Billy Horschel will return to defend his BMW PGA Championship title when the American is joined by fellow former champions Tyrrell Hatton and Danny Willett at Wentworth Club from September 8-11.
Horschel soared to a maiden Rolex Series title previous calendar year when he birdied the popular 18th hole at Wentworth’s West Class to clinch a a single-stroke victory.
Horschel, who experienced beforehand spoken of looking at the BMW PGA Championship on television as a child when expanding up in Florida, was a popular winner among the the British fans and the 35-calendar year-aged is sure to get a hero’s welcome when he returns to protect his crown.
Having come to be just the second American winner of the prestigious event, after Arnold Palmer in 1975, Horschel would be the initial non-British player to productively protect the title must he emerge victorious this September. The only gamers to have accomplished so are Luke Donald (2011-2012), Colin Montgomerie (1998-1999-2000) and Sir Nick Faldo (1980-1981).
“I are not able to wait to return to defend my BMW PGA Championship title at Wentworth,” said Horschel, who eventually concluded second to fellow American Collin Morikawa in the 2021 Rankings. “It is a tournament which has usually been shut to my coronary heart, so to earn the way that I did, in entrance of the supportive crowds, was outstanding.
“It will be so substantially pleasurable stepping on to that very first tee and getting announced as the defending champion, and I have a truly potent file at Wentworth so with any luck , I can provide my A-sport at the time once again and set up a solid title defence.”
Horschel will be joined in the subject by Hatton and Willett, indicating all of the very last 3 champions will tee it up at Wentworth, Hatton having claimed the 2020 title though Willett gained in 2019.
Two many years ago, Hatton realised a boyhood dream when he sealed a four-stroke victory more than Frenchman Victor Perez – his third of 4 Rolex Series victories to day – and the Englishman is seeking forward to returning to the Surrey venue, which is a lot less than 30 miles from wherever he grew up.
“The BMW PGA Championship is constantly just one of my favourite months of the year,” claimed the two-time Ryder Cup participant. “It’s an occasion I frequently attended as a child and a person of those people types I usually dreamed of just actively playing in, never ever mind profitable. The function would seem to just get bigger and more substantial each year and the crowds are constantly definitely supportive. I also get to perform in entrance of spouse and children and close friends which is quite particular. It need to be yet another wonderful party.”
Willett, meanwhile, claimed his second Rolex Sequence title at the 2019 BMW PGA Championship, finishing 3 pictures very clear of Jon Rahm right after a titanic weekend fight. It marked a return to type for the previous Masters Event winner, who claimed his eighth DP Planet Tour title at the 2021 Alfred Dunhill Hyperlinks Championship.
“My gain in 2019 at the BMW PGA Championship was a actually special instant in my vocation,” explained the Englishman. “To get these a huge title in front of my entire relatives was fairly amazing, and it is generally one particular of the first tournaments on my agenda when I’m preparing out my season. The followers usually make it an amazing ambiance at Wentworth and give me a terrific reception so I’m seeking forward to another enjoyment week in September.”
Every single 12 months, the BMW PGA Championship draws in more than 100,000 spectators for what is a person of the highlights of the British sporting summer months, with its combine of entire world-course golf, are living entertainment from internationally-renowned new music acts and an unrivalled environment in the vivid Spectator Village.
The action starts with the Tuesday Exercise Day, just before the star-studded Celeb Professional-Am brings collectively international celebrity superstars and some of golf’s most well known players in a enjoyment-crammed curtain raiser to the primary party, the BMW PGA Championship, which tees off on Thursday September 8 and operates by means of to Sunday September 11.
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