BMW PGA Championship Winners and History – European Tour

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Founded in 1955, the BMW PGA Championship originally was known as the British PGA Championship. It has since gone through thirteen name changes and sponsors.

NOTE: This entry is for the European Tour event. Click here for the PGA TOUR’s Fedex Cup Playoff event.

Since 1984, the tournament has been played at Wentworth Club in Surrey, England. The European Tour’s headquarter is at Wentworth Club.

The BMW PGA Championship in its various forms long has been regarded as the European’s Tour flagship event. It is designated as the European Tour’s “Premier Event” for World Golf Rankings. Until 2009 and the introduction of the Dubai World Championship it also was the tournament with the European Tour’s highest prize.

Colin Montgomerie, Bernhard Langer, Nick Faldo and Peter Alliss have the most wins, with three each.

And, while Arnold Palmer never won the PGA Championship to complete the Career Grand Slam, he DID win the European PGA Championship in 1975.

The name is somewhat confusing, for there is also a PGA Championship in the United States, and a BMW Championship on the PGA TOUR, which was formerly the Western Open.

A list of past BMW PGA Championship winners follows

European PGA Winners

YearWinnerVenueScoreTo parMargin
BMW PGA Championship
2018Francesco MolinariWentworth Club271-172
2017Alexander NorenWentworth Club277-112
2016Chris WoodWentworth Club279-91
2015An Byeong-hunWentworth Club267−216 strokes
2014Rory McIlroyWentworth Club274−141 stroke
2013Matteo ManasseroWentworth Club278−10Playoff
2012Luke Donald (2)Wentworth Club273−154 strokes
2011Luke DonaldWentworth Club278−6Playoff
2010Simon KhanWentworth Club278−61 stroke
2009Paul CaseyWentworth Club271−171 stroke
2008Miguel Ángel JiménezWentworth Club277−11Playoff
2007Anders Hansen (2)Wentworth Club280−8Playoff
BMW Championship
2006David HowellWentworth Club271−175 strokes
2005Ángel CabreraWentworth Club273−152 strokes
Volvo PGA Championship
2004Scott DrummondWentworth Club269−192 strokes
2003Ignacio GarridoWentworth Club270−18Playoff
2002Anders HansenWentworth Club269−195 strokes
2001Andrew OldcornWentworth Club272−162 strokes
2000Colin Montgomerie (3)Wentworth Club271−173 strokes
1999Colin Montgomerie (2)Wentworth Club270−185 strokes
1998Colin MontgomerieWentworth Club274−141 stroke
1997Ian Woosnam (2)Wentworth Club275−132 strokes
1996Costantino RoccaWentworth Club274−142 strokes
1995Bernhard Langer (3)Wentworth Club279−91 stroke
1994José María OlazábalWentworth Club271−171 stroke
1993Bernhard Langer (2)Wentworth Club274−146 strokes
1992Tony JohnstoneWentworth Club272−162 strokes
1991Seve Ballesteros (2)Wentworth Club271−17Playoff
1990Mike HarwoodWentworth Club271−171 stroke
1989Nick Faldo (4)Wentworth Club272−162 strokes
1988Ian WoosnamWentworth Club274−142 strokes
Whyte & Mackay PGA Championship
1987Bernhard LangerWentworth Club270−184 strokes
1986Rodger DavisWentworth Club281−7Playoff
1985Paul WayWentworth Club282−6Playoff
1984Howard ClarkWentworth Club204 (54 holes)−122 strokes
Sun Alliance PGA Championship
1983Seve BallesterosRoyal St George's Golf Club278−102 strokes
1982Tony Jacklin (2)Hillside Golf Club284−4Playoff
1981Nick Faldo (3)Ganton Golf Club274−104 strokes
1980Nick Faldo (2)Royal St George's Golf Club28331 stroke
Colgate PGA Championship
1979Vicente FernándezSt Andrews Links288E1 stroke
1978Nick FaldoRoyal Birkdale Golf Club278−107 strokes
Penfold PGA Championship
1977Manuel PiñeroRoyal St George's Golf Club28333 strokes
1976Neil ColesRoyal St George's Golf Club280EPlayoff
1975Arnold PalmerRoyal St George's Golf Club28552 strokes
Viyella PGA Championship
1974Maurice BembridgeWentworth Club278−101 stroke
1973Peter OosterhuisWentworth Club280−83 strokes
1972Tony JacklinWentworth Club279−93 strokes
Schweppes Open
1970–71No tournament
1969Bernard GallacherAshburnham Golf Club29351 stroke
1968 (o)David TalbotDunbar Golf Club276-85 strokes
1967 (o)Malcolm GregsonHunstanton Golf Club275-133 strokes
Piccadilly PGA Close Championship
1968 (c)Peter TownsendRoyal Mid-Surrey Golf Club275-51 stroke
PGA Close Championship
1967 (c)Brian HuggettThorndon Park Golf Club271-138 strokes
Schweppes PGA Close Championship
1966Guy WolstenholmeSaunton Golf Club278-24 strokes
1965Peter Alliss (3)Prince's Golf Club286-6Playoff (1st hole)
1964Tony GrubbWestern Gailes Golf Club287-12 strokes
1963Peter ButlerRoyal Birkdale Golf Club3062 strokes
1962Peter Alliss (2)Little Aston Golf Club2871 stroke
1961Brian BamfordRoyal Mid-Surrey Golf Club266-113 strokes
PGA Close Championship
1960Arnold StickleyCoventry Golf Club247 (63 holes)2 strokes
1959Dai ReesAshburnham Golf Club2836 strokes
1958Harry BradshawMaesdu Golf Club2871 stroke
1957Peter AllissMaesdu Golf Club2863 strokes
1956Charlie WardMaesdu Golf Club282Playoff (36 holes)
1955Ken BousfieldPannal Golf Club2772 strokes
(c) & (o)  – In 1967 and 1968, both open and closed championships were held.
European PGA Winners
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