BMW PGA Championship power rankings

Chris Wood. Mandatory Credit: Rob Schumacher-USA TODAY Sports
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Thomas Pieters. Mandatory Credit: Michael Madrid-USA TODAY Sports /

Thomas Pieters’ game is trending in the right direction. With a T5 finish at the WGC-Mexico Championship and a T4 finish The Masters, that missed cut at the PGA TOUR’s Zurich Classic looks more like an inconsequential blip on Pieters’ radar rather than a signal of impending danger. He’s coming to Wentworth with his game well tuned and looking for his first 2017 victory, his 4th European Tour title. Pieters hasn’t hoisted a trophy since last August at the Made in Denmark. He’s due another win.

Like Ben An, Thomas Pieters will stay competitive at Wentworth only if he gets his tee shot under control. There’s just too much trouble out there is the woods and that’s where Pieters tends to go, far too often. Once he gets beyond that troublesome tee shot, however, the young Belgian should stay competitive.

The oddsmakers and I agree on this one: Thomas Pieters has a good chance of contending at the BMW PGA Championship. Certainly, I look for him to improve on his T27 2016 finish.