The Medinah Country Club in Illinois plays host to this year’s BMW Championship, marking the second-last leg of the 2019 FedEx Cup Playoffs.
Last week’s act at The Northern Trust will be tough to follow, but with a range of the world’s top golfers heading north, we should be in for another thrilling day four finish.
With the field now cut down to 70 players, there is no 36-hole cut this week. That makes tipping a winner extremely tough, but fortunately, we’ve done the hard work for you and our complete 2019 BMW Championship Preview can be found below.
2019 BMW Championship Best Bet
Justin Rose – $17.00
The 2011 BMW Champion heads to Medinah on the back of a T10 at Liberty National last week. Rose ranks second on Tour in putting and has really steadied after a slump back in May. He finished outright second at last year’s BMW Championship and also leads the way in putts made between 20-25 feet. Having played at Medinah during the 2012 Ryder Cup, the defending FedEx Cup winner looks great with five straight Top 20 finishes to his name.
2019 BMW Championship Top 5 Finish
Jon Rahm – $3.50
Was among the surprise standouts at Liberty National last week tieing for third. The Spaniard strung together four brilliant rounds under 70 to earn his 11th Top 10 finish of the year, while his form at the BMW Championship also looks strong. Rahm tied for fifth back in 2017 as he hopes to build on last week’s momentum. There’s plenty of experience in the field, but who else can say they own six Top 11 finishes in nine Playoff starts?
2019 BMW Championship Top 10 Finish
Adam Scott – $2.80
The Aussie made up for a disappointing month of July by finishing outright fifth at The Northern Trust. Scott has quietly flown under the radar this season as one of the most consistent golfers, and he should have a further point to prove this weekend after falling outside the Top 50 at last year’s BMW Championship. Ranking fourth from tee-to-green and sixth around-the-green, Scott is the complete package worth banking on.
Patrick Reed – $3.00
Last week’s champion finally strung together four rounds under 70 to capture his first win on Tour since the 2018 Masters. For those following Reed closely, it was no surprise though considering the 29-year-old looks a lot more relaxed out on the course. Reed owns two Top 20 performances at Medinah dating back to 2015, so sleep on him at your own risk.
2019 BMW Championship Field
Brooks Koepka – $8.50
The FedEx leader still finds himself as the favourite heading into the weekend despite a disappointing T30 at Liberty National. Koepka finished inside the Top 20 at last year’s BMW Championship, and although the putter let him down at times last week, it’s worth noting he’s never missed a cut in four starts at Medinah.
Rory McIlroy – $9.00
Back-to-back Top 10’s leaves the Irishman in prime position to earn his third win of the year. McIlroy finished outright fifth at last year’s BMW Championship, while he’ll also hold fond memories of his win at Cog Hill back in 2012. McIlroy currently ranks first in the PGA’s tee-to-green rating, making him well-suited to tackle the treacherous lakes Medinah has to offer.
Dustin Johnson – $15.00
Johnson has certainly struggled to find his mojo ever since finishing runner-up behind Brooks Koepka at the PGA Championship. Last week’s T24 at The Northern Trust came as a shock after the world No. 2 opened with a brilliant round of 63. There’s still plenty of reasons to find faith in a bounce-back, but it’s difficult to see Johnson winning as he continues to struggle with the putter.
Justin Thomas – $15.00
Found himself inside the Top 10 last weekend before a disappointing third round saw him slip to T12. Even so, Johnson is really starting to heat up with three straight Top 20 finishes to his name. He’s never won at Medinah but will hold fond memories of last year’s T12 performance.
Webb Simpson – $23.00
Simpson continues to defy father time scoring his 11th Top 20 finish of the year last week at Liberty National. Like others, he has experience at Medinah having played in the 2012 Ryder Cup, and with one of the best short games on Tour, Simpson should compete among the favourites yet again.
Jordan Spieth – $29.00
Spieth is still looking to end his two-year winless drought after claiming The Open Championship back in 2017. The 26-year-old has struggled to put together four consistent rounds this year, but things finally came together last week where he finished T6 at The Northern Trust. Shots off the tee have been Spieth’s biggest letdown so far, but his putting should keep him in the hunt again this week.
Tiger Woods – $46.00
The two-time BMW champ was forced to withdraw last week due to an oblique strain. It’s been a rough go for this year’s Masters winner having also missed the cut at The Open, but Woods insists he’s ready to go this weekend. Realistically though, Woods is one wrong tweak away from cutting another tournament short due to injury. He’s well-rested, but not enough to warrant any kind of wager right now.