Golf Business News – Horschel commits to defending BMW PGA title


Billy Horschel will return to protect his BMW PGA Championship title when the American is joined by fellow previous champions Tyrrell Hatton and Danny Willett at Wentworth Club from September 8-11.

Horschel soared to a maiden Rolex Collection title very last year when he birdied the renowned 18th hole at Wentworth’s West Course to clinch a one particular-stroke victory.

Horschel, who experienced beforehand spoken of watching the BMW PGA Championship on television as a baby when developing up in Florida, was a common winner between the British admirers and the 35-calendar year-previous is certain to receive a hero’s welcome when he returns to defend his crown.

Getting develop into just the next American winner of the prestigious party, following Arnold Palmer in 1975, Horschel would be the initial non-British participant to correctly defend the title should really he emerge victorious this September. The only players to have finished so are Luke Donald (2011-2012), Colin Montgomerie (1998-1999-2000) and Sir Nick Faldo (1980-1981).

“I are unable to wait to return to defend my BMW PGA Championship title at Wentworth,” stated Horschel, who inevitably finished second to fellow American Collin Morikawa in the 2021 Rankings. “It is a tournament which has constantly been shut to my heart, so to earn the way that I did, in entrance of the supportive crowds, was remarkable.

“It will be so substantially exciting stepping on to that initial tee and staying introduced as the defending champion, and I have a actually potent file at Wentworth so with any luck , I can deliver my A-match the moment yet again and set up a strong title defence.”

About 100,000 supporters are expected to go to the 7 days-extensive festivities at the 2022 BMW PGA Championship

Horschel will be joined in the area by Hatton and Willett, this means all of the final a few champions will tee it up at Wentworth, Hatton getting claimed the 2020 title although Willett received in 2019.

Two decades in the past, Hatton realised a boyhood aspiration when he sealed a four-stroke victory more than Frenchman Victor Perez – his third of 4 Rolex Collection victories to date – and the Englishman is seeking ahead to returning to the Surrey venue, which is less than 30 miles from in which he grew up.

“The BMW PGA Championship is constantly a person of my favorite weeks of the 12 months,” explained the two-time Ryder Cup player. “It’s an occasion I often attended as a kid and a person of those people types I generally dreamed of just actively playing in, in no way thoughts successful. The party appears to just get even larger and greater just about every yr and the crowds are often actually supportive. I also get to perform in front of family and buddies which is rather exclusive. It should really be one more terrific event.”

Willett, meanwhile, claimed his second Rolex Sequence title at the 2019 BMW PGA Championship, finishing three shots very clear of Jon Rahm soon after a titanic weekend battle. It marked a return to kind for the previous Masters Event winner, who claimed his eighth DP World Tour title at the 2021 Alfred Dunhill One-way links Championship.

“My get in 2019 at the BMW PGA Championship was a truly special moment in my career,” reported the Englishman. “To earn these types of a significant title in front of my total relatives was rather interesting, and it is constantly one particular of the 1st tournaments on my agenda when I’m arranging out my season. The supporters normally make it an remarkable atmosphere at Wentworth and give me a excellent reception so I’m on the lookout forward to an additional entertaining week in September.”

Each yr, the BMW PGA Championship attracts much more than 100,000 spectators for what is a single of the highlights of the British sporting summertime, with its blend of environment-course golfing, stay enjoyment from internationally-renowned tunes functions and an unrivalled ambiance in the lively Spectator Village.

The motion starts with the Tuesday Follow Day, right before the star-studded Celeb Pro-Am brings alongside one another global movie star superstars and some of golf’s most famed players in a exciting-crammed curtain raiser to the major event, the BMW PGA Championship, which tees off on Thursday September 8 and runs by means of to Sunday September 11.

Complimentary tickets for these aged 12 decades and underneath are accessible on invest in of an Grownup ticket. Tickets can be purchased listed here.