THE PLAYERS' FLAGSHIP.

BMW PGA Championship.

Every year, one of the most important golf tournaments in the world takes place at the headquarters of the European Tour at the iconic Wentworth Club, near London: the BMW PGA Championship. The annual "Players' Flagship", the most important European event after the Open Championship, boasts one of the highest prize purses on the European Tour. The elite of the golfing world take on the legendary West Course, cheered on by huge galleries of golf fans. More than any other event, the tournament embodies tradition, splendour and honour, and was first contested in 1955. BMW has been both partner and title sponsor of the event since 2005.
Manassero wins play-off
Manassero wins play-off
Enjoy the best of the action from the final round of the 2013 BMW PGA Championship in our highlight video.

2013 Recap

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Matteo Manassero has won the 2013 BMW PGA Championship in dramatic four-hole play-off. The Italian defeated Simon Khan (ENG) and Marc Warren (SCO) in extra time to win his fourth title on the European Tour since turning pro just three years ago. In doing so, the 20-year-old from Verona becomes the youngest ever winner of the European Tour’s flagship event, beating the previous record of Bernard Gallacher in 1969, who was 60 days older.

The final round at the Wentworth Club was full of twists and turns, with the lead changing hands regularly as challengers came and went over the course of the day. Manassero teed off in the penultimate flight, two shots behind overnight leader Alejandro Cañizares (ESP, T4, -9) and one back from tournament favourite Lee Westwood (ENG, T9, -7). As their challenge faded at the start of the back nine, thanks in Westwood’s case to a disastrous double-bogey on the 12th, Warren moved to the top of the leaderboard. At the same time, Khan shot a round of 66 to post an early target of -10.

Manassero, meanwhile, was playing beautifully consistent golf. Eventually, both he and Warren stepped onto the 18th tee on -10, knowing a birdie would be enough to beat Khan, who – as in 2010 when he came from behind to win the tournament – was watching on anxiously with his family. Both players had to settle for pars, and Warren, Manassero and Khan headed back to the 18th tee for a three-man play-off.

Warren was first to bow out. The Scotsman drilled his tee shot into the rhododendrons, forcing him to play his third shot from the tee. That found the ditch running across the fairway, from where he landed his ball in the water. That was game over after a fine tournament for the number 202 in the world.

And so there were two. And the pair matched each other shot for shot over the first three extra holes (the par-5 18th on each occasion). Then came the crucial moment. Khan went for the green with his second shot and came up just 30 centimetres short – in the water hazard. That left the door open for Manassero, and he made no mistake: the 20-year-old found the heart of the green with his second shot, meaning Khan needed something of a miracle. Having taken a drop, his fourth shot came up just short of the hole, leaving the Italian with two putts for victory. He put his first to within 6 inches and then, with emotion showing on his face, holed the birdie putt to claim the biggest win of his career so far and pick up a winner’s cheque for 791,660 Euros.

One of the most remarkable performances of the tournament came from 49-year-old Miguel Ángel Jiménez (ESP, T4, -9). Playing his 600th tournament on the European Tour, the Spaniard looked like missing the cut at +4 with four holes to play on Friday. But "The Mechanic" was not ready to go home yet, finishing with a hat-trick of birdies before then shooting consecutive rounds of 67 to finish on -9.

IMPRESSIONS FROM WENTWORTH

Pro-Am Tournament: The stars come out to play

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Golf fans were given their first taste of countless stars in action at today’s Pro-Am tournament. Among them: reigning DTM (German Touring Car) champion Bruno Spengler, himself an excellent golfer, and Sergio García, one of the Ryder Cup heroes who pulled off the "Miracle of Medinah" last September. Joining them in a high-speed flight are two former British racing drivers, Derek Warwick (146 Formula 1 Grands Prix between 1982 and 1993) and Tim Harvey (winner of the 1992 British Touring Car Championship in a BMW 318si).

"I struggled a bit with my game today, as I was not hitting the ball well. You only need to go slightly to the right or left and you are punished immediately here. But it was so much fun! It was great to have the opportunity to play with Sergio on this great course here at Wentworth. Thank you to Sergio and thank you to BMW for allowing me to be here on this amazing course. I was like a kid today," said a delighted Spengler, whose handicap of just over 4 sees him playing a level of golf that is virtually on a par with the pros.

After an absence of 13 years, García was accompanied around the stunning West Course by large crowds, all desperate for a glimpse of the ever-popular Spaniard. He enjoyed his round with the trio of racing drivers. "It was great company out there. All three were very nice guys, and Bruno certainly has potential", said García.

Many other well-known sportsmen from a wide range of different sports teed off in the Pro-Am tournament. English tennis great Tim Henman and US Open runner-up Greg Rusedski were also out and about on the fairways at the Wentworth Club. Rugby fans were also in for a real treat, with a large contingent including Chris Robshaw, captain of the English national team, as well as World Cup winners Will Greenwood, Matt Dawson and their victorious coach Sir Clive Woodward. Perennial Pro-Am favourites and multiple Olympic rowing champions Sir Steve Redgrave and Sir Matthew Pinsent are back again this year for another crack at the iconic course.

2014 BMW PGA Championship

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The 2013 BMW PGA Championship once again produced a tournament record. Luke Donald, the highly-acclaimed winner in 2011 and 2012, may have missed out on a hat-trick of titles, but a record 26,412 spectators flocked to the Wentworth Club on the final Sunday to see Matteo Manassero crowned the youngest winner of all time after an epic play-off. What stories will emerge from the legendary tournament on the iconic West Course next year? The 2014 edition of the event – the tenth in succession under the partnership between BMW, The European Tour and Wentworth Club, and the 60th PGA Championship stretching back to 1955 – is ready to welcome back the world’s leading players from May 22-25.

Advance tickets for the 2014 BMW PGA Championship, along with Hospitality packages, are on sale now.

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