handicap index floats between 3-5. His golfing highlight is making albatross on the 9th hole on the Hotchkin Course at Woodhall Spa, and he has made one hole-in-one.


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