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.

Slow Play

This past event brought to light an issue that has been festering all year long on Tour. A number of clips began to go viral online showcasing some extreme examples of slow play. This led to a number of players such as Justin Rose, Brooks Koepka, Lee Westwood, Eddie Pepperrell etc.. to speak out on the issue and in particular, against Bryson DeChambeau. Bryson himself was starring in one of these clips where it showed him taking well over 2 minutes to take an 8-footer, only to eventually miss. Bryson felt he was being personally attacked and this is an issue seen all across the field, not solely to be blamed on him. This part is true. Slow play seems to be becoming an increasingly bigger issue on Tour. Not only is it miserable to watch for spectators but it becomes increasingly more frustrating for golfers as the round goes on. Bryson is only one spoke in the wheel, but he is a significant one. The PGA Tour have announced they will be looking into this matter and will see what solutions can be implemented.

BMW Championship

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.