Based on the updated FedEx Cup standings after the Deutsche Bank Champonship, there has been some shuffling of the pairings for the first two days of the BMW Championship at Conway Farms Golf Club outside of Chicago. As it stands right now, all 70 of the players that qualified for the event are slated to tee it up on Thursday. Some groups are obviously going to draw more attention than others.
Tiger Woods is once again in the premier group that encompasses the top three golfers in the FedEx Cup standings. This time, however, he joins the group as the number two golfer behind Henrik Stenson but still ahead of third ranked Adam Scott. Stenson has been on a tear for the last few months but he is hoping the momentum didn’t stop with his win at the Deutsche Bank Championship. Woods will be looking to rebound from a disappointing tie for 65th at the last event. Scott is considered one of the non-Tiger favorites this week despite coming in T53 at the Deutsche Bank. (Thursday 10:53 am from the 10th tee, Friday 11:59 am from the first tee.)
Matt Kuchar, Graham DeLaet and Phil Mickelson are currently ranked 4-6 in the FedEx Cup standings and are likely to garner significant attention over the first two rounds. DeLaet seems to have hit his stride at the perfect, having picked up two top-three finishes in the first two playoff events. Mickelson and Kuchar are clearly the big names in this group and have both endured hot and cold spells in the last two tournaments. It wouldn’t be a shock to see all three of these guys in contention after the first 36 holes. (Thursday 11:59 am from the first tee, Friday 10:53 am from the 10th tee.)
If you predicted at the beginning of the season that Bubba Watson and Rory McIlroy would be ranked 40th and 41st, respectively, heading into the BMW Championship there is a good chance you would have been heckled. That’s just where two of the most recognizable players in the game start this event, however. They’ll be joined for the first two rounds by Daniel Summerhays, who starts the event in 42nd place. In order for any of the guys in this group to have a chance at advancing, they are going to have to turn in strong performances. (Thursday 11:26 am from the 10th tee, Friday 10:20 am from the first tee.)