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While the Fortinet Championship takes place over in the US this week, there will also be some high-class golf played on British shores, as the BMW PGA Championship takes place at the prestigious Wentworth Club in Surrey.
While some top players, such as Max Homa and Justin Thomas have opted to stay in the US and feature at the Fortinet Championship, most of the biggest names in golf will tee it up at Wentworth this week. Rory McIlroy heads a top-drawer line-up at the Surrey venue, while the hugely in-form Viktor Hovland, who chases
What is Each-Way betting?
For anybody new to each-way betting, here’s a quick explanation of how it works. In a nutshell, betting on a golfer each-way means to bet on the golfer both to win the tournament and to fill one of the places, which in other words means to typically finish second, third, fourth or fifth. At times, more than five places are paid on each-way bets, but it depends on the tournament and the bookmaker in question. As a general rule, it’s a good idea to compare the each-way terms at several different bookmakers.
So, for example, if you want a £10 each-way bet on Rory McIlroy to win the BMW PGA Championship this week at odds of 8/1, you’ll be putting down a full stake of £20 (£10 to win, £10 to place). If McIlroy wins, you win both bets. If he places, you lose the win bet, but win the place bet.
If you’re looking for something more in-depth, then take a look the each way tips ahead of the Fortinet Championship, which contains a full each-way betting explanation for newbie golf bettors.
Each-way betting tips for the BMW PGA Championship
Time to get down to business with the best each-way bets ahead of this week. Where does the value lie? Let’s take a look.
Matthew Fitzpatrick @ 16/1 (eight places, PaddyPower)
After struggling to get seriously involved at the Open Championship back in July, before failing to land a blow at the FedEx St. Jude Championship, 2022 US Open winner Matt Fitzpatrick has steadied the ship so to speak over the last few weeks and is now back playing some very good golf.
The 29-year-old played four near-perfect rounds at the BMW Championship to finish second just under a month ago, while he followed that up with a very respectable T9 finish at the Tour Championship a week later. The Englishman continued to thrive in Switzerland a fortnight ago, finishing in a tie for third after four sub-70 rounds at the Omega European Masters. Such form bodes well ahead of this high-ticket event.
In addition to some very strong recent form, Fitzpatrick likes it at Wentworth. He’s twice finished inside the top ten in the last five years and has never missed the cut at the Surrey course. Moreover, he ranks highly in terms of strokes gained: total on this track, picking up an average of 1.35 strokes on the field per round at Wentworth since his first effort there back in 2016. Combine this with his recent impressive form and the major winner starts to look like a decent each-way bet at 16/1.
Billy Horschel @ 33/1 (eight places, betfair)
Billy Horschel, despite not having played competitively for around a month, looked to be the winner for a long time at the Irish Open last week. Ultimately, the final-day pressure told and seven-time PGA Tour winner capitulated somewhat, but it wouldn’t be too surprising if in response to that disappointment, he laid down a fierce challenge at Wentworth this week.
The way Horschel played over the first three rounds in Ireland was solid, while his effort a month before that when finishing fourth at the Wyndham Championship was also very respectable. At the end of the day, if he’s on it, we know that Horschel, who is currently ranked 50th in the world, can cut it with the very best in the game, and at a venue where he’s enjoyed himself before, he may just be on it this week.
In three previous visits to Wentworth, Horschel has finishing fourth, ninth and first, winning the tournament back in 2021. Early odds of 33/1 seem quite generous given that it’s only two years ago that we saw him come out on top in Surrey and after hinting that he may be ready to lay down another challenge last week, I’m betting the 36-year-old to get seriously involved.
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