- European Tour heads to England for the PGA Championship
- The Insider has likes 4 chances between $30 and $200
The Insider’s picks were thereabouts at the Greenbrier Classic last week, with Sungjae Im and Kevin Na both finishing inside the top 20.
We start this week with a good tournament on the European Tour, a great one in fact.
It’s the PGA CHAMPIONSHIP from Wentworth.
Here’s the Golf Insider‘s preview of the action from leafy Surrey…
This is probably the biggest event on the European Tour away from the Open Championship and the end-of-season World Tour Championships. Held at Wentworth it attracts the best of the tour’s players and usually a smattering of top world talent. The event itself dates back to the 1950s, but it’s only with the advent of the European Tour that it’s taken on its current status. As such it boasts a long list of famous winners, a who’s-who of the continent’s best. The new world order sees it shunted from its regular May slot to September this year, what effect this will have (if any) remains to be seen.
The West course at Wentworth is synonymous with this event and the Surrey course has been the venue for the PGA since 1984. Originally designed by Harry Colt, and opening back in 1926, the course has been modified in recent years, mainly to add length in order to future-proof it against technological advances in the game. The “Burma Road”, as the course is also known, remains a test for any player with its tree-lined fairways that put a real emphasis on accuracy off the tee. It plays as a par 72 laid out over 7,284 yards ending with two par 5’s on the 17th & 18th holes to further increase the drama.
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— The European Tour (@EuropeanTour) September 17, 2019
72-Hole Record – 267, Byeong-Hun An (2015)
18-Hole Record – 62, Alex Noren (2017)
Past Winners – Francesco Molinari (2018), Alex Noren (2017), Chris Wood (2016), Byeong Hun-An (2015), Rory McIlroy (2014).
A standard 156 players in action this week. Rory McIlroy is the 11/2 market leader.
It looks like being a good week, well certainly for the first three days. Bright skies, temperatures in the high 70s and moderate wind speeds. Sunday sees a 50% chance of rain, but this is forecast mainly for first thing in the morning, so it should have little impact on the golfers.
Viktor Hovland – $30 available
“Hovland has been a revelation since turning pro and he hasn’t finished worse than 16th in his last seven starts. He came 12th on his US Open debut in June and looks a future superstar. He’s decided to tee it up in Europe this week which is great to see, and Wentworth should be an ideal course for the young Norwegian to showcase his talent. The focus at Wentworth is tee-to-green supremacy, with accurate driving and iron play essential to succeed. Hovland thrives from tee-to-green, consistently ranking high up in these categories week-in, week-out. With the confidence of youth on his side he could make a real splash this year and it’s only a matter of time before opens his professional account with a win. A few big names this week might be a bit rusty, whereas Hovland is already back in the competitive groove and he looks like featuring high up on the leaderboard this week at an ideal venue for his game.”
Rising star Viktor Hovland is making his professional European Tour debut this week.
— The European Tour (@EuropeanTour) September 18, 2019
Bernd Wiesberger – $46 available
“Wiesberger is a player very similar to EVR below, and he should love this week’s test. He’s won twice in his last 10 starts and placed a further three times. Last time out in Germany he ranked 1st in Strokes Gained: Tee-to-Green (after which I flagged him on the Monday update) and like EVR is playing the best golf of his career. His Wentworth record is solid with two top 15 finishes to his name. He’s the same price as EVR this week and these two men are playing as good as anyone right now if either bring a hot putter we could be celebrating big time come Sunday evening.”
Erik Van Rooyen – $51 available
“Like Wiesberger, EVR has the perfect game for Wentworth and the South African keeps going from strength to strength. He got off the mark in Sweden winning his first of, no doubt, many titles. His tee-to-green game is exemplary and he should thrive this week. He came 20th on debut here last year and with confidence sky high looks set to go better this year. He’s placed in five of his last 14 starts and his last eight rounds have been 67-68-69-65-64-64-68-65 which is incredibly good. It’s a tough field this week but to get 8/1 for a top 8 finish is just too good to turn down. EVR is one of the most in-form golfers in the world right now and I’m jumping back on the bandwagon.”
Guido Migliozzi – $201 available
“Migliozzi has been very impressive since bursting onto the scene at the Kenya Open where he won in style. He then won the Belgian Knockout to show everyone that the first win was no fluke. Both those courses were tree-lined and put an emphasis on good driving and approach play. Wentworth is very similar with the fairways lined with thick trees and bushes. Last time out in at the European Open in Germany he finished 7th and made a tonne of birdies but a few too many mistakes cost him the chance of winning his third title of the season. He’s a confident player and will believe he can mix it with the very best and looks a great bet this week at anything bigger than 100/1 IMO.”