Laidlaw recently was hospitalized due to complications which arose from hip-replacement surgery. With an OK from his doctors, he will call the shots with analyst and regular partner Warren Humphreys and on-course reporter Philip Parkin from a truly international field pursuing one of the most coveted titles on the European Tour. The BMW Championship was formerly the Volvo PGA Championship.
It has been a long and traumatic five months, but I am well on the way to a full recovery, said Laidlaw. I again thank all the viewers, commentators and players who were kind enough to send get well wishes to me during my indisposition. I appreciated every call, e-mail and card.
Live coverage of the BMW Championship on The Golf Channel will air Thursday through Sunday from 10 a.m. ' 1 p.m. ET.
Wentworth is a very special venue providing an excellent test for what is always one of the strongest fields of the year with the South African duo of Retief Goosen and Ernie Els, both of whom live locally, among the favorites along with David Howell from England, said Laidlaw. And, of course, there will be considerable interest in the form of Colin Montgomerie for who it is a last chance to make it into the top 50 in the world rankings and thus avoid missing the U.S. Open for the second consecutive year. Hes a multiple winner over the course so he may be the man to follow.