BMW Championship: Preview

Caves Valley Golf Club will host the top 70 players as the penultimate tournament of the season at the BMW Championship.

There will be no cut at the tournament, giving some players a chance at a comeback victory, while others a miserable four days of struggle. Patrick Reed withdrew with a bout of pneumonia so it will be the top 69 players.

Come Sunday the top 30 players in the FedEx standings will not only qualify for the final tournament of the season, but also be guaranteed a place at the 2022 editions of the Masters, the U.S. Open and The Open Championship. 

Course knowledge is out the window

Caves Valley Golf Course is a brand new course for the players to tackle. 

The Tom Fazio designed course is quite different to other courses the players have played which will make for an intriguing event. 

The thick rough on either side of the fairways and tiny greens resemble that of Muirfield Village Golf Club. 

Both courses place similar demands on players, which will require a player with great accuracy from tee to green. 

With scorching temperatures and a lack of wind expected, there will be plenty of opportunities to shoot a low score with the four par-5s on offer. 

Jon Rahm vs Collin Morikawa

The BMW Championship is likely to be a massive tussle between defending champion Jon Rahm and Collin Morikawa. Rahm is ranked number one in ball striking, six in strokes gained, second in par-5 scoring which all bodes well. 

Morikawa is ranked second in ball striking and a clear top on strokes gained. 

In fact, the American is deemed the best iron player in the world by a long-distance which may prove to be the deciding factor.

Rahm has been on a fantastic run of seven consecutive top 10 finishes – including the Memorial Tournament which he was forced to withdraw from when leading by six shots. 

The only thing that has seemed to stop the Spaniard in recent months has been the repetitive positive Covid tests he has provided. 

DJ needs a good week

(FedEx Cup Standings stated in parenthesis)

Dustin Johnson (22) has had a poor run of form which has put the American on the brink of missing the season finale next week. Last year’s FedEx Cup champion and former world number one will need to do a lot better than he did at the Northern Trust where he missed the cut.

Other players in trouble are Patrick Reed (26) who will be absent from the event and Rory McIlroy (28). 

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