Kaymer wants to see BMW PGA moved to later in year


Defending U.S. Open champion Martin Kaymer would like to see Europe’s flagship event pushed back on the calendar.

The BMW Championship is the biggest non-major of the season on the European Tour. It is being contested this week at Wentworth Golf Club in Virginia Water, England.

Kaymer’s reasoning is twofold: the event’s relationship to the Open majors and course conditions.

"It's going to be difficult to plan around the U.S. Open (in June) and the British Open (in July),” Kaymer said Tuesday during a news conference. “But for such a big event you should get the best date."

Several of Europe’s top players have been critical of the Ernie Els redesign at Wentworth. Kaymer said that part of the problem is the greens aren’t at their best during late May.

"Talking to a few members, they said if you come here in six weeks the greens are perfect,” Kaymer said. “For us players it would be even more fun to play the course then."

Six weeks later would have the event in between the U.S. and British Open, similar to how the PGA Tour’s Players Championship is situated between the Masters and U.S. Open.