The most prestigious event on the European Tour will take place about a month later than its originally planned date. That hasn’t affected a star-studded field from assembling at Wentworth Golf Club in Surrey, England for this week’s BMW PGA Championship. The reimagined schedule has back-to-back Rolex Series events in place with Aaron Rai going for the sweep after claiming the Scottish Open title in a playoff. Patrick Reed, a late entry and the only player in the OWGR top-10, emerged as the betting favorite, slightly ahead of Tommy Fleetwood, who looks to rebound after falling to Rai. There are plenty of tantalizing matchups on the board. Visit BookMaker.eu for updated matchup odds when you’re ready to place a wager.
BMW PGA Championship Matchup Odds at BookMaker.eu
Garrick Higgo -125 vs. Ryan Fox +105
Andrew Johnston -115 vs. Gavin Green -105
Victor Perez -140 vs. Joakim Lagergren +120
Erik Van Rooyen -120 vs. Thomas Pieters +100
Lucas Herbert -110 vs. Andy Sullivan -110
Branden Grace -190 vs. Brandon Stone +165
Marcus Kinhult -115 vs. Robert Rock -105
Jazz Janewattananond +105 vs. Paul Waring -125
Mike Lorenzo Vera -115 vs. Romain Langasque -105
Richie Ramsay +105 vs. Dean Burmester -125
Tyrell Hatton -150 vs. Erik Van Rooyen +130
Matthias Schwab -130 vs. Haotong Li +110
Justin Rose +105 vs. Matthew Fitzpatrick -125
Tommy Fleetwood -120 vs. Matthew Fitzpatrick +100
Patrick Reed -135 vs. Tommy Fleetwood +115
Matt Wallace +115 vs. Shane Lowry -135
Sami Valimaki +135 vs. Renato Paratore -155
Eddie Pepperell -120 vs. Jorge Campillo +100
Benjamin Hebert -110 vs. Jordan Smith -110
Victor Dubuisson +105 vs. Kurt Kitayama -125
John Catlin +105 vs. Danny Willett -125
Bernd Wiesberger -115 vs. Matt Wallace -105
Christiaan Bezuidenhout -120 vs. Robert MacIntyre +100
Lee Westwood -115 vs. Martin Kaymer -105
Ian Poulter -135 vs. Sam Horsfield +115
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I stumbled a bit last week with 1-2-2 record in matchups but I’ve still won better than two-thirds of my picks, so I can’t complain. A strong field makes for some interesting matchups and I’ll try and get back on track this week. The West Course is one of three 18-hole courses at Wentworth Club, hosting this tournament every year since 1984. Recent renovations added yardage and numerous bunkers so it now plays at 7,284 yards and par 72. West is a tight, tree-lined course with tricky greens that were all modified before the 2017 tournament. There are a number of birdie opportunities and the field can gain strokes on the final two holes, which are manageable par-5s. In 2019 Danny Willett became the first winner in the last four editions to score -20. He was a three-shot winner over Jon Rahm.
BMW PGA Championship Matchup Picks
Lucas Herbert -110 vs. Andy Sullivan
He survived Winged Foot finishing T31 at the U.S. Open last month. Wentworth should be a breeze compared to that and Herbert enters on a run of solid form looking to make up for last year’s MC. Herbert showed great resolve last week leading the pack after 36 holes with rounds of 66-65. However a Saturday 79 crushed his chances. He did rebound with a closing 65 to grab a share of fourth. That came after a strong T7 at the Irish Open the week prior. In a putting contest I like Herbert’s chances since he’s top-10 on Tour in strokes gained: putting.
Robert MacIntyre +100 vs. Christiaan Bezuidenhout
MacIntyre has made the cut in every tournament since the restart, though the results haven’t always been favorable. Getting to Saturday is half the battle in a matchup, though. One thing we can say about MacIntyre is that he’s confident and feeling better after overcoming an injury that plagued him at the beginning of the year. His best finish during the recent run was last week’s T14 at the Scottish Open, and there’s enough to suggest he’s comfortable at Wentworth with an opening 69 and a T28 last year.
Tommy Fleetwood -120 vs. Matthew Fitzpatrick
He has a weak history at Wentworth but I have a hard time fading Fleetwood based on that. And he’s probably more motivated than ever to finish strong after yanking a birdie putt in a playoff loss at last week’s Scottish Open. You have to admire his game with two podium finishes in his last two ET starts. He’s also third in the Race to Dubai standings and looks to close the gap with leader Patrick Reed, who’s also in this week’s field.
Haotong Li +110 vs. Matthias Schwab
Showing up on just about everybody’s radar after his stellar performance at the PGA Championship, Li stumbled recently with a WD from the Andalucia Masters and a MC at the Portugal Masters. He appeared to regain the form that staked him to the 36-hole lead at Harding Park with bookend scores of 68-66 for a T14 at the Scottish Open. He’s also played through in his last four starts at Wentworth. Offered at plus odds he’s a player I can’t pass on in this matchup.
Shane Lowry -135 vs. Matt Wallace
Lowry has kind of muddled along since his T6 at the WGC St. Jude Classic two months ago. He missed the cut at the Irish Open in his last start, perhaps saving up for a place he’s dominated over the years. He’s been to Wentworth 10 times making the cut in nine of those with seven top-15s Three of those finishes came in the last three years with a best of T6 in 2017. He closed with a 66 last year to finish T11. The price is steep but you can’t beat Lowry’s success on this layout.
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