|Tyrrell Hatton will return to defend his BMW PGA Championship title when the Ryder Cup star leads a host of home hopefuls aiming to make it three English victories in a row at the third Rolex Series event of the 2021 Race to Dubai.
Hatton will be joined at the prestigious Wentworth Club by his fellow 2018 Ryder Cup stars Tommy Fleetwood and Justin Rose, as well as the 2020 Race to Dubai Champion Lee Westwood and Ryder Cup legend Ian Poulter.
The 2019 BMW PGA Championship winner and 2016 Masters Tournament champion Danny Willett will also tee it up on the West Course, as will World Number 23 Matt Fitzpatrick and four-time European Tour winner Matt Wallace.
They will all be hoping to delight the returning home fans at the Surrey venue, which will host some of the biggest stars of world golf in the final counting event for qualification to Pádraig Harrington’s European Ryder Cup team, as they attempt to retain the famous trophy against the United States two weeks later at Whistling Straits in Wisconsin.
Last year, Hatton claimed his first BMW PGA Championship title and his fourth Rolex Series victory, courtesy of a dominant four-stroke victory at Wentworth. He climbed into the top ten of the Official World Golf Ranking for the first time in his career in the process.
The 29-year-old has since spent every week but one in the world’s top ten, holding his own as England’s highest-ranked male golfer and winning a second successive Rolex Series title at January’s Abu Dhabi HSBC Championship.
“I am really excited about returning to defend my BMW PGA Championship title,” said Hatton. “To have the fans back at Wentworth is going to be pretty incredible and I’m sure they will create a memorable atmosphere.
“I was over the moon to put my name on the BMW PGA Championship trophy last October as this tournament has meant so much to me down the years. Defending that title in front of the home fans will be an extra special experience.”