The 2019 BMW PGA Championship has had a change of date for the 2019 European Tour season. Here’s the lowdown on the 65th edition of the tournament.

A brief history of the BMW PGA

The BMW PGA Championship is the European Tour’s flagship event and has been ever present on the European Tour since its inception in 1972.

With the high prize purse and world ranking points on offer, many of the high calibre players on the European Tour make the trip to play the event each year.

Did you know…

In 2000, Colin Montgomerie became the only player in the tournament’s history to win the event three times in a row.

Brian Bamford holds the record for the lowest aggregate score with a winning total of 266, while South Korea’s Byeong-hun An holds the record for the lowest score in relation to par.

Where is the 2019 BMW PGA Championship?

The tournament is currently played at Wentworth golf club, and has done so since 1984 when the tournament was called the Whyte & Mackay PGA Championship.

When is the 2019 BMW PGA Championship?

Traditionally, the BMW PGA Championship is played in May but due to multiple changes to the golf schedule, including the move of the 2019 PGA Championship, it will be moved back on the European Tour calendar.

The tournament will be played between Thursday 19 and Sunday 22 September 2019.

Who is the defending champion?

Francesco Molinari is the defending champion and pocketed just under €1m after winning the 2018 tournament.

The Italian held off Rory McIlroy to win by two shots after an epic Sunday shootout.

The win started a very productive summer for Molinari as he won on the PGA Tour, then won The Open before capping off a fantastic year by winning all five of the points on offer to him at the Ryder Cup in France.