Last weekend our resident Golf expert tipped up Chris Wood to win the BMW PGA Championship, and returning a massive 55/1 winner. This put us 21 points in profit for May’s golf figures, too add to the 110 points made in April with two big priced winners. It’s a new month and the tournaments are ramping up in preparation for the US Open in a couple of weeks. Are you ready for more big winners?
This event is becoming stronger and stronger every year, and 2016 is no exception with some big names competing. I’ve been really impressed with Lee Westwood in recent weeks and he’s a few putts away from getting in the winners enclosure again. As usual his ball striking has been imaculate and tee to green he really is one of the best out there. If he can hole those nasty 5 footers then he’ll be hard to beat this week.
It’s a tournament where the Swedes have often dominated and this week there are many in contention, including former world number 1, Henrik Stenson. He’s way too short a price for me to back and I don’t think his game is quite up to scratch to be in the mix for four days. I really like the chances of Rikard Karlberg who finished one shot off the lead at Wentworth after a scorching final round. He plays at a course where he’s recording consistent results in the past and with his recent surge in form he has chances.
Next up is another who finished really strongly at Wentworth with an impressive fourth round. Frenchman Romain Wattel also played in the US Open qualifiers at Walton Heath on Monday and shot two low rounds to win his place at Oakmont Country Club later on in the month. Clearly in a confident mood the 26 year old can build on his BMW performance of fourth place and replicate the last few years, where he generally comes in to form this time of the season.ay to his strong points this weekend.
Finally my big outsider is Mikael Lundberg, another home favorite who has played this event multiple times. He’s getting a little long in the tooth but has plenty of experience around here and I wouldn’t be surprised to see him getting amongst the top 10 on Sunday. He was also at Walton Heath on Monday trying to qualify for the second major of the year, and he did so extremely well, shooting two rounds in the 60’s under pretty hard conditions. He’s a huge price but is worth a couple of quid each way for a player that will have Swedish support.
I don’t often put up first round leader selections, but when I have we’ve made profit over the season. At the Nordea Masters I was tempted to pick Scott Hend for the outright, but he’s had his chances in recent weeks and has managed to throw it away on the Sunday. He’s a great player and comes out the traps very quickly, so can once again lead early on in proceedings at a very nice price.
Advised Bets (10 points in total)