BMW Championship: Does Tiger Woods Deserve to Be Favored Yet Again?

By Carl Conrad
Tiger Woods BMW Championship
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It is becoming crystal clear that any time Tiger Woods enters an event he is going to be considered the favorite by the masses – in fact, he has been favored every time he’s teed it up this season. I don’t get it. Yes, Woods is an icon in the game and has had an incredible 2013 campaign, but he can’t win every week – despite what some may think. He is once again the heavy favorite at this week’s BMW Championship, but if you’re inclined to place a wager on the event, there are several better options than Woods – you’ll just have to wait for our Power Rankings to find out who those options are, though.

He is coming off of a tie for 65th at the Deutsche Bank Championship. Even though he lost the top spot in the FedEx Cup standings to Henrik Stenson, Woods had very little pressure on him considering he’s a shoe-in to make it to the TOUR Championship next week. With that being said, however, the lack of pressure should have allowed El Tigre to flourish. He had the ability to go out and swing freely without having to worry about sneaking into the next event – and he didn’t play well. The fact that he ranked 70th in strokes gained – putting for the week is slightly disconcerting. He also tied for 60th in driving accuracy, hitting fairways at just over a 60% clip. Greens in regulation? Slightly better, but 72% – a tie for 37th – still isn’t remarkable.

Woods definitely should be considered a top contender this week – and probably next week as well – but there are at least a handful of golfers that I like better this week.


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