Westwood ready to strike in Surrey

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Lee Westwood

The BMW PGA Championship takes place at Wentworth this week and former world number one Lee Westwood is ready to win the European Tour’s flagship event for the first time.

Much of the focus will be on Northern Irishman and 15/2 market leader Rory McIlroy in Surrey this week but, at such a short price, other players in the field offer more value for money, with Westwood being one of them.

Westwood to win – 80/1

Based on the Englishman’s last two appearances he would appear hard to back, having finished tied-40th at the ISPS Handa World Super 6 Perth before ending up in a share of 80th at the Houston Open.

However, a return to one of his most favoured courses should spark an upturn in form for the 45-year-old and it wouldn’t be a surprise to see him challenging for a 24th European Tour title.

Westwood finished tied-14th in last year’s edition, one place better than his efforts in 2016, and he came agonisingly close to lifting the trophy for the first time in 2011 when losing to Luke Donald in a play-off.

Also, the redesign of Wentworth means the big hitters don’t have as much of an advantage anymore and the course favours a player with an excellent iron game, exactly what Westwood has.

Molinari to win – 19/1

Another player in the field that is a fantastic ball-striker with the irons is Francesco Molinari. The Italian’s game appears built for the course and previous results back this up.

The 35-year-old ended up second last year, having been undone by Alex Noren’s sensational closing round, and that runner-up spot was his fifth top-10 finish in the last six years.

Molinari may have missed the cut at The Players Championship last time out but, with huge Ryder Cup points on offer, a return to one of his most-liked venues is sure to bring the best out of him.

Grace to win – 13/1

Finally, South African Branden Grace heads into the tournament in great form after shooting a brilliant nine-under 62 in the final round of the AT&T Byron Nelson to finish tied-third.

The 30-year-old has also had some positive results at Wentworth, having finished in a share of ninth last year whilst ending up joint-fifth back in 2012, and he should be in contention come Sunday.

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