BMW PGA Championship Fantasy Preview

Gamers have been patiently waiting for the first big event across the pond. It’s finally here as the Euro Tour heads to a renovated Wentworth West Course for the BMW PGA Championship.

This is one event that all of the European Tour stars generally make room on their schedule for, pretty similar to THE PLAYERS on the PGA TOUR.

Since last year, the course has been renovated with new sub-air systems added to the greens and above-ground they’ve relaid with all new bentgrass surfaces. Plenty of changes tee-to-green, as well, to fix some of the failed attemps during the last renovation.

Check out Matt Cooper’s preview on Rotoworld.com for more info about the redesign.

There is plenty on the line this week as the inaugural Rolex Series also kicks off this week. A perfect time to bounce back from my putrid showing last week as most of my runners were left stranded right on the cut line.

Players to Watch

Francesco Molinari … Is a perfect fit for Wentworth and the results back that up. He’s beat the field average by 2+ strokes in 16 of his last 38 rounds here.

Henrik Stenson … Hasn’t played here since a T7 in 2014. Broke out of his slump at THE PLAYERS and as we’ve seen in the past, Stenson can go from 0-to-60 in the snap of a finger.

Tyrrell Hatton … Englishmen have racked up a lot of hardware here in Surrey, England. It could be debated, but I’d say Hatton is the second-best Englishman in the field after Justin Rose. Hatton also finished top 10 here last year, so we know the course can suit.

Jordan Smith … Everyone’s favorite DFS star this year, he’s slowed his pace recently but still has top 30s in four of his last six starts. Playing on home soil, a win this week would be a great way for him to announce himself to the world since he’s not well-known in the States, outside of gamers that play Euro Tour DFS every week.

Luke Donald … There are some courses that Donald just can’t help but feast on year after year. This is one of those venues, arriving with six top 10s over his last 10 visits, including a pair of wins. Not a whole lot of form this year, but a top 30 should be in the cards.

Performance in Europe … Let’s see who has performed best in Europe as a whole since 2015:

Alex Noren
Bernd Wiesberger
Soren Kjeldsen
Martin Kaymer
Henrik Stenson
Andy Sullivan
Francesco Molinari
Tyrrell Hatton
Thongchai Jaidee

Performance in Bentgrass … The top performers on bentgrass greens since 2015:

Henrik Stenson
Bernd Wiesberger
Alex Noren
Soren Kjeldsen
Martin Kaymer
Francesco Molinari
Danny Willett
Thongchai Jaidee
Byeong Hun An
Chris Wood

My Top 25 for the 2017 BMW PGA

1. Francesco Molinari
2. Henrik Stenson
3. Justin Rose
4. Branden Grace
5. Martin Kaymer
6. Tyrrell Hatton
7. Bernd Wiesberger
8. Chris Wood
9. Alex Noren
10. Thongchai Jaidee
11. Joost Luiten
12. Byeong Hun An
13. Andy Sullivan
14. Matthew Fitzpatrick
15. Tommy Fleetwood
16. Ross Fisher
17. Hao Tong Li
18. Thomas Pieters
19. Lee Westwood
20. Shane Lowry
21. Luke Donald
22. Russell Knox
23. Ian Poulter
24. Jordan Smith
25. Soren Kjeldsen

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