The BMW Championship is this week right here in Chicagoland. The FedEx Cup Playoffs have risen in popularity and the BMW Championship may be the most important tournament of the playoff season.
The FedEx Cup Playoffs are in full swing and this has been the most exciting year to date. First, it was the Northern Trust Open where we saw one of the best finishes in FedEx Cup history, with Dustin Johnson holding off Jordan Spieth to win.
Then, at the Dell Championship, it was PGA Champion Justin Thomas who grabbed his fifth win of the season, holding off the aforementioned Spieth by three shots. Now, we come to the BMW Championship, one of the oldest and most iconic tournaments on the PGA Tour.
With the tournament returning to Conway Farms, it will undoubtedly be another doozy. Dustin Johnson pulled it off last year, can he pull it off again as he builds his Hall of Fame resume?
It’s anybody’s guess and with golf’s roster of talent deepening, the BW Championship is up for grabs. However, these top betting site picks for golf have Spieth as the top dog at Conway Farms and rightfully so considering that he finished in the top five in the last two tournaments. Johnson is the favorite going into the 2018 Masters Tournament, however, where he can grab his second major.
Spieth still is also the best putter on the planet. Certainly, players like Johnson and Thomas are threats off the tee, but Spieth can crush courses with his legendary putting.
The reason why the BMW Championship is so important on the PGA Tour schedule because of the smaller field, and because of where you go next, after winning which is the Tour Championship at East Lake. All the tournaments in the FedEx Cup Playoffs are crucial, but the BMW gives players that added pressure because they know what’s on the line.
One of the best and toughest golf States in the country, Illinois will prove yet again to be a great test of golf for the pros. Long at the iconic Cog Hill Golf & Country Club, the BMW has had a nice little run at Conway Farms.
Not only that, the BMW will be returning to its founding State, yet again in 2019 at the legendary Medinah Country Club. So one of the coolest golf destinations in the country will be on full display for years to come, and it makes for an epic semi-final host.
At the end of the day, the Tour Championship is still king at East Lake, under the shadow of Atlanta and under the watchful eye of the ghost of Bobby Jones. However, with the BMW Championship being one of the oldest events on the PGA Tour, being created in 1899 (it was the Western Open until the name changed in 2007), and with the top 70 players eager to duke it out, it could be the most important tournament in the playoffs.
With the rich blend of new and veteran talent, the BMW will be more exciting than ever as the FedEx Cup legend grows. It’s going to be a wild finish to the playoffs so hold on to your hats, visors, fedora and anything else you put on your head.
Colin GP Mieczkowski
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