HIGHLY successful golfer Rory McIlroy has confirmed his participation in the 2017 BMW PGA Championship which is the first tournament in the European Tour’s new Rolex Series.
This series of eight tournaments, all with a minimum prize fund of $7 million (€6.5 million) will see him headline the field at a revamped Wentworth Club from May 25 to 28.
McIlroy said: “The BMW PGA Championship is the first Rolex Series event and I’m really excited for that. I think it’s a huge thing for the European Tour and I want to be a part of it. BMW have been a huge supporter of golf for a number of years now and I’m happy to come back to Wentworth.”
The World Number Two will be looking to reclaim the title he won three years ago when he came from seven shots behind with a closing round of 66 to claim a memorable victory at the Wentworth Club. That victory sparked an unforgettable summer for the Ryder Cup star who went on to win The Open Championship, the WGC-Bridgestone Invitational and the US PGA Championship.
“I’m excited to get back to Wentworth and hopefully I can emulate some of the golf I played in 2014,” said McIlroy. “The BMW PGA Championship feels like the start of the British golf season and you know everyone is excited. Playing in front of those fans is always pleasure because they are so knowledgeable and they come out in their numbers, so it’s always great to play in front of them.”