BMW PGA Championship Betting Preview

Golf
Updated Thursday 23rd June 2016, 01:22 PM

The wondrous West Course of Wentworth will once again stage the BMW PGA Championship from Thursday as players from across the globe descend on Surrey for one of the European Tour’s most prestigious titles. There may be a few big names missing, but it is sure to be fiercely contested and Masters champion Danny Willett is sure to be the centre of attention in his first appearance on English soil since his Augusta heroics.

How the Bookies See it

  • Outright winner: Danny Willett 13/1, Shane Lowry 16/1, Russell Knox 16/1, Francesco Molinari (18/1) – BetVictor
  • First Round Leader - Willett 20/1, Lowry 25/1, Knox 25/1, Molinari 25/1 – Coral
  • Dual Forecast – Willett/Knox 125/1, Willett/Lowry 125/1, Lowry/Knox 150/1 - Ladbrokes

Form

  • Willett leads the European Tour’s Race to Dubai on the back of his Masters triumph, but came 23rd in his only event since at the Irish Open. Knox came second in Dublin, while Martin Kaymer claimed his second top-six finish in the space of a fortnight.
  • Byeong-hun An won the 2015 PGA Championship on his course debut at Wentworth. Luke Donald also has a tremendous record at Wentworth, having lifted the trophy in both 2011 and 2012.

Sports.net’s view

The strength of the field for the 62nd edition of the tournament has been questioned, with the likes of Rory McIlroy and Justin Rose opting to skip the event this year, and that does create an opportunity for someone to seize the moment. It is a big test for Willett and even though he is the favourite, the odds of around 13/1 are still pretty decent. However, the scrutiny will be on him like never before and it may be preferable to look elsewhere.

Two-time major winner Kaymer has the richest pedigree of any of the competitors and remains somewhat under the radar at around 22/1 after a quiet few months, but his recent form has been far more encouraging and he could be worth a punt. Donald is rated as even more of an outsider with most bookies at roughly 25/1, but invariably plays well at Wentworth and has to be a contender if he keeps in touch with the leaders over the first couple of rounds.

South Korean youngster An’s triumph last year showed that you don’t need vast experience to conquer the West Course, but it certainly can be a vital ingredient and it would be hard to back against one of the more fancied names coming through for glory in 2016. Willett’s confidence will be sky-high in front of an adoring crowd, but Kaymer or Donald might just be better bets at longer odds.

  • Sports.net’s top tip: Luke Donald as outright winner at 25/1 - William Hill
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Last Updated: Thursday, 23 June 2016 01:22:00+00:00
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