The penultimate PGA Tour event is upon us this week at Aronimink as the final 70 remaining in the FedEx Cup Playoffs duke it out for 30 spots and a shot at $10 million next week at East Lake.
Let’s take a look at this week’s contest.
What: BMW Championship | When: Sept. 6-9
Where: Aronimink — Newton Square, Pennsylvania
Ranking the field (odds)
Field strength — A+: Rickie Fowler is back, which means that pretty much every star and superstar will be represented at one of the great courses in the playoff rota.
Three stories to watch
1. Aronimink might rock: This course has hosted a U.S. Amateur, a PGA Championship and a couple of AT&T Nationals over the course of its 100-plus year existence. It’s part of a legendary group of Philadelphia courses, and will be one of the stars this week alongside the players.
2. Bryson? Again? Nobody has ever won three (or more) of the four playoff events, and with the playoffs shrinking down to three events next season, this will likely be the last opportunity for somebody to do so. Nobody on the planet is hotter than DeChambeau right now, and I honestly wouldn’t be very surprised if he took his fifth PGA Tour victory at Aronimink this week. He certainly doesn’t lack confidence.
How much better can Bryson get?
“It depends on the restrictions in my biomechanics.”
— Ryan Lavner (@RyanLavnerGC) September 3, 2018
3. Ryder Cup drum: I hate to keep beating this drum (ok, maybe I don’t), but there’s potentially a lot at stake this week for Tony Finau. Of the 24 Ryder Cup slots, 23 have been filled. Only one remains on the U.S. side, and it will be filled by captain Jim Furyk at the beginning of next week. After two straight top-five finishes, Finau seems likely to have locked up a spot in Paris, but another great performance this week could cinch it for him.
Great playing and I’ve enjoyed being with you the last 3 days. Play well tomorrow. Hope we both earn a ticket to Paris.
— Phil Mickelson (@PhilMickelson) August 26, 2018
- 2017: Marc Leishman
- 2016: Dustin Johnson
- 2015: Jason Day
- 2014: Billy Horschel
- 2013: Zach Johnson
BMW Championship picks
Winner: I’m just going to keep picking Finau until he wins.
Top 10: This is such an easy top 10 choice that it almost scares me. Rose gets a course he’s won at, a FedEx Cup race he’s involved in, a Dell Technologies Championship he almost won and a Ryder Cup playing partner in Henrik Stenson added to the team over the last week. Feels should be good.
Sleeper: It’s hard to believe somebody as good as Stanley would be 66-1 after nearly winning big tournaments like Memorial and Bridgestone. Love him this week.