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BlogBMW PGA Championship Preview and Picks

BMW PGA Championship

October 8th – 11th, 2020

Wentworth Club (West Course)

Virginia Water, Surrey, England

Par: 72 / Yardage: 7,286

Purse: $7 million

with $1,218,680 to the winner

Defending Champion:
Danny Willett

by Sal Johnson

Founder, Chief Data Officer, GOLFstats

E-mail me at:
sal@golfstats.com

This week’s field includes:

The field includes 27 of the top 100 ranking players and 10 of the top 50 in the latest Official World Golf Rankings, with one from the top-ten: #9 Patrick Reed, #14 Tommy Fleetwood, #15 Tyrrell Hatton, #20 Matthew Fitzpatrick, #23 Justin Rose, #31 Shane Lowry, #33 Bernd Wiesberger, #42 Lee Westwood, #49 Danny Willett, #50 Matt Wallace, #53 Victor Perez, #54 Christiaan Bezuidenhout, #56 Jazz Janewattananond, #58 Ian Poulter, #67 Lucas Herbert, #69 Rasmus Hojgaard, #77 Thomas Pieters, #80 Thomas Detry, #81 George Coetzee, #82 Sam Horsfield, #84 John Catlin, #88 Aaron Rai, #90 Andy Sullivan, #91 Mike Lorenzo-Vera, #94 Martin Kaymer, #96 Jorge Campillo and #97 Matthias Schwab.

Last year there was 20 top-50 players in the field.

The field includes 19 of the Top 25 on this year’s European Tour Race to Dubai money list.  Those players include #1 Patrick Reed, #3 Tommy Fleetwood, #4 Lee Westwood, #5 Aaron Rai, #7 Lucas Herbert, #8 Rasmus Hojgaard, #10 Erik Van Rooyen, #11 Thomas Detry, #12 Victor Perez, #13 Sam Horsfield, #14 Matthew Fitzpatrick, #15 Sami Valimaki, #16 John Catlin, #18 Renato Paratore, #20 Graeme McDowell, #21 Christiaan Bezuidenhout, #22 Andy Sullivan, #23 Jorge Campillo, #25 Pablo Larrazabal.

The field includes three past champions: Danny Willett (2019), Miguel A. Jimenez (2008) and David Howell (2006)..

A perfect way for fantasy golfers to check on the past performance of all the players in the BMW PGA Championship field is our performance chart listed by average finish.  Another way to check who is the best is through a special formula worked out in Golfstats that gives us the best average performances at the BMW PGA Championship in the last five years or check out our sortable 8-year glance at the BMW PGA Championship.

A a good cheat sheet is this list of odds from the top bookmakers in England.

Time to look at our who’s hot and who isn’t:

Who’s Hot in the field for the BMW PGA Championship

Player Scottish Open Irish Open Open de Portugal U.S. Open Portugal Masters Andalucia Masters BMW Champ. UK Champ. Wales Open Northern Trust Celtic Classic Wyndham Champ. English Champ.
John Catlin
(276.67 pts)
CUT
(-10)
Win
(132)
DNP DNP T8
(33.33)
Win
(88)
DNP T25
(16.67)
CUT
(-3.33)
DNP T6
(20)
DNP DNP
Aaron Rai
(265.67 pts)
Win
(132)
2
(100)
DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP T15
(23.33)
T44
(2)
DNP T31
(6.33)
DNP T44
(2)
George Coetzee
(180 pts)
T59
(0)
T48
(2)
T3
(90)
DNP Win
(88)
DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP
Lucas Herbert
(173 pts)
T4
(80)
T7
(55)
DNP T31
(38)
DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP
Lee Westwood
(159 pts)
T19
(31)
DNP DNP T13
(74)
DNP T10
(26.67)
DNP T17
(22)
DNP DNP DNP DNP T34
(5.33)
Garrick Higgo
(148 pts)
T26
(24)
CUT
(-10)
Win
(132)
DNP DNP DNP DNP T47
(2)
DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP
Tommy Fleetwood
(143 pts)
2
(100)
DNP DNP CUT
(-20)
T3
(60)
DNP DNP DNP DNP T44
(3)
DNP T59
(0)
DNP
Joakim Lagergren
(140.67 pts)
T63
(0)
T5
(70)
DNP DNP T3
(60)
T24
(17.33)
DNP CUT
(-6.67)
DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP
Masahiro Kawamura
(115.67 pts)
T56
(0)
T14
(36)
DNP DNP 5
(46.67)
T8
(33.33)
DNP T47
(2)
T37
(4.33)
DNP CUT
(-3.33)
DNP CUT
(-3.33)
Erik Van Rooyen
(114 pts)
T6
(60)
DNP DNP T23
(54)
DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP
Rasmus Hojgaard
(112.67 pts)
T48
(2)
DNP DNP CUT
(-20)
DNP T31
(12.67)
DNP Win
(88)
DNP DNP DNP DNP 3
(30)
Jorge Campillo
(107.33 pts)
T48
(2)
DNP DNP DNP T8
(33.33)
T17
(22)
DNP T7
(36.67)
T8
(16.67)
DNP CUT
(-3.33)
DNP DNP
Robert Rock
(106 pts)
3
(90)
T25
(25)
DNP DNP CUT
(-6.67)
DNP DNP CUT
(-6.67)
T37
(4.33)
DNP DNP DNP DNP
Patrick Reed
(99.5 pts)
DNP DNP DNP T13
(74)
DNP DNP T40
(10)
DNP DNP T49
(0.5)
DNP T9
(15)
DNP
Jordan Smith
(97.33 pts)
T36
(14)
T7
(55)
DNP DNP T36
(9.33)
WD
(-3.33)
DNP CUT
(-6.67)
T27
(7.67)
DNP T22
(9.33)
DNP T14
(12)
Martin Kaymer
(96.67 pts)
CUT
(-10)
DNP DNP CUT
(-20)
DNP 2
(66.67)
DNP T3
(60)
DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP
Romain Langasque
(89.33 pts)
CUT
(-10)
DNP DNP T34
(32)
DNP T17
(22)
DNP CUT
(-6.67)
Win
(44)
DNP DNP DNP T26
(8)
Marc Warren
(86.33 pts)
T4
(80)
CUT
(-10)
DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP T39
(7.33)
DNP DNP T39
(3.67)
DNP T34
(5.33)
Thomas Pieters
(85.67 pts)
CUT
(-10)
DNP DNP T23
(54)
DNP DNP DNP DNP T15
(11.67)
DNP T3
(30)
DNP DNP
Jason Scrivener
(82.33 pts)
CUT
(-10)
T25
(25)
DNP DNP T8
(33.33)
CUT
(-6.67)
DNP DNP T8
(16.67)
DNP T14
(12)
DNP T14
(12)
Matthew Southgate
(80.33 pts)
T9
(45)
T33
(17)
DNP DNP T64
(0)
T24
(17.33)
DNP CUT
(-6.67)
T73
(0)
DNP T27
(7.67)
DNP 61
(0)
Benjamin Hebert
(77.67 pts)
T19
(31)
DNP DNP DNP CUT
(-6.67)
CUT
(-6.67)
DNP T3
(60)
DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP
Bernd Wiesberger
(75.33 pts)
T48
(2)
DNP DNP T43
(14)
DNP T31
(12.67)
DNP T5
(46.67)
DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP
Marcus Kinhult
(73 pts)
T6
(60)
CUT
(-10)
DNP DNP CUT
(-6.67)
CUT
(-6.67)
DNP T13
(24.67)
T15
(11.67)
DNP DNP DNP DNP
Brandon Stone
(72.67 pts)
T19
(31)
DNP DNP DNP T14
(24)
CUT
(-6.67)
DNP DNP T27
(7.67)
DNP CUT
(-3.33)
DNP T6
(20)
Andy Sullivan
(72.33 pts)
T26
(24)
DNP DNP CUT
(-20)
DNP CUT
(-6.67)
DNP T9
(30)
DNP DNP T47
(1)
DNP Win
(44)
Justin Harding
(72 pts)
CUT
(-10)
T11
(39)
DNP CUT
(-20)
DNP T3
(60)
DNP DNP T44
(2)
DNP T47
(1)
DNP T53
(0)
David Horsey
(69.33 pts)
T14
(36)
CUT
(-10)
DNP DNP DNP T10
(26.67)
DNP T51
(0)
DNP DNP T6
(20)
DNP CUT
(-3.33)
Thomas Detry
(68 pts)
T30
(20)
DNP DNP T49
(2)
DNP T31
(12.67)
DNP DNP DNP DNP 2
(33.33)
DNP T56
(0)
Dean Burmester
(61.33 pts)
CUT
(-10)
22
(28)
DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP T31
(12.67)
T21
(9.67)
DNP T47
(1)
DNP T6
(20)
Joost Luiten
(60 pts)
T19
(31)
T11
(39)
DNP DNP CUT
(-6.67)
T52
(0)
DNP DNP DNP DNP CUT
(-3.33)
DNP DNP
Sami Valimaki
(60 pts)
T63
(0)
DNP DNP CUT
(-20)
DNP T10
(26.67)
DNP DNP 2
(33.33)
DNP T6
(20)
DNP DNP
Jazz Janewattananond
(60 pts)
CUT
(-10)
T3
(90)
DNP CUT
(-20)
DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP
Adrian Otaegui
(59.67 pts)
T42
(8)
DNP DNP CUT
(-20)
DNP T17
(22)
DNP DNP T37
(4.33)
DNP T14
(12)
DNP 2
(33.33)
Fabrizio Zanotti
(57 pts)
T48
(2)
T7
(55)
DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP
Haotong Li
(55.33 pts)
T14
(36)
DNP DNP DNP CUT
(-6.67)
WD
(-3.33)
DNP T31
(12.67)
T8
(16.67)
DNP DNP DNP DNP
Robert MacIntyre
(53.33 pts)
T14
(36)
DNP DNP T56
(0)
DNP T24
(17.33)
DNP DNP T59
(0)
DNP DNP DNP DNP
Min Woo Lee
(52.67 pts)
T30
(20)
CUT
(-10)
DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP T11
(26)
CUT
(-3.33)
DNP 72
(0)
DNP T6
(20)
Alexander Bjork
(52.67 pts)
T19
(31)
DNP DNP DNP T24
(17.33)
T57
(0)
DNP DNP CUT
(-3.33)
DNP T27
(7.67)
DNP DNP
Grant Forrest
(51.67 pts)
T19
(31)
DNP DNP DNP T14
(24)
T66
(0)
DNP DNP CUT
(-3.33)
DNP 69
(0)
DNP DNP
Matt Wallace
(51.33 pts)
T30
(20)
DNP DNP T43
(14)
DNP DNP DNP T19
(20.67)
DNP DNP DNP CUT
(-3.33)
DNP
Steven Brown
(50.67 pts)
CUT
(-10)
T39
(11)
DNP DNP T64
(0)
T10
(26.67)
DNP CUT
(-6.67)
DNP DNP T31
(6.33)
DNP 5
(23.33)
Sean Crocker
(50.33 pts)
T36
(14)
T39
(11)
DNP DNP DNP WD
(-3.33)
DNP DNP T37
(4.33)
DNP T22
(9.33)
DNP T9
(15)
Adri Arnaus
(48.67 pts)
T26
(24)
T23
(27)
DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP CUT
(-3.33)
DNP T47
(1)
DNP DNP
Joachim B. Hansen
(47.33 pts)
CUT
(-10)
T28
(22)
DNP DNP DNP T17
(22)
DNP T25
(16.67)
CUT
(-3.33)
DNP DNP DNP T53
(0)

How Player Rankings are Computed

Who’s Not Hot in the field for the BMW PGA Championship

Player Scottish Open Irish Open Open de Portugal U.S. Open Portugal Masters Andalucia Masters BMW Champ. UK Champ. Wales Open Northern Trust Celtic Classic Wyndham Champ. English Champ.
Haydn Porteous
(-41.67 pts)
CUT
(-10)
CUT
(-10)
DNP DNP CUT
(-6.67)
DNP DNP CUT
(-6.67)
WD
(-1.67)
DNP CUT
(-3.33)
DNP CUT
(-3.33)
Danny Willett
(-40 pts)
CUT
(-10)
DNP DNP CUT
(-20)
DNP DNP DNP CUT
(-6.67)
DNP DNP DNP CUT
(-3.33)
DNP
Graeme McDowell
(-38.33 pts)
CUT
(-10)
DNP DNP CUT
(-20)
DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP CUT
(-5)
DNP CUT
(-3.33)
DNP
David Howell
(-33.33 pts)
T56
(0)
CUT
(-10)
DNP DNP CUT
(-6.67)
CUT
(-6.67)
DNP CUT
(-6.67)
DNP DNP CUT
(-3.33)
DNP T68
(0)
Andrea Pavan
(-33 pts)
CUT
(-10)
CUT
(-10)
DNP DNP CUT
(-6.67)
CUT
(-6.67)
DNP DNP WD
(-1.67)
DNP CUT
(-3.33)
DNP T34
(5.33)
Joel Stalter
(-26.67 pts)
CUT
(-10)
68
(0)
DNP DNP CUT
(-6.67)
CUT
(-6.67)
DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP CUT
(-3.33)
Ashley Chesters
(-26.33 pts)
CUT
(-10)
CUT
(-10)
DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP CUT
(-6.67)
T68
(0)
DNP T39
(3.67)
DNP CUT
(-3.33)
Oliver Fisher
(-25.33 pts)
CUT
(-10)
CUT
(-10)
DNP DNP CUT
(-6.67)
DNP DNP WD
(-3.33)
T76
(0)
DNP CUT
(-3.33)
DNP T26
(8)
Oliver Wilson
(-25 pts)
CUT
(-10)
DNP DNP DNP CUT
(-6.67)
DNP DNP DNP WD
(-1.67)
DNP CUT
(-3.33)
DNP CUT
(-3.33)
Kristoffer Broberg
(-23.33 pts)
CUT
(-10)
DNP DNP DNP CUT
(-6.67)
CUT
(-6.67)
DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP

How Player Rankings are Computed

The Buzz:

Have to say the European Tour has had a lot of tough times since the COVID-19 became a reality in February.  The European Tour goes to not only Europe but South Africa, India, China, Australian, Dubai, and Saudi Arabia, to name a few.  Little did anyone know that when Jorge Campillo won the Qatar Masters on the first weekend in March, that about half of the European Tour would cancel events and that the Tour wouldn’t start up until the second week of July.  The only thing that got things going was the six-event UK swing, which proved to be a godsend for European Tour players even though the prize money available to players had dropped markedly, to the point in which players on the LPGA Tour were making more than European Tour players.  For 12 straight weeks, first-place prize money was between the high of $233,000 at the Andalucia Masters to the $93,376 of the Open de Portugal.  It didn’t matter for the players. Yes, the fields’ stature was very low as, at times, it looked more like a European Tour Challenge event as we saw newcomers like Garrick Higgo, John Caltin, and Rasmus Hojgaard win.  But all of that changed last week as the Aberdeen Standard Scottish Open had a $7 million purse with Aaron Rai winning $1,142,000.

This week the tour moves down outside London for the BMW PGA Championship.  It’s the most prestigious event on the European Tour, and this week has a pretty good field of five top-25 players in the field.

As a matter of fact, the field is so good that frankly, it’s the big tournament to watch and play DraftKings to.  Over the years, the course Wentworth has gone through some drastic changes as some have not liked what they have done, but the last Ernie Els tweaks look like they have addressed the problems, and everyone seems to like the way the course is now.

Plus, this is a week to celebrate the European Tour being able to come back and overcome the virus.  Still, the European Tour’s outlook is not as rosy as it is for the American Tour.  Yes, they will be playing for a $7 million purse this week. Still, when Midnight strikes Sunday night, the European Tour will return as a pumpkin as it’s next four events will have small $1.2 million purses, with the season coming to an end in Dubai in December with a still-unnamed figure on how much their final event will be played for.

The future is also very cloudy as the 2021 schedule hasn’t come out yet and the prospect of playing in places like Asia, China, India, and Australia are still closed down to the virus.  Since the European Tour is so cosmopolitan in traveling the world, the prospect is dim for half of the European Tour schedule’s events.  So the future for the European Tour in 2021 is to play in a lot of tournaments with the low million euro purses (about 1.2 million American dollars) which will create an even more immense strain on the Tour finances.  Things could get so bad that the European Tour could be forced to consolidate with other tours, including the PGA Tour, to keep it going.  Nobody really has the right answer but we all root for the powers to be at the European Tour find some viable path towards keeping its own identity and absorb another challenging year ahead.  Things will get better, and as we have seen with more folks playing the game right now than in the last decade, the same will happen with the European Tour picking up more sponsors and events when the virus finally gets defeated.

But we have this week, and it will be an excellent show with a good field on a great golf course.

Here are some of the secrets of what it takes to play well at the BMW PGA Championship.

The key stat for the winner:

Wentworth is a classic shotmaker course. That is why those that hit lots of greens like Luke Donald have done well at Wentworth.  Having a short game is also important because for those who miss the greens, getting it up and down is tough as there are many bumps and knolls around these greens.  But the key to playing well is to hit lots of greens like last year’s winner Danny Willett who was T-1st in greens hit.  The same from Byeong-Hun An, who in 2015 only missed 11 greens all week, leading the field in greens hit.  To show how important it is to hit greens, going back to 2009, nine of the 12 champions were in the top-ten of greens hit.  The only ones that weren’t in it were Rory McIlroy in 2014 (T-22nd), Alex Noren was T-18th in 2017, and Francesco Molinari was T-61st in 2018.

Since significant work was done on Wentworth in 2011, the par 4s are really tough, some of the hardest on the European Tour with five of the 12 playing over 449 yards.  In the last six years, those that made the cut have played the par 4s in 4.3 over par while those in the top-ten have averaged a half a shot under par.  So you can see how Luke Donald won in 2012 when he played the 4s in 3 under, Matteo Manassero was 1 over in his ’13 win, Rory McIlroy played the par 4s in 1 under in 2014, Byeong-Hun An was 3 under on the par 4s in 2015, and Chris Wood was 2 under on them in 2016, 2017 winner Alex Noren was 3 under, 2018 winner Francesco Molinari played them in 5 under and last year Danny Willett played the par 4s the best of anyone at 8 under.

On top of new greens that went in before the 2017 event, many other things have been done to Wentworth.  29 bunkers were removed entirely as ever bunker on the course was redesigned and rebuilt.  So now it’s going to be a lot tougher if you hit it into one of them.  Hopefully, with these changes and the ones a couple of years ago, it will be more appealing to the players.

Weather will be a problem for most of the week as it will rain lightly on Thursday, Friday, and in the morning on Saturday.  Sunday will be fine, but each day temperatures will be between 55 and 59 degrees.  Winds will be brisk all four days between 10 and 16 mph, with Thursday having the worst of it.  Because of this, I see scores higher than in past years and more marquee players at the top of the leaderboard.

DraftKings tips

*Here are the guys that cost the most on DraftKings this week:

  • Patrick Reed – $11,200
  • Tommy Fleetwood – $11,000
  • Tyrrell Hatton – $10,500
  • Justin Rose – $10,000
  • Matthew Fitzpatrick – $9,800
  • Erik Van Rooyen – $9,700
  • Thomas Pieters – $9,600
  • Shane Lowry – $9,500
  • Bernd Wiesberger – $9,400
  • Matt Wallace – $9,300
  • Aaron Rai – $9,200
  • Rasmus Hojgaard – $9,100
  • Andy Sullivan – $9,000

Tough decisions to make, first of all of those in the under $9,000 category, only Thomas Pieters, Aaron Rai, and Rasmus Hojgaard have played well since the break.  As for Patrick Reed at $11,200, he is also playing well, he was T-13th at the U.S. Open after leading in the second round and was T-8th at the Tour Championship.  Reed was 3rd in his only Wentworth start last year so for him to get on an airplane and go over to England shows he feels his game is worth the gamble.  He is a lot of money, but it’s probably ok to go with Reed this week with all the others not worth the cost.  For Tommy Fleetwood at $11,000, he had his only great start since the break last week in Scotland, where he finished 2nd. Usually, I would say he is a go for this week, but he has struggled at Wentwork.  Since finishing T-6th in 2015, he was 69th in 2016, missed the cut in 2017, T-20th in 2018, and T-60th last year.  Over those last four years, he is 14 over par and tells us that this isn’t a course for Fleetwood.  As for Tyrrell Hatton at $10,500, he missed the cut last year and in 2018, and despite finishing T-7th in 2016, I still say a big fat no to Hatton.  Justin Rose, at $10,500, is a joke, even though he has played well at Wentworth.  But his last eight years has been a struggle, and frankly, he would be a toss-up pick if he was priced at $7,500.  Now Matthew Fitzpatrick at $9,800 is one to think about, he was T-8th in 2018 and T-12th in 2017.  Last year he was T-46th but what worries me is he missed the cut at the U.S. Open and was T-42nd in Scotland last week.  Still had was 3rd at Memorial, T-6th at the WGC event in Memphis, and T-6th on the challenging course at the BMW Championship.  So it’s a toss-up pick on Fitzpatrick, but I am not going to pick him.  Erik Van Rooyen, at $9,700, has played ok at Wentworth, was T-14th last year, and T-20th in his rookie start in 2018.  He played well at the U.S. Open, finishing T-23rd and last week shot a final round 65 to finish T-6th in Scotland, so yes, he can do well.  Thomas Pieters at $9,600 has not been great in six Wentworth starts, the best was T-14th in 2017.  He has limited success this year, and last week missed the cut in Scotland, so he is one to pass on.  Shane Lowry at $9,500 is one that many will pass on since he has struggled since he won the Open 14 months ago.  Had to be a bit low for him two weeks ago, returning to Northern Ireland in the Irish Open and missing the cut.  But in looking at his starts at Wentworth, they have been pretty good.  Other than missed the cut in 2016, he has been in the top-15 in six of his last seven Wentworth starts and was 2nd in 2014.  He was T-11th last year, but the point is he plays well at Wentworth and worth the gamble.  As for Bernd Wiesberger at $9,400, he has no redeeming value anywhere to justify a pick.  The same is Matt Wallace at $9,300, he hasn’t shown us any forum to playing well.  At $9,200, Aaron Rai will be chosen by many because of winning last week in Scotland.  But at Wentworth, he was T-26th last year and missed the cut in 2018, so I will pass on him.  Rasmus Hojgaard, at $9,100, is another pass, playing for the first time at Wentworth he did win the UK Championship a month ago but has struggled since.  Andy Sullivan, at $9,000, is another question mark, he has never achieved much at Wentworth, and since winning the English Championship two months ago, he has played terribly with missing the cut at Andalucia and the U.S. Open, along with a T-28th last week in Scotland.

*Players in that $7,500 to $8,900 price range, which ones are worth the money?:

Off the bat, Ian Poulter at $8,900, is one to think about until you see his dismal record at Wentworth with only one top-ten in 16 starts.  He is one to pass on.  Lee Westwood, at $8,700, is a choice, he has two runner-up finishes at Wentworth, that along with having a lot of top-20 finishes, tells me he is worth the $8,700.  At $8,500, Sam Horsfield is worth the cost, he has played ok at Wentworth in two starts and won twice in August.  Christiaan Bezuidenhout, at $8,300, is worth is after a 3rd place finish last year.  At $7,600, John Catlin is worth the money since he has two wins in his previous four starts, but beware he missed the cut in Scotland last week and is making his first Wentworth start.

Any bargains out there?

At $7,500, George Coetzee is worth a look based on his play in Europe since the break.  He won the Portugal Masters and was T-3rd in his next start in Portugal.  But he has struggled at Wentworth, which could make up your mind.  Danny Willett is defending and frankly way too low at $7,500, so he will be picked by many others.  At $7,300, Andrew Johnston is worth the price just because he was T-9th last year and T-7th in 2016 at Wentworth.  At $7,000, Ross Fisher is always worth the price, was T-31st last year, but T-8th in 2019 and T=9th in 2017, so he does have good memories of the course.

 

Who to watch for at the BMW PGA Championship

Best Bets:

Patrick Reed

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T4

Played well at Wentworth last year, was T-13th at the U.S. Open.

Shane Lowry

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T11 T15 T6 CUT T6 2 T12 T68 T4 T65

Despite not playing well always has a way to play good golf at Wentworth.

Erik Van Rooyen

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T14 T20

Played ok at Wentworth, was T-14th last year, and T-20th in his rookie start in 2018. He played well at the U.S. Open, finishing T-23rd and last week shot a final round 65 to finish T-6th in Scotland

Best of the rest:

Tommy Fleetwood

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T60 T20 CUT 69 T6 CUT T24 T49

Just worried that he does’t play well at Wentworth, but he seemed to have found his game in Scotland last week so anything is possible.

Aaron Rai

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T26 CUT

Played well last week in winning Scottish Open. Did play ok last year at Wentworth, finishing T-26th.

Rasum Hojgaard

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First time playing in this event

Playing for the first time at Wentworth, did win the Uk Championship a month ago.

Solid contenders

Lee Westwood

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CUT T27 T14 T15 T38 T35 T9 T33 2 T10 CUT WD

On the whole has played well since the break, also has done good things at Wentworth.

George Coetzee

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71 CUT CUT CUT T74 T30 T24 T21

Has played wll in European over the last month.

Ross Fisher

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T31 T8 T9 CUT CUT CUT T32 CUT T39 T10 2 T68

Has played a lot and knows Wentworth.

Danny Willett

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Win CUT T58 3 T38 T63 T32 T43 CUT 5

Defending champion who can surprise us again.

Long shots that could come through:

Christiaan Bezuidenhout

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3

3rd last year at Wentworth.

John Catlin

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First time playing in this event

Has won twice in his last four starts, his first Wentworth start.

Sam Horsfield

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T31 T15

Played well in two Wentworth starts and won twice in August on the European Tour.

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