BMW Championship Preview
With the final few weeks of the season coming to a close, the BMW Championship has now become a vital event for any of those left chasing the coveted top spot for the FedEx Cup. The top 70 qualified for this weekends tournament at Conway Farms, meaning for no-cut all weekend long which may favor the slow starters. This weekend is set to hold a $8.75 million purse, with $1,575,000 going to the eventual winner. Of course this is just the opener for next weekends Tour Championship, where golfers have the opportunity to play for the $10 million FedEx Cup bonus, which goes to the player on top of the points list. The BMW Championship starts today and all eyes will be one trio in particular.
The Top 3
The top 3 players on the leader-board are Jordan Spieth, Justin Thomas and Dustin Johnson. These three are paired together for the first two rounds this weekend and there should be no excuse for lack of motivation.
Jordan Spieth has a a very impressive year, most notably winning The Open Championship earlier in the season. All eyes were on the young 24 year old then for the PGA Championship in the hope that he could complete the career grand-slam as the youngest in history. It didn’t work out for him this year but he has bounced back and with two 2nd places in as many weeks, he holds onto the No.1 spot heading into the home straight.
Justin Thomas has had without a doubt his break out year on the tour. Racking up 5 victories so far this year including his first major at the PGA Championship. He also managed to outlast his long time friend Jordan Spieth last week at the Dell Technologies Championship in which he took home the first place trophy. Thomas has been in scintillating form this year and will feel his game is right where it needs to be in order to take the No.1 spot off Spieth.
Dustin Johnson is the final golfer paired in this trio. With a season off to a near perfect start and in the form of his life, it was looking like it was to be Johnson’s year of domination. Unfortunately for him, a freak accident caused him to pull out of The Masters. He has been trying relentlessly over the past few months to find some consistent form and a couple of top 10 finishes along with victory at the Northern Trust have left him well in the race for the coveted FedEx Cup.
Ones to Look Out For
Jason Day moved to world no.1 after his win at this course two years ago. This makes it harder to believe that he has not managed a win since last years PGA Championship. He has managed to string together a number of top 10 finishes and with his tie for 6th at the Northern Trust, he has managed to sneak into the top 30. He will be hoping to maintain his recent form and look to build on it over the next week or two. With a change in caddie this week for Day, it will be very interesting to see how he performs.
Paul Casey managed to crack the world top 10 after some impressive finishes in the past few months. He ended up tied 4th at last weeks Dell Technologies Championship and if form is anything to go by, he is gearing up for a top 5 finish at-least at the BMW Championship.
Kevin Na has been widely tipped by a number of golf analysts to do well this weekend. Na has found the niche with a consistent driver and iron game, and as of late it is his putting that moves him up the leader board. He is a large outsider but if he can maintain a high level percentage of Greens-In-Regulation along with keeping hot with his putter, there is no reason he cannot be challenging come Sunday.