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2014 BMW PGA Championship Preview

2014 BMW PGA Championship Preview

There’s a stellar field at Wentworth this week for the 60th edition of the PGA Championship. Outside the Dubai World Championship, the PGA has the biggest prize fund on the European Tour and no fewer than ten Major champions and four former world number ones will head to Surrey this weekend.

Keep reading for our preview of the European Tour’s flagship event.

British golf fans looking for a home win

This weekend’s favourite is a man who has failed to finish outside the top 25 in any event this season. Rory McIlroy has never won the PGA but on current form could well add this title to a growing list at 12/1.

The 23 year old has enjoyed a great season so far with eight top ten finishes. In his last four events he has finished T7, T8, T8 and T6 although it’s worth bearing in mind that he has missed the cut at Wentworth in each of his last two visits.

Luke Donald is another Brit in terrific form and the two time winner of the PGA is available at 14/1. The former world number one has recorded four top 40 finishes in his last five events including a T4 at the Valspar Championship and a second place at the RBC Heritage last month.

Donald has a superb record on this course and can’t be discounted.

Lee Westwood has finished second at the PGA a couple of times and is also available at 14/1 while Jamie Donaldson is having an excellent season and has made the cut on his last six visits to this event including a T7 in 2011. The Welshman offers good each-way value at 35/1.

The overseas challenge

One man who has been in sparking form in 2014 is Sergio Garcia. The Spaniard has recorded four top ten finishes on the PGA Tour this season already including recent third place finishes at both the Houston Open and the Players Championship.

This isn’t a tournament where Garcia has appeared very often but he finished T19 last year and is available at 18/1.

Would there be a more popular winner than Miguel Angel Jiménez? The Spaniard extended his record as the oldest man to win a European Tour event last weekend when he triumphed at the Open de Espana at the age of 50.

Jiménez has now won 21 European Tour titles, 14 of them coming since he turned 40, and Sunday’s hard-fought victory continues a remarkable season. The 50 year old finished fourth in the Masters last month, and seven days later won on his Champions Tour debut. He has since got married, and has now become the first player to win twice on The Race to Dubai in 2014.

The Spaniard was T4 at this event last year and won at Wentworth in 2008. He offers great each-way value at 33/1.

Martin Kaymer is a man in form after his win in the USA a couple of weeks ago and the German could go well at 22/1. Last year’s winner, Matteo Manassero, is 50/1 to retain his title while Race to Dubai leader Thomas Bjorn is available at 66/1.

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