By News Team
7th October 2020
Aaron Rai won a nervy and very wet Scottish Open play-off on Sunday, edging out English compatriot Tommy Fleetwood at The Renaissance Club, having come so close at the Irish Open a week earlier.
Both Rai and Fleetwood will be in contention this week as the European Tour moves onto Wentworth on Thursday for the start of the BMW PGA Championship. Expect high winds, tricky shots out the rough and a few more twists and turns.
We preview all the action below.
Fleetwood joint favourite for success
After a difficult US Open, Fleetwood bounced back well in Scotland last week. His ball striking looked somewhere close to being back to his best, and he was a loose putt on the 69th hole of the week away from avoiding a play-off altogether.
Fleetwood would have been disappointed to let another title slip away thanks to short putts, having finished third at the Portugal Masters in early September, and will be keen to avoid a repeat this weekend. His European Tour form has him rightly installed at the top of the market alongside Patrick Reed at 11/1, and he certainly has the ability to smash his way around even the hardest courses golf has to offer.
If Fleetwood can get his putting right at Wentworth, particularly when under pressure, he could go one better this weekend.
Haotong Li could be in the mix
Casual golf fans may have been surprised to see Haotong Li’s name atop of the PGA Championship leaderboard after 54 holes back in August, but avid watchers will be well aware of this man’s credentials.
With two wins on the European Tour and a third-place finish in the Open Championship under his belt so far, he certainly has the ability to be right up there at Wentworth this weekend. Although his form since the PGA Championship has been hard to come by, he did finish tied for 14th at The Renaissance Club so he may have turned a corner.
If he can build on that performance this week, he has claims at 50/1.
Lowry to make his experience count?
Wentworth has always been a course more favourable to those with course experience and knowledge, and arguably nobody has more in the field this week than Shane Lowry. He even claimed last year that this was one of his favourite events on the tour, while he finished as runner-up here back in 2014.
Although Lowry finished a modest tied for 11th last year, his averages are better than anyone else who has played the tournament more than three times in the last decade. He’s player another coming into this one short of top form, but he’s capable at 22/1 if it all clicks for him at Wentworth again.