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BMW PGA: Paul McGinley describes how Wentworth has been redesigned

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Paul McGinley was part of the team responsible for the renovations at Wentworth, and he describes the key changes

One of the biggest talking points ahead of the BMW PGA Championship has been the substantial alterations to the West Course at Wentworth since Chris Wood lifted the trophy last year.

Sky Sports commentator Paul McGinley and Ryder Cup captain Thomas Bjorn were on the team that oversaw the renovation, with input taken on board from a number of European Tour professionals.

The biggest changes have been to the putting surfaces, with all 18 greens re-turfed with a sub-air system installed, while four greens (eighth, 11th, 14th and 16th) have been completely redesigned, with the third, fourth, fifth, 12th and 15th greens partially rebuilt.

Thomas Bjorn and Paul McGinley - Wentworth changes
Image: Thomas Bjorn and Paul McGinley were part of the design team that oversaw the changes

The focus on returning the West Course to a layout closely resembling Harry Colt's original design has also seen huge alterations to the bunkering, with every bunker on the course being reconstructed while 29 traps have been removed.

"The players wanted to go back in the direction of the old Harry Colt design," said McGinley. "They wanted the contours on the greens to be softened, and the bunkering to be changed. I certainly couldn't see out of the bunkers before, and not many guys could. So those were the two big things we changed.

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"We've also put in a sub-air system into the greens which will dry them out and get it back to a firm, fast golf course, which players have always loved playing in the past."

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Watch the video above to see Paul McGinley explain the changes, and the reasons behind them, with Tim Barter.

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