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Rory McIlroy confirms he will compete in the BMW PGA Championship at Wentworth

By Adam McKendry

Rory McIlroy has confirmed that he will be part of the field for the European Tour's flagship event, the BMW PGA Championship at Wentworth in May.

The World No.7, who won the event in 2014, will tee it up at the prestigious event in Surrey which serves as one of the European Tour's Rolex Series events.

That win, where he came from seven shots back to overtake Irishman Shane Lowry to finish top, was the catalyst for a stunning summer as McIlroy went on to win The Open Championship, the WGC-Bridgestone Invitational and the USPGA Championship as well as featuring in Europe's Ryder Cup win at Gleneagles.

McIlroy missed last year's event due to a rib injury, but this year he joins English aces Paul Casey and Tommy Fleetwood among the star attractions at Wentworth's infamous West Course, which has undergone several transformations since last the 2017 edition.

The former World No.1 has recently seen a resurgence in his game after he won at the Arnold Palmer Invitational at Bay Hill a couple of weeks ago and is now among the favourites to win next week's first Major of the season, the Masters at Augusta National.

But, come May, the BMW PGA Championship will be McIlroy's first event in Europe this season having only played in the middle east and America so far, and the Holywood golfer excited to be returning to the course he triumphed on four years ago.

“I’m looking forward to going back to Wentworth,” said McIlroy. “I haven’t played there in a couple of years but from what I’ve seen, with the new grass that they’ve put in, it looks a much better golf course, a much more playable golf course.

“It was always a great golf course but sometimes it could get very tricky with some of the lies you could get. For them to re-grass the place and for it to look as good as it does is great, and I’m looking forward to playing it.

“It’s always a good week. If Wentworth gets good weather, and hopefully we do, the crowds are awesome, the golf course is great, and the area is beautiful, so I’m looking forward to going back.

“I’ve had a weird relationship with Wentworth,” he said. “I had the win there back in 2014 but I haven’t really done much else. I think I had a top five back in 2009 but it’s been a place of high frustration for me so I’m looking forward to going back and trying to solve the puzzle again. At least I do have good memories there.”

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