BMW PGA Championship betting tips: Lowry high on Wentworth list
Odds and preview for the four-day tournament
The third Rolex Series event of the 2021 Race to Dubai takes place at Wentworth on Thursday and we have studied the odds to bring you some BMW PGA Championship betting tips.
Tyrrell Hatton returns in a bid to defend his title he won by four strokes last year and is joined by fellow 2018 Ryder Cup stars Tommy Fleetwood and Justin Rose, along with 2020 Race to Dubai champion Lee Westwood and Ryder Cup regular Ian Poulter.
Other previous winners include Chris Wood (2016) Alex Noren (2017), and Francesco Molinari (2018).
Danny Willett, the 2019 champion and major winner, will also tee it up on the West Course, along with some other big names trying to force their way into Padraig Harrington’s European Ryder Cup team.
The only leading Europeans missing in the 144-player field are Jon Rahm, Rory McIlroy and Sergio Garcia and 12 of the top 50 players will take part at the home of the European Tour.
Wentworth features many large greens, mature trees and demands accuracy from the tee. There are also some water features to be avoided and it measures 7,284 yards.
Norway’s Viktor Hovland heads the market at 8/1, having finished a fine fifth at the Tour Championship on Sunday.
He hit 13 of 18 greens in regulation during his final round and putted well, not missing anything inside 10 feet.
An automatic place in the Ryder Cup team is not beyond the Oklahoma State golfer, thanks to some impressive displays, including victory in the BMW International Open in June.
Shane Lowry is another seeking a place in the European team at Whistling Straits in a few weeks.
Lowry, a 14/1 shot in the BMW PGA Championship betting tips, has not missed a cut on tour since the Arnold Palmer Invitational at Bay Hill back in March and while a win has evaded him, the Irishman has been consistent.
Hatton failed to make the Tour Championship at East Lake.
After a promising start and a victory in Abu Dhabi, his form has dropped off a little and he will be out to make an impact at Wentworth this week.
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Fleetwood may have lost his PGA Tour card after an up-and-down season but he returned to form at the Italian Open last weekend, finishing a one-stroke runner-up to Nicolai Hojgaard.
It was his best finish on Tour since a solo second in the Scottish Open last October and having been ranked in the world’s top 10, he is seeking a first win since the 2019 Nedbank Golf Challenge and is now down to a ranking of 37.
Yet there was a lot to like about his game at the Marco Simone GC and Fleetwood is a 16/1 shot at Wentworth in the BMW PGA Championship betting tips.
Alex Noren (pictured above), at 20/1, is showing his best form at the right time.
T4 at the Northern Trust, he followed up with a superb 18-under T9 finish in the Tour Championship last weekend to gain a berth at all the majors next season.
He knows how to win at Wentworth and is not flying back to make up the numbers.
Similarly, Billy Horschel is jetting across the pond after three sub-par rounds at the Tour Championship, where he made 17 birdies and five bogeys in a T9 finish.
He is 22/1 after hitting 16 of 18 greens in regulation in his final round and is seeking a first T15 finish in a stroke-play event since late February.
Bernd Weisberger, third in the Race to Dubai standings in 2019, will hope for better than he showed in Italy after finishing a modest T46, having been runner-up at the European Masters previously.
He is 35/1 this week and will be battling for a place on the team for Whistling Straits.
Cazoo Classic winner Calum Hill was in good form last week, carding a final-day 66 to finish four shots behind Hojgaard in Italy, and he merits respect at 50/1 this weekend.
All odds and markets are correct as of the date of publication