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2015 BMW PGA Championship betting preview

2015 BMW PGA Championship betting preview

The BMW PGA Championship has been a fixture on the British sporting calendar since 1955 and is often regarded as the flagship event on the European Tour.

There is a strong field heading to the West Course at Wentworth this week, including Rory McIlroy who will defend his title having shot an incredible round of 61 last weekend on his way to winning the Wells Fargo Championship.

Keep reading for our betting preview of the 2015 BMW PGA Championship.

Rory is yet again the man to beat

After yet another win on the PGA Tour last weekend, Rory McIlroy arrives at Wentworth as the defending champion and 11/4 favourite. The world number one is playing exceptionally well at present but comes into the event having played 250 holes of tournament golf in just three weeks.

“I have accomplished a lot of things over the last few weeks,” McIlroy said. “I wanted to make a push and get up there in the FedEx Cup; even though there’s still a long way to go in that, it’s always nice to see your name up around the top. It’s just a great momentum builder.

“Going into the thick of the season, I have still got three majors coming up. There is still a lot of golf, a lot of things to play for, and I don’t feel like my game has ever been in better shape. So I’m excited for the next few months.”

McIlroy’s last ten European Tour finishes read 1st, 1st, 1st, 2nd, 2nd, 2nd, 1st, 9th, 4th, 1st. Even at a skinny 11/4 there are plenty of reasons to back him this weekend.

English players have a decent record at their ‘home’ event with five wins in the last nine editions of the BMW PGA. Luke Donald has two of these and even though he may not be in the form of his life an each-way bet on the 37 year old would have resulted in a profit in five of the last seven years. Donald is 28/1 this week.

Lee Westwood has been playing this event for a couple of decades and despite six top-ten finishes and two runners-up he is yet to win the title. The 42 year old has been in solid form this year and on a course he believe suits his game he could also go close at 25/1.

Danny Willett had a decent debut at the Masters, went all the way to the semi-finals of the WGC World Matchplay and currently sits second on the Race to Dubai rankings. It’s not been a terrific course for him in recent years but he did finish 5th on his debut at Wentworth in 2010 and on current form he could go well at 40/1.

Some outsiders to watch at Wentworth this week

Francesco Molinari is one of the more consistent players on the European Tour and after his runner-up finish at the Open de España last weekend, the Italian could be a good each-way bet this week.

With three consecutive top ten finishes at this event Molinari has a good recent record around the West Course. One of the straightest players on Tour, Molinari leads the PGA Tour in driving accuracy and has shot par or better in each of his last 24 worldwide rounds.

At 30/1 he looks great value.

Anirban Lahiri may not be a household name but the 27 year old is on his way to becoming a true Indian sporting hero. Lahiri has already won twice on the European Tour in 2015, capturing the Malaysian Open and the Indian Open titles and over €650,000 in the process.

Lahiri has also had a solid start to his PGA Tour career and while he is yet to break the top 25 he’s only missed the cut in a two out of eight events. It is his debut a Wentworth but at 125/1 he looks like absolutely terrific each way value.

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