Carlsson outshines big names at Wentworth

England's Justin Rose plays an approach shot during day one of BMW PGA Championship at Wentworth Golf Club, near Virginia Water England Thursday May 25, 2017.

Els looked to have shot a solid 3-under 69, but his apparent eagle at the 12th was switched to a par and a round of 1-under 71 as the four-time major champion was unhappy with the lie he recreated for a plugged lie. "I don't think they were as good as everyone would have liked them to have been.

It's just what I need - the chance to come back to Britain and play some golf and enjoy it".

"The greens are absolutely as pure as you can find", said Els, a seven-time World Match Play victor on the Harry Colt-designed "Burma Road" layout. "I just played with what I had and I think that was the key to success". "I know deep down the ball wasn't quite where it should be and I wouldn't be able to live with myself".

"We listened to some of the players comments through the years since we started first changing and I think I feel we've got it right this time".

The West Course at Wentworth underwent a £5million renovation programme just eight days after Chris Wood's victory previous year, with all 18 greens stripped of their old turf and reseeded with a new type of grass. 8, 11, 14 and 16 were completely rebuilt and another five were partially rebuilt.

All of the bunkers were redesigned and a total of 29 removed, with a combination of those changes - and no doubt the £5.4m prize fund for the first Rolex Series event - helping to ensure Open champion Henrik Stenson was making just his second appearance in seven years in one of the European Tour's flagship events.

"Everyone on the European Tour has been incredibly supportive and that has helped me be free and clear on what I needed to do in my own mind".

"I was very disappointed to withdraw this morning with the recurrence of the same lower back injury that has been a problem for a few years", McGinley said last night.

Despite the penalty, Els sits five shots off the opening-round lead held by Sweden's Johan Carlsson.

Meanwhile, Leona Maguire's prospects of a successful LPGA career were enhanced by her latest performance at the elite NCAA championships after which she was hailed as "the smartest player I ever coached" by Duke University's golf team mentor Dan Brooks. Johann's a good friend of mine and he's caddied on the PGA Tour for a number of years, and he caddied for me four years ago or so.

  • Zachary Reyes