The PGA Tour is past the half way point of the FedExCup playoffs and Chris Kirk is the surprising leader heading into the BMW Championship at Cherry Hills Country Club. Hunter Mahan, winner of The Barclays and World Number 1, Rory McIlroy are joined by 67 other players who have earned the right to chase the season long title of FedExCup Champion and the $10 million prize.
Three players felt secure enough in their points standing to take a break from the playoffs at The Deutsche Bank Championship but Justin Rose, Sergio Garcia and Graeme McDowell are back in action and ready to chase another title.
For those with an eye to history, this is the location where Phil Mickelson won the 1990 US Amateur. Cherry Hills has been open since 1922 and was the site of Arnold Palmer’s epic seven stroke comeback in the 1960 US Open. Cherry Hills Country Club is a 7,466 yard layout with 71 getting players around in even par.
September 4 – 7 2014
Cherry Hills Country Club, Cherry Hills Village CO
Thursday-Friday: Golf Channel 4 – 8 PM EST
Saturday: Golf Channel 1 – 3 PM EST, NBC 3 – 6 PM EST
Sunday: Golf Channel 12 – 2 PM EST, NBC 2 – 6 PM EST
$8 million total purse, $1.44 million winner share
The Top-3: BMW Championship Edition
When looking at a field as strong as the BMW Championship it can be hard to predict who will play the best. Below are three players that have an exceptional shot at victory this week while extending their hopes at a FedExCup crown to end the season.
|Hunter Mahan||I am fully aware that having Hunter Mahan in my top-3 is far from a stretch but what I am supposed to do? Mahan finished tied for seventh at the PGA Championship. He used that event as a springboard into the FedExCup Playoffs. Mahan won the 2014 Barclays and cemented himself in the top-3 of the FedExCup rankings. I am aware he was off his game at the Deutsche Bank Championship but I am willing to let that one slide.|
|Rory McIlroy||It is a simple formula. He is currently the best player in the world. Before the FeExCup Playoffs, Rory won an unheard of three straight events. He captured The Open Championship, the Bridgestone Invitational and the PGA Championship. Think about that, he sandwiched two major titles around a WGC event. Insane. He fell off with a tie for 22nd at the Barclays but rebounded this last week playing well at the Deutsche Bank Championship. To say he is on the short list is an understatement.|
|Matt Kuchar||I know Matt Kuchar did not play incredible golf this past weekend at the Deutsche Bank Championship. What is more important is that he has played eight rounds since returning from a back injury and appears that he is good to go. He holds a victory at the RBC Heritage and top-10s on the year. Overall, he is a solid player who has finished in the top-5 in two of his last four. He should be on everyone's short list.|
Who will win the 2014 BMW Championship?
- Other (45%, 29 Votes)
- Rory McIlroy (22%, 14 Votes)
- Hunter Mahan (17%, 11 Votes)
- Matt Kuchar (17%, 11 Votes)
Total Voters: 65