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Remind me next time

A somewhat ‘2 steps forward, 1 step back’ kind of week for our tips, 3/5 made the 36 hole cut but unfortunately plenty of bogies over the weekend for the 3 of them cancelled out the hard work they had done prior to the weekend and the birdies they made throughout the week. Best finish for our tips was 35/1 shot Alex Bjork in T18.

A rather unflattering top 10 on the leaderboard in the end with a smattering of triple figure price guys making a late charge to the faltering Ewen Ferguson who held the lead for most of Sunday.

Eventual winner was Oliver Wilson who gained his first DP World Tour win for over 7 years.

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BMW PGA Championship Betting Odds

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For me this is one of the tournaments I always look out for when the DP World schedule is announced for the season, mainly due to the fact that I have been 3 out the last 4 years and am attending the Saturday again here this year, so if you’re around for the 3rd round, drop us a message!

Played at the West Course at Wentworth GC, located in Virginia Waters, Surrey, the BMW PGA is considered the ‘home’ event of the DP World Tour as Wentworth is the home of the Tour and acts as its headquarters.

West Course @ Wentworth GC

  • Par 72
  • 7260 yards approx.
  • Harry Colt design (1926) Ernie Els Re-design (2009/2016)
  • Bentgrass/Fescue/Poa Annua Fairways
  • Fescue, Rye grass Rough
  • Bentgrass Greens
  • 4 x Par 3s – range from 154-203 yards
  • 10 x Par 4s – range from 396-491 yards
  • 4 x Par 5s – range from 520-610 yards
  • Classical layout, tree lined, thick rough, large undulating greens

What a course we have on offer this week and what a course it is to walk around. The course is always in immaculate condition and is well designed as its weaves itself through the trees perfectly, especially the front 9.  

The 2016 renovation performed by Ernie Els was a big one. IT came just a week after Chris Wood’s victory. It entailed bunker being removed, all remaining bunkers being rebuilt and re-sanded to make them deeper and more punishing. This wasn’t the major change made by any stretch of imagination but the bunkers that are now in play especially off the tee, if found they are a penalty in themselves.

All 18 greens were stripped of its Bentgrass/Poa Annua layout and were relayed with Creeping Bentgrass. Under each green, a sub-air system was also installed. This allows the groundskeepers to control the amount of moisture in them going into each round. Note – the only other course on the 2 Tours from memory with this sub-air system is Augusta, and that is also played on large and undulating Bentgrass greens so maybe worth a look.

Past 3 Winners

2021 winner – Billy Horschel -19

  • 2nd OTT
  • 13th DA
  • 1st T2G
  • 1st GIR
  • 1st APP
  • 3rd SCR
  • 29th Putting

2020 winner – Tyrrell Hatton -19

  • 11th OTT
  • 5th DA
  • 1st T2G
  • 22nd GIR
  • 20th APP
  • 1st SCR
  • 14th Putting

2019 winner – Danny Willett -20

  • 16th DA
  • 2nd GIR
  • 8th SCR
  • 2nd Putting

Average stats for the past 3 winners – Score -19

  • 6th OTT
  • 11th DA
  • 1st T2G
  • 8th GIR
  • 10th APP
  • 4th SCR
  • 15th Putting

Stats to Consider

  • SG: OTT/Accuracy
  • SG: T2G/GIR
  • Scrambling

The West Course at Wentworth will pretty much test every aspect of the player’s games this week, it’s a classic test for an all round golfer.

Tree lined fairways and thick rough always means that SG: OTT and Driving Accuracy will be highlighted that week and it is a major factor here. A few forced lay ups for the players where they can’t and won’t be taking driver off the tee will mean they have to rely on their woods to get them in position to attack the greens.

SG: T2G and GIR have always ranked well here, especially the former. Tyrrell in 2020 possessed some serious game with his wedges and Around the Green game which clearly won it for him. Other than that though, the theme of the Wentworth week has been hitting the driver straight more often than not, finding the tricky greens in regulation but making sure you get up and down if players do miss them.

BMW PGA Championship Betting Tips

5 each way selections for this week, gone with experience, both on an off the course! Good luck all!

  1. Tommy Fleetwood 30/1
  2. Justin Rose 50/1
  3. Fabrizio Zanotti 100/1
  4. Masahiro Kawamura 125/1
  5. Marcus Armitage 150/1