Full of confidence after three of four tipped the Europeans to reclaim the Solheim Cup last week, here are the so-called experts' picks for the BMW PGA Championship.
Brendan James – Golf Australia Editor
ALEX NOREN won here in 2017 and arrives at Wentworth in terrific form and the chance to elbow his way into the European Ryder Cup team.
He finished T4 and T9 in the first two FedExCup Playoffs events in his last two starts and had three top-16 finishes in the six prior to that. Throw in his 3rd and 8th at Wentworth in recent times and the Swede should be among the contenders when the whips start cracking on Sunday afternoon.
Sportsbet odds: $21
JIMMY EMANUEL – Golf Australia Deputy Editor
This is a cracking field and it will deliver another great chapter in tournament history with ADAM SCOTT walking away with the spoils.
Scott hasn’t had the best of years, and arrives following a missed cut at the opening event of the FedExCup Playoffs, but when the Queenslander adds an event to his schedule it generally is a sign he will perform well.
The former World No.1 is now back living in Europe and recently said he was keen to play more following the PGA Tour season as he worked out his game, all of which suggests he should be in the mix here, where four previous appearances netted two top-20s.
Sportsbet odds: $26
Rod Morri – Golf Australia magazine contributor and The Thing About Golf podcast host
The strongest field seen in Europe since The Open and no competing PGA Tour event should equal some compelling golf this week at Wentworth.
Returning from the Korn Ferry Tour Finals series with a pep in his step will be South Africa's CHRISTIAAN BEZUIDENHOUT who secured playing rights for the US in 2022 with an impressive third place finish at the KFT Tour Championship.
Already a three-time winner on the European Tour, Bezuidenhout has good form at Wentworth where he was T3 on debut in 2019 and mid-field last year and a blistering final round 64 in Indiana last week will see him arrive at the first tee Thursday with plenty of confidence.
Sportsbet odds: $34
Mark Hayes – Man About Golf
I wanted to tip SHANE LOWRY, but in this PC era, I needed to make sure that no silly Irish gags about leprechauns or Guinness crept into my copy.
So I edited this twice.
You know — to be sure, to be sure.
Now that that’s out of my system … I’ll tip Lowry because he’s coming “home” for the first time without the burden of the seemingly perpetual Claret Jug. But mostly because he’s in pretty good touch and I think he has the game to become a legitimate European Tour force.
Has 5 victories already on this Tour and I can see that doubling in coming seasons.
Sportsbet odds: $17
So far our so-called experts have combined to tip 24 winners in 2021, with 119 of their picks recording top-10 finishes that week and a best return of $61 for Max Homa to win the Genesis Invitational (tipped by Rod Morri).