BMW Championship 2017 Betting Preview

RECOMMENDED BETSMARKETODDSBOOKMAKERS
Henrik Stenson (ew)Tournament Winner25/1 William Hill
Zach Johnson (ew)Tournament Winner80/1William Hill

Venue

The BMW Championship 2017 makes its third visit to Conway Farms Golf Club in Lake Forest, Ilinois, having been won by Dustin Johnson at Crooked Stick 12 months ago. Zach Johnson won the first time tournament visited this venue in 2013, before Jason Day took the title in 2015 with a six-shot margin of victory. Designed to mirror the style of Scottish links courses, Conway Farms features undulating fairways, large greens, huge bunkers and deep, punishing rough. At 7,149 yards, the par 71 layout is not among the PGA Tour’s longest, but it can still provide a stiff test if the players are anything other than straight off the tee. The rewards for accuracy are clear, though, with Jim Furyk’s round of 59 in 2013 the obvious example.

Favourites

The top two players in the world head the betting for this event, although it is the player ranked second who is the favourite, at best odds of 7/1 with Betfred. In his last six starts, Jordan Spieth has won twice and finished second twice and that gives him top billing ahead of defending champion Dustin Johnson, who beat Spieth in a play-off at the Northern Trust last month. Johnson is an 8/1 chance, also with Betfred. Justin Thomas has moved up to fourth in the rankings with his own scintillating recent form, which has seen him win the PGA Championship and the Dell Technologies event, and he is the 11/1 third favourite with William Hill – who are offering 6 places for each-way bets on this event – in a field of just 70 players.

Tips

HENRIK STENSON doesn’t have many bad weeks, although after winning last year’s Open Championship he did have to wait more than a year for his next taste of victory, which came at the Wyndham Championship in August. The world no.7 has finished 17th or better on eight of his last 11 starts and he was 10th when this tournament was last played here two years ago. The Swede looks a decent each-way bet at a best-price of 25/1 at William Hill.

ZACH JOHNSON‘s good weeks are spaced further apart than Stenson’s, but there are some courses that clearly suit him and this is one. He won here in 2013 and was 13th when this championship returned to Conway Farms two years later. Johnson was fifth at the John Deere Classic in July and runner-up at the WGC-Bridgestone Invitational last month, so his recent form is pretty strong, and he’s our outside pick at 80/1.

RECOMMENDED BETSMARKETODDSBOOKMAKERS
Henrik Stenson (ew)Tournament Winner25/1 William Hill
Zach Johnson (ew)Tournament Winner80/1William Hill