Cog it be a Playoff for the BMW Championship?
Thursday September 15th thru Sunday September 18th
PGA Tour: BMW Championships at Cog Hill (Dubsdread)
The Players on tour should be fresh after the PGA had a week off, however they will be anything but relaxed as the FedExCup enters the Semi-Final stage. The field has now been whittled down to 70 players and following this week's tournament at Cog Hill only the top 30 golfers will be advancing to the Tour Championship.
Those hoping for a chance to play on a forgiving golf course and have the chance to attack the pins and force themselves into the all important top 30 will be very disappointed. Since its redesign by architect Rees Jones in 2008 it could be said that players' reviews have been anything but positive. The huge undulating greens have made many a top golfer look average, and at times a three putt can be a good result. Not to mention the 18th hole which is a 480 yard par 4, where a birdie will be the last thing on most of the players' minds.
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One of the only players to suggest that he is excited by the challenge of Cog Hill, he tweeted: "players will enjoy the much better conditions," in reference to the tournament last year when none of the players were able to record a double digit score below par. The world number one is a local here having played collegiately at nearby Northwestern University, so expect him to be used to the grass and sand traps on the outskirts of Chicago. At 12/1 he goes in as favourite, however for me at that price there is still value to be had on the Englishman.
Albeit a shortened Barclays at Plainfield, the big American made the game look easy en-route to victory at the end of August. He won this event last year when many around him were complaining and it would be nice to see him battling it out for the title and possible overtaking Webb Simpson for pole position in the FedEx race.
With four top 10 finishes in his last six starts the Australians outstanding year continues. He his long putter works for him this week and he avoids leaving himself too much to do on the greens then considering his solid record at Cog Hill he could well be in contention.
The leader in the FedExCup standings will be hoping to keep in touch on a course where he has only played once before. He finished on 9-over-par two years ago and it would be a big surprise if the man in form manages to stay in top-spot by the time the week is over.
If it's an outsider you're after then David Toms fits the bill. Tom's is ranked fourth on the tour for fairways hit and second in greens. Although the results haven't been there of late he does have seven top 25 finishes in his last eight tournaments at Dubsdread. If the 50/1 for the victory doesn't whet your appetite then the 11/4 on a top 10 finish is a must.
All-in-all we can look forward to a challenging event for the PGA Tour, the weather is set be a lot better than last year and hopefully for us Brits world number one Luke Donald can get the win and start to emerge as the one to beat for the biggest prize in golf; the FedExCup.