The brave new world of world golf is suddenly on the horizon.
The British Masters, won in typically native weather by the admirable Eddie Pepperell at beautiful Walton Heath at the weekend, is a microcosm of the present state of the European Tour.
Halfway through his debut European Tour season, Connor Syme is in sight of his main goal, but this week offers a real opportunity to press on beyond it.
Henrik Stenson and Tommy Fleetwood have pulled out of the Aberdeen Standard Investments Scottish Open at Gullane to protect their chances of success in the Open Championship at Carnoustie next week.
Bradley Neil at least put a gloss on a tough weekend by finally getting the two birdies everyone thinks they should get off Wentworth’s final two holes, but it only added up to a second 74 and four shots gone over the last two rounds in his BMW PGA Championship debut.
Francesco Molinari always seemed destined to win one day at Wentworth, and the London-based Italian chose yesterday by holding a listless Rory McIlroy and the field at arms’ length to win the BMW PGA Championship.
Rory McIlroy retained the lead after the third round at the BMW PGA Championship, but that’s only a tiny part of the story with more than a few misadventures along the way on a crazy day at Wentworth.
Bradley Neil wobbled ever so slightly and spent a little time admiring the Wentworth foliage at the end, but the 22-year-old came through his big test with a place comfortably in the final two days at the BMW PGA Championship at Wentworth.
It’s not over, believes Rory McIlroy, and no-one in the rest of the field cares that it’s him atop the leaderboard after two rounds at the BMW PGA Championship with a commanding three-shot lead while not playing quite as well as he might.
Richie Ramsay’s best finish at Wentworth in the BMW PGA Championship is just a tie for ninth in 2013, but his enthusiasm for the West Course – the remodelled version – is unbounded.