BMW PGA Championship celebrates Queen Elizabeth at Wentworth

VIRGINIA WATER, England – Gray skies settled in on Wentworth early Saturday. A fitting stage.

The BMW PGA Championship resumed just past sunrise following one of the most surreal and sad delays in the history of the ancient game.

Play was halted by a single horn blast late Thursday just moments after the royal family announced the passing of Queen Elizabeth II.

When Richard Bland left Wentworth Thursday evening, he’d emptied his locker and packed his belongings.

He figured the tournament would be canceled or postponed.

“It’s unprecedented. It’s simply too big of a moment,” the Englishman reasoned.

It somehow seemed fitting that Bland, who at 49 was among the elder statesmen at the DP World Tour’s flagship event, would be awaiting his second-round tee time Saturday morning when another horn echoed across leafy Wentworth announcing a two-minute moment of silence to honor Her Majesty.

Queen Elizabeth II, Britain’s longest-reigning monarch, was all Bland had ever known.

It's best to leave the eulogizing to those more qualified. As Charles Moore wrote in The Telegraph on Friday, “There can be no such debate about Elizabeth II. She was a good person, through and through.”

The moment of silence came at 9:50 a.m. (BST), 10 minutes before the proclamation, which was being televised on the oversized screens in the Championship Village, of King Charles III.

Hundreds of would-be fans paused to watch a truly historic moment.

Generationally it made sense that Bland needed a bit more time to collect himself than his playing partners John Catlin and Daniel von Tonder. But he was hardly the only player who felt the full force of the week’s emotion.

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