Wentworth Golf Club, Virginia Water, Surrey, United Kingdom - England 19 Sep 2019 - 22 Sep 2019
Tuesday, 13 November 2018
Chris Evans and Graeme McDowell  (Getty Images)
Chris Evans and Graeme McDowell (Getty Images)

The European Tour will once again join forces with Radio DJ Chris Evans when he hosts his final BBC Children in Need Auction on the BBC Radio 2 Breakfast Show, today from 8am to 9am GMT, offering someone the chance to experience the ultimate golfing week. 

The popular Breakfast Show host will soon leave the BBC for pastures new, but not before offering four lucky people a once-in-a-lifetime golf package as part of his annual BBC Children in Need Auction. It includes the chance to play alongside Graeme McDowell and Lee Westwood in the 2019 BMW PGA Championship Celebrity Pro-Am at Wentworth next September.

The auction will be broadcast live on BBC Radio 2 between 8.00am and 9.00am on Wednesday November 14.

Evans has been a long-standing supporter of BBC Children in Need, which has raised over £950 million for disadvantaged children and young people in the UK since its inception in 1980, and the European Tour has again teamed up with Evans - a keen golfer - to provide the ultimate prize for any golfing fan.

The auction will provide four winners with the opportunity to rub shoulders with golfing royalty by teeing it up in the star-studded Pro-Am on the eve of the 2019 BMW PGA Championship at Wentworth Club, the fourth Rolex Series event of the year set to take place from September 19-22, 2019.

BMW and the European Tour have donated two teams to the Pro-Am, made up of Major winner Graeme McDowell and former World Number One Lee Westwood, as well as Evans and Breakfast Show Sports Presenter Vassos Alexander. Two winners will partner up with Evans and McDowell, with the second pair of winners joining Alexander and Westwood.

The ultimate golf package, for each auction winner, includes the following:

  • A round of golf with Chris Evans and Vassos Alexander at Sunningdale Golf Club on Monday September 16, 2019 with lunch included.
  • A round of golf at Swinley Forest with Chris and Vassos on Tuesday September 17, 2019.
  • A place in the 2019 BMW PGA Championship Pro-Am, courtesy of BMW and the European Tour, on Wednesday September 18, 2019, alongside Graeme McDowell, Lee Westwood, Chris Evans and Vassos Alexander.
  • A set of custom-made TaylorMade Golf Clubs fitted at The TaylorMade Performance Lab at Wentworth Golf Club.
  • Corporate hospitality for each winner, plus a guest, in the 2019 BMW PGA Championship Pavilion on all four tournament days (Thursday-Sunday).
  • Accommodation for all four winners, plus a guest each, at Coworth Park for seven nights during the week of the 2019 BMW PGA Championship.
  • BMW transfers to and from The Chris Evans Breakfast Show on Friday September 20, 2019.
  • A signed and framed picture with the winner of the 2019 BMW PGA Championship on the 18th green of the West Course.

Click here for to take part in the auction for the ultimate golf package.

Chris Evans said: “These packages have previously raised hundreds of thousands of pounds for BBC Children in Need and I am so excited to be able to offer another incredible opportunity in my final year at the BBC.

“I’ve been lucky enough to play alongside Graeme in the Pro-Am at Wentworth before and it really is an unforgettable experience. We’ve been blown away by the generosity of bidders in previous years and I’m sure it will be no different this time around.”

McDowell said: “This prize offers the experience of a lifetime. I’ve had a brilliant time in the past and it will be fun for the winners to play at Wentworth and mingle with all the famous faces.”

Westwood added: “The BMW PGA Championship Pro-Am is one of the biggest on the European Tour schedule and it’s always a great day out for everyone involved. It’s a fun atmosphere and the prize on offer this year will certainly be one to remember for any golf fan.”

Jamie Birkmyre, Championship Director for the BMW PGA Championship, said: “It is an honour to play a small part in helping to raise huge amounts for BBC Children in Need.

“Chris’ auctions have been a huge success in previous years and I am looking forward to seeing how much we can raise this year for what I believe is the best prize to date.

“I will be listening to the auction with great interest and any potential bidders can be assured that they will have an unforgettable experience at the BMW PGA Championship in the fantastic company of Chris, Graeme, Lee and Vassos, as well as the other components of the package.”

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