After a week of European Tour action in which Belgian youngster Thomas Pieters took home the KLM Open, TG Fantasy Golf returns to the PGA Tour and the FedEx Cup in the form of the 2015 BMW Championship.
The venue is Conway Farms Golf Club in Illinois, returning after hosting the event in 2013. Zach Johnson won that event, but Jim Furyk’s second-round 59 stole most of the headlines.
The Tom Fazio design has been modified since, with six new bunkers in key landing areas off the tee, and several existing traps having been deepened. 49 yards have also been added to this par-71 layout, now totalling 7,198 yards.
Players will have to go some to break 60, then, but there is good news: there’s no cut, so even if you chomp it up on Thursday and Friday, you’ll get to stick around for the weekend. Wait… is that good news?
Anyhow, here’s who we’re backing this week…
Henrik Stenson, £5m
The Swede likes nothing more than to turn it on in the latter stages of the FedEx Cup playoffs when there’s serious money on the line. A late double-bogey saw him finish second behind Rickie Fowler at last week’s Deutsche Bank Championship, which was his second runner-up finish in as many events. He hasn’t finished outside the top-25 in his last four tournaments, so should be a banker to get you some points.
Jason Day, £4.5m
Finished in the top-five last time here but it’s current form that makes him impossible to ignore. In his last seven starts, Day has three wins, two top-10s and two T-12 finishes. He’s hotter than microwaved soup at the moment.
Zach Johnson, £2.8m
He won the event last time it was hosted here, in 2013, and has had an excellent summer, winning The Open at St Andrews before adding Top-10 finishes at the Travelers, Byron Nelson, John Deere Classic and The Barclays.
Matt Jones, £1.3m
Finished T-4 last time out, after a disappointing final-round 74. He finished T-8 here two years ago, with three rounds in the 60s. Currently 33rd in the FedEx Cup rankings, a good finish this time out will see him into the final round of the Playoffs.
Sean O’Hair, £0.7m
A T-4 at the Deutsche Bank Championship last week was one of three Top-10s this season. That finish could have been even better, had a final-round 74 not set him back.
Kevin Kisner, £0.7m
Six top-10s this year, including three second-place finishes. Kisner has pocketed $3.4 million in Tour earnings this year, helped by 20 cuts made from 28 starts. The 31-year-old secured Top-20s in the first two Playoff events, ranking 10th in ball-striking and ninth in strokes gained putting across the two tournaments.