G-Mac in top form for Wentworth spectacle

Sam Torrance
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ANYONE attending the BMW PGA Championship at Wentworth this week is in for a treat, as all but one of the victorious European Ryder Cup team, plus captain Jose Maria Olazabal, are set to play.

It’s a fantastic and rare chance to see Rory McIlroy on English soil, and despite his mixed form this season the course should ensure he is in with a shout of a first title of 2013.

The man in form, however, has to be Graeme McDowell, another of the Ryder Cup party and a player high on confidence following two victories in his last three events.

McDowell mustered a flawless final day to claim the Volvo World Match Play in Bulgaria, avoiding bogeys all day as he saw off Branden Grace in the semi and then Thongchai Jaidee in the final.

McDowell will have to contend with a significant change in conditions at Wentworth, however, which is playing a lot longer than the Thracian Cliffs course on the Bulgarian coast. That should suit big hitters such as Ernie Els, who won seven Match Play titles there and has also been a PGA Championship runner-up three times.

British players know the West Course extremely well as they have been playing it their whole lives, and few more so than Luke Donald, who is aiming for a third successive win in this event.

Donald, who was also runner-up in 2010, has not been in the best of form this season but I would not be surprised to see him on the leaderboard purely because of his incredible record there.

Fellow Englishman Justin Rose, who has never swung better than he is now, has to be in contention, while fellow Ryder Cup heroes Sergio Garcia, looking to bounce back from his Players Championship heartbreak, and Paul Lawrie also look like ones to watch.

Finally, congratulations to Peter Uihlein, son of Titleist chairman Wally, on winning the Madeira Open. The 23-year-old has shown promising form lately and on Sunday hit the jackpot.

Sam Torrance OBE is a multiple Ryder Cup-winning golfer and media commentator. Follow him on Twitter @torrancesam