Expert Picks: BMW Championship

September 04, 2012
PGA TOUR staff

The PGA TOUR travels to Crooked Stick for the BMW Championship. Here's how the PGATOUR.COM experts sized up the top contenders:

How it works: Our experts from PGATOUR.COM select the player they think will win this week's event. By using a draft process, no two picks can be the same. The player who wins the previous week picks last the following week.
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SLEEPER PICKS: Who will surprise at Crooked Stick?
Expert Picks: BMW Championship
Pick orderPlayer selected
DUSTIN JOHNSON. He's in a groove right now and Crooked Stick is a bomber's paradise and should set up perfectly for Johnson, who's one of the longest hitters on the PGA TOUR. He's also had a pair of top fives to open the Playoffs.
TIGER WOODS. Woods appears to be coming on at just the right time with a solid solo third at Deutsche Bank. Ranks first in total driving and second in scoring average on the PGA TOUR and has showed signs of sinking some putts of late.
If Szeker had the top pick ... Woods
JEFF OVERTON. Not taking Bo Van Pelt but am staying with a Hoosier. Overton desperately wanted to qualify for Crooked Stick and did so with a clutch T7 at TPC Boston, his best finish since April. He knows this course better than anyone in the field and will thrive.
If Schwarb had the top pick ... Overton
RORY MCILROY. I certainly didn't expect to get McIlroy with the fourth pick. He's No. 1 in the FedExCup and No. 1 in the world. He's got the hot hand, too, after Monday's win at the Deutsche Bank Championship. Need I say more?
If Ross had the top pick ... McIlroy
PHIL MICKELSON. I am not sure I wouldn't have taken Phil first this week after watching his weekend at TPC Boston. He putted like a demon, actually hit a few fairways, and had 20 birdies in 72 holes. Like so many big hitters, Crooked Stick just seems perfect for him.
If Smithson had the top pick ... Mickelson
BRANDT SNEDEKER. Snedeker is riding high after a pair of top 10s to open the FedExCup Playoffs and a berth on the Ryder Cup team. Not the longest hitter but No. 1 on the PGA TOUR in strokes gained-putting -- which should help on a Pete Dye layout.
If McAllister had the top pick ... McIlroy
BUBBA WATSON. Watson earned his first-career Playoffs top 10 at The Barclays before missing the cut last week. Prior to that missed cut, he had five straight top 25s. Crooked Stick requires a bomber who can work the ball. How did Watson last this long?
If Dunham had the top pick ... Watson
SERGIO GARCIA. If he's off your radar because of taking last week off, I'll remind you that the Spaniard just went win, T3 in his last two starts. That type of form doesn't just evaporate during an idle week, and the golf course should suit him nicely.
If Swantek had the top pick ... Woods
ADAM SCOTT. Scott didn't get off to a great start in the FedExCup Playoffs (finished 62nd at The Barclays) but he tied for seventh at the Deutsche Bank Championship at TPC Boston. That was his fourth top 10 in an excellent season for the Aussie.
If Deason had the top pick ... Woods
LOUIS OOSTHUIZEN. Yup, I'm picking the 2010 British Open champ in back-to-back weeks and why not after seeing his performance in Boston. He's hot with the putter and there is no reason to think his momentum won't roll into Indy.
If Balionis had the top pick ... Woods
JASON DUFNER. Now that I'm in position to win our FedExCup with a victory last week, I can roll the dice for the BMW. But that won't be necessary. Dufner is having a superb year and he's just the ball-striker needed to flatten Crooked Stick.
If Cooney had the top pick ... McIlroy
Standings after 35 events
LAST WEEK: Rookie expert Bill Cooney made the biggest move of the season, using his selection of Rory McIlroy (with the 10th pick) to jump from the cellar to fourth place in the standings. Despite only 18 event starts, Cooney is in position to win our FedExCup. Lauren Deason also took a firm hold on the top spot after picking up 1,000 points via a solo third by Tiger Woods. One final week to fight for positioning before the points reset for the TOUR Championship by Coca-Cola.
Position Name Wins Top-5s Top-10s Top-25s MCs FedExCup points
1 Lauren Deason
Editorial Coordinator
4 10 12 20 5 4854.24
2 Amanda Balionis
Host, PGA TOUR Today
1 9 17 21 9 4218.00
3 Ryan Smithson
Site Producer
4 11 14 24 4 4149.00
4 *Bill Cooney
Site Producer
2 2 5 9 3 3741.27
5 Mike McAllister
Managing Editor
1 6 8 18 6 3404.10
6 John Swantek
Host, On The Tee
2 6 13 16 12 3270.15
7 Helen Ross
Chief of Correspondents
1 5 8 20 7 2958.70
8 Chris Dunham
Editorial Coordinator
1 3 6 18 3 2514.49
9 John Schwarb
Site Producer
1 4 8 18 5 2441.50
10 Brian Wacker
Site Producer
2 6 7 12 9 2177.03
11 Anne Szeker
Site Producer
0 4 11 19 2 1972.83
*First event in Week 19 at HP Byron Nelson Championship

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