23 May 2012

MJ Abbott's work showcased at Wentworth once again

MJ Abbott's expert golf construction work is on view once again at Wentworth this week, as the prestigious venue hosts the BMW PGA Championship from 24th-27th May 2012.

MJ Abbott's work showcased at Wentworth once again

18th Green, West Course, Wentworth

Parts of Wentworth's West Course were remodelled for a second time by Ernie Els following controversy at the 2010 BMW PGA Championship.

The construction work was carried out by leading golf course constructor MJ Abbott Limited, the firm responsible for the complete reconstruction of the iconic course prior to the 2010 tournament.

Els' modernisation of the Harry Colt classic saw radical changes made to many of the greens and bunkers and the addition of a water hazard at the previously forgiving 18th. Some parts of the course were universally criticised by the world's elite golfers in May 2010, prompting Wentworth's owner Richard Caring's pledge to make the necessary changes to get it right.

Steve Briggs, Contracts Director at MJ Abbott, explained the work that took place in autumn 2010: "The 8th and 18th greens were rebuilt to be more receptive. On the 8th, the putting surface and collar were enlarged by 30m² and the cross fall from right to left lessened. At the 18th the green and collar were increased in size by 180m² while the elevation of the green was reduced so it sits close to the height of the sleeper walling with a flatter apron at the front. In addition, the previous hollow back right was replaced with a mound to make the green far more receptive for players attempting to reach it in two."

For more information on this year's tournament, please visit the European Tour website.

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