Long time no see! The Monday finish of the Dell Technologies Championship leaves us with a quick turn around for the BMW Championship, so let’s get cracking (egg joke).
This year’s BMW moves from Chicago to Philadelphia, and a Gil Hanse renovated Aronimink Golf Club awaits. Bryson DeChambeau carries all the momentum after winning the first two events of the FedEx Cup playoffs and earning himself a Ryder Cup pick. Everyone will be trying to get into the hallowed top 5 as those players will control their own destiny at East Lake.
Left his Marc
Last year saw Marc Leishman claim the BMW Championship at Conway Farms outside of Chicago. The big Australian shot 23 under par and cruised to victory with very little drama. The win was Leishman’s second of the season and 3rd in his PGA Tour career. Leishman has had a solid 2018 campaign and enters this week’s event 22nd in the FedEx Cup standings.
Aronimink first opened back in 1928 after being designed by Donald Ross. It is said that Ross considered Aronimink to be his crown jewel. The course lost a lot of its charm and intrigue over the years, but a recent renovation by Gil Hanse and his team has restored the architectural genius. Jaeger Kovich, a shaper on Hanse’s team, was kind enough to break down some of the restorations the team made to highlight the genius of Aronimink. Read Jaeger’s full article HERE.
Magic Number- Only the top 30 will move on to East Lake next week. With 70 players in this week’s field, the majority will have their work cut out. Gary Woodland is currently the bubble boy at #30, but every player could earn their way to Atlanta with a strong week.
Richard Flower- After missing two weeks due to injury, Rickie Fowler returns to action in Philadelphia. He mentioned in his press conference that he could have played last week but wanted to be fully rested and prepped for his return. He enters the week at 26th in the FedExCup points standings.
Top 5- Bryson DeChambeau, Dustin Johnson and Justin Rose have secured their spots in the top 5 for East Lake, but the final two spots are still up for grabs. The top 5 control their own destiny in Atlanta, so a good week is imperative.
The Scotty- After some of his worst putting performances of his career, Tiger Woods appears to be switching back to his trusty Scotty Cameron putter. Tiger has played some very solid golf tee to green over the last two months but has really struggled on the greens. We’ll see if he can get anything going this week in Philadelphia.
The Shotgun Start
Andy and Brendan Porath launched a new podcast called the Shotgun Start. The podcast will be a regular Monday, Wednesday and Friday morning podcast with discussions on all things golf. Today, they talk Ryder Cup picks, Bryson and this week’s BMW. Check out the first episode this morning on iTunes or Stitcher, and be sure to subscribe!
There aren’t many weeks left for fantasy golf! See who Paulie likes for DraftKings and one-and-done in Philadelphia. His full article can be found HERE.
Just a Formality
U.S. Captain Jim Furyk announced on Tuesday that Bryson DeChambeau, Tiger Woods and Phil Mickelson have received the first three captain’s picks for this month’s Ryder Cup. He also announced that Zach Johnson, Matt Kuchar, and David Duval will be assistant captains. With Kuchar announced as an asst. captain, you have to think that takes him out of the running for the last captain’s pick. The fourth pick will be announced after the Tour Championship, with Tony Finau the favorite and Kevin Kisner and Xander Schauffele still holding out hope.
Field Report - Arcadia Bluffs South Course
Andy and Jason Way teamed up for the most recent Field Report on the site. This time, they take a look at the brand new South Course at Arcadia Bluffs in Michigan. Inspired by the work of C.B. Macdonald and Seth Rayor, this modern attempt to recreate some Golden Age magic...attempt being the operative word. Read their full thoughts HERE.
Many of the top amateurs in the world have gathered in Ireland this week for the World Amateur Team Championships. This year’s U.S. team is Collin Morikawa (Cal), Justin Suh (USC), and Cole Hammer (Texas). Other notables in the field include Frederik Nilehn (Texas Tech) representing Sweden and U.S. Amateur champion Viktor Hovland (Ok. St) representing Norway. Follow live scores HERE.
The Web.com and LPGA Tours are both taking breaks this week before resuming play next weekend.
It is being reported that Sergio Garcia will get one of the European Ryder Cup picks even though he has had a pretty horrible year. Story