BMW PGA Championship will resume, shortened to 54 holes after Queen Elizabeth II’s death

Ryan Young

·Writer

Fri, 9 September 2022 at 7:23 pm

The BMW PGA Championship will finish on time after all.

The DP World Tour announced on Friday that the tournament at Wentworth in Surrey, England, will resume on Saturday morning following the death of Queen Elizabeth II — which halted play on Thursday night.

The tournament, which is one of the biggest on the DP World Tour’s schedule and features many of the world’s top golfers, has been shortened to 54 holes and will still finish on Sunday afternoon. The second round will start on Saturday morning, and those who did not finish their first round will conclude it where they left off then, too.

Black ribbons will be made available for people to wear, and all flags will continue to fly at half-mast. The tournament will also hold a two-minute moment of silence and broadcast the proclamation of King Charles III on Saturday morning.

The BMW PGA Championship was suspended through Friday shortly after Buckingham Palace announced Elizabeth’s death on Thursday afternoon.

The tournament is one of the more contentious ones this season, as both PGA Tour members and LIV Golf Invitational Series members are competing alongside each other. Billy Horschel called out LIV Golfers by name ahead of the tournament, and several others joined him in criticizing them for showing up — as it’s seen as just an attempt to gain Official World Golf Ranking points, something they can’t get at LIV tournaments.

Tommy Fleetwood, Andy Sullivan and Viktor Hovland held the lead at 8-under when play was halted. Rory McIlroy, who is fresh off his historic third FedExCup win and is poised to make a run at the DP World Tour title, is four shots back in a tie for 11th.

BMW PGA Championship
Play at Wentworth was suspended on Thursday night following the death of Queen Elizabeth II. (Ross Kinnaird/Getty Images)

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