Ryder Cup legends Martin Kaymer, Ian Poulter and Lee Westwood will all tee it up at next month’s BMW PGA Championship at Wentworth Club, the third Rolex Series event of the 2020 Race to Dubai, in the hope of sealing the coveted title for the first time in their storied careers.
The trio boast 20 Ryder Cup appearances between them, and each has played an important role in Europe’s dominance in golf’s greatest team event over the last 25 years.
Two-time Major winner Kaymer has won on three of the four occasions he represented Europe, including famously holing the winning putt to seal the trophy in the Miracle at Medinah in 2012.
The German will next month be making his 13th consecutive appearance at the BMW PGA Championship since his debut in 2007 and will be in confident form having come close to a 12th European Tour victory on two separate occasions in the last month.
Poulter, meanwhile, is regarded as one of the greatest Ryder Cup players of the modern era, the Englishman having been a talisman for Europe since his winning debut in 2004 at Oakland Hills – his first of five Ryder Cup wins in six appearances.
The 44-year-old has 12 European Tour victories to his name but is yet to win on English soil. He has made the cut in five of his last six appearances at Wentworth, with his best result in the event coming in 2012, when he finished in a share of tenth.
Westwood – who boasts ten appearances in The Ryder Cup, seven of them victorious – has won over Wentworth’s famous West Course, where he claimed the World Match Play Championship in 2000. He will be looking to add the BMW PGA Championship title to his 25 European Tour victories, which include two Rolex Series triumphs.
The 47-year-old claimed his first European Tour win in four years with victory in the 2018 Nedbank Golf Challenge, before earlier this year holding off the chasing pack of Matt Fitzpatrick, Tommy Fleetwood and Victor Perez to claim the Abu Dhabi HSBC Championship presented by EGA title.
Westwood, Kaymer and Poulter will join the defending champion Danny Willett, as well as his fellow home superstars Fitzpatrick, Fleetwood, Tyrrell Hatton and Justin Rose, in a star-studded field at Wentworth from October 8-11.
The event will this year take place without general spectators, in line with the European Tour’s medical health strategy and Public Health England guidance.