The BMW PGA Championship will resume on Saturday as a 54-hole event following Queen’s death

The BMW PGA Championship will resume on Saturday as a 54-hole event following Queen’s death

The BMW PGA Championship will resume on Saturday following the postponement of the event following the Queen’s death at the age of 96.

Buckingham Palace announced the news on Thursday night and the first round game at Wentworth was immediately halted with 30 players on the field.

The course and practice facilities were closed Friday, but play will resume at 6:40 a.m. Saturday, with the tournament limited to 54 holes. A two-minute silence will also be held at 9:50 a.m. on Saturday.

The DP World Tour said in a statement: “The decision to resume on Saturday was made in accordance with Official National Mourning guidelines and in consultation with the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS).

“The Wentworth event will give players, dancers, staff, volunteers and spectators the opportunity to come together over the weekend, not only to offer their condolences, but also to celebrate the extraordinary life of Mr.

“We have teamed up with other sports to do this, including the men’s test match between England and South Africa at the Oval and the women’s IT20 match between England and India in County Durham, Premiership rugby league, rugby league and Great North Run. northeast. from England.

“The second round of the BMW PGA Championship will resume at 6:40 am on Saturday and all previous times for the second round will remain the same.

“Those players who have not yet finished the first round will do so starting at 7:30 in the morning from the area of ​​the golf course where they stopped on Thursday afternoon.

A screen shows a message that play has been suspended following the announcement of the death of Queen Elizabeth II, during the first day of the BMW PGA Championship at Wentworth (Adam Davy/PA)


“The Rolex Series event will now be played over 54 holes with a view to finishing on Sunday as planned.

“It is not possible to play the full 72 holes and finish on Monday as we cannot guarantee staff, facilities or site security on Monday due to ongoing government funeral arrangements.

“During the weekend at Wentworth, black ribbons will be given out for people to wear and flags will continue to be flown at half mast.

“Furthermore, there will be a two-minute silence at 9:50 a.m. on Saturday morning in the entire area of ​​the memorial to the life of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II, while the announcement of King Charles III will be shown on television in the Championship Village from 10 a.m. .”

While the catering facilities will be open at Championship Village, the scheduled Jax Jones shows on Saturday and Razorlight on Sunday have been cancelled.

The statement continued: “On behalf of our players and everyone connected with the European Tour team, our thoughts and condolences are with the Royal Family at this time.”

Tommy Fleetwood, Andy Sullivan and Viktor Hovland shared the club lead at eight under par when play was suspended.

Tributes to the queen of the golf world continued to be paid on Friday, with Dame Laura Davies tweeting: “Thank you King you really were Elizabeth the Great RIP.

The Ladies European Tour wrote on social media: “Everyone at LET is deeply saddened to hear of the death of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II.

“Our thoughts and condolences are with the royal family and all who are mourning the loss of Her Majesty.”

A two-minute silence was observed on the second day of the VP Bank Swiss Ladies Open on Friday.