Wentworth hosts its fetish tournament with little tension

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In 18 in the top 60 in the world rankinga list of contestants headed by heavyweights such as Rory McIlroy (4th in the world) and Jon Rahm (6th)The Rolex Series back to headquarters DP World Tour (European Tour) on the occasion of BMW PGA Championship (formerly known as the British PGA, the tour’s fetish tournament, apart from the British Open)for a long time one of the most prestigious events in the world of golf and on one of the most famous and recognized courses on the planet, in the heart of the county of Surrey, close to Heathrow airport and on the outskirts of London.

And he does it some tension between players of the Arab Super League (LIV Golf) and the European Tour. This Tuesday, a meeting is planned at Wentworth with a large presence of Tour players. Over a hundred members of the DP World Tour could be summoned, which could cause some moments of more tension, although the presence of LIV Golf players is also unconfirmed. What is felt in the atmosphere is the feeling that a point of no return has been reached in the confrontation between the circuits.

Seventeen players who jumped ship and joined the LIV Golf Tour will compete at Wentworth. The super leaguesupported by Saudi Arabia, directed by Greg Norman and offers millions in prizes, which began with great fanfare near London in June. The series adds quality to its roster, including British Open champion Cameron Smithon payroll including, among others, Dustin Johnson, Brooks Koepka, Phil Mickelson Y Bryson DeChambeauand poses a serious threat to the status quo in golf.

The powerful PGA Tour has already banned its players from LIV events, but attempts by the European DP World Tour to follow suit have so far been unsuccessful, as dissenting players are allowed to compete in events it pending a trial scheduled for next year.

“I hate what they’re doing to golf,” McIlroy said recently of the Super League. “I just don’t want to,” he added. Paul McGinley, European Captain of the 2014 Ryder Cup, went further and accused the deserters of feeling “entitled”. “The key to the anger is that these people who took money from LIV Golf think they have the right to come back and take the places of the players who support our tour week after week,” he told ‘The Times’. “LIV players don’t come out for two or three million euro tournaments in the Czech Republic or Switzerland, but they come to a six million pound tournament in Wentworth. It causes a lot of resentment. Nobody on the European Tour is love the LIV boys in our tournaments.

LIV Golf players have not been invited to participate in this Wednesday’s Pro-Am at Wentworth and German Martin Kaymer chose not to participate in the contest. but the english Ian Poulter and Spaniard Sergio Garcia they remain optimistic. “What I will do is support the European Tour, now and always. If you don’t like it, it’s too bad for you,” said the man from Castellón.

Fresh from his third victory in FedExCupRory McIlroy returned to the scene of his triumph in 2014, while his friend and fellow sufferer, the US Open champion, former world number one and Ryder Cup star Jon Rahm, also returned to the tournament after his 2nd position in 2019. The current US Open champion, Matt Fitzpatrickwill also play on the 1st tee with his Ryder Cup teammates, Viktor Hovland, Shane Lowry, Tyrrell Hatton, and Tommy Fleetwood.

On the Spanish side, in addition to Rahm and Garcia (this is new), Adri Arnaus, Pablo Larrazabal, Rafa Cabreraup to a total of 12 Spanish, the Pisha Jimenez together.

The appeal of an ‘inside’ field like Wentworth appealed to Americans Billy Horschel who crossed the Atlantic in 2019, as he finished tied for fourth in an event he revealed he had watched since he was a child. He returned two years later and became the second American to lift the trophy afterward arnold palmer, and proved a popular champion among fans. “I love watching your sports here,” he said. “They have a great passion for their teams and their national teams and they throw themselves into them. So I understand it, I can accept it, I love it. I think I’ve done a good job of embracing the environment and the people , and I think they accepted me. and I appreciate it,” Horschel said.

The Rolex Series debuted at the Wentworth Club five years ago, in ’62 the Swedish’s last day alex noren gave him success, and the premium category of DP World Tour events continues to excite. Hatton – champion here in 2020 – shares the Rolex Series wins record with four with Rahm, while Danny Willett and Francesco Molinari they also won it during the Rolex Series. McIlroy has four majors but none in the Rolex Series and the Northern Irishman wants to join the list of honours.

On the other hand, BMW sets the race for representing Europe at the Marco Simone Golf & Country Club in Rome in the Ryder Cupthat the struggle to enter his own merits in the team of luke donald starts this week with the points offered to be part of the team to face USA in 2023. The captain arrives at an event he has won twice for the second of three consecutive appearances on the DP World Tour, as he eyes his potential charges for next year’s spectacular biennial tournament. There are six places at stake based on the world and European points lists, and six wild cards.

Source: La Verdad

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