BMW Championship 2020: Your form guide for the second of three FedEx Cup Play-Off events

BMW Championship 2020 at Olympia Fields
The North Course at Olympia Fields makes its first appearance on the PGA Tour schedule for 17 years
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Andy Swales supplies the stats ahead of this week's BMW Championship at Olympia Fields, Chicago...

"The 27-year-old from Florida (Daniel Berger) is currently at a career-high No 13 in the World Ranking, thanks to four podium finishes from his last six starts – which includes a victory at Colonial. And the stats don’t lie either, with Berger third in the Strokes Gained: Total category behind Bryson DeChambeau and Justin Thomas."

The PGA Tour is visiting Illinois for the one and only time this season.

It was due to arrive in this Midwest state in early July but, because of Covid-19, the John Deere Classic had to be cancelled.

This week's BMW Championship will take place at Olympia Fields, some 25 miles south of Chicago's central business district.

Not since 2003, has Olympia Fields appeared on the PGA Tour schedule. Back then it staged the US Open, won by former Ryder Cup skipper and player Jim Furyk.

Some 17 years on, the club's North Course will host the penultimate event of this season's much depleted FedEx Cup calendar.

Founded more than a century ago, the club has staged four major championships - two US Opens and the same number of PGAs - with the North Course designed by Scotland's former Open winner Willie Park junior.

A largely flat parkland course with tree-lined fairways, there are plenty of bunkers to watch out for, as well as a handful of tricky dog-legs.

Technically, water comes into play on five holes, although all but one of these hazards is a ditch, rather than a sizeable pond or lake.

Two events remaining

Those qualified to tee-up in Thursday's opening round are the leading 70 golfers in the FedEx Cup standings, following the completion of last Sunday's tournament in Boston.

This week's event is the second of three play-off tournaments, after which only 30 will travel to Georgia for the Tour finale at East Lake.

With regards to this week's qualifiers, only four played in the US Open all those years ago: Tiger Woods sneaked into the top-20, Charles Howell tied-53rd, while Adam Scott and Paul Casey both missed the cut.

Twelve of the world's top-13 ranked pros are among the qualifiers. The odd one out is major king Brooks Koepka who withdrew from last week's event with hip and knee injuries, so will now be focusing on getting fit for September's US Open.

Flying up the rankings

One player who has taken the PGA Tour by storm since the end of lockdown in early June is American Daniel Berger.

The 27-year-old from Florida is currently at a career-high No 13 in the World Ranking, thanks to four podium finishes from his last six starts - which includes a victory at Colonial.

And the stats don't lie either, with Berger third in the Strokes Gained: Total category behind Bryson DeChambeau and Justin Thomas.

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Thomas, who relinquished top spot in the FedEx Cup table on Sunday, is on the starting line once again having failed to finish inside the top-30 in each of his last two outings, although there doesn't appear to be too much wrong with his game right now.

Dustin Johnson has regained the No 1 ranking following his sensational 11-shot victory in Boston.

This week's layout will be a lot tougher, although it is unlikely to quell the talents of DJ when he is in this sort of form.

Outside of the world's top 25, Kevin Kisner is enjoying a good run while former No 1 Jason Day should bounce back in Illinois after missing the cut at TPC Boston.

The Aussie tends to perform better on tough courses and Olympia Fields should certainly test the world's leading group of stars this coming weekend.

Four others on a roll are Harris English, Scottie Scheffler, Russell Henley and Alexander Noren.

However, due to their current positions in the FedEx Cup standings, Noren (47th) and Henley (61st) will find it difficult to force their way into next week's season-ending Tour Championship in Atlanta.

Twitter: Andy Swales@GolfStatsAlive

Table below shows form over last 10 weeks

Position

  • 1–5
  • 6–15
  • 16–25
Player W34 W33 W32 W31 W30 W29 W28 W27 W26 W25
Dustin Johnson 1 2 12 Wd MC 1 17
Jon Rahm 6 13 52 1 27 37 33
Justin Thomas 49 37 1 18 2 MC 8
Rory McIlroy 65 33 47 32 11 41
Collin Morikawa MC 1 20 48 1 MC 64
Webb Simpson 6 3 37 12 MC 8 1
Bryson DeChambeau MC 4 30 MC 1 6 8
Patrick Reed 49 9 13 47 10 39 MC 24 MC
Xander Schauffele 25 10 6 13 14 20 64
Adam Scott 58 22
Patrick Cantlay MC 43 35 32 7 11
Tyrrell Hatton 25 MC 69 4 3
Tony Finau MC 4 65 3 8 53 MC 33
Tiger Woods 58 37 40
Daniel Berger 3 13 2 MC 3
Paul Casey 49 31 2 67 MC MC 32
Matthew Fitzpatrick MC MC 6 3 27 MC 14
Marc Leishman MC MC 52 40 MC 58
Gary Woodland MC 58 57 22 5 MC 62
Matt Kuchar 18 MC 25 32 39 41
Sung Jae Im MC 9 MC 35 MC 63 53 58 MC
Abraham Ancer MC 43 15 58 11 2
Louis Oosthuizen 13 33 6 54 65 46 MC
Hideki Matsuyama 29 22 20 MC 22 21 MC
Billy Horschel MC 2 43 25 13 7 MC MC
Kevin Na 39 MC 35 9 Wd 5
Viktor Hovland 18 33 59 48 3 12 11 21
Kevin Kisner 4 3 19 25 MC 3 MC MC
Jason Day MC 4 6 4 7 MC 46 MC
Ryan Palmer 8 43 15 2 MC MC 8
Matthew Wolff 44 4 49 12 22 MC 2 MC MC
Brendon Todd 64 MC 17 15 22 57 11 MC
Scottie Scheffler 4 4 15 22 MC MC MC
Kevin Streelman 61 58 35 54 7 2 MC
Cameron Smith 18 43 59 68 MC MC
Byeong Hun An MC 22 12 MC MC 46 MC
Joel Dahmen MC 10 20 74 MC 20 48
Adam Hadwin MC 58 72 54 35 4 41
Bubba Watson 18 71 25 MC 32 MC MC MC 52
JT Poston 39 MC 75 30 MC MC MC 8
Jason Kokrak 13 15 MC 44 Wd MC MC MC
Corey Conners 25 MC MC 30 22 39 MC 21
Joaquin Niemann MC 42 MC 52 MC 31 63 5
Cameron Champ MC 10 25 MC 67 12
Max Homa MC MC 52 3 MC MC MC 41
Adam Long 49 31 51 2 MC 52 24 MC
Mackenzie Hughes 13 58 44 6 48 3 70
Lanto Griffin 58 19 58 44 MC 21 24 MC
Charles Howell 44 MC 3 48 MC MC
Jim Herman MC 1 77 MC MC 33
Dylan Frittelli MC 20 33 18 22 MC MC 8
Brendan Steele 44 22 53 13 52 6
Michael Thompson MC MC 57 1 MC 64 46 8
Sebastian Munoz 18 74 MC 48 MC MC MC 28
Nick Taylor MC MC 35 MC 48
Harris English 2 23 19 18 13 17
Danny Lee 18 MC 71 26 Wd MC MC 70
Alexander Noren 8 22 9 3 MC MC 21
Andrew Landry 67 42 MC 30 MC MC 33
Richy Werenski 68 MC 1 3 35 21 46 78
Mark Hubbard 29 15 51 72 Wd 12 37 33
Tom Hoge MC 27 58 46 MC MC MC 37 MC
Brian Harman 11 27 58 41 MC MC MC 28
Talor Gooch 18 25 MC 18 MC 17 Wd MC MC
Carlos Ortiz MC MC MC 48 61 MC 33
Harry Higgs 11 MC MC MC MC 70 MC 52
Russell Henley 8 9 37 51 MC 7 32 MC
Tyler Duncan 29 13 MC 49 68 53 32 28
Robby Shelton 13 MC 59 3 MC MC MC
Maverick McNealy 61 MC 7 MC MC 8 58

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