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BMW Championship at Medinah's No 3 course
Medinah: A major championship layout with a number of testing par-threes close to the menacing Lake Kadijah
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"If he could just start holing a few more putts from inside 10-feet, then Adam Scott would soon claim a first PGA Tour title since March 2016."

Week two of the three-tournament FedEx Cup Play-Offs brings the PGA Tour back to Illinois for the BMW Championship.

Lying in wait for the 70 qualifiers will be Medinah's No 3 course, which hasn't been part of the Tour schedule for 13 years.

Back then it hosted the PGA Championship, which was won in emphatic style by Tiger Woods.

Seven years earlier Woods had also been triumphant when Medinah hosted the final major of the 1990s.

In addition to these two PGA Championships, Medinah's No 3 has staged three US Opens - most recently in 1990 - as well as three Western Opens, the last of these in 1966.

More recently, it was the scene of Europe's remarkable and historic singles day fight back at the 2012 Ryder Cup.

But it is not a course which is overly familiar to many of those teeing-up in Thursday's opening round.

Just 15 of this week's qualifiers competed at Medinah when it hosted the PGA Championship 13 years ago.

In terms of milestones, this week's event will be the 50th play-off tournament to be held since the FedEx Cup finale was inaugurated in 2007.

Major Credentials

With Medinah a traditionally tough championship layout, it is highly likely that the eventual champion will be a golfer with a strong major pedigree.

With this in mind, and taking into account current form as well, Rory McIlroy must feel confident about his chances.

Despite being without a major title in more than five years, he has still posted two top-10s a season in the big four events since 2014.

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He's been remarkably consistent this year and will be keen to finish his 2019 FedEx Cup campaign on a high.

Justin Rose is another who has the game to prosper here and he rarely suffers an off-week nowadays.

And if he could just start holing a few more putts from inside 10-feet, then Adam Scott would soon claim a first PGA Tour title since March 2016.

Good Current Form

It was another excellent week for Jon Rahm at Liberty National, where he collected a fourth podium finish from his last six starts.

American trio Patrick Cantlay, Justin Thomas and Webb Simpson remain in good shape, as does South African Louis Oosthuizen.

And it will be interesting to see how Ian Poulter performs on his return to Medinah where he almost single-handedly rejuvenated Europe's fortunes on the second day of the 2012 Ryder Cup.

Although an unlikely winner this week, the 43-year-old is currently ranked World No 30 and has posted a brace of top-10 finishes in his last two starts - at the WGC FedEx St Jude Invitational and Northern Trust on Sunday.

Majestic Medinah

This lush, tough parkland course has been around since 1928, and has undergone two sizeable renovations during its life.

In the mid-1980s, Roger Packard updated No 3 ahead of the US Open, while Rees Jones added over 600 yards to its length before the 2006 PGA Championship.

Located around 25 miles west of Chicago, and 20 miles from the south-west bank of Lake Michigan, Medinah is a testing tree-lined layout, with narrow fairways.

Water comes into play on seven holes, as this famous Mid-West course criss-crosses Lake Kadijah on a number of occasions.

Those Who Played 2006 PGA Ch`ship At Medinah
Tiger Woods: Won
Adam Scott: T-3rd
Ian Poulter: T-9th
Ryan Moore: T-9th
Phil Mickelson: T-16th
Jim Furyk: T-29th
JB Holmes: T-37th
Graeme McDowell: T-37th
Justin Rose: T-41st
Lucas Glover: T-46th
Ryan Palmer: T-49th
Paul Casey: MC
Charles Howell: MC
Rory Sabbatini: MC
Vaughn Taylor: MC

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MC* - Missed Additional 54-Hole Cut

Table Below Shows Form Over Last 10 Weeks

Position

  • 1–5
  • 6–15
  • 16–25
Player W32 W31 W30 W29 W28 W27 W26 W25 W24 W23
Brooks Koepka 30 1 4 65 57 2 50
Dustin Johnson 24 20 51 MC 35 20
Rory McIlroy 6 4 MC 34 9 1
Justin Rose 10 11 20 3
Tiger Woods Wd MC 21
Francesco Molinari 82 11 57 16
Jon Rahm 3 7 11 1 2 3
Bryson DeChambeau 24 48 MC 2 8 35
Justin Thomas 12 12 11 9 36 MC 20
Patrick Cantlay 12 12 41 15 21
Xander Schauffele MC 27 41 3
Tommy Fleetwood 43 4 2 23 13 65
Webb Simpson 18 2 2 30 16 2
Tony Finau 30 27 3 23 MC MC
Rickie Fowler MC 6 MC 46 43
Gary Woodland 52 55 MC MC 1
Matt Kuchar MC 43 41 20 16 4
Shane Lowry 52 1 34 28 2
Paul Casey 13 27 57 5 21
Adam Scott 5 40 MC 7
Jason Day MC 40 MC 66 8 21
Marc Leishman MC 3 MC 21 35
Patrick Reed 1 22 12 10 23 5 30 32
Louis Oosthuizen 6 20 20 46 36 7
Chez Reavie 38 48 27 MC MC 1 3
Kevin Kisner 12 27 30 MC 46 15 49
Phil Mickelson 71 57 MC MC MC 52
Keegan Bradley 64 61 MC 46 2 MC 44
Hideki Matsuyama 30 MC 43 MC 7 13 21
Kevin Na 77 43 Wd 6 MC
Ian Poulter 10 8 MC 14 41 MC
Rafa Cabrera-Bello 12 MC 9 4 3 65
Billy Horschel 21 6 9 MC 17 32
Jordan Spieth 6 MC* 12 20 MC 65
Andrew Putnam 12 24 32 4 57 43
Jim Furyk 52 27 63 28 27
Byeong Hun An 38 3 32 13 MC 16
Brandt Snedeker 6 39 27 MC 5 43 77 4
CT Pan 24 48 MC MC 36 MC
JB Holmes 52 54 67 21 MC MC MC
Charles Howell MC 22 6 23 35 52
Sung Jae Im 38 6 MC 26 15 21 21 7
Si Woo Kim 84 5 MC MC MC MC MC MC
Scott Piercy 67 36 15 52 MC
Abraham Ancer 2 MC MC 19 8 49
Emiliano Grillo MC 18 MC 60 58
Jason Kokrak 12 6 32 29 MC
Ryan Palmer 77 7 MC 18 35
Adam Hadwin 43 MC 57 4 MC 6
Keith Mitchell 64 39 MC 66 MC MC
Sung Kang MC 60 MC MC MC MC*
Rory Sabbatini 43 6 16 MC 3 43
JT Poston 59 1 29 MC 11 MC
Joaquin Niemann 30 13 MC 10 23 5 5 31
Lucas Glover 43 72 20 10 7 MC MC
Ryan Moore 18 18 MC MC 15
Corey Conners 21 22 27 MC 46 MC MC
Collin Morikawa 52 31 1 4 2 36 35 14
Joel Dahmen 67 53 MC MC 43 MC
Nate Lashley MC 20 MC 26 MC 1 28 MC
Max Homa 38 61 MC* 42 MC
Dylan Frittelli 43 MC 32 1 46 46 MC 59
Graeme McDowell MC 57 MC MC 16 8
Kevin Tway 24 MC 63 MC MC 5 44
Troy Merritt 12 MC 2 MC MC 7 MC MC*
Adam Long MC MC 24 53 MC MC 21
Vaughn Taylor 30 39 6 46 4
Harold Varner 3 60 53 MC 21 35
Cameron Champ 21 MC MC MC 46 MC
Wyndham Clark 18 MC* MC* 5 17 15 MC

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