After a labor break following the Labor Day holiday, the PGA Tour resumes this week with the BMW Championship, being held at the Conway Farms Golf Club, in Lake Forrest, Illinois, part of the Chicago landscape.
Conway Farms logs in at a pretty hefty 7208 yards with a 71 par that looks for a temperate weekend, though wind is a factor. Last year, Greens in Regulation paved the way among stats to find the leaders, and with defending Champ Dustin Johnson playing against the red-hot Justin Thomas and also Jordan Spieth, all bets seem to be off.
Finally, this leg of the Fed Ex Championship means no cuts for the 70-so golfers in the field.
Dustin Johnson ($11,500): Whereas I am not huge on picking favorites, it is so hard to not pick Johnson, the defending champ who is third in the Fed Ex standings, and who has nine top-ten finishes, making 15 of 18 cuts. He is that good.
Jason Day ($9600): Then there is the 2015 champ who performed well last year at Conway Farms. Like Johnson, Day was great on his drives, approach, and GIR, finishing this season with four top tens and 13 of 16 cuts made while averaging 68.7 points per contest.
Webb Simpson ($7700): Simpson has been hot as well of late, moving up in the Fed Ex standings after Glen Oaks where he was the best around the green. Simpson has 17 cuts made, four top ten finishes, and is averaging 64.7 points per contest.
Phil Mickelson ($7300): The limited field makes for some interesting picks and prices. And steady Phil, who has 17 cuts made out of 19 tries, has reinvented himself again with three top ten finishes and just overall steady play (that is what we all dream about, right?), copping 64 points per tourney.
Hudson Swafford ($7000): Swafford has been solid at Conway Farms in the past, finishing well at strokes gained (#7) and GIR (#17) along with four top ten finishes.
Luke List ($6900): List has the modest price tag, but also ranked #7 in GIR last year at Conway Farms and has a 54.3 point average per contest. And, in general, my low-end picks do better than my favorites, so I worry less about List and more about Johnson and Day!
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