The Week In Golf: Course form to relight Donald’s fire

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In the four years since Luke Donald last topped the world golf rankings, the Englishman has suffered a severe collapse in form.

The 38-year-old has been in free fall since looking down on his peers in August 2012 and goes into the BMW PGA Championship at Wentworth this week without a win in three years and ranked 75th.

Despite all that, the Hemel Hempstead native is the joint-sixth favourite to claim the title in Surrey, with Ladbrokes giving him a 25/1 chance of triumphing.

A glistening Wentworth record forms the backbone of Donald’s price and with the Ryder Cup star in the habit of repeating success at the courses that suit him, his odds should be snapped up quickly.

Donald has finished inside the top 20 seven times in his 11 BMW appearances, winning twice and landing in the first five on a further three occasions.

Clearly the picturesque Surrey course brings out the best in Donald, who tends to perform well at a handful of venues no matter what form he’s in .

Evidence of that was very much in existence recently, when the Englishman recorded his best finish of the season with a silver medal at the RBC Heritage. That was his sixth top-three finish at the tournament in eight starts.

Across the pond, Boo Weekley is a larger-priced former winner catching the eye for the Dean and Deluca Invitational.

Weekley rallied superbly from an opening-round 76 at last week’s AT&T Byron Nelson. His second-round 62 ensured the 42-year-old made the cut and he proceeded to prove his first-round total was a blip with rounds of 70 and 65 to finish T41.

That follows his impressive tie for 16th at the Players’ Championship the preceding week and back at the track where he recorded consecutive wins in 2007 and 2008, the three-time PGA Tour winner can give punters a ride for their money at 80/1.

All Odds and Markets are correct as of the date of publishing.

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