The FedEx Cup playoffs kicked off with a bang on the weekend as Tony Finau took out the Northern Trust from New York. The field of 125 will be reduced to just 70 for the BMW Championship this weekend, and we have a full preview and betting picks for the event below.
BMW Championship Betting Picks
Caves Valley Golf Club, Thursday 26th – Sunday 29th August
Tony Finau had a stellar final round of 65 to force a playoff against Australian Cam Smith in the Northern Trust on the weekend Unfortunately for Smith, a wayward tee shot in the first playoff hole meant the playoff was over pretty quickly, giving Finau his first win since all the way back in 2016.
The top 125 players lined up for the Northern Trust on the weekend, and following the event only the top 70 in the FedEx Cup standings advanced to the BMW Cahmpionship this weekend. With the win, Finau moves tot the top of the standings, followed by Jon Rahm and Cam Smith close behind.
Some players who were outside of the top 70 but forced their way in with strong performances at the Northern Trust were Alex Noren, Erik Van Rooyen, Tom Hoge, Harold Varner III, Keith Mitchell and Harry Higgs. Their places in the top 70 came at the expense of Matthew Wolff, Matt Fitzpatrick, Tyrrell Hatton, Martin Laird, Troy Merritt and J.T. Poston.
Only the top 30 will advance to the Tour Championship at East Lake next week, so for those sitting around the 50-70 mark, only a win will likely be enough.
Caves Valley Golf Course will host a PGA Tour sanctioned event for the first time this week. It has long been a regular stop throughout NCAA and other amateur competition, but after being named as a stop on the FedEx Cup playoffs, the course recently underwent a revamp to play up to PGA Tour standards.
The course willl play at over 7,540 yards as a Par 72 this week, making it one of the longer PGA Tour courses this season. It is known for it’s fast greens, rolling fairways and numerous water hazards, so not only will players need to be long off the tee this week, they’ll need to be accurate.
Jon Rahm (+650 to win/+150 top 5)
There’s two players who I really like this weekend, and they are both European. Jon Rahm is the in-form golfer in the world at the moment, having soared up the golf world rankings to No.1 after a dominant stretch of finishes. In his last five tournametns, Rahm has finished T8 at the PGA Championship, 1st at the U.S. Open, T3 at the Open Championship, 3rd at the Northern Trust and held a five shot lead at the Memorial before being forced to retire with COVID-19. Is one of the best drivers in the world, should have no problem with the length of this course.
Rory McIlroy (+2800 to win/-115 top 20)
The other player who I really like, who is arguably the best driver in the world, is Rory McIlroy. McIlroy has been showing glimpses for the past few months but hasn’t been able to break through for that really strong perforamnce. He was impressive at the Olympics and it wouldn’t be a Tour Championship if the two time FedEx Champion didnt put himself in the mix. Back him to play well this week and jump into the all important top 10 heading into the season ending event at East Lake.
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