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Tuesday, August 13, 2019

Twofer Tuesday: BMW Championship

It's the second of three FedExCup events. It's everybody's last chance to make the TOUR Championship. It's the BMW Championship... and it's Twofer Tuesday.

Defending champion Keegan Bradley

Last year's champion Keegan Bradley defends at Medinah, the scene of the "Miracle at Medinah" in the 2012 Ryder Cup. Ironically enough, there have been two PGA Championshps played at Medinah (1999 and 2006)... and both were won by Tiger Woods.

So the only player in the field to win a major at Medinah #3 is Tiger... and he's not really on anybody's favorites list. But I've taken a look at the list of 24 pros at the 2012 Ryder Cup, and I think some of them have possibilities.

Of course, I can only pick two. Here they are.
  • My Top10er, once again, is Rory McIlroy. I think Rory has something to prove in these Playoffs because, despite how well he's played this year -- perhaps his most consistent year ever -- he's still being treated as something of an also-ran. I look for him to put that chip on his shoulder this week and make yet another run at a title. Since Medinah #3 can play over 7600 yards, his driving prowess should serve him well. In many situations, I'd consider him a sure thing.
  • Nevertheless, I've found sure things to be less than dependable this season... so my winner is Webb Simpson. Webb has also played extremely well this season, with three runner-up finishes in his last six events. While the extreme length of Medinah works against Webb, he should have good memories from 2012, winning two out of three points -- and those were fourball matches, so he can play this course well enough.
GC's coverage begins Thursday at 3pm ET while PGA TOUR LIVE starts streaming at 10am ET. (Not as early as usual but there's only 70 players in the field this week.) With the cut to 30 coming on Sunday, it will be interesting to see how many players from the "lower 40" manage to make the leap.

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