Scott Drummond will attempt to emulate his fellow Scot Colin Montgomerie when he lines up as defending champion in the BMW Championship at Wentworth Club from May 26-29, 2005.
Montgomerie was the last player to successfully defend The European Tour’s flagship event when he won the title three years in succession from 1998 to 2000. Now Drummond has the chance to do the same following his stunning victory over the West Course last May, in what was The European Tour’s 1000th tournament.
Having been fourth reserve at the close of entries, when his chance to play eventually came Drummond grabbed the opportunity in spectacular style, producing sensational golf, including a final round 64, to win with a record equalling 19 under par total of 269.
He became the first player to win the prestigious tournament on his debut since the great Arnold Palmer in 1975, the first rookie in history to win the event and only the second player after the 2002 champion Anders Hansen to make the flagship event his maiden European Tour win.
Should he complete a double success, it will also be the perfect present for the Scot, who will celebrate his 31st birthday on the day of the final round, Sunday May 29.
“Obviously all the memories I have of Wentworth and the tournament last year are absolutely fantastic so I am really looking forward to going back,” he said. “I am going to try and enjoy the week to its fullest and, like me, I know a lot of people are excited about the fact that BMW have taken over the sponsorship.
“The win last year just meant everything to me. All the people who I wanted to be there to share the moment with me were there, it was my birthday on the Saturday, and the win came just four weeks after the birth of my daughter Kiera.
“To win a tournament in your first year on Tour is something all of us dream about but to win the flagship event of the season was just unbelievable. I am excited about trying to win again. It is going to be a great week, it is always a great field, and I am looking forward to getting into the thick of the action.”