Given their all-round impressive form, the temptation in recent weeks has been to tip one of the top three players in the world to win whichever tournament they have entered.
However, their recent strike-rate appears to expose the futility of this policy – while Rory McIlroy, Luke Donald and Lee Westwood have continued to challenge for wins, they have struggled to get over the line of late.
McIlroy has not won since the Honda Classic in March, Donald’s last triumph came at the Transitions Championship in the same month and Westwood last tasted success at the CIMB Niaga Indonesian Masters in April.
However, a different set of criteria could yet point to one of golf’s big guns coming out on top at this week’s BMW PGA Championship.
With Donald having the extra carrot of knowing that defending his title will lead him to reclaiming the world number one spot, he looks by far and away the best bet to emerge as the winner on Sunday.
Firstly, the event has been dominated by English players in recent times, with four home winners in the last six years, including in each of the last three.
And it has not just been the winners who have been English – the same can be said for the runners-up on all six occasions, although Fredrik Andersson Hed shared second place with Hertfordshire hotshot Donald in 2010.
Worksop’s Westwood also makes the roll-call as a runner-up in 2011, with Donald beating him to the top prize in a play-off.
Westwood is available at golf odds of 10/1 to go one better this time around, but considering Donald also finished in the top ten in 2007 and 2008, it is not too difficult to justify his status as favourite.
And with Donald having the extra carrot of knowing that defending his title will lead him to reclaiming the world number one spot, he looks by far and away the best bet to emerge as the winner on Sunday.
It’s just as well, then, that you won’t find a better price than bwin’s 8/1 on a Donald success, with a £25 free bet on this outcome set to return £225.
Nobody can beat bwin’s 20/1 on a win for Justin Rose, either, and the world number ten looks to be another home grown favourite who can further English dominance at Wentworth.
Rose has been a consistent challenger at the top of the leaderboard when he has competed on the European Tour this season.
He has finished in the top ten in three of the four events he has participated in this season which have been sanctioned (or co-sanctioned) by the Tour, including a win at the WGC – Cadillac Championship in March.
A second-place finish in 2007 also showed a liking for the Wentworth course, although given the strength of the field it could be worth taking advantage of odds of 4/1 for him to finish in the top five rather than the 20/1 on him to win outright.
As an outside bet, it could be worth looking to Scotland, whose players ruled the roost at Wentworth before the start of England’s period of dominance.
Through Colin Montgomerie, Andrew Oldcorn and Scott Drummond, Scotland claimed five wins in seven years from 1998.
In Paul Lawrie, Scotland appear to have a golfer who could follow in their footsteps, with his third place finish at last week’s Volvo World Match Play Championship the latest indication of his good form.
In contention until the final day at the US Masters, Lawrie has also recorded top-ten finishes at the Accenture Match Play Championship and the Abu Dhabi HSBC Golf Championship this season and won the Commercialbank Qatar Masters in February.
At 10/1, Lawrie therefore looks an attractive price to finish in the top five and continue a stellar season which looks set to make him a big asset for Jose Maria Olazabal in the 2012 Ryder Cup.
Luke Donald to win @ 8/1
Justin Rose to finish in the top five @ 4/1
Paul Lawrie to finish in the top five @ 10/1
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