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Rupert Wyman 18th May 2010 - 10:06

A strong field at the European Tour's flagship event

The European tour heads to the BMW PGA Championship at Wentworth.  It could be an exceptional week's golf at Wentworth because of the changes made to the layout for the European Tour's flagship event.

As always a high class field has assembled at Wentworth, last year Paul Casey (16/1) beat off a late memorable charge from Ross Fisher (28/1) to win his first PGA Championship title.

The course was played over Wentworth's West Course, this season's event hosts the new look West Course designed by Ernie El's and his team of designers.

All eighteen greens have been updated and there has been a water hazard added in front of the eighteenth green. The hole is now no longer viewed as a dull par five, it has been transformed into an attention-grabbing, daring, make or break final hole.

Last year Paul Casey won with a score of -17. It could be difficult to beat this year because of the tough renovations on the course.

With the changes to the greens and the different approach shots required, it could be worth backing Ernie Els (12/1), he is almost a resident at Wentworth. With his unique knowledge of the course he may have a significant advantage over his fellow pros.

Paul Casey is one of a powerful trio of Englishmen in the world's top ten chasing victory at Wentworth. The other two, Westwood (12/1) and Poulter (20/1) will both fancy their chances of winning in Surrey. Poulter had stayed away for the past two years because of the state of the greens.

Luke Donald (25/1) is an erratic golfer and would rarely be a punters bet of choice. However, he has strong iron play and good positioning of the golf ball.

His form is inconsistent but on a revamped course where a player must especially look at his risk/reward ratio when positioning a shot, he could standout.

He is due a win and his barren spells goes back to the 2006 Honda Classic. He has been knocking on the door and from five starts at Wentworth, he has not finished worse than T35.

Another player who could shine at Wentworth is the German Martin Kaymer (20/1), he pipped Poulter to the Abu Dhabi Championship in a thrilling finish in January.

The German has the talent, tactical nous and mind to become one of the greats of the modern game.  He is a confident player and if he puts in a strong performance in the first round, he could feature.

Hopefully the weather can be favourable and the standard of golf inspirational, because sadly and unbelievably this is the only European Tour event in England all season!

 

 

 
 
 

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