BMW PGA Championship Preview and Golf Betting Predictions

Craig Edwards

Monday, September 16, 2019 1:05 PM UTC

Monday, Sep. 16, 2019 1:05 PM UTC

Craig Edwards previews the BMW PGA Championship delivering his bets betting tips

<div><h2><span style="font-size:20px">BMW PGA Championship</span></h2><h2> </h2><div><p><strong>September 19-22<br />Wentworth Golf Club<br />Surrey, England<br />Par 72, 7302 yards</strong></p><p>What a week we have in store on the European Tour at the BMW PGA Championship. For the last thirty-five years Wentworth has been the permanent home to the flagship event of the European Tour. The course was also host to this great championship three times in the 70’s and the PGA Championship was founded in 1955. What makes this year special is the new slot in the yearly schedule which has helped make sure all of Europe's leading players that reside in America can compete, along with a few of the American superstars.</p><p>Wentworth itself has become a tougher test of a golfer’s skill in recent years with tweaks that have lengthened the championship course. In 2006 Ernie Els was responsible for the revamp adding 300 yards and over thirty bunkers. The course was originally designed by well known designer Harry Colt in 1912 who was also responsible for this year’s Open Championship course, Royal Portrush Golf Club.</p><p><a href=";a=4417b7df-a48f-47f3-9b45-f79858bc083a&amp;f=3" target="_blank"><img alt src="" style="width:100%" /></a></p><h2><strong>BETTING TIPS AND PREDICTIONS</strong></h2><p>The recent FedEx play off series champion <strong>Rory</strong> <strong>McIlroy</strong> has been a regular competitor and previous champion here over the years. Winner in 2014 he chased home an impressive Francesco Molinari here last year. The one thing we know with the Northern Irishman is his affinity with Harry Colt design course's that started at the tender age of sixteen with a course record 61 at Royal Portrush. That form line was backed up in June when McIlroy blitzed the field at the Canadian Open at Hamilton Golf and Country Club which is a Harry Colt design. The week after winning the FedEx Tour Championship he was back on the European Tour at the Crans-sur-Sierre for the European Masters where he lost out in a play off. The globe trotting superstar loos a strong favourite this week at Wentworth.</p><p>The Open Championship winner at Royal Portrush, <strong>Shane</strong> <strong>Lowry</strong> is the next player we need to consider this week. Like McIlroy he is from Northern Ireland and he too was superb at the Canadian Open when runner up to his compatriot. He has never won the BMW PGA Championship but has been close on numerous occasions, losing by one shot in 2014 to McIlroy was his best effort amongst three other top 6 finishes in the last decade. Hopefully he will now be in the mood to get his career back on track after the emotional derailment that winning the Open Championship in from of his adoring home nation fans brought him.</p><p>Last year's winner <strong>Francesco</strong> <strong>Molinari’s</strong> triumph was the catalyst for a purple patch of form that culminated in him becoming the 2018 Open Champion at Carnoustie. It came as no surprise to see him win at Wentworth where he has a phenomenal record with six top 10 finishes in seven years including being runner up in 2017. He started the current season in sublime form winning the Bay Hill Invitational on the PGA Tour. Then a couple of weeks later he appeared to be heading for the US Masters crown only for a final nine blow up to let Tiger Woods through for an emotional win. It appears to have affected Molinari significantly with only two top 20 finishes since. Throughout the years the PGA Championship has been famous for great champions, defending or winning multiple titles and it would be no surprise to see the diminutive Italian back to form at his beloved Wentworth this week.</p><p>Englishman <strong>Paul</strong> <strong>Casey</strong> merits a mention this week having recently won the Porsche European Open in Germany. A winner earlier in the year when defending his Valspar Championship on the PGA Tour he appears to be more comfortable winning tournaments currently than in previous years. After only competing once here in the last five seasons the 2009 Champion looks a good bet to be in contention this year.</p><p>American <strong>Tony</strong> <strong>Finau</strong> is a surprise entrant, no doubt attracted by the £7,000,000 prize pool and the history of the event. He is a player who reminds me of a former Wentworth champion and course specialist Angel Cabrera. A player better suited by the demands of long championship courses that is born out by his results in major championships which are truly exceptional. An effortlessly long hitter like double major champion Cabrera it would not surprise me if he contends this week.</p><p>Two English players to consider at attractive prices this week are firstly, <strong>Chris</strong> <strong>Wood</strong>, the 2016 Champion and course specialist. He has been struggling with injury for some time now however, last week’s 40<sup>th</sup> position at the KLM Open gives him something to build on. The timing of this year’s BMW PGA Championship could hardly have been better for him and I advise a small stake each-way bet.</p><p>South African <strong>Erik</strong> <strong>Van</strong> <strong>Rooyen</strong> finally got a tournament win at Scandinavian Invitational a few weeks ago after numerous near misses on the European Tour. This win was the reward for consistency both sides of the Atlantic Ocean which had seen his world ranking climb to number 60. Last year on debut at Wentworth he managed a Top 20 finish and that experience with his newly found confidence could be put to good use this week in Surrey.</p><h2><strong>Recommended Bets</strong></h2><p><a href=";a=bf7f64f4-cd67-4904-9b00-6ded1d41fd18&amp;f=1" rel="nofollow" target="_blank" title="Golf Betting Odds"><em><strong>Shane Lowry - each way @ 51.00 (50/1) Bet365 </strong></em></a></p><p><a href=";a=df66db4b-b019-4343-9fc7-6c4f20e2a356&amp;f=1" rel="nofollow" target="_blank" title="Golf Betting Odds"><em><strong>Francesco Molinari - each way @ 26.00 (25/1) Paddy Power </strong></em></a></p><a href=";a=df66db4b-b019-4343-9fc7-6c4f20e2a356&amp;f=1" rel="nofollow" target="_blank" title="Golf Betting Odds"><p><em><strong>Chris Wood - each way @ 176.00 (175/1) Paddy Power </strong></em></p></a><p><a href=";a=df66db4b-b019-4343-9fc7-6c4f20e2a356&amp;f=1" rel="nofollow" target="_blank" title="Golf Betting Odds"><em><strong>Erik Van Rooyen - each way @ 41.00 (40/1) Paddy Power </strong></em></a></p></div></div>
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