Fantasy Golf: BMW Championship preview


The BMW Championship, the third round of the FedEx Cup Play-offs, is the focus of the Today's Golfer Fantasy Golf game, in association with Your Golf Travel, this week.

Crooked Stick hasn't hosted the tournament before but it was the venue for the 1991 USPGA Championship and 2009 US Senior Open.

The world's best have made the 7,316-yard Pete Dye design look pretty easy in the past so this week's winning score is expected to be a relatively low one, making birdies a valuable commodity.

The greens are relatively small - about the same size as TPC Sawgrass - but they are more receptive than those at Dye's famous Florida track.

Everything is laid out in front of the players off the tee so it's the other end of the course where it's likely to be won and lost. Accurate approach shots and a sharp shot game are likely to be the route to success this week.

With the FedEx Cup field down to 70 now, there's no cut, but that does add increased pressure as even players down the field heading into the weekend will be jostling to get into the top 30 in the standings who advance to the Tour Championship in two weeks.

Here is TG’s six-man team for the BMW Championship:

Rory McIlroy, $5.0m
After a minor dip in form in the summer, the world number one is peaking at the business end of the season. His USPGA Championship victory was followed by a T24 at The Barclays and another win at the Deutsche Bank. He topped the field in birdies last week and leads the PGA Tour in adjusted scoring.

Tiger Woods, $4.5m
The rivalry with McIlroy is bubbling up nicely and will serve as an added incentive after finishing third last week. He leads the PGA Tour in total driving, is 18th in GIR and 25th in strokes gained - putting.

Louis Oosthuizen, $2.6m
The 54-hole leader at the Deutsche Bank had to settle for runner-up but he's a great fit for Crooked Stick, lying 7th in GIR. He has three top-5s in his last four starts in America. The only concern is the slight pectoral injury he had last weekend.

Brandt Snedeker, $1.9m
As if 2nd and 6th finishes in the first two Play-off events aren't enough, the Americans confidence will have been further boosted this week with a Ryder Cup pick. He's number one on Tour for strokes gained - putting.

John Huh, $0.5m
The PGA Tour rookie got his first win earlier this year and he's been on solid form in recent weeks. He's 8th in driving accuracy and doesn't have any real weaknesses.

William McGirt, $0.5m
The 33-year-old has built on a solid debut 2011 season this year and earned his place in this week's field with T10 and T26 finishes the last two weeks. He ranks inside the top 45 for GIR and strokes gained - putting.

> You can see a full list of all the golfers playing this week and their prices by clicking here. You have until 3pm on Thursday 6th September to select your team.