BMW PGA Championship Betting Preview

The European Tour moves to the West Course at Wentworth in Surrey for the BMW PGA Championship on Thursday and the field is headed by US Masters winner, Danny Willett, although the likes of Sergio Garcia and Rory McIlroy are conspicuous by their absence. McIlroy's decision to take a week off following his Irish Open success is perhaps understandable, particularly as he has a relatively poor record at Wentworth, and we prefer to take a chance on players with course form this week...

26th May - 29th May Odds Won/Lost Bet

BMW PGA Championship
Francesco Molinari (each way)  
Best Bet
@ 18 / 1  
Luke Donald (each way) @ 28 / 1  
Miguel Angel Jimenez (each way) @ 100 / 1  

The Favourites

Danny Willett is a 12/1 favourite at this stage but the recent major winner endured a disappointing weekend at the Irish Open and his price makes little appeal, while Shane Lowry does have course form (12-2-6 in his last three on the West Course) but again his price is a prohibitive one at 16/1. Russell Knox is also a 16/1 shot on his Wentworth debut and he will hope to follow in the footsteps of defending champion Byeong Hun-An (28/1), who won on his first start at this venue twelve months ago.

In general, past experience of the course has been a good indicator of success here and Francesco Molinari demands respect as an 18/1 chance with Betfred. The Italian has gone 7-9-7-5 in his last four appearances and he seems to love visiting this part of the world as he has racked up five top-fifteen finishes in his past seven stroke-play starts in England. Molinari arrives off the back of a tie for 7th at The Players Championship - his third top-20 of the PGA Tour year - and he should enjoy the relatively weak nature of this week's tournament when returning to the European Tour.
Tip #1: Francesco Molinari (each way) @ 18/1 with Betfred.

Coolhand Luke

Luke Donald is another with a quite sensational record at Wentworth and he is a player who tends to have favourite courses, as he again showed when finishing runner-up at the RBC Heritage recently. The Englishman is very much a horse for a course that puts a premium on finding greens in regulation and his results here since Ernie Els redesigned the greens in 2009 reads: 2-1-1-MC-3-38. Donald can be backed at a best price 28/1 currently.
Tip #2: Luke Donald (each way) @ 28/1 with Coral.

The Long Shot

Finally, Miguel Angel Jimenez is capable of defying a triple-figure price and we will be having a small each-way wager on him at 100/1. The Spanish veteran may be getting on in years but let's not forget he won in Mississippi on the Champions Tour before tying for 4th in Georgia. He has since returned to the European Tour and certainly hasn't embarrassed himself, tying 13th at the Shenzhen and 21st at the China Open before missing the cut in Ireland.

The irons are still in working order for a man that has secured four top-tens in his past seven visits to England and he is a big fan of Wentworth, where he has racked up six top-eights in twelve appearances, including a tie for 4th in 2013 and a runner-up effort last year. We're banking on Jimenez to keep rolling back the years.
Tip #3: Miguel Angel Jimenez (each way) @ 100/1 with Betfair.

2016 BMW PGA Championship Odds