The Queen died on Thursday aged 96, with play suspended immediately after at Wentworth; tournament reduced to 54 holes and resumed on Saturday, despite the postponement of all UK domestic football and many other top sporting events
Last update: 09/10/22 4:59 p.m.
BMW PGA Championship players paid a two-minute tribute to Queen Elizabeth II on Saturday.
Ryder Cup legend Lee Westwood and current captain Luke Donald were among the golfers to pay their respects to Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II following her passing during the BMW PGA Championship.
The tournament was immediately suspended on Thursday evening after Buckingham Palace announced the news of his death, with Friday’s play also canceled before the DP World Tour event – reduced to 54 holes – resumes on Saturday morning at Wentworth.
A two-minute period of silence at 9.50am was observed on the course, with staff, caddies and players joining DP World Tour General Manager Keith Pelley on the green in front of the first tee, while the proclamation of the King Charles III was shown. on screens in Championship Village.
Former BMW PGA Champion Danny Willett reflects on the passing of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II and describes the atmosphere around Wentworth
Black ribbons were made available to people and many golfers chose to dress in black to show their respect, with Westwood among those who shared memories of meeting the Queen after her second round.
“The world has lost an incredible woman,” Westwood said sky sports. “She always seemed to have time for everyone, and whenever I was in her presence, she always seemed very interested in what everyone was doing or had to say.
Lee Westwood says the Queen’s passing will be felt around the world
“I always came back from chatting with her with a smile on my face like it was a special moment. Reigning for as long as she did, so dignified – she had everyone’s respect.
“You just have to look at the outpouring of emotion and all the beautiful things people are saying around the world – not just in this country. Just an amazing queen really. Our queen.”
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Donald received an MBE for his services to golf on the Queen’s birthday in 2012, having met Her Majesty after taking part in Europe’s record Ryder Cup victory in 2004.
“She will be remembered as one of the greatest monarchs of all time – what she did, how long she reigned,” Donald said sky sports. “I was very lucky to meet her in 2004, I went to Buckingham Palace after we won our first Ryder Cup and she just had great grace about her.
“Just the fact that even until the last few days she was fulfilling her duties – it’s an incredible life that’s hard to put into words.”
Former Ryder Cup captain Thomas Bjorn took to Twitter shortly after the Queen’s passing on Thursday to salute her legacy, before praising the impact she had in the world following her second turn 70.
Former Ryder Cup captain Thomas Bjorn reflects on the Queen’s passing and what Her Majesty meant to people around the world
“He was a person who stretched far beyond the borders of this country and I think he inspired a lot of people around the world,” Bjorn said. “We have our own Danish royal family who inspire me on a daily basis, but this wonderful woman has done so much and lived a fantastic life.”
UK football authorities have opted to postpone all domestic matches scheduled for this weekend, but other sports have opted to go ahead, DP World Tour chief executive Keith Pelley insisting that continuing at Wentworth was the “right thing to do”.
DP World Tour CEO Keith Pelley says it’s an emotional day after the Queen’s death
“Yesterday we had a number of conversations with DCMS and saw the advice that came from the Palace,” Pelly told Sky Sports. “Most of the conversations I’ve had have been with the England and Wales Cricket Board.
“We both felt that bringing people together at this particular time, having both had the honor and respect of the day of the cancellation on Friday, was the right decision and the right thing to do.
“I’ve heard from so many players who want to honor Her Majesty and felt playing was the right way to do it.”
Australian Min Woo Lee was among the standout performers on Saturday and equaled the course record after a 10-under 62, after traveling to Buckingham Palace on Friday to pay his respects to the Queen.
“It was just a shock,” Lee said of the Queen’s death. “I’m finished [on Thursday] and I got the news and it’s not really what you want to hear. Yesterday we went to Buckingham Palace with some boys and paid our respects.
“Now we’re back and playing golf and hopefully we can just keep smiles on our faces and play good golf.”
The final round of the BMW PGA Championship will take place on Sunday as scheduled, with featured band coverage starting at 8.30am on Sky Sports Golf before full coverage from noon.