BMW PGA Championship to resume on Saturday, reduced to 54 hole event

VIRGINIA WATER, England — The BMW PGA Championship will resume on Saturday following the death of Queen Elizabeth II and play suspended since Thursday evening.

“The Wentworth event will give players, caddies, staff, volunteers and spectators the opportunity to come together throughout the weekend, not only to express their condolences, but also to celebrate the extraordinary life of Her Majesty,” read a statement from DP World Tour. .

Officials plan to start the second round at 6:40 a.m. BST with the completion of the first round from 7:30 a.m. The event will be shortened to 54 holes.

“It is not possible to play the full 72 holes and finish on Monday as we cannot guarantee staff, facilities or site security on Monday due to ongoing plans for the state funeral,” the statement read.


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Thirty players did not complete the first round. Tommy Fleetwood, Andy Sullivan and Viktor Hovland tied the lead at 8 under.

Officials will have a two-minute silence at 9.50am local time to commemorate the Queen’s life, followed by the proclamation of King Charles III at 10.00am, which will be broadcast on TVs in the Championship Village.

Earlier on Friday, the UK’s Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport announced that “there is no obligation to cancel or postpone sporting events and fixtures…during the period of national mourning”. Other sports, such as the men’s cricket match between England and South Africa and the Premiership Rugby Union, are also planning to resume events on Saturday.

Some, like England’s Richard Bland, had questioned whether the tournament should continue following the death of Britain’s longest-serving monarch, and the Premier and English football leagues have postponed all matches until next week.

Black ribbons will be presented to players, caddies and officials to honor Queen Elizabeth II and the flags at Wentworth will continue to fly at half mast.

Golf Channel coverage will begin at 7 a.m. ET on Saturday.

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