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Cabrera in strong Wentworth field

PGA Championship
Venue: Wentworth
Start Date: Thursday, 21 May
Coverage: Highlights on BBC Two and BBC Sport website on Thursday and Friday plus live coverage on BBC One/BBC Two and the BBC Sport website over the weekend


Angel Cabrera
This years Masters champion Cabrera is a past winner at Wentworth

The PGA Championship at Wentworth, the European Tour's flagship event, begins on Thursday and features eight major winners in an impressive line-up.

This year's Masters champion Angel Cabrera, who won in 2005, is among the bookmakers' favourites.

Sweden's Players Championship winner Henrik Stenson also competes, while Paul Casey heads the British challenge.

Cabrera said: "The West Course is one of my favourites. The atmosphere gives it the feel of a Major event."

The popular Argentine will attempt to follow in the footsteps of Seve Ballesteros, Nick Faldo, Bernhard Langer and Jose-Maria Olazabal, who all captured the Masters title before going on to further glory at Wentworth Club the following month.

Olazabal is also competing this year, along with the likes of Ernie Els, John Daly and Retief Goosen.

606: DEBATE

Englishman Luke Donald believes the wrist injury that cut short his 2008 season improved his game as he prepares for the Championship.

The 31-year-old missed the final two majors and the Ryder Cup last year following surgery on his left wrist.

But Donald, who goes out alongside Darren Clarke and Jeev Milkha Singh on Thursday, claimed the rest could have been a blessing in disguise.

"I don't feel the injury has diminished my play. I think it's helped," he said.

Donald finished two shots off eventual winner Miguel Angel Jimenez at Wentworth in 2008 but is without a victory since the 2006 Honda Classic in Florida.

"There is no reason why I cannot win this week. I am looking forward to winning again although it becomes harder and harder the longer you go," he went on.

"I think I am slowly getting there. The swing is a lot better and so is my attitude on the course."

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Northern Ireland's Rory McIlroy is goes out early at 0740 BST, partnering compatriot Graeme McDowell and American Ben Curtis, winner of the 2003 Open at Sandwich.

Els, Ross Fisher and Paul Casey head out 30 minutes later before Colin Montgomerie, Paul McGinley and dual winner Anders Hansen take to the course. The later starters include Cabrera and Lee Westwood but there is no Justin Rose.

The Englishman pulled out of Wednesday's pro-am with a back injury, and shortly afterwards confirmed he would be unable to take part.

McDowell was able to take part in the pro-am, four days after withdrawing from the Irish Open with shin splints.

The Ulsterman, whose exit came just a day after he had broken the course record at County Louth with a career-low 61, is staying at the same hotel as the British Lions squad, but said: "I don't think it would be a good idea for me to go training with them.

"I'm better, but I've been taking it easy so that I'm as ready as I can be for the opening round."



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see also
Injured Rose will miss Wentworth
20 May 09 |  Golf
Golf on the BBC
01 Jul 11 |  Golf
Jimenez secures dramatic PGA win
25 May 08 |  Golf
Gay triumphs in Heritage Classic
19 Apr 09 |  Golf
Wrist keeps Donald out of Classic
04 Mar 09 |  Golf
Donald set to return at Sun City
18 Nov 08 |  Golf
Surgery ends Donald's Ryder hopes
12 Aug 08 |  Golf


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