BMW Championship Preview

It’s our final preview of the PGA Tour season and we end it with the BMW Championship being played at Medinah Country Club just outside of Chicago, IL. The reason this is the last, is because the Tour Championship is next week, and the scoring starts out pretty odd. The person who is first in the FedEx Standings will start that tournament at 10 under par, the person in second will start at 8 under par, and so on. The BMW will have the top 70 players in the field teeing off with the field being cut to 30 after this one.

Purse: $9,250,000

Winner: $1,665,000


TV Schedule

  • Thursday August 15th: 2:00 PM – 6:00 PM CST on Golf Channel
  • Friday August 16th: 2:00 PM – 6:00 PM CST on Golf Channel
  • Saturday August 17th: 12:00 PM – 2:00 PM CST on Golf Channel
  • Saturday August 17th: 2:00 PM – 5:00 PM CST on NBC
  • Sunday August 18th: 12:00 PM – 2:00 PM CST on Golf Channel
  • Sunday August 18th: 2:00 PM – 5:00 PM CST on NBC

Whose Teeing Off

This is probably the toughest field all year. We have the top 70 players of this year playing in this tournament, and there are not exemptions here with foreign or older players that got invited based on past performances. The only thing this tournament will be missing is really the feel of a Major of The Players. So just like last week, you have the best of the best playing here for the $1.6 million pay day. Let’s take a look at the groupings and tee times on Thursday and Friday. There is no cut here after the second round.

Thursday Tee Time/Friday Tee Time (times CST)

  • 9:15 AM/11:21 AM: J.B. Holmes, Si Woo Kim, Nate Lashley
  • 9:26 AM/11:32 AM: Phil Mickelson, Keith Mitchell, Jim Furyk
  • 9:37 AM/11:43 AM: Ian Poulter, Jordan Spieth, Rory Sabbatini
  • 9:48 AM/11:54 AM: Francesco Molinari, Scott Piercy, J.T. Poston
  • 9:59 AM/12:10 PM: Shane Lowry, Sungjae Im, Corey Conners
  • 10:10 AM/12:21 PM: Tony Finau, Bryson DeChambeau, Kevin Kisner
  • 10:21 AM/12:32 PM: Paul Casey, Adam Scott, Justin Thomas
  • 10:37 AM/12:43 PM: Xander Schauffele, Abraham Ancer, Gary Woodland
  • 10:48 AM/12:54 PM: Brooks Koepka, Patrick Reed, Rory McIlroy
  • 10:59 AM/1:05 PM: Max Homa, Collin Morikawa, Cameron Champ
  • 11:10 AM/1:16 PM: Vaughn Taylor, Joel Dahmen, Graeme McDowell
  • 11:21 AM/1:27 PM: Wyndham Clark, Emiliano Grillo, Joaquin Niemann
  • 11:32 AM/9:15 AM: Ryan Moore, Jason Day, Adam Hadwin
  • 11:43 AM/9:26 AM: Kevin Tway, Lucas Glover, Sung Kang
  • 11:54 AM/9:37 AM:C.T. Pan, Tiger Woods, Billy Horschel
  • 12:10 PM/9:48 AM: Ryan Palmer, Jason Kokrak, Hideki Matsuyama
  • 12:21 PM/9:59 AM: Louis Oosthuizen, Harold Varner III, Andrew Putnam
  • 12:32 PM/10:10 AM:Brandt Snedeker, Charles Howell III, Tommy Fleetwood
  • 12:43 PM/10:21 AM: Marc Leishman, Rickie Fowler, Chez Reavie
  • 12:54 PM/10:37 AM: Dustin Johnson, Webb Simpson, Justin Rose
  • 1:05 PM/10:48 AM: Matt Kuchar, Jon Rahm, Patrick Cantlay
  • 1:26 PM/10:59 AM: Troy Merritt, Dylan Frittelli, Byeong Hun An
  • 1:27 PM/11:10 AM: Adam Long, Keegan Bradley, Rafa Cabrera Bello

Recent History

Keegan Bradley after winning the BMW Championship in 2018 (Chris Szagola / Associated Press)

There is not much history to go after. Just like last week these guys haven’t played at Medinah since the 2012 Ryder Cup and that really isn’t a lot of them at that, and the tour hasn’t been here since the 2006 PGA Championship where Tiger Woods won at -18. Here are the past four winners of the BMW Championship which recently plays at Conway Farms Golf Club in Lake Forest, IL every other year.

  • 2018 (Aronimink Golf Club): Keegan Bradley (-20)
    • Runner-Up: Justin Rose (Playoff)
  • 2017 (Conway Farms Golf Club): Marc Leishman (-23)
    • Runner-Up: Ricking Fowler, Justin Rose (-18)
  • 2016 (Crooked Stick Golf Club): Dustin Johnson (-23)
    • Runner-Up: Paul Casey (-20)
  • 2015 (Conway Farms Golf Club): Jason Day (-22)
    • Runner-Up: Daniel Berger (-16)

The Course

Medinah Country Club was designed in 1930 and has had 7 re-designs with the most recent coming from Rees Jones in 2010 that was most likely made for the 2012 Ryder Cup. Medinah is a 7,650 yard Par 72 course that has a ton of trees lining the fairways, around 4,700 to be close to exact. The rough is not too bad, it’s going into the trees you have to worry about. Not much water here, only on 5 holes. With this being a long course, and the trees along the fairways long and accurate hitters are going to have an advantage here. But also those guys that are great with long irons will do well here. Stroke Gained: Tee to Green is a good stat to look at here for guys who will score well. Those leaders are guys like Rory, JT, DJ, Adam Scott, and Patrick Cantlay. Obviously those first three can really bomb the ball, so if they are hitting off the tee accurate I would look for them to definitely be in contention come Sunday. Let’s take a look at the course and some holes.

Hole #7: 617 Yard Par 5


The longest hole on the course comes on the front. It is also ranked as the 3rd hardest hole on the course. The green is elevated from the fairway and surrounded on the front by bunkers. If guys also miss over the back, they’re gonna have a difficult shot back up onto the green to try and save par.

Hole #13: 245 Yard Par 3


This par three is a shot some water to a green that is protected by three bunkers. At 245 yards it is also the longest of the Par 3’s and if the wind is up it makes this Par 3 even more difficult.

Hole #15: 390 Yard Par 4


A short par 4 here that depending on where the tees are, guys could try and go for the green with driver or a long hybrid. The key here the green protected by a few bunkers and there is water to the right.


One & Done: Adam Scott is a good name I have left and we played well last week. He is also top 5 in SG: Tee to Green and can drive the ball well. Let’s hope Scott gets us a win in the final week.

Betting Winner: Adam Scott (+2500), Bryson DeChambeau (+4000), Hideki Matsuyama (+5000), Brooks Koepka (+800)

Top 10: JB Holmes (+1800), Shane Lowry (+600), Tony Finau (+330), Patrick Cantlay (+200)

Daily Fantasy:

  • Adam Scott
  • Byeong Hun An
  • Francesco Molinari
  • Bryson DeChambeau
  • Hideki Matsuyama
  • Tommy Fleetwood

One & Done History:

  1. Waste Management Open: Matt Kuchar – $293,467 (T4)
  2. Pebble Beach Pro-Am: Shane Lowry – $0 (Missed Cut)
  3. Genesis Open: Hideki Matsuyama – $177,600 (T9)
  4. WGC-Mexico: Jon Rahm –$65,000 (T45)
  5. The Honda Classic: Sergio Garcia – $183,700 (T9)
  6. Arnold Palmer Invitational: Rickie Fowler – $35,000 (T40)
  7. The Players: Jason Day –$350,000 (T8)
  8. The Valspar Championship: Webb Simpson – $0 (Missed Cut)
  9. WGC-Dell Technologies Match Play: Brooks Koepka – $53,000 (T53)
  10. Valero Texas Open: Bud Cauley – $0 (Missed Cut)
  11. The Masters: Paul Casey – $0 (Missed Cut)
  12. RBC Heritage: Xander Schauffele – $15,559
  13. Zurich Classic: Patrick Reed –$0 (Missed Cut)
  14. Wells Fargo Championship: Tony Finau – $17,064 (T60)
  15. AT&T Byron Nelson: Keith Mitchell – $17,301
  16. The PGA Championship: Rory McIlroy – $264,395 (T8)
  17. Charles Schwab Challenge: Kevin Kisner – $0 (Missed Cut)
  18. The Memorial Tournament: Patrick Cantlay: $1,638,000 (WINNER)
  19. RBC Canadian Open: Henrik Stenson – $220,400 (T8)
  20. U.S. Open: Dustin Johnson –$57,853 (T35)
  21. Travelers Championship: Bryson Dechambeau – $194,400
  22. Rocket Mortgage Classic: Gary Woodland – $0 (MC)
  23. 3M Open: Joaquin Niemann – $49,105 (T23)
  24. John Deere Classic: Scott Brown – $0 (MC)
  25. British Open: Justin Rose – $91,350 (T20)
  26. WGC-FedEx St. Jude Invitational: Justin Thomas – $143,625 (T12)
  27. Wyndham Championship: Jordan Spieth – $11,284 (MDF)
  28. The Northern Trust Open: Tommy Fleetwood – $27,565 (T43)
  29. BMW Championship: Adam Scott –
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