PGA crown a major target for Westwood

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Lee Westwood rates the BMW PGA title at Wentworth in two weeks the next biggest thing to winning a major.

As well as having all four current major champions, the field will boast the world’s top three in Westwood, Martin Kaymer and Luke Donald.

Winner of his last two events in Indonesia and Korea, the Worksop golfer said: “The BMW PGA Championship is the biggest title that I play for outside of the majors.

“It’s bigger than the World Golf Championships because of what the tournament represents for us as the European Tour.

“It’s the Tour’s showcase event and obviously I’d love to win.”

The nearest he has come in 17 attempts was runner-up to Colin Montgomerie in 2000, the year he returned to the West Course five months later and lifted the World Matchplay by beating the Scot at the second extra hole.