Golf: BMW PGA Championship
Market is made by Masters champion Danny Willett and two time major winner Martin Kaymer being on the leaderboard. Leader Scott Hend has never won in Europe and second place is held by Tyrell Hatton who has a lot of potential, but is a non winner and he will be under huge pressure today in what remains a big name tournament.
There are still probably 12 players in contention and like most tournaments, this will not be decided until the back nine holes and the 18th is a risk/reward par 5 which has eagle/bogey potential. English players have done well and won five of the last ten at this most English- like of courses, I saw this as circa.......
5.0 Westwood, 7.0 Hend, 9.0 Hatton/ Willet/ Kaymer, 13.0 Yang, 17.0 Wood, 20.0 Aiken, 26.0 Van Zyl/ Quesne, 41.0 Hanson, 26.0 the field.
That is in a 100% ( no profit margin) book and I feel Westwood, Kaymer and Yang are a little big with the bookmakers.
Kaymer has posted top six finishes in his last two starts, played really well last Sunday in Ireland with a closing 65 and likes playing in Britain, but he has never really put four rounds together here. Yang is looking to resurrect his career from the depths , a major winner in 2009 and ranked #19 in the world in 2010, he was #638 at the end of 2014, he is on the way back it seems, but he has not won in six years and is unused to the heat of battle and this is going to get white hot.
Lee Westwood is a prolific winner on all tours ( 23 in Europe !) and whilst still only 43, he has played this event 22 times previously and knows the course better than anyone. He has never won, but lost out in a playoff to Luke Donald in 2011, also has another second place finish to his name and Wentworth owes him a win. Westwood said this week that it is a venue he loves coming back to and that he feeds off the support for the home players here. He is in good shape, a T2 at Augusta gave him a big confidence boost and he was very bullish about his game after a tenth place finish at the K Club in Ireland last week, he said that he played really well, had no luck at all and that 10th was the lowest he could possibly have finished. Westwood shot the only bogey free round yesterday, has played the last two holes in -4 this week, which is best of the top 4 and looks in control of his game, he hit 16 greens in regulation yesterday, took 31 putts and probably feels like the course owes him a few shots, he has to go close and I will suggest ......
Lee Westwood to win outright 6.0 general quote
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