Who to watch in the 2017 BMW PGA Championship
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Who to watch in the 2017 BMW PGA Championship

The European Tour’s flagship event takes place from May 25-28 when the top stars will descend on Wentworth for the BMW PGA Championship.

It is sure to be a stellar field, with England’s Ryder Cup star Chris Wood back to defend the title he won by one shot from Sweden’s Rikard Karlberg.

Already on most of the players’ schedule, this year’s renewal will garner even more excitement among the line-up as it is the first of the new Rolex Series events which boasts an inflated prize fund.

Rory McIlroy is among the past winners who will tee it up at Virginia Water having lifted the trophy during his purple patch in 2014, and the Northern Irishman is favourite to add a second title to his CV. Having missed a few weeks with injury earlier in the year, it will be just his second regular European Tour event of the season and the newly-married world number two will be keen to impress.

Sergio Garcia has yet to win the Surrey showpiece but, buoyed by his Masters success, cannot be ruled out. Having lifted the monkey off his back by finally winning a major, it may well be that the Spaniard can enjoy a run of success and add to his 13 wins this side of the Atlantic. Success in February’s Omega Dubai Desert Classic was his first on the Tour for three years but it took him just a couple of months to add to that tally.

Henrik Stenson is a veteran of the tournament and the Swede could do with a lift after a poor run of form by his high standards. The 41-year-old began his campaign with share of eighth in Abu Dhabi before finishing runner-up to Garcia in Dubai but, after another top-10 at the Valspar Championship stateside, he missed the cut at the Arnold Palmer Invitational, the Houston Open and the Masters. The Scandinavian remains a class act, however, and it is surely only a matter of time before he is back among the contenders.

Luke Donald may no longer be the player who topped the money list on both tours and is ranked 73rd in the world but, if ever there was a ‘horses for courses’ chance it would be the Englishman. The 39-year-old has won the event twice before, in 2011 and 2012, and, with tight fairways where accuracy off the tee and not length is vital, he has the game for Wentworth. A share of second at the recent RBC Heritage – another venue where he annually shines - proves that there is still life in the former world number one and, back at one of his favourite places, he cannot be ruled out.

A couple of Englishman might also have say in proceedings, with Tyrrell Hatton and Matthew Fitzpatrick among the young guns making a name for themselves on the world stage. After a strong end to last season, Hatton reeled off four consecutive top-10s, including three on the PGA Tour, while Sheffield’s Fitzpatrick finished tied for 16th in Mexico and enjoyed a share of 13th at the Arnold Palmer.

Both will have a shout at the end of the month and, for a helping hand with who you might want bet on, Free Super Tips' golfing expertise could come in handy.

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