BMW PGA Championship Open Tips and Betting Offers, Thursday 26th May 2016, Wentworth

The BMW PGA Championship is the European Tour’s chance to show off. The Tour’s flagship event is held every summer at their headquarters, the stunning Wentworth Club. With a beefed up West Course now providing a thorough all round test of golf and one of the best fields you’ll find in Europe in 2016, the BMW PGA Championship promises to be another top class, competitive week.

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BMW PGA Championship Betting Tips

There has been a great deal written about the changes to Wentworth. Ernie Els was brought in to try and make the course less easy to overpower without making it too difficult. Over the years each of the 18 greens have been redesigned, the bunkers were made deeper and much more punishing and the finishing 18th hole was completely reworked. 18 is now something of a metaphor for the entire course. It’s a challenging distance, there are pitfalls throughout and if you get the balance of risk and reward correct, it is still possible to score well.

The changes have taken some time to be completely accepted by the players and Wentworth’s exclusive members alike but the general consensus is that Els has done a good job. Whereas some courses are set up to favour one game type, anybody in the field can go on to win the BMW PGA Championship providing they bring their best game to Virginia Water.

Last year’s winner at Wentworth was something of a surprise. Byeong-Hun An had a wonderful amateur career as a young golfer but even his biggest supporters didn’t expect him to win the BMW PGA Championship in his first season on the European Tour. Previous course experience on the West Course is normally a huge plus and nobody expects a similarly unexperienced player to triumph this time around.

Francesco Molinari was well placed to win at Wentworth last summer after three excellent rounds. Unfortunately he saved his worst performance for Sunday and eventually had to settle for fifth place. He’ll have learnt from that near miss and he looks to be playing well enough at the moment to have another really good crack at the title. The Italian comes to Wentworth on the back of a top 10 finish at the Players Championship and his incredibly accurate game is tailor made for the West Course. So, back Molinari at 18/1 with Ladbrokes.

Molinari doesn’t need to tell Lee Westwood anything about near misses. Westwood is one of the most successful European golfers of all time but he’s as yet been unable to win at Wentworth. Much like a major championship, a win at the BMW PGA Championship is clearly missing from Westwood’s otherwise wonderful career but he can right that wrong this week. His last two starts have seen him finish in a tie for second place at the Masters and compete well at the Irish Open despite not holing anything from distance. He knows this course as well as anybody and the 35/1 that BetVictor are offering looks too big.