Two BMW champions were crowned this weekend, and in a unique ceremony both golfers were brought together at Wentworth Club following the culmination of the BMW PGA Championship.
After her victory at the BMW Ladies Italian Open on Saturday, Trish Johnson was flown over to England by BMW to attend the final round of the BMW PGA Championship at the Wentworth Club on Sunday, where she joined Anders Hansen at the presentation ceremony.
“This is the first time that BMW has been title partner of two separate events running side by side in one week, and we are delighted that Trish Johnson is here to join us at the BMW PGA Championship.” commented Peter Walker, General Manager of Sports Marketing for BMW UK. “Both events this weekend have seen some fantastic golf, witnessed by substantial galleries, and we are delighted to be represented by two fine champions.”
In Italy, English Solheim Cup stalwart, Trish Johnson, rolled back the years to claim her 18th worldwide victory and first since 2004, at the BMW Ladies Italian Open on Saturday, in what was a thrilling finale over the Sheraton Parco de Medici course in Rome.
Johnson predicted ahead of her final round that she would need to shoot 66 to win the tournament, and she was right. A scintillating final round 62 from German sensation Bettina Hauert, including a back nine of eight-under-par 29, to tie the Ladies European Tour’s record for the lowest nine holes in a tournament, saw her charge through the field to hold a three stroke advantage at the end of her round.
Needing to birdie the final three holes to overtake Hauert, Johnson rallied with birdies at the 16th and 17th to draw level, and then, needing to birdie the par-five 18th for victory, she hit her 105-yard approach shot to three feet with a 52 degree wedge and rolled in the birdie putt for victory.
Commenting on her win Johnson said, “I am thrilled to be invited by BMW to join the prize-giving at Wentworth, it is a real honour for me and for Ladies golf to be present at culmination of the flagship event”.
BMW is the title partner of three events on the 2007 European Tour Schedule including, the BMW Asian Open, in Shanghai, China, the BMW PGA Championship, Wentworth Club, England and the BMW International Open, Munich, Germany. In the United States, BMW is the title partner of the PGA Tour’s BMW Championship, played over Cog Hill Golf & Country Club, Chicago, 6th-9th September.
A Gutsy performance from both sides