For reasons that escape me, Poulter has an appalling Wentworth record. In eight attempts, he’s never bettered 33rd place.
Like many young players, Schwartzel took time to warm to Wentworth, but sixth place last year must bring him into the argument, especially considering that he’s looked much improved in recent months.
With four top 25s from five attempts, twice making the top seven, the short and straight hitting Donald clearly has the game for Wentworth. Several excellent efforts in the States also suggest he’s a strong candidate.
While Francesco repeatedly comes up short in contention, such is his consistency right now that he will surely be rewarded somewhere soon. I doubt it will be at Wentworth, though, where he’s never bettered 30th.
Hanson’s odds are much reduced as a consequence of last week’s win in Mallorca. He can’t be ruled out having previously made a Wentworth top five, but it would be something of a miracle were this rare winner to land back to back titles.
Even accounting for the fact that I never seem to call Quiros right, narrow Wentworth will surely negate his driving distance advantage.
McDowell has been in better form this year than his bare results suggest, but will need to improve markedly on seven previous Wentworth efforts, none of which produced a top ten.
Sunday’s playoff loser is clearly in superb form, carrying on where previous results of third and tenth had left off. He’s also made the top 20 twice from three efforts here.
Davies is strolling towards the ‘Rookie of the Year’ title, and looks vastly overpriced at 125/1. The only downer is that he is making his course debut, on a tough layout that takes time to learn.
Jaidee has been in typically good form in Asia, but is also beginning to transfer his best to Europe. After going close in Dubai, he could win a decent European event soon, and is worth considering as he’s twice made the top 15 at Wentworth already.
2010 STATS: -1pt