German professional golfer Martin Kaymer has revealed he is delighted to go up against such a strong field at the BMW PGA Championship tomorrow (May 24th), as some of the world's biggest players stand off at the Wentworth Club in Surrey.
The 27-year-old, who is currently ranked 11th in the world, is one of 14 major winners and one of nine former European Tour number ones to take part in the flagship tournament - which could see anyone take the crown.
Also taking part in the prestigious event are the top three players in the world at the moment, Northern Ireland's Rory McIlroy and English duo Luke Donald
and Lee Westwood
An early exit at the Volvo Match Play Championship over the weekend allowed Kaymer to cheer on his team Bayern Munich who lost against Chelsea in the Champions League final last Saturday.
But now, the talented professional - who has competed in eight tournaments this year so far - is determined his practice will make perfect and lead to success at the BMW PGA Championship.
"I was practising more than playing so far this year. I didn't play a lot of tournaments, but obviously it has a reason," he commented.
"I'm just practising towards a goal and I think it's pretty normal that you can't play great golf
Meanwhile, fellow major champion Ernie Els
has made his own prediction for this weekend's event, estimating a much lower winning score at the Wentworth Club on Sunday after several tweaks to the course over the past year.
As part of the amendments, the 12th hole has been changed back to a par-five this year - measuring 531 yards - while a bank on the approach to the 15th has been flattened. In addition, a fringe has grown on the 17th to slow any straying shots and the last has also been altered.
With good weather forecast for this weekend, Els said he is confident players will take advantage of more opportunities, while predicting last year's winning total of six-under-par will be beaten.
"The scoring is going to be better," he remarked. "I think 14, 16 under is going to be the winning score again. Hopefully we will have more smiling faces from the players this year."
Els also claimed the bank on the 15th hole that is situated just before the green is "unfair" for those players using a long iron, stating it requires a flatter area so the ball could pitch and remain on the green.