The FedExCup playoff field has been whittled down to the top 70 in the standings and those left assemble this week at Olympia Fields Country Club just outside of Chicago for the BMW Championship. The second-leg of the playoffs is merely a stepping stone to next week’s Tour Championship, though Dustin Johnson sent a message to everyone with his dominant 11-shot victory at The Northern Trust. DJ is assured of a spot among the top-30 but others aren’t, making this week an important one. Johnson opened as the betting favorite but has since been overtaken by Jon Rahm. Any one of the now 69 golfers – Webb Simpson withdrew on Tuesday – has the potential to win and there is no cut, making for some interesting matchups. Visit BookMaker.eu for a complete list of tournament matchup odds when you’re ready to place a wager.
BMW Championship Matchup Odds at BookMaker.eu
Brian Harman -135 vs. Mackenzie Hughes +115
Mark Hubbard -110 vs. Kevin Streelman -110
Bubba Watson -135 vs. Marc Leishman +115
Byeong Hun An -105 vs. Joel Dahmen -115
Patrick Cantlay -125 vs. Tony Finau +105
Brendon Todd +120 vs. Matt Kuchar -140
Sungjae Im -110 vs. Abraham Ancer -110
Talor Gooch -120 vs. Lanto Griffin +100
Joaquin Niemann -120 vs. Cameron Smith +100
Louis Oosthuizen +105 vs. Matthew Fitzpatrick -125
Jon Rahm -130 vs. Justin Thomas +110
Rory McIlroy +100 vs. Xander Schauffele -120
Billy Horschel -145 vs. Alex Noren +125
Daniel Berger -140 vs. Jason Day +120
Brendan Steele +120 vs. Kevin Na -140
Kevin Kisner +100 vs. Viktor Hovland -120
Dustin Johnson +105 vs. Jon Rahm -125
Gary Woodland -125 vs. Cameron Champ +105
Tiger Woods +100 vs. Scottie Scheffler -120
Dustin Johnson -115 vs. Bryson DeChambeau -105
Russell Henley -120 vs. Ryan Palmer +100
Daniel Berger -115 vs. Collin Morikawa -105
Patrick Reed +100 vs. Patrick Cantlay -120
Dustin Johnson -105 vs. Justin Thomas -115
Adam Scott +105 vs. Hideki Matsuyama-125
Patrick Reed -115 vs. Tony Finau -105
Matthew Wolff -105 vs. Paul Casey -115
Jason Kokrak +110 vs. Corey Conners -130
Jon Rahm -155 vs. Bryson DeChambeau +135
Harris English -125 vs. Tyrrell Hatton +105
Bryson DeChambeau -105 vs. Justin Thomas -115
Collin Morikawa -135 vs. Jason Day +115
Need to Know
It’s safe to say we won’t see anyone shoot 30-under like DJ did last week. Many in the field will be getting their first look at Olympia Fields Country Club North Course since it hasn’t been used for a Tour event since the 2003 U.S. Open. There are a handful of players who have competed on the lot with four, including Tiger Woods, playing the Major 17 years ago. More recently the 2015 U.S. Amateur was contested with Bryson DeChambeau emerging victorious. The course stretches to 7,366 yards and is the longest par 70 in a few years. With tree-lined fairways, four-inch rough and unfamiliar greens, it will certainly be a test. Also, there is no cut this week meaning a bad early round can be made up over the weekend.
BMW Championship Matchup Picks
Tony Finau +105 vs. Patrick Cantlay
Power and accuracy will play well at Olympia Fields and Finau has both. The flat stick let him down last week leading to his first MC in six starts and his second since the restart. He had been on a nice run with three top-10s in his previous four starts, including a T4 at the PGA Championship. He comes in seeded 29th and needs a solid effort to advance to the Tour Championship. Finau has been close in big events and I expect to see him lurking near the top of the leaderboard.
Sungjae Im -110 vs. Abraham Ancer
Maybe all the golf he’s played over the last two years finally caught up with Im. The 2019 Rookie of the Year started this season off nicely, but he failed to make the cut four times since the restart. It’s not like he’s played poorly, a second round 67 at The Northern Trust wasn’t enough to get him to the weekend, but that extra bit of rest will help him find the form that led to a T9 at the Wyndham Championship the week prior.
Bryson DeChambeau +135 vs. Jon Rahm
Two of the top players in the field go head-to-head in this matchup and I found it strange that DeChambeau was available at this price. Sure he’s been shaky lately with two MCs in his last four starts, but he’s been on top of his game for the most of the season. He’s one of the few in the field to have played this venue winning the U.S. Amateur in 2015 and the stakes are much higher than last week. The same goes for Rahm, but I like Bryson’s bombs to take flight.
Hideki Matsuyama-125 vs. Adam Scott
If you’re looking for an outright winner to back, Matsuyama probably isn’t your guy. But, if the alternate markets are more your game he’s a solid option. So, while I’m not backing him to topple the field I am taking him in this matchup. Matsuyama has five top-30s in his last six starts, extending the streak with a T20 at The Northern Trust. He’s been consistent in his scoring which is something that will help this week if he continues.
Harris English -125 vs. Tyrrell Hatton
The strong play of English over the last two months hasn’t gone unnoticed by oddsmakers. If he hadn’t finished T23 or better in his last six starts the price would probably be more inviting. Be that as it may, English has something to prove and he’s done just that in an incredible comeback season. His consistent play is marveling and a runner-up finish at The Northern Trust isn’t the end of the glorious ride.
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