The BMW PGA Championship from Wentworth is a blue-riband event, one of the most prestigious aside from the Open Championship and World Tour Finals.
The looming Ryder Cup and proximity to the Tour Championships in the US have probably cost the field a few big names, but it still looks decent enough on paper – certainly in terms of European Tour talent.
BMW PGA Championship
Held at Wentworth, the BMW PGA Championship 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 recent changes to the world schedule (primarily the switching of the USPGA Championship from August to May) has seen it shunted from its regular slot in the Spring to early September, no doubt costing it a few of the sport’s higher profile players.
BMW PGA Championship: The Course
The West course at Wentworth is synonymous with this event and 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 5s on the 17th & 18th holes to further increase the drama.
72-Hole Record 267, Byeong-Hun An (2015)
18-Hole Record 62, Alex Noren (2017)
BMW PGA Championship: Past Winners
2020: Tyrrell Hatton
2019: Danny Willett
2018: Francesco Molinari
2017: Alex Noren
2016: Chris Wood
BMW PGA Championship: The Field
A standard 156 players in action this week, with Viktor Hovland the $10 favourite with TopSport
BMW PGA Championship: The Weather
A mixed bag with a daily precipitation forecast of 60%-80%-20%-20% over the course of the tournament. Temperatures will be in the low 70s, with plenty of cloud cover throughout. Wind speeds will be low, predictions are for a 10mph maximum during the four days.
— NBC Sports EDGE (@NBCSportsEdge) September 7, 2021
Tour Championship: Outright value bets
These are two each-way outright bets from the Golf Insider. Members receive all of his best bets for all markets – win and each-way, Top 10, Top 20, Round 1 Leader and 3-Ball groups. He covers every tournament on the PGA and European Tours.
Sam Horsfield $41 with TopSport
Horsfield has two European Tour wins to his name (both coming in 2020), and I would have expected him to have added further success by now – because he’s a genuine talent. What attracts me to Horsfield this week is his long, accurate game off the tee, which should be an ideal fit for Wentworth. You’ll be punished here for any waywardness, and ranking 11th for Strokes Gained: Tee-To-Green, it could again be a case of whether our man has a good week with the putter. Horsfield played excellently from tee-to-green last week in Italy, and if he can brush up his play on the greens (ranked 28th last week), I make him a real piece of value at these odds.
Richard Bland $67 with TopSport
Bland is having a stellar year. His win in the British Masters in May, his first after 500+ career starts, has been backed up with five other Top 10 finishes, most recently a fifth place last week in the Italian Open. Like Horsfield, Bland is another who is excellent from tee-to-green (ranking 10th for Greens In Regulation) but again, he needs to convert more of the chances that he should give himself this week in order to challenge. His course record, like his career, is patchy, but a best placed finish of 5th suggests he can play well here, and Bland comes into the week in the form of his life. Winning this week is asking a lot, but given his exceptional form in 2021, I have the English golfer priced-up nearer the 50/1 mark.
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