Dave Tindall makes a case for a trio of players to go well in round one at Medinah...
"The big-hitting American was the first-round leader at Colonial in May and in his last four starts Finau's end-of-round position after 18 holes reads: 9-3-36-5."
Each-way terms: 1/5 odds, 6 places
Weather forecast for Medinah Country Club, Illinois: Sunshine and cloud, gentle winds of around 6-7mph and temps rising from the early 70s to the high 70s as the day goes on.
First-round leader history at Medinah:
2006 USPGA - Chris Riley, Lucas Glover (66)
1999 USPGA - Sergio Garcia (66)
Strategy: Not much help from past events at Medinah and the limited 70-man field and consistent weather forecast rule out any tee-time bias. Let's just have a free hit.
Finau can get off to a flyer
Tony Finau has been a frustrating figure to follow in the outright markets this season but he's been much more punter-friendly for first-round leader backers.
The big-hitting American was R1 leader at Colonial in May and in his last four starts Finau's end-of-round position after 18 holes reads: 9-3-36-5.
The fifth came via a 65 at last week's Northern Trust and those quick starts are indicative of some improved performances all round.
Consistency with the putter has hampered him but he should enjoy these Bentgrass greens and can attack early from his 10:10am tee-time.
Finau ranks 25th in R1 scoring average this season and 17th in Early Scoring Average so big Tony likes his morning starts.
Take him at 35/1.
Day can make hay
Jason Day split with caddie Steve Williams after a missed cut at The Northern Trust.
"It was a disconnect of old school and new school," said Day, and it's not hard to see which camp either man was in.
I just wonder if the short-term effect of that is the liberated Aussie making a fast start here.
Day is set to have mate David Lutterus on the bag this week and, perhaps for 18 holes at least, he can swing freely without Williams' gaze upon him.
He heads out at 11:32am and it's worth noting that the 2015 USPGA winner ranks 11th in Early Scoring Average.
Day has finished fourth and first in his last two starts in Illinois. His round one scores in those two events (previous editions of the BMW Championship)? 61 and 64!
Reavie ready for early roar
Not much rocket science for my final pick.
Chez Reavie sits third in Round One Scoring Average this season with an average lap of 68.75.
He's brought that average down in recent starts, with his last seven openers reading: 66-66-68-73-65-65-68.
A winner of the Travelers Championship in June, the American is one of the straightest hitters in the game and that bodes well at Medinah where the rough has grown and the fairways narrowed.
It's a tall ask for him to beat a field of this quality over 72 holes but he's more than capable of coming out on top after 18.
Reavie, a 60/1 chance, tees it up at 12:43pm.
Dave's 2019 R1 leader P/L (based on £5 ew per selection)