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European Tour Celebrates Perfect Year

Major winners celebrate at a clean sweep at the home of the European Tour

Posted May 25, 2011 by Chris White

Wentworth Golf Club is the home of the European Tour and host of the BMW PGA Championship

In a year of domination from the members of the European Tour, the BMW PGA Championship at Wentworth this week is set to be full of celebration for the players and organisers alike.

With all four majors – the US Open, the Open, the USPGA Championship and the Masters – all currently held by European Tour members, the success of the European Ryder Cup team at Celtic Manor means that all of the major golfing championships are currently in Europe.

Lee Westwood and co seem to have ended the dominance of the Americans in the world rankings too, with Westwood, Martin Kaymer, Luke Donald and Graeme McDowell currently making up four of the top 5, with Phil Mickelson in fifth place and Tiger Woods down to 12th.

Graeme McDowell’s win at Pebble Beach is the one that will be seen as starting the European Tour’s clean sweep, and he carried his form into Celtic Manor later in the year, sinking the winning putt for Europe. South African Louis Oosthuizen took the Open title at St Andrews and German Martin Kaymer won the USPGA Championship, before going on to lead the world rankings for a period. The latest European Tour winner was another South African, Charl Schwartzel, who came away with the famous green jacket after clinching the Masters title at Augusta.

Now the European Tour headquarters at Wentworth are looking forward to welcoming all of their major winners to the West Course later this week for the BMW PGA Championship.

With £4.5million on offer for the winner, the whole field will be looking to show just why the European Tour is currently the place to be. The competitors include 11 major winners, six European Tour number ones, and 103 European Tour competition winners.

From a European point-of-view, it is great to see the European Tour players leading the field. Americans dominated the game for so long, but now it is the turn of the Europeans lead the way, forcing the PGA players to raise their games.

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