Expert picks provided by: Jerod Kieler
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After a one week hiatus, the PGA returns to Conway Farms Golf Club and the BMW Championship. Conway Farms GC will be hosting the season’s third playoff event for the second time. In 2013, Zach Johnson defeated runner-up, Nick Watney, by two strokes. The top-70 in the FedEx Cup standings will be teeing it up this week, with the top-30 moving on. This is a big week as the top-5 in the standings control their own destiny heading into next week’s Tour Championship.
With only two weeks left, I trail leader, Tony’s Tigers, by 385 points so it is time to make a move.
Jim Furyk (2): Furyk has top-12 finishes in four of his past five events. Two weeks ago at the Deutsche Bank Championship, Furyk shared 4th. In his lone trip to Conway Farms, Furyk shot a second round 59 on his way to a solo 3rd place finish. Furyk currently sits 9th in the FedEx Cup standings and with a good finish, he could jump into the elusive top5.
Henrik Stenson (5): Stenson has finished inside the top-10 in three of his past four starts. In the season’s first two playoff events, Stenson finished runner-up in both The Barclays and Deutsche Bank Championship. Stenson tied for 33rd the last time the BMW Championship was held at Conway Farms GC.
Matt Jones (3): Jones has top-25 finishes in two of his past three starts. Jones led the PGA Championship after two rounds, but struggled over the weekend and fell into a tie for 21st. Two weeks ago at the Deutsche Bank Championship, Jones shared 4th. Jones tied for 8th at Conway Farms in 2013.
Daniel Summerhays (3): Summerhays continues to trend in the right direction as he finished 9th at the Deutsche Bank Championship. Summerhays now has top-12 finishes in four of his past six events. Summerhays finished 28th when the BMW Championship was held at Conway Farms in 2013. Summerhays will be looking to make it to the TOUR Championship for the first time.
Kevin Kisner (4): Kisner had a magical run in the middle of the season, but then faded in the season’s last two majors. However, he has rebounded nicely in the first two playoff events. Kiz tied for 20th at The Barclays and shared 12th at the Deutsche Bank Championship. Kisner currently sits 15th in the FedEx Cup standings.
Robert Streb (3): After a run of five straight top-20s, Streb cooled down in his past couple events. Streb tied for 39th in each of the season’s first two playoff events. However, I expect the week off and President’s Cup snub to rejuvenate Mr. Streb this weekend.
Other Golfers Considered:
Jason Day (Tier A): After winning three of four events, Day was due for the inevitable letdown. With that being said, Day still finished in a tie for 12th at the Deutsche bank Championship. Day actually sits at the top of my rankings this week, but I am going out on a limb to try and take over the top spot.
Nick Watney (Tier B): Watney currently sits 64th in the FedEx Cup standings so he will need a strong showing to move onto next week’s Tour Championship. Watney should be confident this week as he finished runner-up the last time this event was held at Conway Farms.
Russell Knox (Tier C): Knoxie has top-20 finishes in each of the season’s first two playoff events. Knox tied for 20th at The Barclays and shared 12th at the Deutsche Bank Championship. Knox currently sits right on the bubble (29th) for next week’s TOUR Championship so a strong finish would likely get him into the field.