BMW PGA Championship Tournament on the European Tour

Nick Faldo teeing off during 1989 Volvo PGA Championship at Wentworth
Nick Faldo tees off at Wentworth during his 1989 European PGA Championship victory, his record-setting fourth win in the event. David Cannon/Getty Images

Europe's own PGA Championship - often called the European PGA Championship or simply European PGA (to distinguish it from the US PGA Championship, one of golf's four majors) - is the most important tournament in Europe outside of the British Open. Most Euro Tour golfers think of this event as their tour's own major.

The tournament was founded in 1955 by the British PGA, and was known as the British PGA Championship through 1966. It has had title sponsors in all years since.

2020 Tournament

  • When: Sept. 10-13
  • Where: Wentworth Golf Club in Virginia Water, England

2019 BMW PGA Championship
Danny Willett and Jon Rahm started the final round tied for the lead, but it was Willett who emerged as the champion. Willett's 67 to Rahm's 70 produced the final, 3-stroke margin of victory for Willett, who finished at 20-under 268. It was Willett's seventh career win on the European Tour.

2018 Tournament
Francesco Molinari fired a 68 in the final round to claim a two-stroke victory. Molinari finished at 17-under 271. In the final round, he birdied four of the six holes from No. 12 through No. 17. Rory McIlroy was runner-up. It was Molinari's fifth career win on the European Tour.

Scoring Records at the BMW PGA Championship

  • 18 holes: 62 - Robert Karlsson, 2010; Thomas Bjorn, 2014; Alex Noren, 2017
  • 72 holes: Overall tourney record - 266, Brian Bamford at Royal Mid-Surrey Golf Club in 1961. Tourney record at Wentworth - 269, Anders Hansen (2002) and Scott Drummond (2004)

BMW PGA Championship Golf Courses

The European PGA Championship is based at Wentworth Club in England, where it has been played annually since 1984.

Prior to that the tournament rotated to courses around Britain, including St. Andrews, Royal St. George's and Royal Birkdale.

BMW PGA Championship Trivia and Notes

  • 2010 winner Simon Khan began the final round seven strokes off the lead. His victory set a tournament record for largest final-round comeback to win.
  • Arnold Palmer won the 1975 Penfold PGA Championship after winning the Spanish Open earlier in the European Tour schedule. Palmer didn't win again until claiming the Canadian PGA Championship and Senior PGA Championship in 1980.
  • Nick Faldo has won the Euro PGA Championship the most times, with four victories (1978, 1980, 1981, 1989).
  • Three golfers have won the tournament three times each: Peter Alliss (1957, 1962, 1965); Bernhard Langer (1987, 1993, 1995); and Colin Montgomerie (1998, 1999, 2000).
  • Montgomerie is the only golfer to win the title three straight years. Faldo and Luke Donald (2011-12) are the only others to win back-to-back.
  • Tony Jacklin's last win (until he started playing senior golf) was at the Sun Alliance PGA Championship in 1982.
  • Matteo Manassero was 20 years, 1 month old when he won in 2013, becoming the youngest-ever winner of this event.

    Winners of the BMW PGA Championship

    (p-won playoff; w-weather shortened)

    BMW PGA Championship
    2019 - Danny Willett, 268
    2018 - Francesco Molinari, 271
    2017 - Alex Noren, 277
    2016 - Chris Wood, 279
    2015 - Byeong-Hun An, 267
    2014 - Rory McIlroy, 274
    2013 - Matteo Manassero-p, 278
    2012 - Luke Donald, 273
    2011 - Luke Donald-p, 278
    2010 - Simon Khan, 278
    2009 - Paul Casey-p, 271
    2008 - Miguel Angel Jimenez, 277
    2007 - Anders Hansen-p, 280

    BMW Championship
    2006 - David Howell, 271
    2005 - Angel Cabrera, 273

    Volvo PGA Championship
    2004 - Scott Drummond, 269
    2003 - Ignacio Garrido-p, 270
    2002 - Anders Hansen, 269
    2001 - Andrew Oldcorn, 272
    2000 - Colin Montgomerie, 271
    1999 - Colin Montgomerie, 270
    1998 - Colin Montgomerie, 274
    1997 - Ian Woosnam, 275
    1996 - Costantino Rocca, 274
    1995 - Bernhard Langer, 279
    1994 - Jose Maria Olazabal, 271
    1993 - Bernhard Langer, 274
    1992 - Tony Johnstone, 272
    1991 - Seve Ballesteros-p, 271
    1990 - Mike Harwood, 271
    1989 - Nick Faldo, 272
    1988 - Ian Woosnam, 274

    Whyte & Mackay PGA Championship
    1987 - Bernhard Langer, 270
    1986 - Rodger Davis-p, 281
    1985 - Paul Way-p, 282
    1984 - Howard Clark, w-204

    Sun Alliance PGA Championship
    1983 - Seve Ballesteros, 278
    1982 - Tony Jacklin-p, 284
    1981 - Nick Faldo, 274
    1980 - Nick Faldo, 283

    Colgate PGA Championship
    1979 - Vicente Fernandez, 288
    1978 - Nick Faldo, 278

    Penfold PGA Championship
    1977 - Manuel Pinero, 283
    1976 - Neil Coles-p, 280
    1975 - Arnold Palmer, 285

    Viyella PGA Championship
    1974 - Maurice Bembridge, 278
    1973 - Peter Oosterhuis, 280
    1972 - Tony Jacklin, 279

    Schweppes Open
    1970–71 - Not played
    1969 - Bernard Gallacher, 293
    1968 - David Talbot, 276
    1967 - Peter Townsend, 275

    British PGA Championship
    1966 - Brian Huggett, 271
    1965 - Peter Alliss-p, 286
    1964 - Tony Grubb, 287
    1963 - Peter Butler, 306
    1962 - Peter Alliss, 287
    1961 - Brian Bamford, 266
    1960 - Arnold Stickley, w-247
    1959 - Dai Rees, 283
    1958 - Harry Bradshaw, 287
    1957 - Peter Alliss, 286
    1956 - Charlie Ward-p, 282
    1955 - Ken Bousfield, 277