BMW PGA Championship
The European Tour head to Wentworth for what used to be a flagship tournament, but has been on the decline in recent years with plenty of top players deciding to swerve this event and either take time off or head to America for the PGA tour. Still there are many big names competing and it’s a course you need to know well if you are going to compete on the Sunday.
Shane Lowry is starting to find some form and played well enough at the K Club last week, but without ever really putting himself in contention. This is the time of year he has generally got his game together and heading to Wentworth is great news for the big man. He’s had three top 10’s at this event in six years with another top 20 to boot. That puts him amongst the favorites for the win and also closer to a Ryder Cup selection where he needs to pick up a victory in Europe to be in contention for the team in September..
Next pick is the incredibly impressive Rafael Cabrera Bello who is becoming one of the most consistent players on tour, both in Europe and overseas. The Spaniard is tackling tournaments left, right and centre as he bids to gets his name on the team sheet for Darren Clarke’s Ryder Cup team and he is going about the job in tremendous fashion as he racks up the big finishes and subsequent points. Played nine European Tour events in 2016, he is yet to miss a cut and apart from one he has finished inside the top 20 on every other occasion. On an upward curve and consistent everywhere, his record at Wentworth is also not to be sniffed at, so get on the classy Spaniard to make his mark.
A couple of outsiders that are worth a bet this week, and the first is Englishman Chris Wood who has improved every time he’s played this event, a 4th place last year the best so far. He’s had an up and down season that started with a great result and big pay cheque in South African, and followed up by a nice performance in Dubai. He looks ready to kick start his season and Wentworth is the perfect place for him to put together four low rounds.
Finally I’m going to have a small each way bet on the legend that is Miguel Angel Jiminez. He’s been keeping his schedule light on the European Tour and is picking and choosing where and when to play which has shown in his good displays in Asia a few weeks ago. We can forgive him last weeks performance in Ireland as the stop start and poor weather didn’t suit him, but I expect a better result when he comes to England at a course he has always thrived on. It may be a small pointer, but seeing Sergio win at the weekend will have spurred him on to match his country mans efforts this week.
One last bet to get on is the ultra consistent Maximillian Kiefer. The 26 year old is yet to win his maiden tour title but is going the right way about it. He made more cuts than anyone last season and is continuing that great record in 2016. He never knows when he is beaten and last week showed great fighting spirit to finish fifth at a rain soaked K Club. Get on the German and very nice odds to make the Top 20..
Advised Bets (12 points in total)