The penultimate event of the 2021-22 PGA Tour season arrives this week, and it’s the second tournament of the FedExCup Playoffs as the BMW Championship visits Delaware for the first time.
Rory McIlroy and Cameron Smith are favoured on the golf odds.
The Top 70 in FedExCup points tee it up this week – no cut — and the Top 30 after Sunday qualify for the season-ending Tour Championship. Just a reminder that no LIV Series players are competing in the playoffs if they were even eligible points-wise (Dustin Johnson is one and he won this event in 2016). We did learn last week that reigning British Open champion Cameron Smith and his fellow Aussie, Marc Leishman (won 2017 BMW Championship), will shift to the LIV Series after the PGA Tour’s postseason.
The BMW Championship has been in existence since the start of the FedExCup playoffs in 2007, but it has moved around quite a bit and it will be a challenge to handicap this week as Wilmington Country Club in Delaware hosts for the first time. It will be the first-ever PGA Tour event in Delaware, probably best known (currently at least) as the home state of U.S. President Joe Biden.
Wilmington Country Club was established in 1901, but it relocated in the 1950s and renowned golf course architect Robert Trent Jones Sr. designed the South Course, which opened in 1959. It’s a par 71 at 7,534 yards and has been recognized as one of the USA’s best golf courses by Golf Digest. Wilmington Country Club has hosted some top amateur events, including the 2013 Palmer Cup competition between Europe and a United States team that featured 2019 BMW Championship winner Justin Thomas.
Last year in Maryland, Patrick Cantlay beat Bryson DeChambeau (also on LIV Series) in a playoff to win the BMW Championship and would go on to win the FedExCup. Cantlay made a 17-footer for birdie on the sixth playoff hole (it is sudden death) to topple DeChambeau. Both finished regulation at 27 under.
In a bit of a twist, holes 10-13-14-15-5-6-7-8-9 will be used as the front nine and 1-2-3-4-16-17-11-12-18 as the back nine this week.
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BMW Championship Golf Odds
Rory McIlroy and reigning British Open winner Cameron Smith are each +1000. How bad would it look for the PGA Tour to have Smith win the FedExCup and then leave for LIV? Had Smith won Sunday at the FedEx St. Jude Championship, he would have taken over the No. 1 spot in the world rankings, but he finished T13. McIlroy missed the cut. He won this event in 2012 when it was held at Crooked Stick in Indiana.
Jon Rahm is +1100 with Justin Thomas, Patrick Cantlay and Tony Finau each +1400. Finau is playing arguably better than anyone right now as he entered the St. Jude having won back-to-back tournaments and was in contention in Memphis, too, before finishing T5. Rahm won this event in 2020 outside Chicago. Thomas did the same in 2019 and Cantlay is the defending champion.
We picked Will Zalatoris to win last week at the St. Jude, and he did to move up to No. 1 in the FedExCup points standings. He’s +1600 this week.
No Canadian has won this tournament. Corey Conners finished T22 last year fueled by a final-round 65. Mackenzie Hughes was T52. Conners (29th in points) is +4700 this week with Hughes (52nd in points) at +24400, Adam Hadwin (59th) +14800 and Taylor Pendrith (67th) +7900.
BMW Championship Golf Predictions
Somewhat flying blind with a new course so we’ll go with Jon Rahm at +1100.