The best golf tournament this week is happening in England
Rory McIlroy is a huge story in England this week. But there are others as well.
Don't be fooled by that solid field at the Crowne Plaza Invitational -- the best golf tournament of the week is being played at Wentworth in England.
It's the BMW PGA Championship and it's the European Tour's version of the Players Championship.
It's a champ's tournament, too. Matteo Manassero won it last season, Luke Donald the two before that. Bernhard Langer has won it three times. So has Colin Montgomerie.
Nick Faldo won four of them, Seve Ballesteros won two.
Who will it be this week? And what else is happening across the pond? Here are the best storylines from the week.
1. Thomas Bjorn's 62: Bjorn tied the course record Thursday with a 62 and opened up a two-shot lead on Irishman Shane Lowry.
A Dane has won this tournament twice (Anders Hansen) but Bjorn has never even finished runner-up. This and a major are two of the few things Bjorn hasn't accomplished over the course of his career.
2. Rory McIlroy's breakup: It's sort of silly but sort of not. McIlroy was clearly emotional at his press conference Wednesday when talking about how he and Caroline Wozniacki have split up.
The outlets that have put odds on who McIlroy will date next? That is silly. The part that affects how he plays, however, is not.
McIlroy is 4 under after Day 1 after making two eagles, including one on a par-4.
Also, he's eschewing technology for happiness, it seems.
3. US Open spot: Whoever wins this week is automatically exempt into the US Open. With fewer auto-qualifiers than ever, that could be a big deal for somebody.
4. Sergio Garcia withdrew: This was the week last season when Garcia made his now-infamous quotes about Tiger Woods. This year he pulled out after a first-round 73.
I wish I wouldn't had to withdraw from this great tournament. My knee is bothering me again. Have a doctor's appointment tomorrow morning!— Sergio Garcia (@TheSergioGarcia) May 22, 2014
5. Matteo Manassero's defense: It's not going well. The Italian shot an 80 in the first round and is 18 back of leader Thomas Bjorn after Round 1.
Tommy Fleetwood is hot on his heels as the European Tour winds down
A tour rookie is leading a tour veteran by one at the halfway point in Georgia
Jonathan Thomson has had a quite a ride, and it had a happy ending on Thursday
He's still chasing, but Fleetwood is now in premium position in Dubai
A local has his eyes set on his first PGA Tour win since 2015
It felt like a Ryder Cup for one day in Dubai