Stenson in touch with 1st-round leader Stenson at Wentworth

Pablo Tucker
May 26, 2017

Francesco Molinari has been four times inside the top ten in his last five starts at Wentworth and his impressive 6th place finish at the Players Championship suggests his game is in good enough shape to continue his good run in this event.

The U.S. Women's Open is next, but that's not until the middle of July.

So in case there was any question which political direction the PGA Tour - and, by extension, the Champions Tour - leans, well, now we know.

This week the PGA Tour stays in the Lone Star State for the DEAN & DELUCA Invitational.

TV Coverage for DEAN and DELUCA Invitational: Thursday-Friday, 4-7 p.m. ET - Golf Channel. The Open champion is making his first appearance for three years and the Swede underlined why he was such a popular victor of the Claret Jug when asked by Sportsmail whether he felt a responsibility to be here.

Anyway, the victor still gets a plaid jacket and his name on the Wall of Champions.

"There's been some criticism on social media but that's my decision and if you're not happy with it that's your problem", said the Belgian, who won a record four points on his Ryder Cup debut at Hazeltine past year. It's also the second of back-to-back majors for the PGA Tour Champions.

The clubhouse at the Trump National Golf Club in Sterling, site of this week's Senior PGA Championship.

By any name, it's a busy week in golf.

Stenson birdied four of his last eight holes after starting with 11 straight pars on just his second appearance in the event in the last seven years, while Lee Westwood carded a 70 on his 24th consecutive appearance.

What's getting more attention is that Spieth last week changed putters. I never put mechanics in my putting, every time I tried - I tried different grips, I tried different lengths, I tried different putters but I always seem to go back to the same way putted, it's the only way I know how.

Justin Rose is playing beautifully in 2017 highlighted by his near miss at the Masters. He won it in 2008, memorable for a fan leaping into the water after the final birdie and Lefty's interview with Scoops Callahan. Saturday-Sunday, 1-2:30 p.m. Golf Channel, 3-6 p.m. - CBS. Goydos said it's just part of playing in front of crowds.

It will be Harrington's first event since March after he took time off to undergo surgery on his neck.

While famed for its hosting of the World Match Play during which such great encounters involving so numerous game's greats were a feature during the years between 1964 and 2008, the BMW PGA Championship has allowed the iconic British venue to continue its role in elite golf.

"The players wanted to go back in the direction of the old Harry Colt design", said McGinley.

"It's good", Stenson said of the changes.

It flared up as he lost a play-off to Graeme Storm at the BMW South African Open in January and he did not feature again until the WGC-Mexico Championship in March where he finished four shots behind victor Dustin Johnson.

At stake for the victor is a trip to the PGA Championship this summer at Quail Hollow Club in North Carolina. "And for me, it would be nice to climb even higher on the world rankings".

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