The PGA Tour is in the midst of their FedEx Cup Playoffs with now 50 players vying for the $18 million dollar top prize given out to the winner of next week’s Tour Championship. The players inside the Top 50 in the FedEx Cup standings after last week’s FedEx St. Jude Championship will participate in this week’s BMW Championship. The players who are inside the Top 30 after this tournament completes will compete at East Lake in Atlanta next week.
It is almost impossible to put into words how locked in Lucas Glover is right now. He has now won back to back events with three other Top 10 finishes in his last 6 starts. Zach Johnson almost has to pick him as a captain’s choice for the Ryder Cup team and if he doesn’t, man he’ll have some splainin to do. I want to see him make the team and watch him help the United States kick Europe’s ass in Rome. Enough about Lucas for now, let’s get into the second leg of the FedEx Cup Playoffs.
Part two of the FedEx Cup Playoffs has always been the BMW Championship but the host course has changed frequently. This year it will head back to Olympia Fields Country Club just outside Chicago, Illinois. This course hosted the 2020 edition of this tournament with Jon Rahm beating Dustin Johnson in a playoff. It was also the site of Jim Furyk’s lone major championship victory at the 2003 U.S. Open.
Olympia Fields sets up as a par 70 and stretches out 7,366 yards. There are only two par 5s on this course which limits the opportunities for birdies. We will see extremely long par 3s as well. While length will be an advantage on this long course, we need excellent ball strikers with great control of the golf ball. These players will be targeting smaller than average greens which will make it more difficult to stick the green. Scrambling will become a factor this weekend for the players who do miss these little greens. I’m also going to focus my attention on bogey avoidance because we will see players struggle on this course. We want players who can avoid the big number. Rahm and Johnson finished their four rounds at only 4 under par in 2020. This course will challenge all fascists of a golfer's game.
As I mentioned, there will be just 50 players in this field but most every single one of them are top tier golfers. All of them are competing to crack the Top 30 of the FedEd Cup standings and get the honor of teeing it up with $18 million dollars on the line at East Lake for the Tour Championship next weekend. Lucas Glover secured his spot in Atlanta last week jumping from 49th to 4th in the FedEx Cup standings. We’ve got a bunch of really good golfers sitting just inside the Top 30 with one event to go like Sungjae Im, Chris Kirk, and Sam Burns. We’ve also got guys just on the outside of that Top 30 trying to get in one event remaining like Sahith Theegala, Justin Rose, Kurt Kitayama, Denny McCarthy, and Seamus Power. It’s going to be a fight to the finish and I can’t wait to see it.
I know Lucas Glover and a lot of the PGA Tour pros are pumped to get out of Memphis and that extreme humidity. I don’t know if you saw the photos of Lucas Glover’s pants after his final round, but his butt looked drenched in sweat. We’ve all been there and it sucks. We will see less humidity in Chicago and little to no rain in the forecast right now. There looks to be some morning showers on Thursday but after that it’ll be clear skies. The temperatures will progressively get warmer throughout the weekend.
You will see less players in my playbook as there are only 50 players in the field.
Can Glover make it a 3-peat? We will see!