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Top names commit to BMW Championship

Ernie Els, Colin Montgomerie and Michael Campbell have confirmed their participation in the BMW Championship at Wentworth later this month.

The trio have won a combined 11 titles at the Surrey venue but new challenges lie in wait for the May 25-28 tournament, the European Tour's flagship event.

Under the guidance of world number six Els, who has won a record six World Match Play crowns at Wentworth, the West Course has been remodelled to meet the demands of the modern-day golfer.

"This has always been a great golf course but times have changed," said the South African, who has a home nearby.

"The West Course is nearly 80 years old and my brief...was to ensure it remains a fitting challenge for the professional who plays in the tournaments as well as the members and the many amateur golfers for whom it is always a special experience to come here," Els told the tour's official website on Monday.

Eight-times European number one Montgomerie will attempt to equal fellow Briton Nick Faldo's record of four stroke play wins at Wentworth.

"You always return to somewhere you won three years in a row with a good feeling and I have always felt very comfortable playing at Wentworth," said the 42-year-old Scot.

"Even with the changes, I don't think that will be any different this year."

Montgomerie won the PGA Championship, forerunner of the BMW, in 1998, 1999 and 2000, and also lifted the World Match Play trophy in 1999.

New Zealander Campbell, the U.S. Open champion, registered his first victory at Wentworth when he beat Ireland's Paul McGinley 2 & 1 in the final of last year's World Match Play.



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