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Sponsor invite and World No. 237 Jim Furyk returns for his 21st playing of the Fort Worth Invitational at Colonial Country Club and checks in at 158th in the FedExCup standings.

The now 48-year-old (as of May 12th) is making just his eighth start of the season on Past Champion status, sixth on sponsor exemptions. He's 4-for-7 with one top 25, a solo 7th at the Valspar five starts ago, and arrives off a missed cut at the Zurich one month ago teamed with David Duval. The University of Arizona product is a 17-time TOUR winner in 583 events, most recently the 2015 RBC Heritage, but has never won in Texas. He has four top 5s among seven top 10s at Colonial, including a 4th in 2012 and a playoff loss in 2007. More recently, the 2018 Team USA Ryder Cup captain missed the cut on last visit in 2016 by two and finished T51 in 2014.
Source: PGATOUR.com
May 23 - 4:29 PM

Dylan Frittelli returns to the European Tour this week to contest the BMW PGA Championship at Wentworth for a second time.

The South African's first start at the West Course didn't go the way he wanted following rounds of 77-74 and he's 0-for-3 on English soil at ET level. Frittelli has been playing the PGA TOUR on a series of sponsor's invites in recent months, missing three of five cuts but managing to post T20 at the Texas Open two starts ago. He was also T11 at the Honda Classic in February. In Europe, he's 17th on the Race to Dubai thanks to a win in December's AfrAsia Bank Mauritius Open and two other top sixes (Dubai and Malaysia). If it means anything, he gave himself a boost when his team won the morning pro-am at Wentworth on Wednesday.
May 23 - 3:08 PM

Rory McIlroy has the curious record of a win and three missed cuts in his last four starts in the European Tour's flagship event, the BMW PGA Championship; he'll look to find the winning way at Wentworth again this week.

This is the Northern Irishman's first appearance in the event since he missed the cut when defending in 2015. In the build-up last month he described his relationship with Wentworth as "weird" but McIlroy made more positive noises after a practice round when he saw the course for the first time since last year's revamp. "I like the golf course. I think they have made some great changes. It's definitely in the best shape that I've ever seen it in before," he noted in his press conference. It's a tricky call on McIlroy for gamers this week. His course form couldn't be more extreme while he missed the cut at Sawgrass last time after a top five at Augusta National two starts earlier. He was runner-up at the British Masters in October, 2017 on his last start on English soil.
May 23 - 2:54 PM

Alexander Bjork won the Volvo China Open on his last start and he'll look to continue his rise up the world rankings in this week's BMW PGA Championship at Wentworth in England.

The Swede, now 78th in the OWGR, had dropped plenty of hints that first victory would come soon and that included a third place in Morocco the week before his big breakthrough in China. With confidence sky high, Bjork could be a challenger over the West Course this week, especially as he showed a liking for the tree-lined layout when T14 on debut last year thanks to a final-round 66. The 27-year-old is fifth in Strokes Gained: Approach this season and that makes him a good fit for success in this event.
May 23 - 2:43 PM

Hideto Tanihara played a superb final 54 holes on his BMW PGA Championship debut last year to finish in a tie for third and he'll peg it up again this week.

Making the cut looked a tall order for the Japanese player 12 months ago after he handed in an opening 76 on Wentworth's West Course. But his usual straight hitting and a hot putter took him up the leaderboard from Friday to Sunday as he closed with 69-67-68 to finish just three back from eventual winner Alex Noren. Tanihara missed the cut in China last time but prior to that was in solid form thanks to T9 in the Open de Espana and T12 at the Indian Open. He has other good memories of England having finished T5 in the 2006 Open at Hoylake. Tanihara is a 14-time winner on the Japan Tour.
May 23 - 2:35 PM

Harold Varner III arrives in England for this week's BMW PGA Championship at Wentworth having posted T7 in THE PLAYERS on his previous start.

The American had been struggling for form but found his touch at TPC Sawgrass, especially with the putter. Varner may be making his debut in this event but he's proven himself to be a versatile traveller in the last few years, becoming a European Tour winner when landing the co-sanctioned Australian PGA Championship in December, 2016. He was second and T6 in that Aussie event either side. Put together his Sawgrass performance along with an ability to embrace new conditions and he could be a sneaky option.
May 23 - 2:27 PM

Jon Rahm flirted with the winner's circle during his 2017 debut at the Fort Worth Invitational and he returns this week for another crack at Colonial Country Club.

Rahm bookended his Colonial debut with 4-under 66s with rounds of 69-70 in between. That was plenty good for a debut, but fell one shy of the eventual winner, Kevin Kisner. The big-hitting Spaniard doesn't seem like an ideal fit on paper since Colonial doesn't offer a lot of reward for hitting drives over 300 yards. However, Rahm compared the test to some of his favorite courses back home. "You have to hit a lot of irons off the tee in Valderrama and it’s precision golf. You have to keep it in the fairway and hit those tiny greens." While that's what the course calls off, Rahm is on the record saying that he will be pulling driver on nearly every hole here. At 12/1, Rahm only sits behind Jordan Spieth in the betting markets and he'll remain a popular pick across all fantasy formats. Rahm has just one top 10 over his last eight starts (PGA TOUR) which is a bit below his lofty standards.
Source: PGATOUR.com
May 23 - 12:42 PM

TCU Horned Frog Tom Hoge will feel right at home as he preps for this week's Fort Worth Invitational at Colonial Country Club.

The Fort Worth resident will be making his second career start at this event, posting a T17 in his 2016 debut. This season, he ranks 62nd in the FedExCup standings, thanks to a four-pack of top 15s, one coming at the Zurich Classic team event. He currently sits at 44th on TOUR in strokes gained approaching-the-green. Given the local connection and his ability to catch fire approach shots, Hoge makes for an interesting sleeper pick in deeper fantasy format this week.
Source: PGATOUR.com
May 23 - 12:30 PM

Tim Herron will make his sixth start of the season as he preps for this week's Fort Worth Invitational.

The 2006 Colonial champ will be making his 22nd career start here in Fort Worth. He has earned a paycheck in 14 of those trips with just two other top 25s to go along with that big win. Looking at his season results, the 48-year-old is just 2-for-5 with nothing better than a T53 (Sanderson Farms). To find his most recent top 40, you'd have to travel back to the 2016 Barracuda Championship where he posted a T4. Having lost strokes to the field in 13 of his last 14 starts, it's easy for gamers to swerve this sponsor's invite.
Source: PGATOUR.com
May 23 - 12:25 PM

In-form Jorge Campillo's long game has always been a little askew in the BMW PGA Championship on the West Course at Wentworth in Virginia Water, England.

After six years of quiet consistency the Spaniard has really turned it up a notch this season. In those half dozen campaigns he has never once been outside the top 100 in the Race to Dubai but nor was he close to his current ranking of 11th. He's earned that with five top five finishes in his last seven starts. The first win remains elusive nonetheless and what hope of it coming on a big stage? He missed the cut on his first two visits to the West Course and has three times failed to do better than T40 since then. But he opened with a 68 for T3 before drifting in 2015 and was T5 at halfway in 2016 before recording T15. Hasn't topped 60% of green in regulation on the course since his debut. Would surely need to alter that to contend.
May 23 - 7:06 AM

Eddie Pepperell will be looking to turn his BMW PGA Championship form around on the West Course at Wentworth in Virginia Water, England this week.

Wentworth is where European Tour fans were first alerted to the potential of the Englishman (and also to his loyal fans the Pepper Army). It was 2013 when he shot 71-69-71-69 to finish T8 and shore up his card for the year. The following season he was T7 after 54 holes but finished the week T21. In a trend he'll want to buck he regressed to T72 in 2015 and missed the cut last year. He's well capable of getting into contention again, especially after winning the Qatar Masters and then jumping from a mini-slump (MC-MC) with T14 in the Sicilian Open. Note: withdrew from the Pro-am but no reports of why.
May 23 - 7:06 AM

Gonzalo Fernández-Castaño returns to the BMW PGA Championship at the Wentworth Club in Virginia Water, England after a five year absence.

The Spaniard has a poor overall record on the West Course but maybe don't rule out an early charge. He's just 3-for-7 since debut in 2006 and two of his weekends resulted nothing better than T60 and T62 (on last outing in 2013), but he did manage T11 in 2009. That year he opened with a 67 to hold a share of the early lead and in 2013 a Thursday 68 left him T3. But in 20 laps he's 13 times needed 73 strokes or more. His 2018 form is bizarre. He's just 5-for-12 on the ET and Web.com Tours but when he makes a weekend he thrives: He's got four finishes of T24 or better on the latter and ticked T4 in the Qatar Masters on the former. Closed last week's BMW Charity Pro-am with a 62.
May 23 - 7:04 AM

Andres Romero returns to the BMW PGA Championship at Wentworth in Virginia Water, England after a break of nine years.

One of the great enigmas of world golf, who broke back into the headlines with victory in last year's BMW International Open and might not be the massive outsider the bookmakers make him. Back in 2007 he made his tournament debut, finishing T12, a year later he was T6 and in between he got more course action when a quarter-finalist in the HSBC World Match Play Championship. In 2009 he was T54, but made the cut with plenty to spare. His biggest problem appears to be Saturdays on the West Course. He averages 70.33 in R1, R2 and R4, but 74.67 in R3. His bad golf is poor but his A game excellent. Since T9 in last August's European Masters he has ten times failed to make the top 50 and only twice done so, both at home in Argentina, but the most recent was T5 at the end of last month. Plays tree-lined tracks well.
May 23 - 7:03 AM

Erik Van Rooyen will make his debut in the BMW PGA Championship at the Wentworth Club in Virginia Water, England this week.

A solid rookie campaign so far for the South African with the highlights being T2 in the Joburg Open, T10 in the Tshwane Open and T7 in the Trophee Hassan II (he was also T2 at the halfway stage of the Qatar Masters). A constant in all those top tens is Kikuyu grass, but also tree-lined fairways. He'll find the latter if not the former this week at the Wentworth Club. It is only his second start in England on the top two layers of European golf (the other was a missed cut in the Challenge Tour's Bridgestone Open).
May 23 - 7:02 AM

Conrad Shindler readies for a home game as makes his tournament debut at this week's Fort Worth Invitational.

The Dallas resident missed the cut near home last week at the AT&T Byron Nelson. Now, he'll head across town to peg it at Colonial Country Club. This Web.com Tour grad is still searching for his first big finish on the PGA TOUR. For his career, he is just 4-for-13 with nothing better than T47 (2018 Sony Open). If the time of year is a big factor in your research, Shindler won the 2017 Rex Hospital Open last year which was played during the last week of May. That may be a long shot way to be optimistic but given that in combination with his local knowledge, there may be a sliver of hope that Shindler snaps out of his slump this week. Realistically, he should be avoided by gamers until he flashes some form.
Source: PGATOUR.com
May 22 - 12:06 PM



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