Luke Donald sets sights on BMW PGA Championship hat-trick

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Luke Donald has set his sights on a place in golf's record books by becoming only the second player to claim a hat-trick of BMW PGA Championship titles.

The world number six will return to Wentworth this week looking to win the tournament for a third consecutive year, emulating Colin Montgomerie's unprecedented achievement in 1998, 1999 and 2000.

In 2012, Donald joined Montgomerie and Sir Nick Faldo in an elite group of golfers to have successfully defended the European Tour's flagship event, after a stylish last day performance saw the 35-year-old cruise to a four-stroke win, following an impressive final round of 68.

The previous year, Donald overcame a pressure-cooker play-off with fellow Englishman Lee Westwood to claim the €750,000 first prize, and regain his place atop the Official World Golf Rankings.

"Obviously the BMW PGA Championship is The European Tour's flagship event and to win it back-to-back was very special for me," he reflected at the turn of the year. "It will be a great honour to go there and try to do what Monty did.

"It's a huge event on The European Tour schedule and the West Course is one that suits my game very well. I'll be going there with high expectations of trying to emulate the great Colin Montgomerie."

A record prize fund of €4.75million will be at stake at Wentworth Club, Surrey - an increase of €250,000 on last year - and this year's champion will receive €791,660, which is over €40,000 more than what was awarded for first prize in 2012.

The four day tournament starts in earnest on Thursday 23 May, and the overall winner will be crowned champion on Sunday 26 May, 2013.



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