Featured Groups: BMW Championship
September 12, 2017
By Staff, PGATOUR.COM
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The FedExCup Playoffs resume this week with the third of the PGA TOUR’s four postseason events, the BMW Championship. The top 70 in the FedExCup standings are gathered at Conway Farms Golf Club in Lake Forest, Illinois. They’re trying to chase down FedExCup leader Jordan Spieth and clinch spots in the all-important top five and top 30 entering the season-ending TOUR Championship.
Players will have to make plenty of birdies to make a move at Conway Farms, a Tom Fazio course that opened in 1991. Jim Furyk fired 59 in the first BMW Championship at Conway Farms, in 2013, while Zach Johnson shot 16 under par to walk away victorious. Two years later, Jason Day shot 22 under here for a six-shot victory over Daniel Berger.
The FedExCup field will be pared to 30 players after this week for the TOUR Championship at East Lake Golf Club. The top five in the standings at East Lake will control their own FedExCup destiny. They can clinch the Cup with a win at East Lake, regardless of how their nearest competitors fare.
The top 12 players in the FedExCup standings will be shown on PGA TOUR LIVE’s extended coverage this week, including the leading trio of Jordan Spieth, Justin Thomas and Dustin Johnson.
PGA TOUR LIVE’s coverage will begin at 11 a.m. Eastern on both Thursday and Friday. The broadcast will move to Featured Holes at 3 p.m. This week’s Featured Holes are the drivable par-4 15th and 230-yard, par-3 17th. Featured Holes coverage is scheduled to conclude at 7 p.m. Eastern.
PGA TOUR LIVE also will be available on Twitter from 11 a.m. Eastern until approximately noon.
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Here’s a look at this week’s Featured Groups:
Marc Leishman (7), Paul Casey (8), Brooks Koepka (9) : Paul Casey peaks for the Playoffs like Reggie Jackson, the former Yankees star who earned the nickname Mr. October for his postseason exploits. Casey has finished in the top five in six of his past seven starts in the FedExCup Playoffs. He finished fifth at this season’s Playoffs opener, THE NORTHERN TRUST, and was T4 at the Dell Technologies Championship. Leishman, winner of this season’s Arnold Palmer Invitational presented by Mastercard, is coming off a third-place finish at the Dell Technologies Championship. Koepka won his second PGA TOUR title at this year’s U.S. Open.
Tee time: 11:22 a.m. Eastern off No. 1.
Jordan Spieth (1), Justin Thomas (2), Dustin Johnson (3): Jordan Spieth has three wins this season, including The Open, but has also performed well in the postseason to take the FedExCup lead. He was runner-up in the first two events of the FedExCup Playoffs. His two closest competitors in the FedExCup standings are also the two players who beat him in the postseason. Dustin Johnson, a four-time winner in 2016-17, beat Spieth with his aggressive tee shot in a sudden-death playoff at THE NORTHERN TRUST. Thomas finished three shots ahead of Spieth at the Dell Technologies Championship. It was Thomas’ fifth win of the season.
Tee time: 11:33 a.m. Eastern off No. 1.
Pat Perez (10), Daniel Berger (11), Charley Hoffman (12): Charley Hoffman playing in the BMW Championship is an annual end-of-summer ritual. Hoffman and Phil Mickelson are the only two players to appear in every BMW Championship since the FedExCup’s inception in 2007. Hoffman also can celebrate his selection last week as a Captain’s Pick for the U.S. Presidents Cup team. It will be his first time representing the United States as a professional. Berger finished runner-up in the last BMW Championship at Conway Farms en route to winning the PGA TOUR’s Rookie of the Year award. Berger, who will be a Presidents Cup rookie in two weeks, has qualified for the TOUR Championship in every season he’s played the PGA TOUR. Perez, 41, has clinched the first TOUR Championship berth of his career after winning this season’s OHL Classic at Mayakoba.
Tee time: 11:22 a.m. Eastern off No. 1
Hideki Matsuyama (4), Jon Rahm (5), Rickie Fowler (6): This group has a lot on the line, as three young stars jostle for those all-important positions in the top five of the FedExCup standings. Matsuyama has won three times this season. Rahm is having an impressive first run through the FedExCup Playoffs, finishing T3 at THE NORTHERN TRUST and T4 at the Dell Technologies Championship. Fowler will face Matsuyama in two weeks at the Presidents Cup. He’s showing good form, as well. The winner of The Honda Classic has finished in the top 25 in his past eight starts, including five top-10s.
Tee time: 11:33 a.m. off No. 1.