Defending alternate Chris Wood predicts approach scoring at this week’s PGA Championship at Wentworth. But success will not only be alternate on scorecards at Britain’s biggest golf abscess outside the Open Championship. This is an awesome day for the European Tour as they use the Wentworth encounter to begin an accelerated strata of events calculated to buck with the might of the PGA Tour.
And be in no doubt, the American circuit’s effect continues to grow. It is relentlessly ascendant and ready to make its already bountiful players even richer. So, on this side of the pond, the £5.4m Wentworth extravaganza needs to achieve as it tees up the new branded Rolex Series of best events on the European Tour.
This day should prove a turning point after current PGAs left bitching players aspiration about the West Course’s advantage to hold such tournaments. “I don’t think they have reason to now.”
Gibson has overseen more than £5m worth of investment, which has been poured into renovating the West Course over the past year. All 18 botany have been relaid with 007 cautious bentgrass, while sub-air technology, as used at Augusta, has been established under every putting surface to control moisture.
Defending alternate Wood agrees. The Bristolian shot nine under balance to claim the biggest back of his career and is assured an approach account will be conclusive for a successful back defence.
“I hope the changes don’t adopt my results too much,” said a beaming Wood, who has been an agreeable Wentworth author in current years.
“But they are really good changes and the big thing is the condition of the greens. They really needed looking at and you can’t fault them. “The botany is a shot easier alone because of the surfaces and I think the bunkers are not so severe.”
There are 25% fewer bunkers, and those that remain are shallower and easier to get out of.