Betting Preview And Tips: 2011 BMW PGA Championship
odds on the exchanges
Lee Westwood 10/1
There are those who say only a madman would tip Lee Westwood to do well at Wentworth. Well, since that description describes me perfectly, I will. Eleventh at The Masters, then a handy win in Korea, Westwood himself was psyched for the matchplay last week only to be beaten by eventual winner Ian Poulter by one hole in the last 16. Westwood bowed out on 19 under par for his last 45 holes at Finca Cortesin and now well rested, should be up to contend this week. Irrespective of having zero course form, adds the madman!
Luke Donald 10/1
Leaving Luke Donald out of the tips these days is like leaving Brian O’Driscoll out of the Irish Rugby team. Unthinkable. Just missed out on becoming world number one in losing the final to Poulter in Spain, but it’s yet another second place on the stats. And those stats are becoming more incredible by the week. Fourth at The Players, eight at the Zurich, second at Hilton Head, fourth at The Masters…oh I give up. On the flip side, Donald must be extremely tired after last week’s exertions. If it wasn’t for a seven on the 17th last year Donald would have surely won this event; in the end he tied second just one shot behind surprise winner Simon Khan.
Chris Wood 80/1
Beats me with what’s going on with Chris Wood on the caddy front. He announced in February that he and Dave Neilly were splitting up. Then Matt Harbour lugged the bag for a while before Neilly was back on his shoulder at the Iberdrola Open in Spain two weeks back. Wood finished second there and returns to Wentworth where he contended for three rounds before his putter betrayed him on Sunday and he shot 77. I remember an outrageous lip-out from two feet deflating Wood; surely he will do better this year. Wentworth owes him one.
Ross Fisher 40/1
The season has been a struggle for Ross Fisher with only one top 10 in Dubai early doors but then again his wins in the past have come, more or less, out of the blue. A member of the Wentworth academy as a youth and home favourite, Ross came close in 2009 when pipped by Casey. He tied tenth last year on his first attempt at the revised layout. I’m a strong advocate of the horses for course theory, so I say Fisher cant be discounted.
Best Of The Rest: Molinari, Jimenez & Willett
Word inside the ropes is that Francesco Molinari (38/1) is coming back into form, but since he has no track record at Wentworth, I’ll reserve judgement here until after Wednesday’s pro-am. Another man with form at the venue is Miguel Angel Jimenez (44/1). He came third in 2006, tied fifth the following year before finally winning in 2008. Went close at the Ballantines a few weeks back and nothing the Spanirad does surprises me any more! Finally another kid well able to mix with the big guys is 23 year old Danny Willett (110/). He tied fifth last year and if he can get his mind in the right place, I predict at least a top 10 for the Englishman.