BMW PGA Championship R1

Wallace wows Wentworth crowds with slick 65

September 19-22
Wentworth Golf Club, Virginia Water, Surrey, England
$7,000,000
Live leaderboard
Round 2, Round 3, Round 4

Matt Wallace delighted the home crowds in the opening round of the BMW PGA Championship, the fourth Rolex Series event of the 2019 Race to Dubai, as the 29-year-old carded a flawless seven under 65 to move into a one-stroke lead.

BMW PGA Championship R1 - Matt Wallace delighted the home crowds, as the 29-year-old carded a flawless seven under 65 to move into a one-stroke lead.
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“I’m very happy. Whenever you can get off to a start like that, it boosts your confidence and I’m just going on from last week really. I said to my caddie Smarty when we were walking to the first tee, let’s keep the same focus as how we ended last week – just carry it on.

The sun blazed down upon the pristine Wentworth Club on Day One as the prestigious championship – ushering in a new era as it moved date from May to September – welcomed a total of 19,612 fans.

Wallace, who won three of his four European Tour titles in 2018 but is yet to win this year, was the star of the show as he opened with a birdie three at the first before a stunning eagle-birdie-birdie run from the fourth hole saw him reach the turn in five under par.


“It’s very nice and pleasing to shoot that around here. I’m always grinding, working on trying to figure it out and get better.

“It’s the biggest event for me now, my home event. I’ve played the course plenty of times before coming into this week, and I feel comfortable. It always helps when your game’s in shape, as well.”

The Londoner cruised home with a couple more birdies to move to the top, ahead of Spain’s Jon Rahm and Swede Henrik Stenson on six under par, while their 2018 Ryder Cup-winning team-mate Justin Rose was a shot further back after a five under 67.

“I enjoy the Rolex Series events,” said Rahm. “I really don’t know what it is, if it’s coincidence or just the quality of people and players out here that make me want to play better. But at the same time, it’s also the history of those events in a place like this – there’s a lot of golf history and it’s really fun to be around.

“You need to pick your battles on this course. You definitely need to be swinging good. Any little mistake you’re going to pay for it.”


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DP World Tour Rankings

Golf Ranking
By GT Editor
Pos.
Player
Nat
To Par
R1
1
Matt Wallace
ENG
-7
65
T2
Henrik Stenson
SWE
-6
66
T2
Jon Rahm
ESP
-6
66
4
Justin Rose
ENG
-5
67
T5
Scott Jamieson
SCO
-4
68
T5
Andrea Pavan
ITA
-4
68
T5
Sebastian Soederberg
SWE
-4
68
T5
Christiaan Bezuidenhout
RSA
-4
68
T5
Ernie Els
RSA
-4
68
T5
Paul Casey
ENG
-4
68
T5
Danny Willett
ENG
-4
68
T5
Joost Luiten
NED
-4
68
T5
George Coetzee
RSA
-4
68
T14
Steven Brown
ENG
-3
69
T14
Alvaro Quiros
ESP
-3
69
T14
Jordan Smith
ENG
-3
69
T14
Robert MacIntyre
SCO
-3
69
T14
Viktor Hovland
NOR
-3
69
T14
Rafael Cabrera Bello
ESP
-3
69
T14
Francesco Molinari
ITA
-3
69
T14
Miguel Angel Jimenez
ESP
-3
69
T14
Romain Langasque
FRA
-3
69
T14
Russell Knox
SCO
-3
69
T14
Alexander Noren
SWE
-3
69
T14
Andrew Johnston
ENG
-3
69
T14
Julien Guerrier
FRA
-3
69
T27
Gonzalo Fernandez-Castano
ESP
-2
70
T27
Paul Waring
ENG
-2
70
T27
Erik Van Rooyen
RSA
-2
70
T27
Michael Lorenzo-Vera
FRA
-2
70
T27
Tommy Fleetwood
ENG
-2
70
T27
Justin Walters
RSA
-2
70
T27
Ashley Chesters
ENG
-2
70
T27
Matthias Schwab
AUT
-2
70
T27
Marcus Kinhult
SWE
-2
70
T27
Ross Fisher
ENG
-2
70
T27
Martin Kaymer
GER
-2
70
T27
Patrick Reed
USA
-2
70
T27
Tony Finau
USA
-2
70
T27
Chris Wood
ENG
-2
70
T27
Joakim Lagergren
SWE
-2
70
T42
Tapio Pulkkanen
FIN
-1
71
T42
Romain Wattel
FRA
-1
71
T42
Mikko Korhonen
FIN
-1
71
T42
Renato Paratore
ITA
-1
71
T42
Edoardo Molinari
ITA
-1
71
T42
Tom Lewis
ENG
-1
71
T42
Haotong Li
CHN
-1
71
T42
Andy Sullivan
ENG
-1
71
T42
Richard Sterne
RSA
-1
71
T42
Jason Scrivener
AUS
-1
71
T42
Yusaku Miyazato
JPN
-1
71
T42
Andres Romero
ARG
-1
71
T42
Richie Ramsay
SCO
-1
71
T42
Aaron Rai
ENG
-1
71
T42
Jeung-Hun Wang
KOR
-1
71
T42
Thomas Aiken
RSA
-1
71
T42
Kurt Kitayama
USA
-1
71
T42
Shubhankar Sharma
IND
-1
71
T42
Julian Suri
USA
-1
71
T42
Sam Horsfield
ENG
-1
71
T42
Andrew Putnam
USA
-1
71
T42
Trevor Immelman
RSA
-1
71
T42
Lee Westwood
ENG
-1
71
T42
Fabrizio Zanotti
PAR
-1
71
T42
Lee Slattery
ENG
-1
71
T42
Thomas Detry
BEL
-1
71
T42
Robert Coles
ENG
-1
71
T69
Shiv Chawrasia
IND
Par
72
T69
Oliver Fisher
ENG
Par
72
T69
Scott Hend
AUS
Par
72
T69
Branden Grace
RSA
Par
72
T69
Shane Lowry
IRL
Par
72
T69
Jorge Campillo
ESP
Par
72
T69
Nacho Elvira
ESP
Par
72
T69
Benjamin Hebert
FRA
Par
72
T69
Gavin Green
MAS
Par
72
T69
Matthew Cort
ENG
Par
72
T69
Ricardo Melo Gouveia
POR
Par
72
T69
Ashun Wu
CHI
Par
72
T69
Billy Horschel
USA
Par
72
T69
Brandon Stone
RSA
Par
72
T69
Adrian Otaegui
ESP
Par
72
T69
Raphael Jacquelin
FRA
Par
72
T85
Soren Kjeldsen
DEN
1
73
T85
Padraig Harrington
IRL
1
73
T85
Justin Harding
RSA
1
73
T85
Thomas Pieters
BEL
1
73
T85
Darren Fichardt
RSA
1
73
T85
Nicolas Colsaerts
BEL
1
73
T85
Matthew Southgate
ENG
1
73
T85
Matthew Fitzpatrick
ENG
1
73
T85
Tyrrell Hatton
ENG
1
73
T85
Ian Poulter
ENG
1
73
T85
Kiradech Aphibarnrat
THA
1
73
T85
Chris Paisley
ENG
1
73
T85
David Lipsky
USA
1
73
T85
Bradley Dredge
WAL
1
73
T85
Maximilian Kieffer
GER
1
73
T100
Wade Ormsby
AUS
2
74
T100
Bernd Wiesberger
AUT
2
74
T100
Guido Migliozzi
ITA
2
74
T100
Haydn Porteous
RSA
2
74
T100
Thomas Bjorn
DEN
2
74
T105
Richard McEvoy
ENG
3
75
T105
Alexander Levy
FRA
3
75
T105
David Howell
ENG
3
75
T105
David Law
SCO
3
75
T105
Hideto Tanihara
JPN
3
75
T105
Lucas Herbert
AUS
3
75
T105
Lucas Bjerregaard
DNK
3
75
T105
Robert Rock
ENG
3
75
T105
Paul O’Hara
SCO
3
75
T114
James Morrison
ENG
4
76
T114
Stephen Gallacher
SCO
4
76
T114
Rory McIlroy
NIR
4
76
T114
Luke Donald
ENG
4
76
T114
Robert Karlsson
SWE
4
76
T114
Dean Burmester
RSA
4
76
T114
David Drysdale
SCO
4
76
T114
Alexander Bjoerk
SWE
4
76
T122
Thongchai Jaidee
THA
5
77
T122
Pablo Larrazabal
ESP
5
77
T122
Jens Dantorp
SWE
5
77
T125
Jose Maria Olazabal
ESP
6
78
T125
Ryan Fox
NZL
6
78
T127
Matthieu Pavon
FRA
7
79
T127
Eddie Pepperell
ENG
7
79
T127
David Dixon
ENG
7
79
130
Paul Dunne
IRL
8
80
131
Jacques Kruyswijk
RSA
9
81
DSQ
Nino Bertasio
ITA
Par
76