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Tuesday, 22 May 2012
We bring this week's BMW PGA Championship field into focus with a few key stats  (EuropeanTour)
We bring this week's BMW PGA Championship field into focus with a few key stats (EuropeanTour)
Field in Focus: at the BMW PGA Championship

europeantour.com takes a closer look at the field taking to Wentworth's West Course for The European Tour's flagship event at the BMW PGA Championship from May 24-27.


In the field are:


9 former European Tour Number Ones

Player
   Year
Colin Montgomerie    1993-1999, 2005
Lee Westwood
    2000, 2009
Retief Goosen    2001-2002
Ernie Els
    2003-2004
Padraig Harrington
    2006
Justin Rose
    2007
Robert Karlsson
    2008
Martin Kaymer
    2010
Luke Donald
    2011


14 Major Championship winners with 20 Major titles

Player
    Wins
    Tournaments
Ernie Els
    3    US Open Championship: 1994, 1997
Open Championship: 2002
Padraig Harrington
    3    Open Championship: 2007, 2008
US PGA Championship: 2008
Retief Goosen    2    US Open Championship: 2001, 2004
José María Olazábal
    2    Masters: 1994, 1999
Rich Beem
    1    

US PGA Championship: 2002

Michael Campbell    1    US Open Championship: 2005
Darren Clarke
    1    Open Championship: 2011
Ben Curtis
    1     Open Championship: 2003
Martin Kaymer
    1    US PGA Champioship: 2010
Paul Lawrie
    1    Open Championship: 1999
Graeme McDowell
    1    US Open Championship: 2010
Rory McIlroy    1    US Open Championship: 2011
Shaun Micheel    1    US PGA Championship: 2003
Charl Schwartzel
    1    Masters: 2011


13 European Tour winners from 2012

The standout man from this year’s European Tour winners is undoubtedly South Africa’s Branden Grace. Grace became just the second European Tour Qualifying School graduate to win more than €1 million the season after graduation, and the second graduate to win three events the season after gaining his European Tour card, making it a 2012 treble with victory at the Volvo China Open following triumphs at the Joburg Open and the Volvo Golf Champions in his home country. 

Player
   Tournament 
Branden Grace
    Joburg Open, Volvo Golf Champions, Volvo China Open
Robert Rock    Abu Dhabi HSBC Golf Championship
Paul Lawrie
    Commercialbank Qatar Masters presented by Dolphin Energy
Rafael Cabrera-Bello    Omega Dubai Desert Classic
Jbe' Kruger
    Avantha Masters
Justin Rose
    WGC-Cadillac Championship
Julien Quesne
    Open de Andalucia Costa del Sol
Michael Hoey
    Trophée Hassan II
Thorbjørn Olesen    Sicilian Open
Bernd Wiesberger    Ballantine's Championship
Francesco Molinari    Reale Seguros Open de España
Ricardo Santos    Madeira Islands Open - Portugal
Nicolas Colsaerts
    Volvo World Match Play Championship


25 different nationalities represented 
  

ARG        Argentina
        2
AUS        Australia         5
AUT
        Austria        2
BEL
        Belgium        1
CHI
        Chile        1
DEN        Denmark         5
ENG        England         37
FIN
        Finland        1
FRA
        France        10
GER        Germany         3
IND
        India        2
IRE         Ireland
        7
ITA        Italy         6
NED
        The Netherlands        2
        Northern Ireland
        5
NZL
        New Zealand        1
PAR
        Paraguay        1
POR
        Portugal        1
RSA        South Africa         13
SCO        Scotland
        13
ESP        Spain        12
SWE        Sweden         12
THA
        Thailand        1
USA         United States         3
WAL
        Wales        4


10 Former winners of the BMW PGA Championship

Player
   Year 
José María Olazábal
     1994
Colin Montgomerie    1998, 1999, 2000
Anders Hansen
    2002, 2007
Ignacio Garrido
    2003
Scott Drummond
    2004
David Howell
    2006
Miguel Ángel Jiménez
    2008
Paul Casey
    2009
Simon Khan
    2010
Luke Donald
    2011


107 European Tour winners with 448 victories

Over two thirds of the superb field amassed for this week’s BMW PGA Championship have previously tasted victory on The European Tour, the most recent win coming from Belgium’s Nicolas Colsaerts last week on the south coast of Spain. The largest amount of those victories comes courtesy of Ryder Cup legend Colin Montgomerie, who with 31 European Tour scalps to his name – from his first ever victory at the 1989 Portuguese Open to his last, five years ago at the European Open at the K Club in Ireland – leads West Course designer Ernie Els (26), who narrowly missed out on his 27th Tour victory after succumbing to compatriot Branden Grace in a play-off for the Volvo Golf Champions, and European Ryder Cup Captain José María Olazábal (23) as the men with the most victories on Tour in the field this week at Wentworth.


12 Former winners on the West Course (excluding BMW PGA Championship)

Player
   Tournament
Ernie Els
     World Match Play Championship: 1994-1996, 2002-2004, 2006
Lee Westwood    World Match Play Championship: 2000
Michael Campbell
    World Match Play Championship: 2005


28 Ryder Cup players competing in this year's Championship

23 players making their BMW PGA Championship debut

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Tournament Leaderboard

Pos Player nameNatHolePar
1DONALD, LukeENG18-15
T2LAWRIE, PaulSCO18-11
T2ROSE, JustinENG18-11
4LAWRIE, PeterIRL18-8
5GRACE, BrandenRSA18-7
6STERNE, RichardRSA18-6
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