Wentworth (UK): Northern Irish golf star Rory McIlroy played such a sublime second round of golf at the PGA Championship that he had defending champion Alex Noren quipping about early retirement. The 29-year-old quadruple major winner carded a bogey free seven-under par 65 to move to 12 under and a three-shot lead over young Englishman Sam Horsfield and French journeyman Sebastien Gros, who came in late in the day with a superb 66. Noren -- who played in the same group as the Ulsterman and, like him and playing partner Lee Westwood, stayed clear of bogeys -- may have been joking about quitting. But he was in awe of McIlroy's round. "That's the best round I've ever seen. I'm about to quit golf I think," said Noren. Noren sits five shots off McIlroy but the Swede will be well aware that after his stunning 62 last year, which saw him come from way off the pace to seal victory, anything is possible. McIlroy, though, likes being out in front going into the weekend even if he, like Noren, … [Read more...] about Rory McIlroy’s brilliance drives rivals to distraction at PGA Championship
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by Press Association May 27 2018, 5.37pm FacebookTwitterWhatsAppLinkedInEmail Sign up to our Daily newsletter Want to read more?Subscribe today from £1 a week Italy’s Francesco Molinari finally got his hands on the BMW PGA Championship trophy as Rory McIlroy’s bid for a second title came up short, despite some unexpected late drama. A closing 68 gave Molinari a 17-under-par total and two-shot winning margin over playing partner McIlroy, with defending champion Alex Noren and Denmark’s Lucas Bjerregaard a shot further back. Molinari, whose second place 12 months ago was his fifth top-10 at Wentworth in the last six years, began the day in a tie for the lead with McIlroy but quickly moved clear with birdies on the third, fourth and eighth and never looked like being caught until almost making a mess of the 72nd hole. Three ahead playing the par-five 18th, Molinari’s third shot to the green almost span back into the water and his fourth left … [Read more...] about Francesco Molinari delighted to finally clinch BMW PGA Championship title
Jackie Endsley may be making her debut as a championship director at the KPMG Women's PGA Championship, which runs from June 26 to July 1 at Kemper Lakes in Kildeer, but she's no stranger to big-time golf. She grew up in Kohler, Wisconsin -- the home of frequent tournament venues Whistling Straits and Blackwolf Run -- and she was the tournament manager at the last two tournaments she has worked on. related advertisement If you go What: KPMG Women's PGA Championship, one of the LPGA Tour's five majorsWhen: Practice rounds June 26-27; championship rounds June 28-July 1. Where: Kemper Lakes Golf Club, Kildeer. No walkins allowed; go to fairgrounds to catch a shuttle. Course: 6,741 yards, Par 72. Purse: $3.65 million2017 champ: Danielle KangTV: 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. (CST) June 28 and June 29 on Golf Channel; 2-5 p.m. (CST) June 30-July 1 on NBC.Free parking: Lake County Fairgrounds, 1060 E. Peterson Road, Grayslake; free shuttles will take attendees to the championship. … [Read more...] about Kemper Lakes ready to host world’s best golfers for KPMG Women’s PGA Championship
When the PGA Tour changed the tournament schedule last year, the BMW PGA Championship at Wentworth Club in Surrey, England, was in jeopardy of becoming an afterthought as some of the world’s best golfers would have likely decided to stay in the United States to finish the tour. But the PGA Tour’s changes moved the FedEx Cup playoffs from September to August, creating a hole for the BMW. So its organizers moved the tournament from a busy May to September, freeing more top players to attend the BMW. “It’s weird,” Francesco Molinari said last year after winning the European Tour’s second-most prestigious event. “I’ve always played this tournament in May. I think I’ve played it probably 12 or 13 times now, and always in May, so it will be a change. Hopefully, we’ll get even a stronger field than we did this year.” That is exactly what happened. Now scheduled for Thursday to Sunday, the field includes more high-profile … [Read more...] about A New Date Brings New Faces to the BMW PGA Championship
Danny Willett hailed his BMW PGA Championship victory as a “fairytale” and revealed his overwhelming pride at battling back from the “dark places” he dropped to in recent years. Willett was tied for the lead with Jon Rahm going into the final day, but ended up winning by three shots courtesy of finishing on 20-under. With world No 6 Rahm shooting 70, the Spaniard finished second with Christiaan Bezuidenhout of South Africa in third. Englishman Willett - who won the Masters in 2016 - missed the cut at Wentworth a year ago but was in masterful form this time around. He produced a brilliant final-round performance to card a five-under-par 67 despite testing conditions. Willett clinched his seventh European Tour title and his first since winning in Dubai last year, with this also his first home triumph. And the 31-year-old revealed his delight having endured a nightmarish spell in the aftermath of his Augusta triumph. Willett - now back up to world … [Read more...] about Danny Willett ‘incredibly proud’ after battling back to claim BMW PGA Championship triumph
Rory McIlroy will be hoping for success at the BMW PGA Championship this week at the Wentworth Club in Surrey. The Northern Irishman last lifted the title in 2014, and finished as runner up last year to Francesco Molinari. McIlroy finished two strokes behind the Italian, and is hoping to go one better this year. After months of speculation, McIlroy re-joined the European Tour in May and confirmed that he would play in this week’s tournament. And he revealed to a pre-tournament press conference that he wants five more tournament wins before the end of the year. The former world number one also declared that he wants to take down Brooks Koepka at the top of the world rankings and return to golf’s summit. “I don't know if that's realistic, but it's definitely to get closer,” he said when asked if he can get back to the top. “I’ve got an opportunity over the next few weeks where there's a lot of World Ranking points in Japan and China and Dubai at the … [Read more...] about BMW PGA Championship prize money: How much can Rory McIlroy and co win at Wentworth?