Major Champions Shane Lowry, Justin Rose and Francesco Molinari will add further star power to this year’s BMW PGA Championship when they return to Wentworth Club from September 8-11 for the fourth Rolex Series event of the 2022 DP World Tour season.
The trio will join fellow Major winners Matt Fitzpatrick, Rory McIlroy, Jon Rahm, Danny Willett, as well as four-time Rolex Series winner Tyrrell Hatton and defending champion Billy Horschel in the world-class field.
Lowry, who in 2019 followed his maiden Rolex Series triumph at the Abu Dhabi HSBC Championship with an Open Championship victory at Royal Portrush later that year, has a strong record at Wentworth, finishing runner-up to McIlroy in 2014 while has finished no lower than a tie for 17th in his last five starts.
“The BMW PGA Championship is a tournament I look forward to playing every year,” said Lowry. “It’s a tournament that is steeped in history and is always one of the highlights of the season. I have come close on a couple of occasions at Wentworth and it’s a tournament I would really love to win.”
Rose, who won the U.S. Open in 2013, made his first appearance at Wentworth Club in 2001 and hopes to go one better than his runner-up finishes in 2007 and 2012 as he seeks to add to his two Rolex Series titles.
“It’s always special when you get the chance to play at such a prestigious venue, but especially one so close to where I grew up,” said Rose.
“I have a lot of fond memories of the BMW PGA Championship, both as a kid and also as a DP World Tour player, so I’m looking forward to coming back next month and hopefully putting on a strong performance in front of the home crowds.”
Italy’s Molinari, meanwhile, kick-started a memorable run of form in 2018 with his triumph at the BMW PGA Championship, as he went on to become his nation’s first Major champion by winning The Open Championship at Carnoustie later that season, while he also won twice on the PGA TOUR in the space of 12 months.
The 39-year-old has a strong record at the BMW PGA Championship, with a runner-up result and four further top ten finishes in his last nine starts.
“Having lived in London for so many years before my move to the USA, the BMW PGA Championship still really feels like a home event for me,” said Molinari. “I have some great memories of the tournament and it was so special to finally get my hands on that trophy in 2018.
“Going up against Rory McIlroy on the final day was amazing, and to be able to hold on and win one of the most prestigious events on the DP World Tour against a world-class field was incredible. The course is always in great condition and the support we receive from the spectators is truly special.”
For the first time in its history, general admission weekend tickets for the BMW PGA Championship are completely sold out for one of the highlights of the British sporting summer, continuing the trend of unprecedented demand for DP World Tour events in 2022.
In addition to the world-class golf, there will be live entertainment from Jax Jones and Razorlight on the Slingsby Showstage and an unrivalled atmosphere in the vibrant Spectator Village.
The action begins on Tuesday, when the tournament practice day is preceded by the second and final round of the G4D @ BMW PGA Championship, which will see some of the best golfers with disabilities battle it out for the title at the prestigious venue.
That is followed by the star-studded Wednesday Celebrity Pro-Am which brings together global celebrities and some of golf’s most famous players in a fun-filled curtain raiser to the main event, the BMW PGA Championship, which tees off on Thursday September 8 and finishes on Sunday September 11.
The BMW PGA Championship takes place less than an hour from central London, with a range of transport options to Wentworth Club available. BMW group owners will once again receive preferred parking benefits and a Park & Ride will also be available free of charge.
Fans hoping to attend Wednesday’s Celebrity Pro-Am or the opening two days of tournament play on Thursday and Friday are encouraged to purchase tickets now to avoid disappointment. Fans are also encouraged to purchase their tickets before midnight next Monday August 22 to save up to £10 per ticket. Tickets can be purchased here.