Golf Glance: BMW provides final shot at Tour Championship

Golf Glance: BMW provides final shot at Tour Championship



Field Level Media's Golf Glance provides weekly news and storylines from each of the major North American golf tours.

PGA TOUR

LAST TOURNAMENT: The Northern Trust (Dustin Johnson)

THIS WEEK: BMW Championship, Aug. 27-30

Olympia Fields Country Club, Olympia Fields, Ill. (Par 70, 7,366 yards)

Purse: $9.25 million (Winner: $1.665 million)

Defending Champion: Justin Thomas

FedEx Cup leader: Johnson

TV: Thursday-Friday, 3-7 p.m. ET (Golf Channel); Saturday, 12-3 p.m. (GC), 3-6 p.m. (NBC); Sunday, 1-3 p.m. (GC), 3-7 p.m. (NBC).

NOTES: This is the second leg of the three-tournament FedEx Cup playoffs. It features a 69-player field with no cut, and the top 30 in the rankings after this week advance to the Tour Championship. ... Webb Simpson, who is No. 3 in the standings, withdrew to rest after playing four consecutive weeks. ... Johnson is a two-time winner of the event and has reclaimed the No. 1 world ranking with two wins since the Tour's return to competition. ... Tiger Woods is the only other two-time BMW champion. He has not competed at Olympia Fields since the 2003 U.S. Open and likely needs a top-eight finish at minimum in order to advance. ... Other previous BMW winners in the field include Marc Leishman (2017), Jason Day (2015), Billy Horschel (2014) and Rory McIlroy (2012). ... The FedEx Cup leader after this week will begin the Tour Championship at 10-under and a two-shot lead. ... The BMW will be contested at Caves Valley Golf Club in Owings Mills, Md., next year.

BEST BETS: Johnson (+800 at DraftKings) enters as the pre-tournament favorite following his 11-shot victory last week. He is also a two-time BMW winner, although it's rare to win in consecutive weeks on the PGA Tour and he finished late on Sunday following a weather delay. ... Jon Rahm (+1000) dropped out of the No. 1 spot for the second time this summer. ... the Memorial winner is coming off a T6 after closing with a 65 on Sunday. ... Thomas (+1200) is attempting to join Woods and McIlroy as the only two-time FedEx Cup champions. He has a T37 and T49 since winning the WGC-FedEx St. Jude. ... Bryson DeChambeau (+1300) has missed two of his past four cuts, including last week. He still has eight top-10s in his past 11 starts and won the 2015 U.S. Amateur at Olympia Fields. ... McIlroy (+1700) can never be overlooked in the playoffs despite posting a lone top-30 in seven starts since the Tour's restart.

NEXT WEEK: Tour Championship, Atlanta

LPGA Tour

LAST TOURNAMENT: AIG Women's Open (Sophia Popov)

THIS WEEK: NW Arkansas Championship, Aug. 28-30

Pinnacle Country Club, Rogers, Ark. (Par 71, 6,331 yards)

Purse: $2.3 million

Defending Champion: Sung Hyun Park

Race to the CME Globe leader: Danielle Kang

TV: Friday, 7:30-9:30 p.m. ET; Saturday-Sunday, 5-7 p.m. (All times Golf Channel)

NOTES: This is the lone event between the first two majors of the year. ... The 54-hole event began in 2007. ... Park won by one shot last year over Kang, Hyo Joo Kim and Inbee Park.

NEXT TOURNAMENT: ANA Inspiration, Rancho Mirage, Calif. (Sept. 10-13)

Champions Tour

LAST TOURNAMENT: Charles Schwab Series at Bass Pro Shops Big Cedar Lodge (Shane Bertsch)

THIS WEEK: Charles Schwab Series at Ozarks National, Aug. 24-26

Ozarks National Golf Course, Ridgedale, Mo. (Par 70, 7,400 yards)

Purse: $3 million (Winner: $420,000)

Defending Champion: Inaugural event

Charles Schwab Cup Leader: Bernhard Langer

TV: Wednesday, 6-8 p.m. ET (Golf Channel).

NOTES: This is the second of consecutive $3 million, 54-hole events over a nine-day span in Ridgedale. ... Phil Mickelson made his Champions tour debut on Monday, shooting a 61 to lead by one shot.

NEXT TOURNAMENT: Sanford International, Sioux Falls, S.D., Sept. 11-13

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