Wentworth hazards to tame the big-hitters

Players at the 2010 PGA Championship at Wentworth will face one of the most treacherous closing holes in golf after a remodelling of the famous West Course, organisers said yesterday.

A new water hazard extending 90 yards down the 18th fairway and alongside a reshaped green will stiffen the challenge at the European Tour's flagship event, won this year by Britain's Paul Casey. All 18 greens were dug up immediately after this year's tournament and have been replaced using colonial bent grass to United States Golf Association specifications.

New bunkers have also been added to "future proof" the course against the game's big hitters. The West Course, designed in 1926, has until now remained virtually untouched.