Justin Rose

Venue: The West Course Wentworth GC  Surrey

Without any Open Golf Championship in 2020 this field and event will be the best we will see on these shores this year, which includes four of the top twenty golfers in the world.

Up until 2019, this flagship tournament would normally be played across Whitsun Bank Holiday weekend in May but in 2019  due to the amendments of the US Tour schedule, it was played in September where  2016 US Masters Champion Danny Willett beat a star-studded field which included both Rory McIlroy and Jon Rahm. This win was possibly predictable as Danny has shown signs of a return to form after previously good showings in the 2019 US Open and the Open Championship at Portrush but in 2020 since lockdown recent despite a fourth in the Rocket Mortgage in Detroit back in May, Willett has since missed four cuts from nine events so the  66/1 available on him defending his crown is not tempting given the strength of the field.

So we should maybe look elsewhere in predicting the winner

Somewhat surprisingly its another Masters Champion who heads the betting especially given no American has won this event for over forty years, Patrick Reed has had eight top-ten finishes on the US Tour with the highlight winning the WGC Mexico Championship back in February.

In the recent US Open, Reed was leading after two rounds but fell away to finish thirteenth which was his same finishing position in the previous USPGA major

Although missing the cut in the US Open Tommy Fleetwood has been consistent recently with a third in the Portuguese Masters and a second in the Scottish Open at the Renaissance Club last week

Since his return from wrist surgery in November 2019 Tyrell Hatton has taken his golf to a different level.

His consistency to the US Tour in 2020 has been phenomenal achieving seven top-ten finishes including a victory in the Arnold Palmer Invitational in Bay Hill culminating in him being ranked 15th in the world.

Another player making waves and has recent tournament form around Wentworth is South African  Christiaan Bezuidenhout despite a missed cut in Scotland last week has had I few notable good finishes on his first year on the US tour plus a second to  Lucas Herbert in Dubai and a win in his homeland in February has put him within the top 50 golfers in the world.

Christiaan was third here in 2019 and at 40/1 would be a solid each-way chance along with Fleetwood 12/1 and Hatton 16/1 against the 12/1  favorite Patrick Reed.

SHRINERS HOSPITAL for CHILDREN OPEN 2020

Venue: TPC Summerlin  Las Vegas Nevada

This event on one of the easiest courses on the PGA Tour sees the return of the US Open champion  Bryson DeChambeau who is rightly priced up as clear 7/1 favorite in a field which is a lot deeper in quality than was at the Sanderson Farm event last week won by Sergio Garcia

Bryson is a previous winner of this event in 2018 where -21 was the winning score.

Since then the US Open champion has gained greater length from the tee so many people will see him as a penalty kick this week

However, other previous winners here such as Kevin Na (2019 & 2011) and Ryan Moore are not long drivers, in fact, the three Par 5 s are reachable for the entire field, and driving accuracy and putting are the greater requirement around this TPC Summerlin track

There is also the possibility of high winds in the Las Vegas over the weekend so the scoring this year might not be as low as previous years

With that in mind I would rather side with another previous winner in Webb Simpson 2013, the world number 22 has won twice in 2020 and recorded eight top-ten finishes  including  8th position in recent US Open

 

Recommendations

BMW PGA Championships

1pt EW   Tommy Fleetwood 12/1   ¼ 1,2,3,4,5,6

1pt EW    Tyrrell Hatton 16/1   ¼ 1,2,3,4,5,6

½ pt EW   Christiaan Bezuidenhout 40/1 ¼ 1,2,3,4,5,6

 

SHRINERS

1pt EW   Webb Simpson 12/1 ¼ 1,2,3,4,5.6

 

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