BMW PGA Championship resumes on Saturday with 54-hole format after Queen Elizabeth II’s death

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The BMW PGA Championship resumes on Saturday in a new format after the DP World Tour temporarily suspended the tournament Thursday after the death of Queen Elizabeth II.

The European Tour said in a statement on Friday that the flagship tournament at Wentworth Golf Club will now be shortened to 54 holes and the second round of the event will begin at 6:40 AM local time.

A rainbow appears as flags are flown at half-mast on the first tee following the announcement of the passing of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II during the BMW PGA Championship on September 8, 2022 at Wentworth Golf Club in Virginia Water, England.
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Players unable to complete the first round will return to their previous spot on the course at 7:30 AM local time.

“The decision to resume on Saturday has been made in accordance with official national grief counseling and in consultation with the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS),” the tour said in a statement.

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“The Wentworth event will give players, caddies, staff, volunteers and spectators the chance to gather all weekend, not only to offer their condolences, but also to celebrate Her Majesty’s extraordinary life.”

A screen shows the announcement that play will be suspended following the death of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II during the BMW PGA Championship on September 8, 2022 at Wentworth Golf Club in Virginia Water, England.

A screen shows the announcement that play will be suspended following the death of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II during the BMW PGA Championship on September 8, 2022 at Wentworth Golf Club in Virginia Water, England.
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Officials mentioned the possibility that the course will not be available through Monday and the ongoing plans for the Queen’s funeral as a reason to shorten the course to finish on Sunday.

Out of respect for the death of the Queen, the DP World Tour said all planned entertainment events would be canceled and black ribbons would be made available for people to wear.

Flags are flown at half-mast at Wentworth Club House following the announcement of the death of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II during the BMW PGA Championship on September 8, 2022 at Wentworth Golf Club in Virginia Water, England.

Flags are flown at half-mast at Wentworth Club House following the announcement of the death of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II during the BMW PGA Championship on September 8, 2022 at Wentworth Golf Club in Virginia Water, England.
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Flags will also remain at half-mast and a two-minute silence will be held at 9:50 a.m. local time.

“On behalf of our players and everyone associated with the European Tour group, our thoughts and deepest condolences remain with the Royal Family at this time,” said the DP World Tour.