One down, two to go. The FedEx Cup playoffs got off to a hot start at the Northern Trust on the weekend and the action continues this week as we head to Chicago for the BMW Championship.
See our full preview and betting picks for the BMW Championship below and remember to continue to check our Golf Betting Picks Page for regular updates throughout the FedEx Cup playoffs and the following U.S. Open.
BMW Championship Betting Picks
Television: Thursday-Friday, 3 p.m.-7 p.m. ET (Golf Channel). Saturday, 12 p.m.-3 p.m. (Golf Channel), 3 p.m.-6 p.m. (NBC). Sunday, 1 p.m.-3 p.m. (Golf Channel), 3 p.m.-7 p.m. (NBC).
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Radio: Thursday-Friday, 1 p.m.-7 p.m. Saturday, 1 p.m.-6 p.m. Sunday, 2 p.m.-7 p.m. (PGA TOUR Radio on SiriusXM and PGATOUR.com/liveaudio).
The top 125 player sin the FedEx Cup standings lined up in the Northern Trust and at the conclusion of the tournament, just 70 remained. Those 70 players will be whittled down to just 30 by the end of this week, with the remaining players set to line-up in the Tour Championship next week.
There were some notable players who were bounced from the FedEx Cup playoffs last week as the field was reduced from 125 to just 70. Those included the likes of Phil Mickelson, Ian Poulter, Justin Rose, Tommy Fleetwood, Rickie Fowler, Jordan Spieth and Brooks Koepka, who opted not to play in the Northern Trust at all.
With the field being reduced again following the BMW Championship, there are some big name players who are currently outside the all-important top 30, biggest of all, Tiger Woods, who currently sits in 57th place.
Dustin Johnson climbed to No.1 in the world and No.1 in the FedEx Cup standings with a dominant win at the Northern Trust on the weekend and nipping at his heels in the race for the FedEx Cup is the likes of Justin Thomas, Webb Simpson, Daniel Berger and Collin Morikawa.
Olympia Fields Country Club
Location: Olympia Fields, Illinois
Designed By: Willie Park Jnr.
Length: 7,366 Yards
Slope Rating: 150
The North Course at Olympia Fields Country Club is an absolute monster at over 7,360 yards as a Par 70. Long hitters off the tee will have an inherent advantage this week, as the course boasts two Par 5’s at over 600 yards plus a bunch of extremely lengthy Par 4’s.
Long hitters off the tee and strong players on approach will be a key focus of ours this week. The likes of Dustin Johnson, Jon Rahm and Justin Thomas, the premier ball strikers in the world are at the top of our list at Olympia Fields.
The course has played host to a few notable tournaments in recent history, most recently the 2003 U.S. Open, won by Jim Furyk, and the 2015 U.S. Amateur Championship, which was one by one of the top chances this week in Bryson DeChambeau.
1 – Dustin Johnson (+750)
The new No.1 ranked player in the world deserves to be there after a dominant performance at the Northern Trust on the weekend. DJ shot 30 under par to win by 10 shots and climb to the top of the FedEx Cup leaderboard. He has now shot 12 straight rounds in the 60’s at the WGC event (T12), the PGA Championship (T2) and the Northern Trust (1st).
2 – Justin Thomas (+1300)
Probably the only guy in the world at the moment that can match it with DJ on current form is Justin Thomas. Is just a few weeks removed from a win at the WGC event and although had less than impressive performances at the PGA Championship and Northern Trust, is the premier ball striker in the world and should suit Olympia Fields very well.
3 – Jon Rahm (+1000)
The Spaniard bomber comes in at No.3 on the list here after a very impressive performance at the Northern Trust. He finished in T6 to improve his standing in the FedEx Cup race and has been great since the season resumed, racking up a win at the Memorial to go along with a top 15 at the PGA Championship.
4 – Bryson DeChambeau (+1200)
The longest driver in the game, and by a fair stretch. Outside of Cameron Champ, Bryson averages over 10 yards more off the tee than any other player in the field this week. He is also the only player in the field to have won at Olympis Fields before after his U.S. Amateur crown came there back in 2015. Has been in great form since the return of the season, with five top 10 finishes in eight tournaments.
5 – Tony Finau (+3200)
Love the value of Tony Finau this week. Precision and power is absolutely paramount at Olympia Fields North Course and Finau has those two things in spades. One of the longest and straightest drivers on tour and is capable of eating up long courses and scoring well when others are struggling. Back him to finish in the top 20 this week.
Adam Scott (+5000) You know it’s a strong field when Adam Scott is considered a dark horse but the Aussie is coming off just two official events since the season resumed. He was one of the last players to return to the PGA Tour, not making his restart until the PGA Championship two weeks ago. Has made both cuts since his return and should continue to improve. Is one of the premier long iron players in the world, which will come into play at Olympia Fields, particularly on the 250+ yard par 3.
Cameron Champ (+11000) Probably the only player on tour that can go blow for blow with Bryson in driving distance at the moment is Cameron Champ. The ball just makes a different sound when it comes off the 25-year-old’s club and on a course where length is a massive advantage, Champ could be a threat.
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