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For the similarly named PGA Tour event, see BMW Championship .
The BMW PGA Championship, as it is currently known for sponsorship reasons, is an annual men's professional golf tournament on the European Tour. It was founded in 1955 by the the Professional Golfers' Association, and as such was originally called the British PGA Championship. Since then it has had several sponsored names, but the phrase "PGA Championship" has usually been included in the name.

The PGA Championship is played each May over the West Course at the Wentworth Clubmarker in Surreymarker, Englandmarker. The PGA European Tour has its headquarters at the club and as the tour's home tournament, the PGA Championship is often regarded as the flagship event on the European Tour. It has usually had the highest prize money of any event which the tour organises, but this changed in 2009 with the introduction of the Race to Dubai, and the $10 million Dubai World Championship at the end of the season. There are other more lucrative events than the PGA Championship which are part of the European Tour schedule, such as the majors and the World Golf Championship events, but these are organised by other bodies. It is also the European Tour's designated "Premier event" for the purposes of the Official World Golf Rankings, with a minimum of 64 ranking points available to the winner.

In 2000, Colin Montgomerie became the only player to have completed a hat-trick of titles.

Winners

Year Venue Winner Country Score Winning margin Runner(s)-up
BMW PGA Championship
2009 Wentworth Clubmarker Paul Casey 271 (-17) 1 stroke Ross Fisher

2008 Wentworth Clubmarker Miguel Ángel Jiménez 277 (-11) Playoff (2nd hole) Oliver Wilson
2007 Wentworth Clubmarker Anders Hansen (2) 280 (-8) Playoff (1st hole) Justin Rose
BMW Championship
2006 Wentworth Clubmarker David Howell 271 (-17) 5 strokes Simon Khan
2005 Wentworth Clubmarker Ángel Cabrera 273 (-15) 2 strokes Paul McGinley
Volvo PGA Championship
2004 Wentworth Clubmarker Scott Drummond 269 (-19) 2 strokes Ángel Cabrera
2003 Wentworth Clubmarker Ignacio Garrido 270 (-18) Playoff (1st hole) Trevor Immelman
2002 Wentworth Clubmarker Anders Hansen (1) 269 (-19) 5 strokes Colin MontgomerieEduardo Romero
2001 Wentworth Clubmarker Andrew Oldcorn 272 (-16) 2 strokes Ángel Cabrera
2000 Wentworth Clubmarker Colin Montgomerie (3) 271 (-17) 3 strokes Darren ClarkeLee WestwoodAndrew Coltart
1999 Wentworth Clubmarker Colin Montgomerie (2) 270 (-18) 5 strokes Mark James
1998 Wentworth Clubmarker Colin Montgomerie (1) 274 (-14) 1 stroke Ernie ElsGary OrrPatrik Sjöland
1997 Wentworth Clubmarker Ian Woosnam (2) 275 (-13) 2 strokes Darren ClarkeErnie ElsNick Faldo
1996 Wentworth Clubmarker Costantino Rocca 274 (-14) 2 strokes Nick FaldoPaul Lawrie
1995 Wentworth Clubmarker Bernhard Langer (3) 279 (-9) 1 stroke Michael CampbellPer-Ulrik Johansson
1994 Wentworth Clubmarker José María Olazábal 271 (-17) 1 stroke Ernie Els
1993 Wentworth Clubmarker Bernhard Langer (2) 274 (-14) 6 strokes Gordon Brand, JnrColin MontgomerieFrank Nobilo
1992 Wentworth Clubmarker Tony Johnstone 272 (-16) 2 strokes Gordon Brand, JnrJosé María Olazábal
1991 Wentworth Clubmarker Severiano Ballesteros (2) 271 (-17) Playoff (1st hole) Colin Montgomerie
1990 Wentworth Clubmarker Mike Harwood 271 (-17) 1 stroke John BlandNick Faldo
1989 Wentworth Clubmarker Nick Faldo (4) 272 (-16) 2 strokes Ian Woosnam
1988 Wentworth Clubmarker Ian Woosnam (1) 274 (-14) 2 strokes Severiano BallesterosMark James
Whyte & Mackay PGA Championship
1987 Wentworth Clubmarker Bernhard Langer (1) 270 (-18) 4 strokes Severiano Ballesteros
1986 Wentworth Clubmarker Rodger Davis 281 (-7) Playoff Des Smyth

1985 Wentworth Clubmarker Paul Way 282 (-6) Playoff Sandy Lyle
1984* || [[Wentworth Club]] || [[Howard Clark (golfer)|Howard Clark]] || {{ENG}} || 204 (-12) || 2 strokes || [[Gordon J. Brand]]
[[Bernhard Langer]] |- !colspan=7|Sun Alliance PGA Championship |- | 1983 || [[Royal St George's Golf Club]] || [[Severiano Ballesteros]] (1) || {{ESP}} || 278 (-10) || 2 strokes || [[Ken Brown (golfer)|Ken Brown]]
[[Sandy Lyle]] |- | 1982 || [[Hillside Golf Club]] || [[Tony Jacklin]] (2) || {{ENG}} || 284 (-4) || Playoff || [[Bernhard Langer]] |- | 1981 || [[Ganton Golf Club]] || [[Nick Faldo]] (3) || {{ENG}} || 274 (-10) || 4 strokes || [[Ken Brown (golfer)|Ken Brown]]
[[Neil Coles]] |- | 1980 || [[Royal St George's Golf Club]] || [[Nick Faldo]] (2) || {{ENG}} || 283 (+3) || 1 stroke || [[Ken Brown (golfer)|Ken Brown]] |- !colspan=7|Colgate PGA Championship |- | 1979 || [[St Andrews Links]] || [[Vicente Fernandez (golfer)|Vicente Fernandez]] || {{ARG}} || 288 (E) || 1 stroke || [[Baldovino Dassù]]
[[Gary Player]] |- | 1978 || [[Royal Birkdale Golf Club]] || [[Nick Faldo]] (1) || {{ENG}} || 278 (-10) || 7 strokes || [[Ken Brown (golfer)|Ken Brown]] |- !colspan=7|Penfold PGA Championship |- | 1977 || [[Royal St George's Golf Club]] || [[Manuel Piñero]] || {{ESP}} || 283 (+3) || 3 strokes || [[Peter Oosterhuis]] |- | 1976 || [[Royal St George's Golf Club]] || [[Neil Coles]] || {{ENG}} || 280 (E) || Playoff (3rd hole) || [[Eamonn Darcy]]
[[Gary Player]] |- | 1975 || [[Royal St George's Golf Club]] || [[Arnold Palmer]] || {{USA}} || 285 (+5) || 2 strokes || [[Eamonn Darcy]] |- !colspan=7|Viyella PGA Championship |- | 1974 || [[Wentworth Club]] || [[Maurice Bembridge]] || {{ENG}} || 278 (-10) || 1 stroke || [[Peter Oosterhuis]] |- | 1973 || [[Wentworth Club]] || [[Peter Oosterhuis]] || {{ENG}} || 280 (-8) || 3 strokes || [[Dale Hayes]]
[[Donald Swaelens]] |- | 1972 || [[Wentworth Club]] || [[Tony Jacklin]] (1) || {{ENG}} || 279 (-9) || 3 strokes || [[Peter Oosterhuis]] |- !colspan=7|Schweppes Open |- | 1970–71 ||colspan=6 |''No tournament'' |- | 1969 || [[Ashburnham Golf Club]] || [[Bernard Gallacher]] || {{SCO}} || 293 || || |- | 1968 || [[Dunbar Golf Club]] || [[David Talbot (golfer)|David Talbot]] || {{ENG}} || 276 || || |- | 1967 (o) || [[Royal Mid-Surrey Golf Club]] || [[Peter Townsend (golfer)|Peter Townsend]] || {{ENG}} || 275 || || |- !colspan=7|Schweppes PGA Championship |- | 1967 (c) || [[Hunstanton Golf Club]] || [[Malcolm Gregson]] || {{ENG}} || 275 || || |- !colspan=7|British PGA Championship |- | 1966 (o) || [[Thorndon Park Golf Club]] || [[Brian Huggett]] || {{WAL}} || 271 || || |- | 1966 (c) || [[Saunton Golf Club]] || [[Guy Wolstenholme]] || {{ENG}} || 278 || || |- | 1965 || [[Prince’s Golf Club]] || [[Peter Alliss]] (3) || {{ENG}} || 286 || Playoff (1st hole) || [[Peter Butler (golfer)|Peter Butler]] |- | 1964 || [[Western Gailes Golf Club]] || [[Tony Grubb]] || {{ENG}} || 287 || || |- | 1963 || [[Royal Birkdale Golf Club]] || [[Peter Butler (golfer)|Peter Butler]] || {{ENG}} || 306 || || |- | 1962 || [[Little Aston Golf Club]] || [[Peter Alliss]] (2) || {{ENG}} || 287 || || |- | 1961 || [[Royal Mid-Surrey Golf Club]] || [[Brian Bamford]] || {{ENG}} || 266 (-10) || || |- | 1960* || [[Coventry Golf Club]] || [[Arnold Stickley]] || {{ENG}} || 247 || || |- | 1959 || [[Ashburnham Golf Club]] || [[Dai Rees]] || {{WAL}} || 283 || || |- | 1958 || [[Llandudno Golf Club]] || [[Harry Bradshaw (golfer)|Harry Bradshaw]] || {{IRL}} || 287 || || |- | 1957 || [[Maesdu Golf Club]] || [[Peter Alliss]] (1) || {{ENG}} || 286 || || |- | 1956 || [[Maesdu Golf Club]] || [[Charlie Ward (golfer)|Charlie Ward]] || {{ENG}} || 282 || Playoff (2 strokes) || [[Eric Brown (golfer)|Eric Brown]] |- | 1955 || [[Pannal Golf Club]] || [[Ken Bousfield]] || {{ENG}} || 277 || || |} * – Because of rain, in 1960 the tournament was reduced to 63 holes, and in 1984 it was shortened to 54 holes.(c) & (o) – In 1966 and 1967, both open and closed championships were held.

Multiple winners

Only eight men have won the event more than once up to and including 2009.
  • 4 wins:
    • Nick Faldo — 1978, 1980, 1981, 1989
  • 3 wins:
    • Peter Alliss — 1957, 1962, 1965
    • Bernhard Langer — 1987, 1993, 1995
    • Colin Montgomerie — 1998, 1999, 2000
  • 2 wins:
    • Tony Jacklin — 1972, 1982
    • Seve Ballesteros — 1983, 1991
    • Ian Woosnam — 1988, 1997
    • Anders Hansen — 2002, 2007


Media coverage

Currently in the United Kingdommarker, the first 2 rounds of the PGA Championship are shown live by Sky Sports with highlights being shown by the BBC, and the final 2 rounds are shown live by the BBC with highlights being shown by Sky Sports.

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