Luke Donald goes for an historic hat-trick at Wentworth this week as he looks to reign supreme once again over stellar field at this year’s BMW PGA Championship, with live coverage only on Sky Sports.
The European Tour’s flagship event has an illustrious list of former winners including Tony Jacklin, Seve Ballesteros, Sir Nick Faldo, Bernard Langer and Colin Mongomerie, while former world number one Luke Donald has won the event for the past two years.
All four days of the tournament from May 23-26 will be shown exclusively live for the first time on Sky Sports HD, while free-to-air highlights of the final two rounds will be broadcast on BBC Two.
Donald became only the third man, after Faldo and Montgomerie, to retain the title last year and is now the Englishman is targeting Monty’s hat-trick of titles which he achieved between 1998 and 2000.
After needing a play-off to secure the title in 2011 against compatriot Lee Westwood, it was a clear-cut win for Donald in 2012 as he saw off the challenge of Justin Rose and Paul Lawrie by four shots.
Two shots clear after round three, Rose made an early run at him but Donald pulled away with birdies at the sixth and seventh and stretched further clear with a stunning 25ft birdie putt on the tenth green.
His winning margin was eventually four shots over Rose and Lawrie as, once more, victory at Wentworth took him to world number one.
Donald has been the King of Wentworth over the last few years and has a excellent record around the West Course.
As well as his victories in 2011 and 2012, Donald was also second in 2010 and third in 2008, a record seemingly immune to the controversial course changes that have been undertaken at Wentworth in recent years.
The iconic tree-lined West Course usually favours the game’s bigger hitters and has undergone numerous changes down the years, some of which have been unpopular with the players, particularly the changes to the 18th hole.
Despite the alterations, the European Tour’s only stop in England attracts some of the greatest names in world golf.
This year’s edition will feature every member of the victorious European Ryder Cup team from Medinah in 2012, as well as several former major champions.
Every spring since 1984, Wentworth has been European golf’s main attraction, bringing with it a buzz of excitement and the presence of many of golf’s greatest players.
Former winners include major champions such as Jacklin, Ballesteros, Faldo, Langer, Woosnam and Olazabal, while former world number one Luke Donald achieved a rare double with historic back-to-back wins in 2011 and 2012.
The BMW PGA Championship and Wentworth’s West Course have been good for one another and this is one trophy that remains high on every player’s career wish list.
Follow the 2013 BMW PGA Championship on Sky Sports and BBC TV:
Sky Sports will broadcast exclusive live coverage of all four days of the PGA Championship from the famous West Course at Wentworth for the first time in 2013.
As part of its new six-year deal with the European Tour, Sky Sports will screen more live play from the tournament than ever before, extending on the previous arrangement from 2009 to 2012 when the broadcaster covered only the first two days live.
David Livingstone will present more than 25 hours of live continuous coverage throughout the four days from a studio overlooking the first tee and the iconic Wentworth clubhouse.
Ewen Murray and Bruce Critchley will lead the commentary team alongside Mark Roe and Richard Boxall.
New recruit Paul McGinley, who appeared as a commentator and analyst at the recent Players Championship for Sky, joins the commentary team for the first time since signing a new two-year partnership with the broadcaster.
McGinley and regular Sky Sports analyst Colin Montgomerie will be playing at Wentworth this week, though both will pop into the commentary at various times during the tournament.
Howard Clark and Wayne Riley will provide on-course updates, while further reports and interviews with the key players will come from Tim Barter.
There is also live updates, opinion and behind-the-scenes photographs from the course courtesy of @SkySportsGolf on Twitter.
BBC TV will screen free-to-air highlights of the final two rounds of the 2013 PGA Championship at Wentworth.
The corporation lost the rights to live TV coverage of the final two rounds of play at both Wentworth and July’s Scottish Open at the end of the 2012, though a new deal signed last year guarantees some terrestrial exposure for both tournaments until at least 2018.
Hazel Irvine introduces all the best moments from the European Tour’s flagship event over the weekend in two one-hour programmes on BBC Two and BBC Two HD, with an additional review show featuring extended highlights of the final two rounds at lunchtime on the following Bank Holiday Monday.
Both will be broadcast at 6.00pm each evening, (England only – see regional variations below), ensuring fans can see the best action just minutes after play has concluded.
Commentary and analysis comes from the usual team of Peter Alliss, Ken Brown and Andrew Cotter.
BBC Two’s highlights shows will also be available to watch on-demand via the BBC iPlayer for up to seven days after transmission.
BBC Radio 5 live will have live updates and selected commentaries throughout the week, all provided by golf correspondent Iain Carter.
Live leaderboard updates, news, video highlights and interviews will be made available via the BBC Sport website.
LIVE LEADERBOARD TEE TIMES COURSE GUIDE Thursday 23rd May Round 1 LIVE: 10.00am-6.00pm – Sky Sports 1 Friday 24th May Round 2 LIVE: 10.00am-6.00pm – Sky Sports 2 Saturday 25th May Round 3 LIVE: 12.30pm-5.30pm – Sky Sports 2 Highlights: 6.00pm-7.00pm – BBC Two (8.20pm in Wales / NI) Sunday 26th May Round 4 LIVE: 12.30pm-6.00pm – Sky Sports 2 Highlights: 6.00pm-7.00pm – BBC Two (11pm in Scotland) Monday 27th May PGA Championship Review 12.15pm-2.15pm – BBC Two