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2007 BMW PGA ChampionshipSURREY, England -- If you're looking for star power this week, check out the BMW PGA Championship, the flagship event on the European Tour.
Five of the top 10, and 11 of the top 30, players in the world will be at Wentworth this week.
World No. 5 Ernie Els is the top-ranked player in the field, but has never won this event, although he has finished second three times. Els has won a record six times at Wentworth at the HSBC World Match Play Championships.
In fact, of the 11 players ranked in the world top 30 playing this week, only Jose Maria Olazabal has won this event.
Padraig Harrington has also never won this event, but if he does, that would mean an extra one million euros. Harrington won last week's Irish Open and the huge bonus is on offer to any player who can win both that event and this one.
Last year, David Howell fired four rounds in the 60s to cruise to a five-stroke win over Simon Khan. The win moved Howell into the world top 10 at the time. However, he has since dropped to 32nd.
Since Colin Montgomerie won three straight from 1998 to 2000, no player has won more than once. In fact, if form holds, a first-time winner will be crowned this weekend. Every other winner since 2002 has been a first-time champion: Anders Hansen in '02 and Scott Drummond in '04.
Jose Maria Olazabal owns the record for most consecutive cuts made at this event with 19 and counting, while Montgomerie is right behind him at 17 and counting.
GOLF CHANNEL will cover all four rounds beginning at 10:00 a.m. ET Thursday and Friday, while 9:30 a.m. is the start time the final two days. The European Tour shifts to Wales next week for the Celtic Manor Wales Open, where Robert Karlsson won last year.
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