PGA Tips at $26 and $29: BMW Championship preview

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It’s the middle leg of the FedEx Cup, and sees the players compete for a place at the upcoming Tour Championship. So there’s a lot at stake this week in the BMW CHAMPIONSHIP. And coming hot on the heels of last week’s big event in Tennessee, we see a host of big names make the trip to the eastern seaboard.

BMW Championship

The penultimate event in this year’s FedEx Cup series, last week’s 125 starters have been cut to the top 70 players in the points table. They will now compete at the BMW Championship to see who makes it through to the elite 30-man Tour Championship. There’s no halfway cut, and after this week only the highest earners/points scorers will proceed to the mega-bucks finale at East Lake, Georgia.

Prizemoney $15m ($1.71m to the winner)

Field 70

Highest ranked players Scheffler (1), McIlroy (3), Cantlay (4), Rahm (5), Schauffele (6), Thomas (7), Morikawa (8).

2021 result:
-23 Patrick Cantlay ($26, won play-off)
-23 Bryson DeChambeau ($21)
-19 Sungjae Im ($67)
-18 Rory McIlroy ($29)
-17 Erik Van Rooyen ($101)

Other recent winners Jon Rahm (2020), Justin Thomas (2019), Keegan Bradley (2018), Marc Leishman (2017), Dustin Johnson (2016).

BMW Championship: The Course

This week we’re at the Wilmington Country Club in Wilmington, Delaware. This is a par 71, laid out over 7,534 yards. Originally designed by Robert Trent Jones in 1959 (the original Wilmington Country Club, on a different site, was established in 1901), the course was re-worked by Andrew Green in 2021 after a tornado ripped through the area in August 2020. The course features plenty of bunkers, some water hazards, and some occasionally penal rough, as it winds its way through parkland. All in all, it should be a good test for the players but scoring can be low when conditions suit.

72-Hole Record 260: Keegan Bradley (2018).

18-Hole Record 59: Jim Furyk (2013).

BMW Championship: The Weather

It will be a week of showers (and possibly thunderstorms) with a daily precipitation forecast of 40%-60%-60%-60% over the course of the tournament. Temperatures will be good, reaching the mid 80s, although with plenty of cloud cover all week. Wind speeds will be very light, below 10mph for the four days.

BMW Championship: Outright value bets

These are two each-way outright bets from the Golf Insider. Members receive all of his best bets for all markets. They get win and each-way, Top 10, Top 20, Round 1 Leader and 3-Ball groups. He covers every tournament on the PGA and European Tours.

Collin Morikawa $26 with TopSport

Rather like Rahm, Morikawa has endured a disappointing year by his own, admittedly sky-high, standards. But with a pair of Top 5’s in his last two outings in the States (US Open and last week’s FedEx St. Jude) there are signs that multiple winner is getting back some momentum – as a poor trip to the UK, where he missed both cuts, could well have been down to his defending champion status at St. Andrews. Last week at TPC Southwind it was more like it from Morikawa, good driving and excellent putting. Boosted by that performance, on a course that should suit, I expect him to go well again this week.

Sungjae Im $29 with TopSport

After finishing runner-up in his two previous starts, what did Im do wrong last week in finishing 12th in the FedEx St. Jude? Not much. Basically the South Korean putted a tad below standard – the criticism levelled at all this week’s bets. Im ranked 8th for greens hit on the week, but ranked 44th for putting. Like Rahm, Morikawa, and Conners below, Im is a supreme ball-striker (ranks No.3 in this field, behind Rahm & Conners) and should relish this week’s challenge. I’d expect this 2-time PGA Tour winner to get back on track in Delaware on a course that’s a great fit for his game.