BMW PGA Championship resumes Saturday, reduced to 54 holes

The BMW PGA Championship will resume play Saturday morning at Wentworth Club in Virginia Water, England, following its suspension in the wake of Queen Elizabeth II's death on Thursday.

Play was initially halted at 6:32 p.m. local time after news of the Queen's death was announced, "out of respect for Her Majesty and the Royal Family." Play was fully cancelled on Friday.

DP World Tour officials stated just after 3 p.m. BST on Friday that play would re-commence on Saturday, with the second round beginning at 6:40 a.m. local time and the 30 players who still needed to complete their opening rounds setting out at 7:30 a.m.

"The decision to restart on Saturday has been taken in accordance with Official National Mourning guidance and in consultation with the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS)," the tour said in a statement.

"The Wentworth event will give players, caddies, staff, volunteers and spectators the opportunity to come together across the weekend, not only to express their condolences but also to celebrate the extraordinary life of Her Majesty.

We join other sports in doing this, including the Men’s Test Match between England and South Africa at The Oval and the Women’s IT20 match between England and India in County Durham, Premiership Rugby Union, Rugby League and the Great North Run in the north east of England."

The tour also announced that the event, its flagship tournament, would be reduced to 54 holes. It explained why in the statement:

"The Rolex Series event will now be contested over 54 holes with the intention to finish on Sunday as scheduled.

It is not possible to play the full 72 holes and finish on Monday as we cannot guarantee the staff, facilities or security of the venue on Monday due to the on-going plans for the state funeral," the statement read.

"Across the weekend at Wentworth, black ribbons will be made available for people to wear and flags will continue to fly at half-mast.

In addition, there will be a two minute silence at 9:50 a.m. (local time) on Saturday morning across the venue to commemorate the life of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II, with the proclamation of King Charles III being shown on the television screens in the Championship Village from 10 a.m."

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