This week in Delaware we have the PGA Tour’s penultimate event of the 2021/2022 season as the top 70 players fight it out for the BMW Championship, with the caveat that the top 30 after this week’s event are guaranteed a shot at the Tour Championship next week and the huge FedEx Playoff payout.
2022 BMW Championship
Thursday, August 18 – Sunday, August 21, 2022 at Wilmington Country Club
Par 71, 7530 yards
A Robert Trent Jones design awaits the players this week, and I suspect many will not have played here before. Before renovations for the BMW Championship, the course was lengthened by over 200 yards, which doesn’t necessarily sound too much but with the par at 71 still, it’s going to be a long haul.
We can expect some of the largest Bentgrass greens on the PGA Tour this week and heavy bunkering in the Trent-Jones style.
Is Viktor Hovland Ready to Strike?
It’s been a funny old year for young Norwegian superstar, Viktor Hovland. At the end of 2021, Hovland won the final two PGA events, the Mayakoba and Hero World Challenge. His third start of 2022 saw him win the Dubai Desert Classic on the European Tour, so he won three from five events that catapulted him into a personal high of world number #3.
Hovland’s strong form continued, on his first four PGA Tour starts of 2022 when he accumulated three top-10 finishes. The second of those top 10-finishes saw him, runner-up, in the Arnold Palmer Invitational when his poor chipping around the greens cost him a winning chance and came under scrutiny in the media.
A Hit to Hovland’s Confidence
After which, there’s been a run of form way below that level and I’m surmising that his confidence took a knock at the Arnold Palmer event. His next eight PGA Tour events saw only one top-20 finish in six made cuts. The Open Championship saw Hovland spring back to form with a 4th place finish after a poor last day in the final group with Rory McIlroy.
Noticeably after he went home to Norway to play some of their most challenging links-courses with friends. That time away appeared to have served Hovland well last week as he reappeared on the PGA Tour in Memphis and played better than the bare bones of his score indicate, on a track, it’s plausible didn’t suit him ideally.
This week with the added distance to the Wilmington Country Club and large greens, I’m expecting Viktor Hovland to be well suited.
How to Bet on Viktor Hovland
Golf Pick: Viktor Hovland to Win (+3300) at BetOnline
Golf Pick: Viktor Hovland to Make Top 10 (+230) at BetOnline
Joaquin Niemann Looks to Be Trending Nicely
Last week’s FedEx St. Jude saw Chilean superstar Joaquin Niemann play sneaky good under-the-radar golf after a few weeks off following the Open Championship.
Any rust or cobwebs should have been well and truly shaken off, particularly on his short game that’s never been his strongest attribute. Combine that with a return to his favored Bentgrass putting surface and we have the recipe for a bet this week.
This year’s highlight for the twenty-five-year-old has been a dazzling win at the Genesis Invitational in February, while his consistent tee-to-green game has seen his world ranking penetrate the top 20 since.
How to Bet on Joaquin Niemann
Taking a few weeks off to refresh after the Open Championship I expect will suit Joaquin Niemann well, giving him a realistic tilt at this year’s FedEx Playoffs, so take the winning price of +4000 with BetOnline.
Golf Pick: Joaquin Niemann to Win (+4000) at BetOnline
Golf Pick: Joaquin Niemann to Make Top 10 (+300) at BetOnline
Sam Could Burn It Up!
Last week at the St. Jude Championship was an easy introduction to PGA Golf for Sam Burns to shake off the rust like Hovland and Niemann who were all having their first starts since the Open Championship.
We know what a class operator Burns has become in the last two seasons with four PGA Tour titles. Last week in Memphis, Burns was all the rage with golf punters on the back of his runner-up finish there in the previous season.
I have to admit, I wasn’t so keen as Burns is a player who rarely plays well fresh off a break. What I do know, is Burns trends into form very quickly so last week’s 20th was the perfect pipe opener for the twenty-six-year-old from Louisiana.
How to Bet on Sam Burns
Long off the tee, looks like a prerequisite this week so let’s take Sam Burns amongst our best golf bets with BetOnline at +2500 at this week’s BMW Championship.
Golf Pick: Sam Burns to Win (+2500) at BetOnline
Golf Pick: Sam Burns to Make Top 10 (+210) at BetOnline
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