As always I'm looking forward to the BMW PGA Championship at Wentworth but this year all the fighting, the pullouts, the Chinese owners, the members, the European Tour sandwiched in the middle is taking away from the golf.

GMac. In the field this week!
Here's how I see it.

The BMW PGA Championship is the Tour's flagship event but now it's more famous for who is not playing than who is.  Wentworth used to be brilliant. Historic, classic and close to London. These days, the lustre is gone for the Tour's elite.  Even though he won is 2014 and is a short hop away in Dublin, Rory McIlroy wont play this week. He played Ireland last week, plays Memorial next.  There was a time when it would be unthinkable to have a top star miss the Tour's top event. Not any more.

The biggest problem is everyone hates the way the Chinese firm that bought Wentworth operate. They have tried golf's equivalent of ethnic cleansing on the membership by upping the fees and it's putting a lot of people off.  There are problems with the site and the neighbours.

The European Tour are trying to be friends with all sides because they live on the estate and are stuck in the middle.  Fighting with neighbours is a bad thing.

The other problem is the course.  All the chopping and changing hasn't gone down well and hence we are seeing the McIlroys, Stensons and Roses of the world all putting the feet up this week.  Of course not many in the players lounge in will admit publicly they don't like the redesign and the greens, but hey.

Where do we go from here?  Maybe somewhere else if all this keeps up.

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