Once again the cream of world golf has risen to the top in the quest to qualify for the BMW Championship at Conway Farms Golf Club on the outskirts of Chicago from September 14-17. As the third and penultimate tournament in the FedExCup Playoffs, the BMW Championship is one of the most important and prestigious events on the PGA TOUR. It carries a prize fund of $8.75 million, with $1.575 million going to the winner.
The championship field is made up of the leading 70 players in the season-long standings, from which the top 30 will go through to the Tour Championship in Atlanta (Sept 21-24) and the chance to scoop a $10 million bonus as the overall winner of the FedExCup.
The list of competitors seeking victory at Conway Farms reads like a roll call of the game’s great and the good. Among those leading the way is young American Justin Thomas, who won his first major at the PGA Championship last month and set a record for the playoffs on Sunday when he had eight threes in a round of 64 at the Dell Technologies Championship. He went on to win the tournament – his fifth title this season.
Picking a winner from the field that will assemble for the BMW Championship is almost impossible although Dustin Johnson, the world No.1, can probably be considered a slight favourite by dint of the prodigious distances he hits the ball off the tee. The 33-year-old American is the defending champion and one of only two players (the other is Tiger Woods) to have won the title twice.