Play on the BMW PGA Championship at Wentworth was suspended late on Thursday following the announcement that Queen Elizabeth II had handed away earlier within the day
As a mark of respect, no play will happen on Friday, with the DP World Tour to decide later immediately on how the remainder of the event might be performed out. The almost certainly possibility could be to chop the event to simply three rounds, because the shorter autumn days make it unlikely that two rounds may very well be performed in at some point. As issues stand there are nonetheless 30 gamers but to finish their first spherical.
An announcement from the European Tour Group stated: “On behalf of our members and everybody related with the European Tour group and the BMW PGA Championship, it’s with nice disappointment that we now have realized of the passing of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II. She really was an inspiration to individuals the world over. Out of respect for Her Majesty and the Royal Household, play has been suspended on the BMW PGA Championship at Wentworth Membership for the rest of Thursday and flags at Wentworth Membership might be lowered to half-mast. Moreover, no play will happen on the BMW PGA Championship on Friday and the golf course and apply amenities might be closed. Additional updates on the resumption of play might be supplied sooner or later. Our deepest sympathies and condolences are with the Royal Household at the moment.”
With the West Course softened by latest heavy rain, Tommy Fleetwood, Andy Sullivan and Victor Hovland took full benefit of having the ability to goal the pins with all three gamers carding eight-under-par 64s to share the first-round lead.
Fleetwood made six birdies on the again 9 in a bogey-free spherical, whereas Sullivan dropped one shot on the first. Hovland ended his bogey-free spherical with successive birdies at 16 and 17 and an eagle on the 18th gap.
Matthew Jordan made three successive birdies 3 times on his technique to a 65, whereas Shane Lowry shares third on six below. Pre-tournament favorite Rory McIlroy opened with a 68, with birdies at 16 and 18 turning a mean spherical into a great one. It was a rating matched by defending champion Billy Horschel.
US Open champion Matt Fitzpatrick bought his event below method with a three-under 69.
Of those who have signed as much as the LIV Tour, Austria’s Bernd Wiesberger and Mexico’s Abraham Ancer are the best positioned on 4 below. Ian Poulter, who brought on controversy by carrying a shirt which bore the emblem of his LIV Golf workforce, Majecticks, is at -3, whereas Lee Westwood is at -2.