BMW PGA Championship 2017 Betting Preview

RECOMMENDED BETSMARKETODDSBOOKMAKERS
Martin Kaymer (ew)Tournament Winner33/1Paddy Power
Shane Lowry (ew)Tournament Winner50/1 Coral
Pablo Larrazabal (ew)Tournament Winner60/1Betfred

Venue

The West Course at Wentworth stages the BMW PGA Championship 2017 –  it is the 37th return here for this tournament, but the first since a comprehensive re-design in the wake of Chris Wood’s victory 12 months ago. The work has taken almost a full year to complete, with every bunker re-modelled and 26 of them removed, while the greens have been re-seeded with a new creeping bent grass. New irrigation systems have been installed, making the greens firmer and faster – with half either reshaped or rebuilt. The course has only recently been opened to members and professionals, to positive reviews. Wentworth resident Ernie Els, who has won the World Matchplay here seven times, had previously remodelled the course in 2006 – but the changing elevations and fairways that turn both ways remain from the original design almost a century ago. Luke Donald won here in both 2011 and 2012, Rory McIlroy was the winner in 2014 and Byeong-hun An was the surprise 2015 champion.

Favourites

McIlroy had been due to be in this week’s field, but his withdrawal due to injury has left Justin Rose as the market leader – with the two-time runner-up available at 12/1 with Sky Bet – who are offering seven places for each-way bets. Henrik Stenson has struggled for form over the last few weeks but the Swede is second in a strong field at 14/1 with Paddy Power – also with 7 places. Francesco Molinari, who was sixth at The Players, was in the top 10 here for 4 successive years between 2012 & 2015 and is 18/1 at Bet365, with Sweden’s Alex Noren 22/1 at Betfred – both 6 places. An has emerged as a serious talent since his victory here 2 years ago and the South Korean is 25/1 at Ladbrokes, alongside Bernd Wiesberger, Thomas Pieters & Tyrrell Hatton.

Tips

Martin-KaymerWe haven’t yet seen the benefit of MARTIN KAYMER‘s decent performance at Augusta, but the German enjoys playing at Wentworth and looks ready to mount a strong challenge. After slipping out of the world’s top 50 he ended 2016 with a string of good results and he has posted two top fives so far this year, while he is on a run of 30 consecutive tournaments without missing a cut. Back him at 33/1 with 7 places at Paddy Power.

Shane-Lowry-OddsSHANE LOWRY tends to blow hot and cold and it’s difficult to read too much in to his missed cuts at Augusta and Sawgrass, which came alongside some reasonable performances on the PGA Tour. He does have a good record at Wentworth though, so we’re going to go with him at a best price of 50/1 with Coral – another to offer 7 places each-way on this event. The Irish star was 12th, second and sixth here between 2013 and 2015.

Pablo-LarrazabalPABLO LARRAZABAL finished third at the Volvo China Open on his most recent outing to continue a solid run of results that began with a second place in Abu Dhabi at the start of the year. The Spaniard has flirted with the world’s top 100 a couple of times before in his career and is back up to number 93. While he can be erratic and inconsistent, he has finished 12th, 7th & 12th in three of the last four years here and looks too big at 60/1 with Betfred.

RECOMMENDED BETSMARKETODDSBOOKMAKERS
Martin Kaymer (ew)Tournament Winner33/1Paddy Power
Shane Lowry (ew)Tournament Winner50/1Coral
Pablo Larrazabal (ew)Tournament Winner60/1Betfred