MALTON and Norton golfer Simon Dyson will be rubbing shoulders with the game's elite when the BMW PGA Championship starts tomorrow at Wentworth.

The event marks the launch of the European Tour’s new Rolex Series and has attracted a world-class field, featuring 10 of the world's Top 30 professionals to the newly revamped West Course.

Open champion Henrik Stenson, Olympic champion Justin Rose and defending champion Chris Wood will be joined a quartet of former world number Ones; Luke Donald, Ernie Els, Martin Kaymer and Lee Westwood.

Last year's European Ryder Cup captain Darren Clarke is also in the field along with nine of the 12 players who played in his team.

The Rolex Series is the premium tournament category on the European Tour schedule and is made up of eight tournaments staged in a variety of locations around the world, each offering a minimum prize fund of $7million.

Dyson, who has been struggling for form this season due to wrist problems, will be looking to improve on his performance in last week's Rocco Forte Open in Italy - where he finished joint 127th in a field of 156 competitors. He missed the cut by eight shots after carding one over par for the first two rounds.

The tournament was won by Spain's Alvaro Quiros who defeated Zander Lombard in a play-off to take his seventh European Tour title.

Dyson has fond memories of the PGA Championship having achieved one of his career best performances when finishing joint sixth in the tournament 10 years ago.

Now 39, he is currently ranked 189th in the Race to Dubai and has dropped to 1,495 in the world rankings.