GOLF: BMW PGA Championship heading into the weekend

By Cian Lanigan

The BMW PGA Championship at Wentworth Club in Surrey, the European Tour’s flagship event usually attracts a stellar field and this week is no different with world number 1 Rory defending the title that kick-started his fantastic 2014 season.

This week the Northern Irishman has struggled. McIlroy sees himself playing his third tournament in a five week stretch that has seen him win twice already at the WGC Cadillac Matchplay in San Francisco and last week at Quail Hollow. Sky Sports commentator Wayne Riley has said he thinks McIlroy is tired after his long stretch of golf which will finish at next week’s Irish Open which he is the host of.

Currently leading the tournament is Italian former Ryder Cup player Francesco Molinari who sits atop of the leaderboard at -10, two ahead of Argentinian Emiliano Grillo.

At the time of writing, we are part of the way through the second round with the afternoon starters out on the course right now. Usually the course plays at a tougher level in the afternoon, but as long as the wind stays calm, late starters can score low in this tournament to put some pressure on the leaders over the weekend.

The tournament is difficult to call from now, Molinari is a very solid, consistent player who has had a decent start to the season without pulling up tree trunks, so long as his putter continues to work he may be able to defend his lead.

My two players to look out for over the weekend would be James Morrison, who is coming off the back of a win in Spain last week, and Shane Lowry, who has done everything well this week except putt; so if he can get his putting together he could make a charge.


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