BMW PGA Championship 2017: The championship at Wentworth gets underway today
The 2017 BMW PGA Championship starts today (Thursday 25 May) and runs until Sunday 28.
The winner will pocket €833,333 from the €5million prize fund.
The 2017 edition is the 63rd of the BMW PGA Championship and is played at Wentworth in Virginia Water, Surrey.
The BMW PGA Championship is the European Tour’s flagship event and is held at Wentworth each year.
On Wednesday Wentworth hosted a star-studded pro-am event where Ryan Giggs, Teddy Sherringham, Kevin Pietersen and co got involved on the new course.
Wentworth has undergone a huge £5million redevelopment which will hopefully make for a more exciting four days of action.
"I think the overriding thing for players will be the greens. We know how hard it is this time of year in the UK to get perfect greens, and it seems Wentworth have done everything possible to produce that for us,” Chris Wood said.
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I’m absolutely delighted that it's been changed
Ian Poulter on the Wentworth redevelopment
Ian Poulter added: ”I’m absolutely delighted that it's been changed. I think the changes last time, on a number of holes, were too severe. This tournament deserves a golf course in fantastic condition, and I'm extremely excited to go out there and play because I would love to walk out of Wentworth Golf Club and say, 'I absolutely love it'."
European Tour director Keith Pelley said: “I think now we have an iconic golf course which matches what this iconic venue is, and now we can focus and concentrate our attention to plans for having this tournament here for the next 10 years."
Rory McIlroy, however, has pulled out of the tournament with a rib injury.
He said: “Having had a reaction to my earlier rib injury, I have been advised to take a conservative approach to my recovery which unfortunately means I have to withdraw from the BMW PGA Championship next week.
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“It’s a disappointing decision to have to make, but I have to ensure I make a full recovery. I will now continue the process of preparing my game for the US Open and the rest of the season”.
BMW PGA Championship 2017: The sixth green of the course at Wentworth
BMW PGA Championship 2017: Ian Wright took part in Wednesday's pro-am event
BMW PGA Championship 2017
Where can I watch it?
You can watch all four days live on Sky Sports 4.
Sky Sports TV schedule
Wed May 25: Preview show live – 3pm-5pm on SS4
Thur May 26: Day one live – 10am-6pm on SS1 and SS4
Fri May 27: Day two live – 10am-6pm on SS1 and SS4
Sat May 28: Day three live – 12pm-6pm on SS4
When do they tee off?
Round 1 tee times:
7:00 a.m.: Nino Bertasio, Florian Fritsch, Scott Jamieson
7:10 a.m.: Greig Hutcheon, Jason Scrivener, Daniel Brooks
7:20 a.m.: Lasse Jensen, Robert Coles, Marcel Siem
7:30 a.m.: Kiradech Aphibarnrat, Sam Brazel, Graeme Storm
7:40 a.m.: Gary Stal, Renato Paratore, Nathan Holman
7:50 a.m.: Jeunghun Wang, Hideto Tanihara, Haotong Li
8:00 a.m.: Russell Knox, Tyrrell Hatton, Francesco Molinari
8:15 a.m.: Luke Donald, Chris Wood, Danny Willett
8:25 a.m.: Ernie Els, Justin Rose, Matthew Fitzpatrick
8:35 a.m.: Shane Lowry, Ross Fisher, Thorbjorn Olesen
8:45 a.m.: Thomas Bjorn, Darren Clarke, Robert Karlsson
8:55 a.m.: Thongchai Jaidee, Padraig Harrington, Paul Lawrie
9:05 a.m.: David Horsey, Edoardo Molinari, Richard Bland
9:15 a.m.: David Howell, Haydn Porteous, Marcus Fraser
9:30 a.m.: Scott Hend, Bradley Dredge, Joost Luiten
9:40 a.m.: Nicolas Colsaerts, Alvaro Quiros, Dean Burmester
9:50 a.m.: Brandon Stone, S.S.P Chawrasia, Gregory Bourdy
10:00 a.m.: Richard Sterne, Peter Uihlein, Sam Walker
10:10 a.m.: Felipe Aguilar, Jamie Donaldson, Simon Dyson
10:20 a.m.: Paul Waring, Jorge Campillo, David Lipsky
10:30 a.m.: Gregory Havret, Johan Carlsson, Mikko Ilonen
10:45 a.m.: Lee Slattery, Sebastien Gros, Julien Quesne
10:55 a.m.: Matthew Cort, Eduardo De La Riva, Dylan Frittelli
11:05 a.m.: Ryan Fox, Phillip Archer, Chris Hanson
11:15 a.m.: Pep Angles, Bernd Ritthammer, Matthieu Pavon
11:25 a.m.: Justin Walters, Pelle Edberg, Chris Gane
11:35 a.m.: Mike Lorenzo-Vera, Damien McGrane, Robert Rock
11:45 a.m.: Magnus A Carlsson, Maximilian Kieffer, Paul Hendriksen
12:00 a.m.: Jordan Smith, David Drysdale, Benjamin Herbert
12:10 a.m.: Oliver Fisher, Jaco Van Zyl, Peter Hanson
12:20 a.m.: Matteo Manassero, Alexander Levy, Pablo Larrazabal
12:30 a.m.: Byeong-Hun An, Bernd Wiesberger, Ian Poulter
12:40 a.m.: Thomas Pieters, Lee Westwood, Martin Kaymer
12:50 a.m.: Tommy Fleetwood, Henrik Stenson, Branden Grace
13:00 a.m.: Alex Noren, Andrew Sullivan, Andrew Johnston
13:15 a.m.: Soomin Lee, Soren Kjeldsen, Victor Dubuisson
13:25 a.m.: Fabrizio Zanotti, Richie Ramsay, Brett Rumford
13:35 a.m.: Romain Langasque, Trevor Immelman, Stephen Gallacher
13:45 a.m.: Matt Wallace, Andrew Dodt, Anthony Wall
13:55 a.m.: Darren Fichardt, James Morrison, Kristoffer Broberg
14:05 a.m.: Rikard Karlberg, Paul Peterson, Hennie Otto
14:15 a.m.: Wade Ormsby, Raphael Jacquelin, Alejandro Canizares
14:30 a.m.: Niclas Fasth, Joakim Lagergren, Matthew Southgate
14:40 a.m.: George Coetzee, Lucas Bjerregaard, Nacho Elvira
14:50 a.m.: Adrian Otaegui, Callum Shinkwin, Marc Warren
15:00 a.m.: Chris Paisley, Ricardo Gouveia, Thomas Aiken
15:10 a.m.: Phachara Khongwatmai, Alexander Bjork, Zander Lombard
15:20 a.m.: Graham Fox, Romain Wattel, Mikko Korhonen
15:30 a.m.: Paul Streeter, Paul Dunne, Daniel Im
15:40 a.m.: Alexander Knappe, Neil O'Briain, Carlos Pigem
Justin Rose is the 12/1 joint-favourite with Henrick Stenson.
Francesco Molinari 16
Thomas Pieters 20
Alexander Noren 20
Bernd Wiesberger 20
Tyrrell Hatton 22
Hun Byeong An 22
Tommy Fleetwood 25
Martin Kaymer 28
Lee Westood and Ian Poulter are 40/1, while defending champion Chris Wood is 33.