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Golf: Min Woo Lee could end Aussie PGA wait

You have to go back to 1990 for the last time an Australian won the BMW PGA Championship, but there looks to be a good chance of at least one contender this year.

Mike Harwood was the last Aussie golfer to win at Wentworth, in what is one of the flagship events on the DP World Tour, could that baron run come to an end in 2023?

WhatBMW PGA Championship – DP World Tour
WhereWentworth, Surrey, England
WhenThursday, 14th September to Sunday, 17th September
How to watchFox Sports, Kayo
OddsViktor Hovland 7.50, Rory McIlroy 8.50, Jon Rahm 9.50, Tommy Fleetwood 13.00

Consistent Min Woo can challenge at Wentworth

You have to go back to May for the last time Min Woo Lee missed a cut and in his last eight events, the Australian has claimed three top-10s and two top-20 finishes.

The 25-year-old has taken huge strides forward in the last two years and looks set to rack up more tournament victories over the next 12 months.

Min Woo, 1.86 to be top Australian, has a T5 finish in the US Open and a T6 spot in the Players Championship this year to his name and heads to Wentworth having finished tied-7th at last week’s Irish Open. 

The man from Perth caught the headlines at last year’s BMW PGA Championship, when he carded a second-round 62 - equalling the course record. That included a hole-out eagle two at the par-four 15th.

Min Woo eventually finished T42, in what was a three-round event, which would have been much better but for a disappointing first-round 76.

The Aussie ace, available to back at 29.00 to win the tournament, ranked fourth on the PGA Tour putting stats and he should shine on the immaculate greens on the West Course.   

Scott experience could lead to a challenge

Adam Scott is another Australian who will fancy his chances of claiming the winner’s cheque this week, having come close in previous years.

The former Masters champion was T42, alongside Min Woo Lee, last year but finished T-14 in 2021 having been inside the top-five in the first three rounds.

Scott’s opening round 65 left him just a shot off the lead and rounds of 69 and 70 on Friday and Saturday saw him T3 going into the final round.

A 71 on Sunday scuppered his chances of taking the title and Scot, 46.00 to win the 2023 BMW PGA Championship, is still looking for his first win in the UK since 2002.  

Scott heads into this year’s tournament though off the back of a missed cut, having carded rounds of 73 and 70 at the Irish Open, a tournament he had enjoyed some success in the last three years.

The 43-year-old finished outside of the top-70 in the FedEx Cup standings but did claim a T7 finish at his latest PGA Tour event at the Wyndham Championship.

Scrivener makes up Aussie trio

The other Australian in the Wentworth field this week is Jason Scrivener, who is seeking his first win on the DP World Tour.

The 34-year-old has made the cut in his last four events, including a T28 finish in the Barracuda Championship on the PGA Tour in July and a T36 spot at the European Masters.

Scrivener made a decent start to last week’s Irish Open, carding rounds of 69 and 68 on Thursday and Friday respectively. A third-round 76 put pay to any chances of a top-10 finish and had to settle for T54 at the K Club.

The former Australian Boys Amateur champion is a 401.00 shot to take the BMW PGA Championship and can be backed at 2.30 to win his first-round three ball against Marc Warren and Victor Dubuisson.    

Scrivener finished T42 at Wentworth last year and started strongly, with an opening round 66.

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