BMW PGA Championship 2023 leaderboard and odds – how things stand after day 1

BMW PGA Championship 2023 leaderboard and odds – how things stand after day 1
Marcus Helligkilde on the 18th during day one of the 2023 BMW PGA Championship at Wentworth Golf Club in Virginia Water, Surrey. Thursday September 14, 2023. - Photo by Icon Sport

Marcus Helligkilde leads the BMW PGA Championship at the Wentworth Club after a blistering 8-under round of 64 on Thursday.

All 12 members of the European Ryder Cup team are playing in the event, and Matthew Fitzpatrick has performed the best of the group as he sits in a tie for second at 6-under. Scottish golfer Richie Ramsay is also tied for second thanks to his round of 66.

A group of eight players, headlined by Adrian Meronk, are three shots back in a tie for fourth. In this article, we’ll provide updated odds and take you through the best highlights from round one.

BMW PGA Championship leaderboard

(1) Marcus Helligkilde-8F6464
(T2) Matthew Fitzpatrick-6F6666
(T2) Richie Ramsay-6F6666
(T4) Adrian Meronk-5F6767
(T4) Connor Syme-5F6767
(T4) James Morrison-5F6767
(T4) Jorge Campillo-5F6767
(T4) Matthew Baldwin-5F6767
(T4) Pablo Larrazabal-5F6767
(T4) Rikuya Hoshino-5F6767
(T4) Thomas Detry-5F6767

Memorable moments from round one

This section will showcase the key highlights from Thursday.

Helligkilde finishes the day on a heater

The 232nd-ranked player in the world caught fire at the end of his round and birdied the final three holes to take the solo lead. Helligkilde recorded an impressive ten birdies on Thursday on his way to earning his best single-day score on the DP World Tour.

Despite the attention being on the Ryder Cup members, the Smørumnedre, Denmark native outshined all 12 players. The 26-year-old is searching for his first win on the circuit, with his best finish (second) coming at the Korea Championship earlier this season in late April.

Matt Fitzpatrick continues fine form

After a whirlwind 2022-2023 campaign, which featured an injury, a win at the RBC Heritage and missed cuts, Matt Fitzpatrick finished the PGA Tour schedule (previous two starts) with a T2 at the BMW Championship, followed by a T9 at the Tour Championship.

His confidence has remained in Surrey, England, this week thanks to his 6-under card on Thursday. The Sheffield, England product began his round with four birdies in the first six holes and finished it with an 18-foot birdie on the 18th.

How are Europe’s Ryder Cup members performing?

Fitzpatrick is ahead of all 11 of his teammates, with young Swede Ludvig Aberg (4-under) and Englishman Tyrrell Hatton (4-under) trailing him by two strokes.

World No. 2 and 3 McIlroy and Rahm have work to do

Both McIlroy and Rahm are on pace to make the cut but need to get things rolling if they are to contend come the weekend. McIlroy shot an even par round of 72 while Rahm went 1-under (71).

Last year, McIlroy and Rahm were close to victory, losing to Shane Lowry by one stroke and finished tied for second.

Updated BMW PGA Championship odds ahead of day 2

Matt Fitzpatrick: +500
Viktor Hovland: +700
Tyrrell Hatton: +1100
Tommy Fleetwood: +1400
Ludvig Åberg: +1400
Marcus Helligkilde: +1600
Adrian Meronk: +1600
Thomas Detry: +2000
Jon Rahm: +2200
Shane Lowry: +2200
Rory McIlroy: +2500
Alexander Björk: +2500
Tom Kim: +3500
Richie Ramsay: +3500
Connor Syme: +4000
Aaron Rai: +4000

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