Singh Els Headline in England


04 Volvo PGA ChampionshipA star-studded field befitting one of the European Tour's richest events will descend upon the famed Wentworth Club in Surrey, England, this week for the 50th Volvo PGA Championship.
Two of the world's top three ranked players in Vijay Singh and Ernie Els will be on hand as each will be in search of their first tournament title in this prestigous event.
Singh, who's best finsh in this event is a seventh place finsh in 2001, is currently waging war on Tiger Wood's stranglehold of the No. 1 world ranking. Already with three victories in the 2004 season, Singh could inch yet even closer with a win this week against such a strong field.
Els, though never visiting the winner's circle, has quite a remarkable record in this championship, with three runner-up finishes to go along with a pair of fourth place finishes in just eight Volvo PGA Championship appearances.

Joining Els and Singh is a well-known field comprised of the old guards of the tour and a promising wave of young talent that is already making good on their undeniable potential.
Four-time champion Nick Faldo, three-time champion Colin Montgomerie and 1994 winner Olazabal tee it up along side Australia's Adam Scott, England's Paul Casey and the winner of this past week's Deutsche Bank-SAP Open, South African Trevor Immelman. Immelman was runner-up in this event last year.
Scott, who won the PGA Tour's equivilant to the Volvo PGA - The Players Championship, has risen to 12th in the world rankings. This will be Scott's sixth start on tour this season, with his best finish a second-place showing at the Heineken Classic.
Defending champion Ignacio Garrido will return to the site of the biggest win of his golfing career. The Spaniard, whose only other European Tour title came back in the 1997 Volvo German Open, fired a brilliant final-round 7-under-par 65 to get into a playoff with Immelman before taking the title with a birdie on the first playoff hole.
Padraig Harrington, who was edged out by Immelman at the Deutsche Bank Open, has again not opted to play in the event, stating the course at Wentworth doesn't necessarily fit his game.
European Ryder Cup captain Bernhard Langer, who has won on three seperate occasions at this event, had to withdrawn due to a wrist problem that also forced him to withdraw from last weeks Deutsche Bank-SAP Open.
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