September is upon us and that means it’s time for the Tour’s penultimate stop of the season. This takes us to Lake Forest, Illinois, the site of the 11th annual BMW Championship.
With a field of just 70 players, the BMW boasts one of the most talented fields of the year. This is also the final tournament before the Tour Championship, an event that will feature the top 30 in the FedEx Cup standings after the BMW’s completion.
Dustin Johnson (7/1) enters the week as the defending champion, and he will look to become the first back-to-back winner in tournament history.
Below, we take a look at five players who look like good picks this week in our PGA Pick ‘Em Contest. Additionally, we’ve listed below three that you may want to fade.
Jordan Spieth (6/1): The No. 2 player in the world arrives in Lake Forest with the best odds of anyone in the field. He’s also arguably the hottest man in the tournament, having secured runner-up finishes in each of the first two playoff events.
Spieth is coming off a ninth-place performance last year at the BMW and we expect him to be in contention once again.
Jon Rahm (10/1): No one has been better on the greens this postseason than Rahm. That should benefit him big time in his first-ever start at the BMW.
Brooks Koepka (25/1): Koepka is one of two contenders we have listed that are too good not to win soon. The former Seminole hasn’t emerged victorious since his U.S. Open victory, but he has played well as of late, often falling one good round short of really being in contention.
He’s coming off one of his best ball-striking tournaments of the season back at TPC Boston, and we expect him to parlay some of that momentum into a good performance at Conway Farms.
Patrick Reed (25/1): Like the man above, Reed is due for a victory. He hasn’t won in more than 12 months, but he has a pair of top-10 finishes in his last three starts.
The BMW has been known to surrender some low scores in the past and Reed has the game to take advantage of that, propelling him into contention over the weekend.
Gary Woodland (80/1): Woodland provides some good value here at 80/1. He’s a fan favorite in the Midwest and is coming off a strong finish at the Dell Technologies, where he posted a pair of matching 67s on Sunday and Monday.
Justin Rose (25/1): Rose has performed decently thus far in the postseason, but he has had one poor round in each of the first two events. Fade him until he can he put it all together.
Henrik Stenson (25/1): Took the week off during the Dell Technologies. Has had varied results at the BMW, but nothing that makes us too confident.
Matt Kuchar (30/1): Couldn’t get it going at TPC Boston to the tune of a 56th-place finish. He has struggled at Conway Farms as of late and may be spending too much time at the ballpark instead of the links. https://twitter.com/BMWchamps/status/907630843258179584