It wasn’t even the first hole-in-one during the first round of the BMW PGA Championship, the European Tour’s flagship event — that honor went to Craig Lee, who aced the par-3 no. 2 at Wentworth’s West Course.
Timing is always everything, isn’t it? I was walking back to the media center from a nearly empty range when I saw Ernie Els, one of two players still practicing on the eve of the European Tour’s flagship event, the BMW PGA Championship. I almost kept going, but I figured golf fans would love to see The Big Easy hitting balls. In other words, it was a perfect moment to use Periscope — and it turned out to be even better than I thought.
Ernie, who was in charge of the redesign at Wentworth, the event’s venue, saw me watching him and pointing my phone at him, so he said hello and asked what I was doing (mostly, I think he was surprised to see me on this side of the pond because there isn’t much American media here). I started to explain Periscope to him and his interest piqued. I mean, he got really into it — he answered questions, demonstrated a swing tip, showed off his clubs and more.
You can watch the video above, but you should really download Periscope if you can and watch it on the app for the full effect because you can see all the comments and how Ernie was interacting with fans.
The ever-unpredictable Patrick Reed was scheduled to play at the European Tour’s flagship event, the BMW PGA Championship at Wentworth, along with next week’s Irish Open at Royal County Down, which world no. 1 Rory McIlroy is hosting for the first time. However, he unexpectedly withdrew from both events on Monday. The strange part is that instead he’s entered in the PGA Tour’s Crowne Plaza Invitational at Colonial in Fort Worth, Texas.
In case you missed the live interviews on Periscope — since it was dark-o-clock in the U.S. — I spoke with Nicolas Colsaerts, Luke Donald, Matteo Manassero and Mikko Ilonen this morning at Wentworth, the site of the European Tour’s flagship event, the BMW PGA Championship. (Don’t worry, I asked if I could use the live-streaming app in advance and received permission from the European Tour, which has different media regulations, and I’m pretty much allowed to Periscope until the cows come home from Monday-Wednesday.)
Hello! Sorry it’s been a few days since I’ve posted, but I’ve had a pretty hectic couple of weeks and needed to catch up on sleep.
As you know, my credentials were revoked for the remainder of the PGA Tour season, so I’m doing my best to turn lemons into lemonade. (Don’t worry, I can still cover the majors!) Thus, I decided to head across the pond and cover the BMW PGA Championship, the European Tour’s flagship event, where world no. 1 Rory McIlroy is defending champion. I leave tonight.
For the second year in a row, Henrik Stenson finished the European Tour’s Race to Dubai in style. The Swede posted a final round 70 to defend his title in the DP World Tour Championship, Dubai, by two shots, holding off a trio of Ryder Cup teammates.
The clever folks at European Tour Productions have done it again, making another entertaining video with some of the biggest names in the game. This time, Rory McIlroy, Henrik Stenson and Justin Rose return to the Earth course at Jumeirah Golf Estates to challenge each other to the famous shots they once pulled off there. #braggingrights
Brooks Koepka fired a final-round, seven-under 65 to overcome a two-shot deficit and secure his maiden victory on the European Tour at the Turkish Airlines Open. The 24-year-old American posted an tournament total 17-under to edge out Ian Poulter by a shot.
On Sunday Rory McIlroy announced his plans to significantly increase his commitment to the European Tour’s Irish Open. His role will also expand, with his charitable foundation, The Rory Foundation, becoming the official tournament host starting next year.
Rory McIlroy piped his drive on the 436-yard par-4 13th at Royal Aberdeen in the first round of the Scottish Open, reaching the green and accidentally hitting into the group in front of him while they were still putting.