2019 BMW Championship: Preview


photo courtesy BMW Championship

The FedEx Cup Playoffs are really heating up as the BMW Championship kicks off at the Medinah Country Club in suburban Chicago. The event is the second playoff event and the last tournament before the Tour Championship. 70 golfers will tee off hoping to move into the top 35 in the FedEx Cup rankings in order to play the final event. FedEx Cup points are worth 4x their regular season amounts, meaning that a good few days on the course can dramatically change a golfer's overall standings in the race for the FedEx Cup. The tournament promises to showcase some of the best golf the PGA Tour has to offer as the best tee off.

 

Medinah Country Club


photo courtesy Medinah Country Club

Medinah has hosted numerous high profile events, including 5 major championships and the 2012 Ryder Cup. The course has a yardage of over 7,600 yards though that number can be misleading. The course plays shorter, with shot to medium-range drivers still finding success with accurate iron play. The course has been altered to have a long rough at 4 inches, with fairways narrower than those seen back at the 2012 Ryder Cup. The course demands accurate shotmaking, with water hazards and tree lined fairways also coming into play on several holes. 

 

Field Preview

The field features the top 70 in the FedEx Cup points list, currently led by Brooks Koepka. Koepka has already had 3 wins this season and always looks like a contender. Last week’s Northern Trust winner Patrick Reed comes into the tournament looking good and knowing that his ranking of 2 should be good enough to secure him a spot at the Tour Championship. Other perennial favorite include Matt Kuchar, Xander Schauffele, Justin Rose and Dustin Johnson. Golfer on the fringe of the cut-off include 33 ranked Hideki Matsuyama and 34 ranked Francesco Molinari, and fans can expect a strong performance from the two. There will also be a lot of focus on 38th ranked Tiger Woods, who comes back after withdrawing from the Northern Open with a strained muscle. He is currently only 38 points out of the top 35, and a strong tournament will see him return to defend his 2018 Tour Championship title. Woods has previously won twice at Medinah. However, Woods has played little this year and his performances have been very hard to predict, so time will tell whether Woods can compete or if he falls by the wayside. 


photo courtesy BMW Championship


Media Coverage

Television coverage is provided by the Golf Channel and NBC. Coverage starts Thursday and Friday, 3-7pm ET. Saturday coverage begins on the Golf Channel, 12-3pm ET, before switching to NBC 3-6pm ET. Sunday coverage begins on the Golf Channel, 12-2pm ET, before ending on NBC 2-6pm ET. The tournament is also streaming on PGA Tour Live. Radio coverage is provided by PGA Tour Radio on SiriusXM and PGATour.com . 

 

 


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