Sean Goff | PGA Championship
The European Tour gets a much-needed boost as the world’s top golfers abandon the US Tour en masse for the PGA Championship at Wentworth.
Sergio Garcia’s joke that used ‘Tiger Woods’ and ‘fried chicken’ in the same sentence has backfired and the Spaniard was forced to apologise early doors. One man who doesn’t need to make any apologies though is Paddy Power. Apart from his love of fried chicken – particularly in a basket that someone else has cooked – Paddy’s paying out on the first six places for the eighth time this season.
Paddy Power is also:
- Best priced on all of the top 5 market leaders
- Bigger than BetVictor on 126 of the 148 golfers
With 10 former winners (including Luke Donald) and nine Major champions in the field all are going to need their ‘A’ game to win at Wentworth.
After a trawl through our data on Wednesday morning, here’s who Paddy Power punters have latched onto:
1. Martin Kaymer 30/1
Slowing coming back to the boil after his best finish of the season when T-5 at the Byron Nelson Championship last week. Was World No1 in February 2011 after a stellar 2010 campaign and sank the winning putt at Medinah last September for Team Europe. With all 11 of his team mates competing this week if Kaymer hits those heights again could be in the frame.
2. Lee Westwood 11/1
The relocation to Florida has paid dividends for Westwood. Desperately wants a Major on his CV and with four top 10 PGA finishes on the bounce Stateside, this racing-mad pro is one of the form picks for Wentworth glory after finishing runner-up here in 2011.
3. Rory McIlroy 11/1
The World No 2 hasn’t hit the turbo boost yet but has put in some solid performances after taking time to adjust to his new clubs. Changes his management team more than Wolverhampton Wanderers but with four Top 10 finishes this season if he gets hot with the flat stick – missed a lot of putts inside 10 feet at Sawgrass – he could easily win his first tournament of 2013.
4. Luke Donald 8/1
If ever the horses for courses theory is going to work then it’s time to lump on Luke Donald. Has won this for the past two seasons and the former World No1 boasts six top-25 finishes in his last seven starts in the States and will equal Colin Montgomery’s record of three wins on the bounce (1998-2000) if he tops the leaderboard on Sunday.
5. Thorbjorn Olesen 50/1
The Great Dane was marked down as a future Masters winner after his debut T-6 at Augusta last month. Had shown he was up for the challenge of Major golf when T9 at the Open Championship last July and providing he his overcome his injury from a car crash can be a contender this weekend.
6. David Lynn 66/1
Despite being a pro since 1995 there’s a fair chance only his mother could pick him out of a line-up. But playing on the US tour for the firs time this season has seen the lanky Englishman finished T-4 in the Texas Open and second at Wells Fargo three weeks ago. A big price and could surprise as he chases his second European Tour win.