Many of the world’s leading players will gather at Wentworth on Monday, May 23 to celebrate the life of the late Seve Ballesteros and to raise funds for the Seve Ballesteros Foundation (SBF).
Six Major champions will take part in Olé Seve! – aid of the Seve Ballesteros Foundation over the West Course, with all proceeds being donated to the SBF in partnership with Cancer Research UK, with the ambition of raising substantial monies for research into the illness which sadly cost the five-time Major Champion his life on May 7.
The Invitational event will take the form of a shotgun Pro-Am with a minimum of 22 teams participating and professionals including Major winners Michael Campbell, Retief Goosen, Martin Kaymer, Paul Lawrie, Graeme McDowell and Ballesteros’s Ryder Cup close friend, José Maria Olazábal.
The event, which will the BMW PGA Championship from May 26 to 29, will be open to the public and admission will take the form of a minimum £5 donation to the Seve Ballesteros Foundation. Car parking is free of charge and catering facilities will be open on the course and in the tented village.
Ballesteros won the PGA Championship twice, in 1983 and 1991, along with five World Match Play titles over the iconic West Course – his total haul of seven victories making the West Course his most productive return from any venue.
To mark that achievement, everyone attending Wentworth Club that day is being encouraged to wear navy blue in honour of the trademark outfit which Ballesteros wore to victory in the 1991 in the PGA Championship and, of course, when winning The Open at St Andrews in 1984.