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

Francesco Molinari just loves Wentworth
Francesco Molinari just loves Wentworth

We're back at Wentworth for another BMW PGA Championship and here are our five to follow for the European Tour's biggest event...

"In a dozen appearances in this event he's placed five times and he's won the event twice and at 25/1 he could very easily give you a good run for your money."

Steve Rawlings: Back Luke Donald @ 25/1

*Each-way terms: 1/4 odds, 5 places

Dan Geraghty: Back Thomas Aiken @ 100/1

After successfully coming through the 2015 Finals events, Thomas Aiken has spent 2016 trying his luck on the PGA Tour, where his stats have been much better than his results. This week is the first time we've seen Aiken on the European Tour, since the end of last year when he finished in the top 20 in both the Nedbank and Alfred Dunhill. For me, the South African is an intriguing proposition this week, in a tournament he's finished in the top 10 in twice and not missed for seven years. Wentworth is a great fit, despite being 161st on the PGA Tour money list, Aiken ranks first in Driving Accuracy and is in the top 10 for Greens in Regulation, here's hoping familiar surroundings heat his putter up.

Paul Krishnamurty: Back Andy Sullivan @ 50/1

Odds of 50/1 on this three-time European Tour winner look very big to my eye and suggest an over-reaction to a pair of missed cuts. One of those came at The Players, a course that always takes a bit of knowing, and plenty of talented individuals missed the cut at last week's Irish Open. Sullivan brings encouraging course form to the tournament with a debut 25th in 2014 followed by 17th last year. The Englishman has gone on to take massive strides on the world stage since and it's surely only a matter of time before he is contending again on tour.

Joe Dyer: Back Richard Sterne @ 66/1

Sterne is a high-class golfer who has suffered terrible luck with injuries down the years but he currently looks fit and healthy and may represent a spot of value in the market. The South African's pedigree is evidenced by a career tally of six European Tour wins, despite repeated long absences through injury. Appearances at Wentworth have been irregular but a third (2007) and sixth (2012) show he has the game to play the course. Results this season are encouraging - just one missed cut, a best finish of fourth and he comes into the event on the back of a top 10 in Ireland. Put it all together and I think he has a sporting chance at 66/1.

Steve Rawlings: Back Luke Donald @ 25/1

Although clearly not the force of old, former world number one Luke Donald hasn't been in dreadful form this year and he commands respect at a venue he really enjoys. He's finished inside the top-30 in half of the PGA Tour events he's played in this year and his best performance came at another of his favourite venues, Hilton Head, where he finished runner-up, so we know he can still rise to the occasion when in familiar surroundings. Donald has an impressive CV there and he has an even better one here. In a dozen appearances in this event he's placed five times and he's won the event twice and at 25/1 he could very easily give you a good run for your money.

Mike Norman: Back Francesco Molinari @ 18/1

I've had a poor run with outsiders lately so I'm happy to go for a far more reliable player this week who is well fancied, reliable in that he is very likely to contend and give us a good run for our money. If being honest I've had Francesco Molinari in mind for this event for a long time so I wasn't best pleased when he played well at the Players Championship recently, meaning we were never going to get more than 20/1 about the Italian here. But the simple facts are that Molinari plays Wentworth so well; he's recorded a top-10 finish in each of the last four renewals of this event and I'd say that this year's renewal is arguably the weakest we've had for a long time - no Rory McIlory, no Justin Rose, no Sergio Garcia, no Paul Casey for example. I agree with Steve who says that Molinari is hard to get across the line, but every dog has his day as we saw with Garcia - who was winning on the PGA Tour for the first time in four years - on Sunday, so I'm about as happy as I could be about the 18/1 I'm getting for an in-form course specialist.


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2016 Season P/L to date: + £164.16

- Mauritius Open, Jeunghun Wang @ 16/1 - WIN (Dan G)
- Mauritius Open, Nicolas Colsaerts @ 28/1 - PLACE (Joe)
- Shenzhen International, Scott Hend @ 50/1 - PLACE (Joe)
- True Thailand Classic, Scott Hend @ 40/1 - WIN (Dan T)
- True Thailand Classic, Thomas Pieters @ 22/1 - PLACE (Dan G)
- WGC Cadillac Championship, Danny Willett @ 66/1 - PLACE (Paul)
- Perth International, Peter Uihlein @ 33/1 - PLACE (Steve)
- Tshwane Open, Dean Burmester @ 28/1 - PLACE (Paul)
- Dubai Desert Classic, Andy Sullivan @ 33/1 - PLACE (Mike)
- Abu Dhabi Championship, Thomas Pieters @ 50/1 - PLACE (Steve)
- Abu Dhabi Championship, Joost Luiten @ 66/1 - PLACE (Joe)
- South African Open, Christiaan Bezuidenhout @ 250/1 - PLACE (Dan G)
- Alfred Dunhill Championship, Joost Luiten @ 40/1 - PLACE (Joe)

* Total P/L for 2015 Season: +£958.37
* Total P/L for 2014 Season: +£251.75

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