We are in unprecedented times here at the BMW PGA Championship at Wentworth in London.
Thursday’s first round was suspended with many players still on the golf course when the news of the Queen’s death became public.
The DP World Tour, the world of sport and everything in life has never had to deal with such a situation, especially as, perhaps, the world’s most famous person dies at 96 years-old with a home at Windsor Castle, just six miles from this week’s tournament venue.
I am a pure and simple golfer, who tries to make a living hitting a white ball in a small hole over a prepared area of sloping grass.
Perhaps such occasions we all now realise how lucky I am to just play golf, and it puts missing a three-foot putt into perspective.
I have been blown away with the impact and reaction to her death in London, the UK and all around the world. It is now dawning on us the importance and significance of the Queen and what she has gone through and done in her life.
What a remarkable woman!
Today (Friday) I went into London for some sightseeing and a nice lunch with my caddy Stuart Beck who is from Scotland.
The DP World Tour have just informed all the players that play will resume tomorrow (Saturday) morning.
The second round will start at 6.40am on Saturday with tee times as originally published, with the players who have not completed their first round, back on the golf course at 7.30am, where they were on the golf course when the suspension took place.
The tournament has also been reduced to 54 holes and is slated to finish on Sunday night.
Focus on golf
There will be two minutes of silence at 9.50am on Saturday morning and we will all be offered to wear black ribbons and all flags will be at half-mast.
My second round tee time remains at 1.05pm. I am not sure what to expect from Saturday, with a feeling of loss and so much emotion all around the tournament, especially by all the spectators and us all.
Let’s do our best to focus on my golf and I will report back on what it was all like.
Wish me luck for tomorrow’s second round.
- Adrian Meronk is Dubai based, 29 years-old, from Poland and is currently eighth in the DP World Tour Rankings and 60th in the OWGR. He is sponsored by White Eagle Sports, an events company also based in Dubai.