BMW PGA Championship Betting Tips – 24th May 2018
It’s just a couple of weeks since Webb Simpson stormed away with the PGA Tour’s flagship event, the Players Championship. Some of those who were left in Simpson’s wake at TPC Sawgrass are in the field for the European Tour’s equivalent tournament, the BMW PGA Championship.
Held at the Wentworth’s West Course, the BMW PGA Championship has long been the flagship tournament on the European Tour and, as of last year, had a new role as the first Rolex Series event of the season.
The chance to play in front of big crowds, to battle for such a prestigious trophy and the prize fund of $7,000,000 has enticed some of the European Tour’s best to Wentworth. We’re assured drama over the four days but where should your money go with your BMW PGA Championship betting?
New Look Wentworth Gets the Thumbs Up
The European Tour has its headquarters at Wentworth and has always wanted the club’s West Course to live up to the task of hosting their most prestigious event. To try and ensure that the course was challenging enough for the best players in the modern game, the West Course underwent several changes in 2009 under the guidance of Ernie Els.
The work fulfilled the brief of making the course tougher to play but it went too far away from what was envisaged by original course designer, Harry Colt.
So it was back to the drawing board with more sweeping changes in 2016. This time they appear to have cracked it. All the greens were relaid, many were changed (some completely) and a host of bunkers with removed.
What we’re left with is a course that stands up to the rigours of modern golf but retains the essence of that original Colt design. It’s a tight, tree-lined layout which demands accuracy from tee to green. The challenge doesn’t stop on the greens though as they remain very tough to read.
Molinari Can Finally Secure Wentworth Win
Any style of golf can thrive at Wentworth but in general a steady approach is preferred so it’s no surprise that Francesco Molinari has such a tremendous record at the BMW PGA Championship. The Italian has five top 10 finishes in his last six appearances at Wentworth thanks to his incredibly straight driving and world class approach play.
Unfortunately, he’s been unable to win and was left to rue some missed opportunities on the greens on Sunday last year when Noren tore through the field.
Molinari will arrive at Wentworth under the radar as is almost always the case but don’t let his calm demeanour fool you. He is a great competitor with four European Tour wins and a singles victory over Tiger Woods at the Ryder Cup to his name.
Providing he can hole enough putts, Molinari can put last year behind him and win the BMW PGA Championship at 22/1 with Betfair.
Home Heroes in the Making
English golf fans always head to Wentworth in large numbers and they’ll be desperate to see a home winner.
They have some a few genuine hopes in Ian Poulter (30/1 with Boylesports), Andrew Johnston (50/1 with Ladbrokes) and Eddie Pepperell (100/1 with Betfred).
Those three are all popular with the English galleries and have each proven their credentials as top class ball strikers already this season. They also have the mental fortitude to cope with the challenges of Wentworth so consider each-way plays on all of them for your BMW PGA Championship betting.