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Monday, 12 November 2012
Chris Evans, Graeme McDowell and Vernon Kay  (Getty Images)
Chris Evans, Graeme McDowell and Vernon Kay (Getty Images)

It would take a king’s ransom to play with one of the world’s top golfers, Ryder Cup hero Graeme McDowell, in The European Tour’s flagship event; stay and dine in the UK’s leading hotels and restaurants and savour the glorious experience of watching the BMW PGA Championship 2013 at Wentworth Club.

Well, that’s precisely what happened today on the Chris Evans Breakfast Show on Radio2 as one of the most stunning golf packages put together was auctioned for a staggering £126,500 for the BBC’s Children In Need Appeal.

Evans, a confirmed golf ‘nut’ assembled the seven-star package in association with a number of his golfing friends and acquaintances to offer the chance for two extremely lucky winners to indulge themselves during the week of the BMW PGA Championship from Monday, May 20 to Sunday, May 26 next year.

And ‘The Super Swing Golf Package’- incorporating the chance to play in the BMW PGA Championship Celebrity Pro-Am with 2010 US Open Champion McDowell and Evans himself on Wednesday, May 22 went up for auction during Evans’ show this morning - with the final total reaching that incredible six figure sum.

Chris Evans commented: “We could not have asked for a better package and a better result of which every penny will go to Children In Need.”

Jamie Birkmyre, Championship Director of the BMW PGA Championship, said:  “BMW, Titleist and
The European Tour are delighted to have been part of this fantastic auction. Chris did an amazing job to raise this fabulous amount of money.

“The show was totally gripping and when the actual amounts bid were announced it really brought home to us how generous the British public are. We would like to thank all those involved and in  particular, Chris Evans, Graeme McDowell, BBC Radio, BMW and all of the sponsors for making it happen. Our two wonderful winning bidders will have a brilliant time next year. We can’t wait to meet them.”

The lucky – and generous – winners will receive:
• Overnight Accommodation at the 5 Star Deluxe Mandarin Oriental, Hyde Park (Mon 20th May 20)
• Dinner at the Michelin star restaurant - Dinner by Heston Blumenthal, including the chef’s fantastical Ice-Cream trolley and a signed book by Heston
• Following morning over to BBC Radio 2 for The Chris Evans Breakfast Show
• Warm up round of Golf at Sunningdale Golf Club on Tues 21st May 2013
• Accommodation at the 5 Star Coworth Park Hotel, Berkshire (Bed & Breakfast basis, check in Tues 21st May 2013)
• BMW transfer from Hotel to Wentworth Golf Club return
• Custom fitted clubs courtesy of Titleist.  Plus Footjoy Golf Shoes, Balls and Gloves!
• 4 Ball consisting of 2 winners, Chris Evans and Graeme McDowell
• Dinner at The Royal Oak, Paley Street – courtesy of Sir Michael Parkinson
• Season Ticket for all (Thurs 23rd – Sun 26th May  2013)
• Full weekend BMW Pavilion Hospitality overlooking the 18th Green – hosted by The European Tour
• 4 Nights Accommodation at The Runnymede-on-Thames, Egham (Bed & Breakfast basis, check in Wed 22nd May 2013, including complimentary use of Spa)

The Super Swing Package was first of a week of Auction Packages. We have still to come The Magnificent Seven Auction which is tomorrow, on Wednesday we have The Dine and Disco Package where Gary Barlow will be performing at Chris Pub and on Thursday a Surprise Package!

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