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BMW PGA Championship: Important numbers from the European Tour's flagship event

From historical feats since the first edition in 1955 to features of the 2018 edition....

Alex Noren of Sweden poses with the trophy after winning the BMW PGA Championship at Wentworth

Ahead of a stellar field descending on Wentworth for this week's BMW PGA Championship, we take a look at some of the essential statistics from the tournament - the European Tour's flagship event.


Only one American has emerged victorious in the competition. Arnold Palmer won the title at Royal St George's in 1975, when the tournament was taken to various host venues.


during the first round of the 2018 Wells Fargo Championship at Quail Hollow Club on May 3, 2018 in Charlotte, North Carolina.
Image: Rory McIlroy and Paul Casey are two of the headline names this week

There will be two top-10 players competing at the Surrey-based course this week - Rory McIlroy [8] and Paul Casey [10].


Colin Montgomerie is the only player to have won the event on three consecutive occasions [from 1998-2000]. Fellow British golfers Sir Nick Faldo [1980,1981] and Luke Donald [2011-2012] won it back to back.

Image: Luke Donald won on consecutive years at the West Course


No player has won the tournament more times than Faldo. Victories in 1978, 1980, 1981 and 1989 leave him above three-time champions Peter Alliss, Bernhard Langer and Montgomerie.

There will be four former world No 1s in action - McIlroy, Lee Westwood, Martin Kaymer and Ernie Els, who has played a key role in the course's modernisation.

Free ticket on offer for winner...

The winner of the tournament is given an exemption into that season's US Open and the forthcoming three Open Championships.


Casey last played at the European Tour's headquarters in 2013. The Englishman, chasing a spot in Thomas Bjorn's 12-man Ryder Cup team later this year, won at the West Course in 2009.

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during the third round of the 2018 Masters Tournament at Augusta National Golf Club on April 7, 2018 in Augusta, Georgia.
Image: European No 1 Tommy Fleetwood will be a big draw for the Wentworth crowds

From last year's inaugural eight-event Rolex Series there are five champions confirmed to feature this week - Rafa Cabrera Bello, Branden Grace, Tommy Fleetwood, Tyrrell Hatton and Alex Noren. Two-time winner Jon Rahm and Justin Rose are not in action.


The largest final-round comeback at the European Tour's HQ was first set by Simon Khan in 2010, before it was matched by Rory McIlroy four years later and Alex Noren last year.

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The highlights of Alex Noren's record-breaking final round which earned him a two-shot win at the BMW PGA Championship


The number of major champions in action - Padraig Harrington, Darren Clarke, Danny Willett, Trevor Immelman, Graeme McDowell, Kaymer, Els and McIlroy.

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Rory McIlroy has confirmed he is to play at the BMW PGA Championship at Wentworth in May - a course where he admits he has been frustrated in the past

Brian Huggett holds the record for the biggest margin of victory, which was in 1967 at Thorndon Park Golf Club pre-European Tour.


Matteo Manassero became the youngest champion of the tournament, when the Italian won a play-off against Khan and Marc Warren in a three-man play-off in 2013.


Lee Westwood during day two of the BMW PGA Championship at Wentworth
Image: Lee Westwood has suffered some near misses at Wentworth

Lee Westwood, a two-time runner-up, will tee up for the 25th consecutive time.


Noren's 10-under par final round brilliance in 2017 enabled the Swede to secure the title and match Robert Karlsson [2010] and Thomas Bjorn [2014] for the tournament's 18-hole scoring record.

Noren fires course-record 62 to win in 2017
Noren fires course-record 62 to win in 2017

Alex Noren fired a stunning course-record 62 to claim the biggest victory of his career at the BMW PGA Championship.


The overall tournament record for the event since its inception was by Brian Bamford in 1961 at Royal Mid-Surrey Golf Club. The Englishman claimed a three-shot victory with a closing 11-under-par total.


Anders Hansen during day three of the Portugal Masters at Victoria Clube de Golfe
Image: Anders Hansen shares the overall tournament at the European Tour's HQ

Since Wentworth first hosted the event in 1984, the best 72-hole record is shared by Denmark's Anders Hansen [2002] and Scotland's Scott Drumond [2004].


The total prize fund on offer this week - equates to 5m, two hundred and twelve thousand and eight hundred and 30 pounds.

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