Wentworth and specifically the West Course in Surrey, England plays host to this week’s European Tour event and a strong field takes to the 1sttee for this flagship event.
Wentworth West course is a par 72 layout that has undergone changes over the years, some of which have not been to the players liking. The fairways are on the narrow side and lined by trees and this is an event where accuracy can trump distance. The greens have previously tricky but they have been changed since last year although finding them in regulation is likely to still be key to a high finish. Justin Rose and Hendrik Stenson head a quality field and previous course form is high up on the list of things to look for when trying to find a winner although I am going to make one exception this week.
2016 – Chris Wood -9
2015 – Byeong-Hun An -21
2014 – Rory McIlroy -14
2013 – Matteo Manassero -10 *
2012 – Luke Donald -15
Justin Rose 12/1
Henrik Stenson 12/1
Francesco Molinari 18/1
Alex Noren 20/1
Bernd Wiesberger 20/1
Tyrrell Hatton 20/1
Byeonghun An 22/1
Thomas Pieters 25/1
Tommy Fleetwood 30/1
Martin Kaymer 33/1
35/1 and better the balance, prices subject to change
Tommy Fleetwood each way at 30/1
Fleetwood has won already this year and has been consistently knocking about towards the top of leaderboards. He has been lightly raced in recent weeks and I fancy him for a big week.
Bernd Wiesberger at 20/1 – each way
He has solid course for with a couple of top 15 finishes in the last 4 years including a T15 last year. He hasn’t finished outside the top 12 in his last 3 starts and one of those was a victory.
Dylan Frittelli at 75/1 – each way
The South African has been playing some excellent golf and he is coming off successive top 5 finishes. His price can be explained by the fact that he hasn’t played the course but I am going to include him anyway as he strikes me as a player that is going to win soon.
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