With this years Major events all tied up by 3 Americans and an Irishman, the golfing world now shifts its focus towards the penultimate event in the PGA calendar, the Tour Championship. Last week we saw the first playoff event, The Northern Trust held at Liberty National, where the top seeded 125 golfers all faced off to secure their place in this weeks BMW Championship. Patrick Reed came out on top to finally end a 16-month winless run on the PGA Tour. Rory McIlroy added yet another Top 10 to his season and keeps him well in contention coming into the final two events. Tiger Woods was forced to withdraw after round 1 and will need a good performance this weekend to give him a chance at retaining his Tour Championship title.
This week the PGA Tour’s top 70 will be heading for Chicago’s Medinah Golf Club for the BMW Championship. The Medinah Golf Club famously hosted the 2012 Ryder Cup in which Europe came from 10-4 down to win out 14.5/13.5. Many of the players would have valuable experience on this course. None more so than Tiger Woods who claimed both the 99′ and 06′ PGA Championships when they were held at this venue. He will need to replicate some of that form this weekend in order to make the Tour Championship. He currently sits in 38th position after falling from 28th last week. The top 30 qualify for next weeks event so Woods will need to put on a performance to ensure he is on the plane to East Lake. A key attribute to doing well on this course is power and there is abundance on show this weekend. Koepka, McIlroy, Johnson and Thomas will all be looking to be aggressive off the tee and depending who has the hot putter, there would be no surprise if one of them were to walk away with the trophy. Reigning FedEx champion Justin Rose will have fond memories from 2012 as well which he will be using as inspiration this week. You have the rest of the field filled with the likes of Reed, Rahm, Fowler, Matsuyama, Day and so on which will make for an exciting and competitive playoff.