This week in golf: European Ryder Cup stars headline BMW PGA Championship


The DP World Tour hosts its flagship tournament at its Wentworth headquarters — the $9-million BMW PGA Championship — in the 37th of 46 weeks on the Race to Dubai.

In the field are all 12 members of Team Europe for the 2023 Ryder Cup that takes place at the end of the month in Rome. Also in the field are Team Captain Luke Donald and Vice-Captains, Eduardo and Francesco Molinari, Dubai-based Nico Colsaerts, Jose Maria Olazabal and Thomas Bjorn.

Adrian Meronk, currently third in the Race to Dubai and holding Number One card for qualification to play on the 2024 PGA Tour, will play in his fourth straight week as he plans his final events of his season.

The PGA Tour’s new “FedExCup Fall” kicks off this week with the Fortinet Championship in California featuring Justin Thomas and Max Homa.

The Ladies European Tour hosts its 54-hole event the VP Bank Swiss Ladies Open – which includes a 108-player field. Dubai favourite Kristyna Napoleaova (Czech Republic) is in the field; she won the 2023 AMUNDI German Masters earlier this year.

The week’s top events

PGA Tour

  • Thursday 14th – Sunday 17th September

Fortinet Championship

  • Venue: Silverado Resort, Napa, California, US
  • Purse: $8 million

DP World Tour

  • Thursday 14th – Sunday 17th September

BMW PGA Championship

  • Venue: The Wentworth Club, Virginia Water, London, England
  • Purse: $9 million

Ladies European Tour

  • Friday 15th – Sunday 17th September

VP Bank Swiss Ladies Open

  • Venue: Golfpark Holzhausern, Switzerland
  • Purse: €300,000

Challenge Tour

  • Thursday 14th – Sunday 17th September

Open de Portugal at Royal Obidos

  • Venue: Royal Obidos Spa & Golf Resort, Vau Obidos, Portugal
  • Purse: €250,000