Rose 10/1 For Long-Awaited Wentworth Win

BMW PGA Championship Preview: Rose 10/1 For Long-Awaited Wentworth Win

Preview of this week’s BMW PGA Championship at Wentworth.

Justin Rose and Henrik Stenson are the 10/1 joint-favourites to win the BMW PGA Championship at Wentworth this week.

Rose attended the European Tour's flagship event as a teenage spectator and has twice come close to winning it, losing a play-off to Anders Hansen in 2007 and finishing joint second in 2012.

And the 36-year-old would love to add a victory at Wentworth to a CV which includes the 2013 US Open, four Ryder Cup appearances and his historic Olympic triumph in Rio.

“It's a tournament I really enjoy,” said Rose, who was forced to miss the event last year due to a back injury and is 9/4 for a top-five finish.

“It would be kind of a full-circle moment for me if I was to win here because there's a lot of kids behind the 18th green looking for golf balls and gloves and I was one of those kids a long time ago.

“It takes me back and it sort of makes me realise how far I've come, as well, to turn up at this tournament and be a legitimate contender for it.


“This is a top six or seven tournament in the world for me, including the major championships. That's the way I regard it and that's how happy I'd be if I was to win it.”

Stenson is making just his second start in the BMW PGA Championship in the last seven years, the world number five being one of many players who were unhappy with the condition of the greens at Wentworth.

An extensive renovation programme began just eight days after Chris Wood's victory last year, with four greens completely reconstructed and another five partially rebuilt, while a sub-air system as used at Augusta National was also installed.

“In terms of how the course plays, I don't think it plays that much different compared to before in terms of strategy, what clubs I'm hitting and where I'm trying to leave it off the tee and into the greens,” added Stenson. “That strategy of fairways and greens is going to pay off again I think.”

Stenson started the year in excellent form with three top-eight finishes in his first four events, but then missed four cuts in succession before a tie for 16th in the Players Championship at Sawgrass.

Francesco Molinari and Alexander Noren are next in the betting at 16/1 while Wood is 33/1 to defend his title and 13/2 to finish in the top five.