The PGA Tour had a short break last week but it gets right back to action on Thursday with the BMW Championship. This is the penultimate PGA Tour tournament of the year and only the top 70 in the FedEx Cup rankings get a spot in the field. With a huge prize fund, a course that tends to yield birdies and only 30 places to play for in next week’s Tour Championship we’re in for a cracking week.
Conway Farms is being used as the host for the BMW Championship once again. The Chicago course was designed by Tom Fazio in the style of a traditional Scottish links and there is plenty of punishment for those who stray off line. Thick fescue grass guards the fairways while errant approach shots will inevitably find their way into a bunker. At 7,233 yards, Conway Farms is not particularly long for a par 71 (at least by PGA Tour standards) and the most difficult holes tend to be the four par threes which will take some navigating.
The nature of Conway Farms means that it is all too easy for players to go through a tough run of holes that ruins their chances of winning the tournament. However, anybody who gets their game plan right and executes it to the letter will be rewarded. Jim Furyk shot a magical round of 59 at Conway Farms in 2013 and if the weather plays ball we should see several scores in the low 60s.
Near Misses to Fire Spieth Up
There is nothing quite like momentum in golf. Good holes tend to produce more good holes during a round and strong performances one week only provide vital confidence for the next. Momentum is especially key in the FedEx Cup playoffs as Jordan Spieth is well aware.
Spieth won the FedEx Cup in 2015 and is currently in pole position to win again. The Open champion was understandably disappointed to narrowly miss out on both the Northern Trust and the Dell Technologies Championship but two runners up finishes show that his game is in great shape. Recent form has been a very good indicator of success in the BMW Championship over the years and Spieth can ride his momentum all the way to the title this week at 13/2 with BetVictor.
Rahm Ready to Come to the FedEx Cup Party
Jon Rahm is another young player who is hitting form at just the right time for the FedEx Cup. The Spaniard has enjoyed an excellent first full season as a professional having picked up wins on both the PGA and European Tours and with finishes of third and fourth in the first two playoff events he looks ready for another big win.
All styles of golf have excelled at Conway Farms before but putting is the one key area that links previous course winners. In that regard, Rahm is in great shape as he has the best stats in the playoffs for strokes gained putting. At 12/1 with Bet365, Rahm is a good each way selection and could even win the title outright.