BMW PGA Championship: Golf Pick, Odds, Preview, Predictions, Dark Horses - 5/24/18
The 2018 BMW PGA Championship
BMW PGA Championship: Thursday, May 24, 2018 at 1:00 pm (Wentworth Club) See the Latest Odds
TV: GOLF, NBC
Before we get into the PGA event, we have to take a trip across the pond for the BMW PGA Championship. Probably the biggest event on the European Tour, the card is usually absolutely stacked and the finishes over the years have made for must-see television. Nine of the last 11 years have produced a finish decided by two or less strokes. Let’s make some money, shall we?
Here are five golfers to consider throwing on your card this week.
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Alexander Noren - Alexander Noren has been in quite the groove lately, finishing in the top-25 in eight of his last 11 events, which includes three of those performances being in the top-10. It’s hard to find holes in Noren’s game right now, especially with him coming off a top-20 performance at the Players Championship. Noren is also the defending champ at the BMW PGA Championship, and there’s a history of players winning this event back-to-back years. Luke Donald, Colin Montgomerie, Nick Faldo and Bernhard Langer won it twice in three years. You can’t go wrong with Noren and +1600 odds.
Rafael Cabrera-Bello - Rafael Cabrera-Bello enters this tournament in decent form, finishing in the top-30 six of his last 10 events and finishing 17th at the Players Championship. In the PGA, Cabrera-Bello is 11th in greens in regulation percentage, 27th in driving accuracy percentage and 21st in scoring average. Few golfers who have yet to win an event this season are playing better than Cabrera-Bello, and he’s posted top-25 finishes in four of his last seven appearances at the BMW PGA Championship. Give me the Spaniard and my +4000 odds.
Kiradech Aphibarnrat - Kiradech Aphibarnrat is coming off a solid showing at the Players Championship and also put up top-10 finishes at the World Golf Championships-Mexico Championship and Match Play. Aphibarnrat has quietly been playing some good golf as of late and now heads to the BMW PGA Championship where he has a top-20 finish in two of his last three appearances. Aphibarnrat’s 14th place finish here last year was his best performance. I’ll take a stab with Aphibarnrat and my +4500 odds.
Rory McIlroy - Rory McIlroy is coming off a performance in which he missed the cut in the Players Championship, and that’s find with me considering the last time he missed a cut he ended up winning the Arnold Palmer Invitational. Bottom line is McIlroy is back to being McIlroy, being in the thick of most events and is fourth in the PGA in driving distance. Oh, McIlroy also won the BMW PGA Championship back in 2014, had a top-25 finish in 2011 and finished fifth in 2009. While he’s the overall favorite to win this event, I don’t think you’d be complaining if you make 7.5 times your money. McIlroy feels like a must play this weekend.
Lee Westwood - I don’t care what type of form Lee Westwood is in, he has a clear experience edge at this event over damn near everybody and his history speaks for itself. Westwood has not only been runner-up twice at the BMW PGA Championship, but he’s finished 15th or better in five of his last eight appearances. What’s even more impressive is Westwood has finished 38th or better in 16 of 24 appearances at this event. He consistently makes the cut and usually finds himself in the thick of things on the last day. Getting Westwood and +7500 odds feels almost too good to be true.