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Westwood hails BMW-PGA Championship as 'top 10' event

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Lee Westwood is looking forward to this week's BMW-PGA golf championship at Wentworth, describing the tournament as one of the 'top ten events in the world.'

One of the highlights of the European Tour calendar, the BMW-PGA attracts the world's top golfers to the United Kingdom, including those that usually only play the US PGA calender.

And Westwood believes the stiff competition makes it one of the most competitive tournaments in the world.

"This is among the top ten events in the world for me, which is why I want to play it," Westwood told a packed press conference at Wentworth.

Many of the European Tour events fail to attract the big names often associated with the US Tour, but Wentworth is usually an exception, attracting the cream of the golfing crop to Surrey.

But Westwood also added that the two Tour organisers could work together to make it easier for the game's top players to play more regularly on both sides of the Atlantic.

"I think the European Tour has to match-up with the US PGA tour rather than fight it," said Westwood.

"They need to work with them if they want to get the top players over, and build around tournaments like Wentworth and the Open."

The former-number one player in the world is back in the United Kingdom for the tournament after spending several months in America, and he'll be hoping for a positive result on home soil.

Compatriot Luke Donald has won the last two BMW-PGA tournaments, including a dramatic victory over Westwood in a final-hole playoff in 2011.

But the Mansfield-born Westwood will be hoping to go one better this year and get his name on the trophy for the first time, before attention turns to the US Open next month.

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