‘BMW PGA Championship matches everything The Players has to offer’

Let’s all say a big thank you to golf supervisors in America for the greatest favour they have ever completed the Seminar.
It wasn’t something that they planned, however, at a stroke, they’ve dramatically elevated the standing of their BMW PGA Championship.
The vested interests of Western golfing forced the BMW PGA to proceed to September by changing the PGA Championship to May to leave the FedExCup is cleared for by August. In doing so, they helped the European Tour resolve all of the downsides that have afflicted the championship for ages.
For the first time in history, the championship has been good news for patrons, those players, and fans, and the outcome has been a showcase event to match some in the history of Wentworth.
And after its fall rebirth, the Wentworth occasion has, in my estimation, instantly climbed to a position in golf just.
Most in America may scoff at the given the strength of this field each year but they be underestimating the importance of Tony Finau Patrick Reed, also Billy Horschel being at Wentworth weekly. That trio may prove to be an improvement party for a lot more after the positives begin to feed back over the Atlantic to come.
Today, Americans have admired the European PGA Championship although not recognized as a world event and you can understand why. For a start, the European Tour has occasionally struggled to acquire its top players to tee up in their flagship tournament, never mind draw players from all over the world.
There really are a variety of factors, most of them associated with the standing on the golfing calendar of Wentworth, squeezed to a May that comprised the Memorial Tournament of Jack Nicklaus and also the Players Championship. That week in May, early in the UK season, also made it difficult for the path we have come to expect at tournaments.
Participants were critical of the greens and also with the added complication of redesigns of the course, the build-up to the championship every season was plagued by public and private controversy. Without doubt, the picture of this event was damaged and it appeared to be boxed in one manner or another, though it was a highlight on the European Tour.
It wasn’t helped four decades ago after the chief executive stated it was no more the flagship event of the Union since its prize fund lagged behind the DP World Tour Championship at Dubai.
The following came rumblings of discontent itself when a new regime generated tensions with the Tour, which has its headquarters there and together members. All the bags – calendar-related or not – seems to have been left behind in the May slot that is aged because the championship was riding high on a wave of optimism.
September gives the European Tour plenty of freedom within the schedule and that’s something they’ll surely utilise year to prevent any clashes from the build-up into the Ryder Cup at America. All in allthe enforced reboot of the BMW PGA Championship has, because of me personally, invited comparisons with the flagship, The Players of the PGA Tour.
Apart from the clear disparity in power of subjects as things stand, Wentworth matches what Sawgrass offers and sometimes much more, and I say this as someone who regarded that the Players Championship as my favorite event.
On place Sawgrass is, trumped by Wentworth, 15 minutes from Heathrow and around the border of London . Ponte Vedra is over two hours north of Orlando and Jacksonville, its own airport, is not just an airline hub. Keep in mind, for each and every single superstar who arrives at his private jet, there are thousands of other people who need to get to tournaments on airlines.
It’s a fact that Wentworth includes a hole which may wreck any card as quickly as the par-three at Sawgrass, although Apparently, the classes are completely different and impossible to compare like-for-like.
Additionally, much as I love the 18th I think Wentworth includes a more dramatic stadium arena on its finishing hole. What cannot be contested is that Wentworth has a history of which the Players Championship can only dream, although opinions about the 2 courses are subjective.
Between the BMW PGA, the old World Matchplay Championship and also the 1953 Ryder Cup, the famous old course in Surrey has sponsored Sam Snead, Arnold Palmer, Jack Nicklaus, Gary Player, Lee Trevino, Seve Ballesteros, Greg Norman, Sir Nick Faldo, Bernhard Langer, Ian Woosnam, Colin Montgomerie and Tiger Woods.
To be honest, a number of them possess their own history at Sawgrass as well and the Players Championship is considered to be the gem in the PGA Tour’s crown, but the European Tour has burnished its own gem and – given a few years in its own new September slot – it might be a sparkling just as brightly.

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