Golf: BMW PGA Championship
Venue: Wentworth, Surrey, UK.
Dates: Thursday 19th – Sunday 22nd September 2019
The BMW PGA Championship at Wentworth has long been one of the flagship events on the European Tour and with its new position on the golfing calendar; a stellar field has been assembled. The event which was originally known as the PGA British Championship notoriously attracts players from all over the globe and was first played in 1955. With all 4 majors now being played in a 4 month period between April & August, the BMW PGA Championship moved from May to September in the calendar – a move which looks to be favourable with both players and fans alike. With a healthy £7 million prize pot, it is the biggest event on the European Tour and it promises to be a fascinating 4 days of golf at the always impressive Wentworth West Course.
The course at Wentworth tests the best golfers and with the weather set fair, there could be plenty of big names in contention come Sunday:-
With first and second place finishes from his last two starts, Rory McIlroy is not only the biggest draw at Wentworth but he is the man in form and he will be difficult to beat this week.
Big-hitting Spaniard Jon Rahm hasn’t been in competitive action for almost a month but the course at Wentworth should suit him. He is currently in second place on the European Tour money list.
Having finally got over the line to win the European Open last time out, Paul Casey is sure to be full of confidence here and he will be willed on by passionate home support.
Englishman Matthew Fitzpatrick is another man in form following his second place finish at the Scandinavian Masters and the course at the Wentworth club should suit his game.
English Ryder Cup star Tyrrell Hatton could be player that goes under the radar this week and despite not winning an event for 2 years, he could go well in familiar conditions at Wentworth.
1st Round Leader
Producing the goods over 72 holes is often the most difficult thing for any golfer to do therefore here are our first round leader picks:-
Englishman Matt Wallace sits 6th on the European Tour Money List and could well fly out of the blocks following his top 3 finish at the KLM Open last time out.
Impressive Belgian Thomas Pieters has finished in the top 20 in his last 5 starts, with one tournament win and he will fancy his chances of going all the way this week if he can get off to a flyer.
Eddie Pepperell is one of the most consistent performers on the European Tour and he could stage a real challenge this week if he gets off to a solid start on Thursday.
Top Ten Finish
With so many quality players assembled here at Wentworth, getting into the winning enclosure could be tough but there are plenty of candidates to finish in the top 10 come Sunday:-
Another English favourite in Tommy Fleetwood will be eager to put on a show at Wentworth despite not being in the best form of late.
American Tony Finau is coming to Wentworth to win and he should relish the conditions with his powerful yet accurate ball striking abilities.
Home favourite Ian Poulter continues to perform on both the European and PGA Tours and with home support backing him to the hilt, he could challenge the leaders on Sunday.
BetXChange Best Bets:
Outright Winner: Rory McIlroy – 5.50
1st Round Leader: Matt Wallace – 40.00
Top Ten Finish: Tommy Fleetwood- 1.95