- 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.
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 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