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With two weeks to go until the 2023 Ryder Cup begins in Rome, members of Team Europe are tuning up their games at the BMW PGA Championship at Wentworth Club in Surrey. Europe’s two finest players, Rory McIlroy and Jon Rahm, are both in action this week in Southern England but neither man exactly lit the course up on the opening day.
After one round at the tournament, the lead belongs to Marcus Helligkilde after a sensational opening effort of 64. The Dane currently holds a two-shot lead over Scotland’s Richie Ramsay and England’s Matt Fitzpatrick. With day two set to commence this morning, here are some tips and predictions which may interest you in what could be a day of big movement at the event.
BMW PGA Championship 2023 day two predictions and tips
Matt Fitzpatrick to win the tournament
After becoming a major champion last season via his victory at the US Open, Matt Fitzpatrick was shunted into the golfing limelight earlier than perhaps he was ready for. The Englishman struggled in the aftermath of his victory in Brookline, Massachusetts but managed to regain his form in the second half of this season.
Fitzpatrick is now at the point where is playing arguably more consistently than he has ever done. He beat Jordan Spieth in a playoff at the RBC Heritage in April to become a two-time winner on the PGA Tour and has four top-ten finishes in his previous four appearances across the PGA Tour and DP World Tour.
Fitzpatrick has started off the PGA BMW Championship in fine fashion and is currently two shots adrift at the top of the leaderboard. Considering his form coming into the tournament, and the way he went around Wentworth on Thursday, he is in a good position to take charge of the event on Friday and put himself in a position to win. If he does, then his odds will very quickly draw closer to evens.
A 66 today at Wentworth for Matt Fitzpatrick, who is playing some excellent golf leading up to Rome.
Last 13 worldwide rounds:
12 scores in the 60s
+2.44 strokes gained total per round
— Justin Ray (@JustinRayGolf) September 14, 2023
Jon Rahm to win his three-ball
After a blistering start to the season, Jon Rahm’s campaign has tailed off after winning the Masters in April. The Spaniard was the world number one after winning his first green jacket but has since slipped to number three and never really threatened to get the win at the Tour Championship to end the PGA Tour season.
Despite that, Rahm is still one of the most dangerous players in the world of golf and he loves the Ryder Cup so is more determined than ever to put on a good show this week to try and re-find his A-game before the showpiece event in two weeks.
On day one at the BMW PGA Championship, Rahm opened with a solid yet unspectacular round of 71 to leave him on -1. On day one, Rahm played alongside Hojgaard and Hatton and he will do so again on Friday. Hojgaard shot a +4 on Thursday while Hatton was much better on -4, however, the Englishman is known for being a streaky player who struggles for consistency.
Expect Rahm to have a big day on Friday to move closer to the top of the leaderboard. It should be enough to outscore Hatton, who rarely puts together consecutive low rounds, and Hojgaard, who looked completely out of sorts on Thursday.
— DP World Tour (@DPWorldTour) September 14, 2023
Viktor Hovland to win his three-ball
Viktor Hovland is in the most star-studded group of the opening two days, playing alongside Rory McIlroy and Ludvig Aberg. All three men are in Luke Donald’s Ryder Cup team and all three are expected to play a key role across all three days in Rome.
Hovland himself will currently be on cloud nine after his end-of-season form saw him win the very lucrative FedEx Cup after a dominant display at the Tour Championship. The Norweigan started well enough on Thursday too at this event, carding a -3 to leave himself in a handy position going into Friday.
McIlroy, on the other hand, only managed to go round in even par which puts him at risk of missing the cut if he performs poorly on day two. Perhaps surprisingly, Aberg was the pick of the three on day one, carding a round of 68 to sit one place above Hovland in the leaderboard.
We expect Hovland to be the pick of the three on day two after he ended his first round in style. He scored three birdies over the final seven holes and momentum is a huge weapon to have in golf.
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