The PGA Tour season rolls on and the FedExCup Playoffs are 50 percent complete with only the BMW Championship this week and the Tour Championship left to decide a champion. The field of 125 perspective championship contenders has been widdled down to 70 eligible players with a shot at becoming the FedExCup champion and $10 million richer. Players are battling for a trip to the Tour Championship and the favorable points reset.
Dates: September 17 – 20 2015
Course: Conway Farms Golf Club
Stats: 7,298 Yards; Par 71
Television Broadcast Coverage (Times):
Thursday: Golf Channel 3:-00 – 7:00 PM EST
Friday: Golf Channel 3:-00 – 7:00 PM EST
Saturday: NBC 12:00 – 3:30 EST, Golf Channel 3:30 – 6:00 PM EST
Sunday: Golf Channel 12:00 – 2:00 PM EST, NBC 2:00 – 6:00 EST
Purse: $8.25 million total purse, $1.485 million winner’s share
2015 BMW Championship Predictions, Picks at Conway Farms Holes That Matter
Fazio used traditional links golf as a template for the award winning course and players can expect wind to play a huge factor in the third tournament of the FedExCup playoff series. Of course the wind will not be the only determining factor. There are a few holes at Conway Farms that will require special attention by players and fans alike this week.
The Par-3, 196 yard second hole will challenge players throughout all four rounds of this no cut event. The green on the second hole could be the most unique and challenging at Conway Farms. This green slopes from back to front with the back half of the green playing narrower than the front. Players will stare at four bunkers and challenging deep rough around this challenging green. If a player can get through all four rounds at even par here then they will most likely gain at least a shot or two on the field.
The fourth and fifth holes are probably the most challenging back-to-back holes at Conway Farms. The Par-4, 505 yard fourth hole presents a deceptive tee shot for the players. It seems benign but a tee shot to the right side of this fairway could make challenging this green almost impossible. If placed correctly the players will have a long approach into a green protected by a water hazard that waits to catch any long approach shots.
The Par-4, 469 yard fifth hole is a mental and physical test for the players. Water is in play off the tee in the form a long carry to uphill dry land. If players are positioned correctly they can expect a long approach into a green that slopes away from center in all directions. Players can love their approaches in flight here until their ball is funneled right off the green. Focus is key at number five and the only the mentally strong will play this hole well throughout the week.
As the players make the turn they approach the demanding Par-4, 458 yard 10th hole. A combination of accuracy and reasonable length are required to tame the 10th. Water in the form of a creek challenges the right side of the hole with nasty heather challenging the left. A striped tee shot is crucial to miss these hazards. The green is not surrounded by bunkers but the creek on the right side will persist and a clean runoff area on the left side of the green is sure to frustrate many players this week.
The closing hole at Conway Farms is spectacular. The Par-5, 570 18th hole will prove to be a crucial hole at the completion of the BMW Championship. This hole plays uphill from tee to green and a creek crosses this fairway twice on the 18th. The first time at 350 yards and the second 60 yards to the green. The tee shot must avoid a deep bunker on the left and a massive oak on the right for players to have any shot at getting home in two. If forced to layup players will have to be mindful of multiple trees and the bothersome creek when choosing their ideal yardage. A couple of bunkers around the green, the creek and water to the right all play a factor in the frustration level as players attempt to close their rounds. You will see anything from eagle to triple-bogey at the glorious finishing hole of the BMW Championship this week.
2015 BMW Championship Predictions, Picks at Conway Farms Top Picks
The FedExCup Playoffs are rolling on with this week’s BMW Championship. Attempting to pick a winner out of a full field event is a lot like a needle in a haystack especially when you are down to the 70 of the greatest players in the world. However, that is part of the excitement whether it is a wager, fandom or even a fantasy team. It’s time for 2015 BMW Championship Predictions, Picks at Conway Farms Top Picks.
|Zach Johnson||He has five top-10s in his last nine starts including the win at the Open Championship and a tie for fourth two back at the Barclays. Slightly off for this past weekend after a strong 69-65 start. He was the winner here in 2013 and is back ready to springboard into the Tour Championship.|
|Rory McIlroy||If it is possible, Rory has slipped under the radar with the love for Day, Spieth, and Fowler but he won twice on tour this year. He has five top-10s in his last seven starts. Looks like he knocked the rust off by the end of last week closing with a 66. Serious contender.|
|Jason Day||The only four time winner in 2015 finally broke through and became a major champion with his victory at the PGA Championship two weeks ago and then came back to win the Barclays two weeks.. He also has won three of list last five events. Finished an admittedly tired T12 last week but was fourth here in 2013. Hard not to like him on current form.|