Els set to play at Wentworth
London - Triple major winner Ernie Els will play this year's PGA Championship at the remodeled Wentworth layout he designed, the South African said on Friday.
"I'm really excited about returning to Wentworth and playing the new-look West Course," the 40-year-old, fresh from his first win in two years at the WGA-CA Championship in Florida on Sunday, told the European Tour website (www.europeantour.com).
"Everyone knows how special Wentworth is to me, so of course it was an honour to be given the responsibility of renovating this classic course and bringing it into the 21st century," said the man known as the 'Big Easy' for his effortless swing.
The European Tour's flagship event is usually a memorable affair but this year's tournament, from May 20-23, will be even better according to the tall father-of-two Els.
"I'm expecting the new greens to be a dream to putt on. Playing it in tournament conditions is going to be very special," added the world number eight, who owns a property on the estate 20 miles south west of central London.
The players will have to be on their guard because new bunkers have been added to stop big hitters dominating the course and the tough 18th has been significantly altered to present an even more formidable closing hole.