Rory McIlroy has added his name to an already star-studded line-up for September’s BMW PGA Championship at Wentworth.
This year sees the Rolex Series event moved from its traditional May date to a new spot on the European Tour schedule from September 19-22.
McIlroy, who won the tournament in 2014 and finished runner-up to Francesco Molinari last year, joins the likes of last year’s champion and fellow Ryder Cup stars Justin Rose and Tommy Fleetwood in the field.
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More names are expected to be announced in the coming weeks.
“The BMW PGA Championship is always a great event and I’m looking forward to playing in it again, particularly in its new September date,” McIlroy said. “The West Course should be in superb condition and the change in date should also mean an even stronger field.
“I’ve won at Wentworth before and finished second behind Frankie [Francesco Molinari] last year, so hopefully I can do well again and also get off to a good start in the Ryder Cup qualification.”
The tournament also marks the start of the year-long qualification campaign for Europe’s 2020 Ryder Cup team, with the team set to be confirmed after the same event a year later.
The American is aiming for a third straight triumph in the tournament at Harding Park.
The 44-year-old has had just four competitive rounds since mid-February due to injury and the coronavirus pandemic.
He has good memories of Harding Park and is hoping he can be in contention for a second major title.
The American pair opened strongly on Sunday to eke out a gap on the chasing pack.
DeChambeau’s physical transformation has been the main talking point since golf’s return to action following the coronavirus shutdown.
Sam Horsfield was literally lost for words after his maiden European Tour win.
The American sits atop the leaderboard despite a mixed third round on Saturday.
The Englishman saw a commanding lead cut after a stuttering back nine.
Brooks Koepka made a not-so-subtle dig at Bryson DeChambeau’s “anthill” moment from the first round in Memphis.