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.
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.
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.