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

Is this Tommy's year at Wentworth?
Is this Tommy's year at Wentworth?

The cream of British and European golf is in leafy Surrey for the big early summer event on the European Tour - the BMW PGA Championship...

"This is a track where an impeccable long game is required and, even if he's still yet to break into the game's elite, Tommy Fleetwood has very few equals on that score. He's stepped up a level across various continents this season and, assuming he relentlessly hits greens and fairways as has been the case virtually every week, simply must contend."

*Each-way 1/5 odds, 6 places


Dan Geraghty: Back Tyrell Hatton @ 25/1

I'm going to side with the popular opinion that high-class Brits are the order of the day at the European Tour's flagship event Wentworth. Tyrell Hatton fits the profile; despite showing his frustration at times, the Englishman has really enhanced his reputation in America recently and has climbed into the World's top-20 for the first time. Hatton put in his best Wentworth performance last year when seventh and regards the event as his favourite of the entire year.




Paul Krishnamurty: Back Tommy Fleetwood @ 30/1

There are few courses where the cream is likelier to rise to the top than Wentworth. When Rory McIlroy, Luke Donald and Paul Casey won the European Tour's flagship event in recent times, they all came in to the tournament as the one to beat. Ditto Colin Montgomerie in the previous decade. This is a track where an impeccable long game is required and, even if he's still yet to break into the game's elite, Tommy Fleetwood has very few equals on that score. He's stepped up a level across various continents this season and, assuming he relentlessly hits greens and fairways as has been the case virtually every week, simply must contend. Two years ago Fleetwood had a good run at this title over the weekend before falling back to sixth. He will surely win it one day and that could well be this week.


Joe Dyer: Back Matthew Fitzpatrick @ 40/1

After some time in the US, Matthew Fitzpatrick is back on home soil and attractively priced to make it a winning return. This three-time European Tour winner is headed for the very top of the game and will surely find Wentworth to his liking in years to come, having finished a slightly disappointing 47th in his first look at Harry Colt's track last year. There are plenty of similarities between tree-lined Woburn - the scene of Fitzpatrick's first European Tour win, at 2015's British Masters - and Wentworth and it wouldn't surprise were this class operator to go close this week. I am surprised to see such generous odds about Fitzpatrick winning and I'm delighted to put him in the column at the price.


Steve Rawlings: Back Chris Wood @ 35/1

Sir Nick Faldo defended the BMW PGA Championship title in the 1980's, Colin Montgomerie won it three-times in-a-row between 1998 and 2000 and Luke Donald took the title in both 2010 and 2011, so a Brit winning back-to-back at Wentworth is a fairly common occurrence and the defending champion, Chris Wood, looks a fair bet to emulate them. With six places up for grabs, Wood would have rewarded each-way backers in three of his previous seven visits. In addition to last year's victory, he was sixth on debut in 2010 and he finished fourth in 2015 and fresh off a top-four finish in China, this accomplished Ryder Cupper looks likely to go well again at a track that clearly suits. The industry-wide 35/1 on offer with six places is more than fair.


Mike Norman: Back Bernd Wiesberger @ 25/1

Although outsiders have prospered in this event in the past - and I do fancy a few at bigger prices who I'll back on the Exchange, namely James Morrison, Renato Paratore, and Joost Luiten - a few top class consistent types with proven course form generally occupy the leaderboard come Sunday afternoon. Bernd Wiesberger is very much top class, and few players in the world are currently in more consistent form. The hugely talented Austrian is on a streak of 20 consecutive cuts made at present, with a very impressive nine top-five finishes achieved in that time. In fact, not counting Majors or WGC events Wiesberger has finished in the top five in 75% of his last 12 European starts, so backing him each-way at 25/1 with six places on offer certainly sounds like a bit of value to me. Twelfth here in 2013 and 15th 12 months ago suggests he's very comfortable at Wentworth, and coming here on the back of a very encouraging finish in The Players Championship a fortnight ago the 31-year-old gets my vote this week.

2017 Season P/L to date: -£444.67

- Open de Portugal, Mark Foster @ 50/1 - PLACE (Mike)
- Golf Sixes, Denmark @ 10/1 - WIN (Dan)
- Golf Sixes, Scotland @ 12/1 - PLACE (Paul)
- Volvo China Open, Dylan Frittelli @ 35/1 PLACE (Paul)
- Masters, Paul Casey @ 50/1 - PLACE (Steve)
- Hero Indian Open, Carlos Pigem @ 80/1 - PLACE (Paul)
- Tshwane Open, Dean Burmester @ 16/1 - WIN (Paul)
- Abu Dhabi Championship, Martin Kaymer @ 30/1 PLACE (Steve)
- Alfred Dunhill Championship, Thomas Detry @ 66/1 - PLACE (Dan)
- Alfred Dunhill Championship, Richard Sterne @ 22/1 - PLACE (Paul)

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