9-12 European Tour, BMW PGA Championship, Wentworth Golf Club, Virginia Water, England. Prize money: $8,000,000 leaderboard
9-11 Ladies European Tour, VP Bank Swiss Ladies Open, Golfpark Holzhäusern, Ennetsee, Switzerland. Position Prize: €200,000 Leaderboard
9-12 Challenge Tour, Big Green Egg German Challenge, Wittelsbacher Golf Club, Neuburg an der Donau, Germany. Position Prize: €200,000 Leaderboard
9-11 Alpine Tour, Andalusian Alps, Anoreta Golf Club, Rincon de la Victoria, Spain. Position prize: €40,000 leaderboard
8-11 Amateur, National Open Women & Men, Utrecht Golf Club “De Pan”, Bosch en Duin. leaderboard
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9-12 European Tour, BMW PGA Championship, Wentworth Golf Club, Virginia Water, England. Position Award: $8,000,000
In the hometown of the unofficial Ryder Cup, important decisions are about to be made this weekend. After the BMW PGA Championship, we know who automatically qualifies for the prestigious team competition, and most exciting, which of these three Padraig Harrington will give them the captain’s choice. So the interests are high and this will make the domestic race for the European Tour even more exciting.
BMW PGA Championship (BMWPGA) September 6, 2021
Poulter, Garcia and…?
The nine automatic qualifiers seem to be fixed and we can also fill in two of the pencil wildcards. Harrington recently hinted that Ryder Cup icons Ian Poulter and Sergio Garcia could count on an invitation, even though the latter has opted not to travel to Wentworth. So, who should we look for in this last “spot”? Bernd Fisberger has struggled for a long time with automatic qualification and will undoubtedly be disappointed if he doesn’t get a call. Other players to consider include Victor Pérez, Henrik Stenson, Justin Rose, Robert McIntyre, Alex Noreen and Guido Migliosi. With the best score on the famous West Course, they might all be able to impress the Irishman.
Citizen only lieutenant
The BMW PGA Championship has the strongest starting field the European Tour has seen in ages, which isn’t surprising when you consider that the championship is part of the Rolex Series. In Surrey, $8 million was distributed and players such as defending champions Terrell Hutton, Victor Hovland, Matthew Fitzpatrick, Billy Horschel, Lee Westwood, Adam Scott and Tommy Fleetwood thought it was worth it. Miguel Angel Jimenez will take part in the event for the 30th time, while Joost Luyten will keep the Dutch honor high. He often participated in this major tournament, but never finished in the top ten at Wentworth. Darius van Driel is second reserve at the time of writing and still has little chance of playing.
European Tour September 6, 2021
9-11 Ladies European Tour, VP Bank Swiss Ladies Open, Golfpark Holzhäusern, Ennetsee, Switzerland. Position prize: €200,000
After an eight-year absence, the Swiss Women’s Open returned to the European women’s calendar last year. Amy Bolden of Wales was the lucky winner and was awarded the title of raising the wooden cow, which is a great prize to say the least. Pascual Cova and Romy Makers love to imitate her. The latter is trying to prepare for the Women’s European Tour via the LET Access Series, but thanks to an invitation in Switzerland, he can participate once again at the highest European level.
9-12 Challenge Tour, Big Green Egg German Challenge, Wittelsbacher Golf Club, Neuburg an der Donau, Germany. Position prize: €200,000
Following the success of the Big Green Egg Open at Arnhem on LET, the barbecue manufacturer is now the namesake for the Championship on the Challenge Tour. In Bavaria, we have three Dutch people to start with: Dan Huizing, Robbie Van West and Quinn Cowenar. The 23-year-old was sidelined from Brabant for three months with a wrist injury, before returning to the Netherlands.
And Cuynar has big goals, despite the fact that his “rookie season” as a professional is not without setbacks. At the start he can still play this year thanks to invitations from the NGF, he hopes to force the promotion to the European Tour. “Unfortunately, the Q-School has been canceled again this year, so that road is closed. Of course promoting via the Challenge Tour will not be easy, but it is definitely not impossible. Winning a championship and another very good result, this can happen,” He told GOLF.NL last month.
9-11 Alpine Tour, Andalusian Alps, Anoreta Golf Club, Rincon de la Victoria, Spain. His position prize: €40,000
Two more tournaments must take place before the alpine season ends, starting with the Mediterranean. On the starting list full of Spanish flags, we met three Dutchmen: Davy Porcius, Lars Konin and Vince van Veen. Porsius is the best out of them in order of merit, but still forcing the promotion to the Challenge Round would be a pretty big task.
8-11 Amateur, National Open Women & Men, Utrecht Golf Club “De Pan”, Bosch en Duin.
Returning to Koen Kouwenaar, he won the last two National Opens as an amateur. Danielle Moder was the last women’s champion in 2019 and this week of course, unlike Cowenar, to defend her title. This must be done at the Utrecht Golf Club “De Pan”, one of the most beautiful forest courses in our country.
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