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

Japanese golfer Hideto Tanihara
Joe is backing Hideto Tanihara to repeat last year's Wentworth heroics
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The Betfair Golf team are on a good run with placed returns from the last four tournaments and they're going for a fifth consecutive winning week with this quintet at the BMW PGA Championship...

"Kiradech Aphibarnrat took a few goes to work out Wentworth but a pair of 69s helped him take T27 in 2015, he was sixth at halfway in 2016 before fading badly on the weekend while last year he was second after the opening lap before finishing T14. His form in this event is bubbling away and this could be the year when he really serves up something special."

Dave Tindall: Back Kiradech Aphibarnrat @ 45/1

*EW Terms: 1/5 Odds | 7 Places

Dave Tindall: Back Kiradech Aphibarnrat @ 45/1

Kiradech Aphibarnrat took a few goes to work out Wentworth but a pair of 69s helped him take T27 in 2015, he was sixth at halfway in 2016 before fading badly on the weekend while last year he was second after the opening lap before finishing T14. His form in this event is bubbling away and this could be the year when he really serves up something special. The Thai won in Australia in February and had back-to-back top fives in WGC events in March and three 71s followed by a closing 67 for T30 at Sawgrass is a hint that he could be ready to challenge for a title again. The World No.31 has had four top 20s in his last five starts on English soil and also won in Scotland so he really does enjoy performing in front of the always-supportive and substantial UK crowds.

Paul Krishnamurty: Back Paul Casey @ 14/1

Each-way bets at short odds aren't generally my thing but in this particular case, it is hard to envisage Paul Casey being far off contention on Sunday. Such is his consistency even the place part - 14/5 about a top-seven finish - represents fair value. He's managed that in nine of his last 25 starts - usually against the very best fields - in a run that has have yielded no fewer than 18 top-15 finishes. A legitimate criticism is that Casey doesn't convert those high finishes into anywhere near enough wins, but he's done so already this year at the Valspar and won two prestigious titles at Wentworth way back - justifying favouritism in this nine years ago, three years after dominating the World Matchplay. He's become a more complete player since and notably ranks first for scrambling - arguably the most important stat in recent renewals.


Steve Rawlings: Back Max Kieffer @ 200/1

Some big outsiders have won this event and plenty have placed so I'm going to give last week's fancy, Max Kieffer, another go at a huge price, after he fared more than OK last week in Belgium. The 27-year-old German comfortably qualified for the knockout phase of the Belgian Knockout and he duly disposed of the tournament host and favourite, Thomas Pieters, before bumping in to the impressive eventual winner, Adrian Otaegui, who beat him by just a stroke. Kieffer sat tied for fourth and just a stroke off the lead at the halfway stage here last year, before falling to 24th, so we know he likes this tree-lined venue as well as he liked last week's and playing a similar course so recently could prove to be another plus.


Joe Dyer: Back Hideto Tanihara @ 90/1

Hideto Tanihara has only played one BMW PGA Championship but it didn't take him long to show a liking for the Wentworth test. He put an opening 76 to one side, following up with rounds of 69, 67, 68 to finish third and confirm that his fourth at the WGC Match Play two months earlier was no freak result. The Japanese golfer's next best finish on tour in 2017 was 10th at the Irish Open suggesting he enjoys playing in this part of the world and his form in 2018 has been very encouraging - a best of fifth at the Maybank Championship complimented nicely by ninth at the Open de Espana, 12th at the Hero Indian Open and just two cuts missed from eight tournaments. Although there is no glaring statistical demand to Wentworth, I'd rather have a neat n tidy golfer on my side and Tanihara certainly ticks that box. And at 90/1 a repeat of last year's place would provide a handy payout, while the win would be dreamland!

Mike Norman: Back Tyrell Hatton @ 30/1

Tyrrell Hatton has performed well at tree-lined venues previously - including here at Wentworth two years ago, and I will follow Steve in with a bet on the Englishman this week. Hatton began the fourth round in second in 2016, trailing Scott Hend by a stroke but he was soon in front after the Aussie double-bogeyed the first hole. Hatton parred the first six holes but looking for his first European Tour win, the pressure soon took its toll and he eventually finished seventh. Since then, he's won three European Tour titles and if he gets in to contention again he'll be far better equipped to deal with the situation this time. Some average US form has pushed Hatton out to 30/1 but that looks a touch of value in conditions that really should suit.

2018 Season P/L to date: +£162.00

- Belgian Knockout, Benjamin Hebert @ 50/1 - PLACE (Paul)
- Belgian Knockout, Jorge Campillo @ 28/1 - PLACE (Mike)
- Rocco Forte Open, Lucas Herbert @ 125/1 - PLACE (Paul)
- Golf Sixes, South Korea @ 16/1 - PLACE (Steve & Paul)
- Volvo China Open, Lucas Bjerregaard @ 200/1 - PLACE (Steve)
- US Masters, Bubba Watson @ 16/1 - PLACE (Mike)
- Hero Indian Open, Andrew Johnston @ 33/1 - PLACE (Dave)
- Oman Open, Jorge Campillo @ 40/1 - PLACE (Mike)
- Maybank Championship, Shubhankar Sharma @ 60/1 - WIN (Joe)
- Dubai Desert Classic, Alex Levy @ 50/1 - PLACE (Steve)
- Abu Dhabi Championship, Matthew Fitzpatrick @ 40/1 - PLACE (Steve)
- UBS Hong Kong Open, Paul Peterson @ 80/1 - PLACE (Paul)

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