Big Guns Praise Wentworth Changes


Prior to this week?s BMW PGA Championship some of the European Tour?s biggest names have spoken in favour of the alterations made to the famous West Course by Ernie Els. Angel Cabrera, David Howell and Jose Maria Olazabal have voiced their support for the longer and tougher test posed by the ?Burma Road.?

?It?s wet but I have to say the changes are fair.? Said two-time Masters Champion Olazabal. ?The golf course demands a higher level of accuracy than before.?

Wentworth resident Els has overseen alterations that mean the West Course is now 310 yards longer at 7,308 yards. In addition 30 new bunkers have been built. His intention was to keep the original character of the Harry Colt design but to bring it in line with the distances that today?s professionals can hit the ball. Defending PGA champion Angel Cabrera believes the modifications are a success. ?He just lengthened it a little bit, he did not touch the original design.? Said the Argentine. ?I think the changes have been really well done.?

Play in the £2.9 million BMW Championship gets underway at 7.00 on Thursday morning.