BMW PGA Championship Odds Favor Viktor Hovland Over Field

Monday, September 13 marks the start of the 2021-22 PGA Tour, however, there is still one more European Tour event that can kill some time before then: the BMW PGA Championship. This year’s event will be held from Thursday, September 9 until Sunday, September 12. As usual, the 2021 BMW PGA Championship will be held at the Wentworth Club in Virginia Water, Surrey, England.

At +800 odds, Viktor Hovland will enter this week’s event as the favorite, according to BetOnline. This will be his second time playing the tournament, with the first coming back in 2019 when he tied for 11th place. A lot has changed since then, especially just by looking at how Hovland performed this year. The 23-year-old Norwegian competed in 24 total events on the 2021 PGA Tour, placing top-25 in 58.3% of his appearances. Hovland did manage to score on tournament victory last season, however, it came all the way back at the Mayakoba Golf Classic in December 2020.

Nevertheless, Hovland has been building some momentum as of late. After a pair of underwhelming showings in August, he placed T-17th at the BMW Championship two weeks ago and just finished T-5th at the TOUR Championship over the weekend. Considering how there isn’t a lot of top-end talent competing at the BMW PGA Championship, look for Hovland to get out to an early and dominant start this week.

2021 BMW PGA Championship Odds

Odds via BetOnline as of Tuesday, September 7

  • Viktor Hovland (+800)
  • Tyrrell Hatton (+1600)
  • Shane Lowry (+1600)
  • Matt Fitzpatrick (+1800)
  • Tommy Fleetwood (+2000)
  • Billy Horschel (+2200)
  • Alex Noren (+2200)
  • Adam Scott (+2500)
  • Ian Poulter (+2800)
  • Justin Rose (+3000)
  • Christiaan Bezuidenhout (+3000)

Complete odds list available at BetOnline.ag.

Tyrrell Hatton Searching for Second Championship

Last year’s BMW PGA Championship was won by Tyrrell Hatton, who defeated Victor Perez (+5500) by four strokes to take home the victory. Now, he has +1600 odds to win the tournament for the second straight year. That’s a task that was last accomplished by Luke Donald in 2011 and 2012, so Hatton would surely find himself in good company in the history books.

Aside from last year’s victory, Hatton is no stranger to competing at the BMW PGA Championship. He’s played the Wentworth Club seven times, however, five of those times saw him finish T-30th or worse. While his most recent performance was his victory, that doesn’t change the fact that this year has been a rollercoaster for Hatton. He’s yet to win a championship and hasn’t finished top-5 since June 13. It also doesn’t help that he’s been cut in three of his last four outings. Nevertheless, perhaps a return to England is what he needs to rewrite his fortunes.

Shane Lowry BMW PGA Championship Odds

Just like Hatton, 2019 Open Championship winner Shane Lowry also has + 1600 odds to win the 2021 BMW PGA Championship. He was one of the more active golfers on the 2021 PGA Tour, competing in 21 events over the last year. Although he cracked the top-10 four times, Lowry’s best finish on the season came back when he placed T-4th at the PGA Championship back in May. Unfortunately, he hasn’t really come close to winning an event since then, however, things could change in Virginia Water this week.

This week will mark Lowry’s 12 straight years playing at the BMW PGA Championship as he seeks to win it for the first time. Out of his 11 previous attempts at winning the event, he’s finished 15th or better eight times, which is fairly impressive. His best performance came in 2014 when he lost to Rory McIlroy by a single stroke. Unfortunately, he hasn’t come close to that in the subsequent tournaments.

Nevertheless, anything can happen on any given day, so only time will tell how Lowry will fair. He just placed T-26th at the BMW Championship on August 29, so it’s not unfathomable that he could have an even better performance against a weaker field this week.

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Devon Platana
After graduating with a Masters degree in Journalism, Devon joined USGS to improve his sports writing skills. As a lifelong sports fan, one of Devon’s favorite things to do is analyze statistics across all sports.