BMW PGA Championship Tips: Each-way selections for the European Tour's flagship event

Can Shane Lowry build on his good Wentworth form?
Can Shane Lowry build on his good Wentworth form?

Two late Sunday runs from Max Kieffer and David Horsey weren't enough to land a return for the each-way column last time out but undeterred we move straight on to the European Tour's flagship event - the BMW PGA Championship at Wentworth...

"A runner-up last year, Lowry also finished fourth in 2011 so likes the course. Indeed he likes playing in the UK and Ireland – his last four strokeplay events in this corner of the world have all yielded top 10s."

*Each-way terms: ¼ odds, 5 places


Dan Geraghty: Back Danny Willett @ 41.040/1

Danny Willett is in a good place; this time last year his career looked to have hit a real stumbling block - namely the persistent back injury that saw him skip or withdraw from a number of events. However, fast forward a year and he sits a comfortable second to Rory McIlroy in the Race to Dubai standings, performed with enormous credit on his first trip to Augusta and finished third at his first crack at the WGC Cadillac Matchplay. The Englishman has seemingly learned to manage his back and looks to have a great chance at a venue he arguably should have won at in 2010.


Paul Krishnamurty: Back Bernd Wiesberger @ 51.050/1

It usually takes young players a few visits to really get the hang of a tough course like Wentworth, so I'm expecting Bernd Wiesberger's fifth attempt to be his best, mirroring the significant improvement shown on various continents this season. After starting the year in superb form, finishing top-six in all of his opening four Race to Dubai events, this top Austrian prospect has been highly tried, gaining experience of the PGA Tour. Wiesberger hasn't disgraced himself over there though, most notably finishing 22nd on his Masters debut. He's a frontline contender back in Europe and has the right combination of long game excellence and touch around the greens to thrive at Wentworth, where he was 12th two years ago.


Joe Dyer: Back Shane Lowry @ 41.040/1

Shane Lowry has been the subject of a decent gamble since betting opened on the BMW PGA and Betfair has even cut him from 40-1 to 33s while I write. Despite that I will stick with the Irishman, who is clearly a cut above standard European Tour level and looks primed to go close this week. A runner-up last year, Lowry also finished fourth in 2011 so likes the course. Indeed he likes playing in the UK and Ireland - his last four strokeplay events in this corner of the world have all yielded top 10s. The 28-year-old has been dabbling with stateside golf recently with mixed results but he certainly hasn't embarrassed himself and I think a return to 'home' conditions will bring about a high finish.


Steven Rawlings: Back Chris Wood @ 126.0125/1

As highlighted in my BMW PGA Championship preview, the English have an outstanding record in this event and last year was the first time in nine years that an Englishman hadn't finished 1st and/or 2nd. Course form is a huge plus but it's often old course form that comes to the fore. Last year's winner, Rory McIlroy, had finished 5th in 2009 but he'd produced a string of poor efforts after that before winning and my big fancy this year, Justin Rose, has finished runner-up twice but put in some woeful performances in between. It seems being English, having some course form, but coming in under the radar is the way to go here so step forward 125/1 shot, Chris Wood, who led the event by two strokes with a round to go on debut back in 2010. He fell back to finish 6th that year and his 21st place finish 12 months ago is his best effort since. Returning from injury and with low expectations, he may just surprise a few this week.


Mike Norman: Back David Howell @ 41.040/1

Apart from Rory McIlroy you won't find a more in-form golfer in this week's field than David Howell, and I believe he's a cracking price for each-way punters. Howell has finished fourth, second, and second on his last three starts, he has another second place finish to his name at the beginning of March, and he hasn't finished outside of the top 34 in his last seven tournaments. What's more he's a very experienced player and knows Wentworth like the back of his hand. True, he may not have bettered 39th on the West Course since he won here in 2006 but he's probably never arrived at Burma Road in such good form since that victory. He's English, he has course experience, he has some decent course form and some poor course form - and the reason I mention this is because Howell ticks many of the boxes Steve Rawlings is applying this week. And I'm more than happy that the selection is also in excellent current form, as detailed already.

2015 P/L (£5 e/w per selection)

Year to date P/L: +£409.59

- Mauritius Open, John Parry @ 150/1 - PLACE (Paul)
- US Masters, Paul Casey @ 66/1 - PLACE (Romilly)
- Thailand Classic, Andrew Dodt @ 100/1 - WON (Paul)
- Malaysian Open, Anirban Lahiri @ 66/1 - WON (Dan)
- DD Classic, Stephen Gallacher @ 25/1 - PLACE (Steve)

*Total P/L for 2014: +£251.75

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