Just 70 players remain with two FedEx Cup play-offs to play.
After last weekend’s Deutsche Bank Championship, just 70 golfers remain in contention for the FedEx Cup and a giant prize fund. This weekend the field head to Denver for the penultimate play-off event, the BMW Championship.
With no cut, it is the last chance for a strong field to earn enough FedEx Cup points to reach the final event – the Tour Championship – and just the top 30 players receive an invitation to the prestigious end of season tournament. Who can stay in the hunt? Keep reading for our preview of the 2014 BMW Championship.
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The tournament is one that moves venues every year and the field of 70 this year will head to the Cherry Hills Country Club in Colorado.
Only a handful of the field have prior tournament experience at Cherry Hills and those that do include Phil Mickelson (the 1990 US Open), Cameron Tringale and Morgan Hoffman who played the 2009 Palmer Cup at the course and Jordan Spieth who lost in the first round of match play at the 2012 US Amateur Championships.
A good performance at this event can mean a player finishes in the top 30 in the FedEx rankings. This not only gives them a chance to win the $10 million bonus next week, but it also means that they are assured of spots in the first three majors of the following year, as well as the invitationals.
The favourites in the betting for the BMW Championship
A previous winner of this event – albeit on a different course – Rory McIlroy will hope to keep up his superb recent form at Cherry Hills. The 25 year old finished T5 at the Deutsche Bank Championship last week to follow his T22 at Ridgewood and his trio of wins at the Open, US PGA and WGC Bridgestone.
McIlroy leads the Tour in strokes gained, tee-to-green and adjusted scoring and currently stands in second place in the FedEx points rankings. He can go well again at 19/5.
The only man who can boast top ten finishes in the first two FedEx Cup play-off events is Jason Day. The Australian is 31 under par for his last 12 rounds of tournament golf and followed up a T2 at the Barclays with a T7 finish at the Deutsche Bank Championship last week – a result that would have been even better were it not for an even par final round.
The 26 year old is in terrific form and can be backed at 12/1.
Arguably the in-form American golfer this summer is Jim Furyk. Furyk’s T23 last weekend was his second-worst finish since early March and had you backed the 44 year old in the last six tournaments you’d have profited from an each-way payout on three occasions.
A tournament win in 2014 has been elusive – Furyk has three second place finishes – but he’s in great form and can go well again at 24/1.
Some outsiders to consider
The margin between success and failure in the FedEx Cup play-off system can be tiny. Take Geoff Ogilvy, for example. The Australian missed the cut at the Barclays two weeks ago and, expecting to be eliminated from the play-offs, had already headed home.
However, he scraped into last weekend’s event and ended up finishing second, lifting himself to 24th in the FedEx Cup standings and the chance of making it to the final event next week. Ogilvy is 45/1 to go one better this weekend.
Similarly, Billy Horschel, Chesson Hadley, Carl Pettersson, Morgan Hoffmann and Ben Crane all played their way into the top 70 after their performance at TPC Boston and will be hoping for another excellent week in order to make the final event.
John Senden shared fifth place at TPC Boston last weekend, ranking T1 in GIR, second in strokes gained: tee-to-green and ninth in scrambling. The fifth place finish followed a useful T22 at The Barclays and on a course where tee to green accuracy is crucial he could really have the game for the track.
The tall Australian has already won on the Tour this season and a good result will cement his place at the Tour Championship. He looks great each-way value at 60/1.
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