Two wins in a row for Lucas Glover, can he make it three? Read on to see who we have picked for this week’s BMW Championship…
The FedEx Cup Playoffs moves into its second week. After a dramatic playoff at TPC Southwind, who will win this week at the BMW Championship?
The 50 players through to take on Olympia Fields this week know they are guaranteed a spot in the PGA Tour’s Signature Events in 2024.
There is still the pressure of making the top 30 to make it through to the season finale at East Lake Golf Club next week.
Who will win the BMW Championship? Matt Coles takes a look at some of the best bets for victory this week…
BMW Championship betting tips and preview
Venue: Olympia Fields (North Course), IL, United States
Date: August 17-20
Course stats: Par 70, 7,273 yards
Course summary: Designed by Willie Park Jnr., the North Course at Olympia Fields has played host to the PGA Championship and US Open both on two occasions. The BMW Championship was held at Olympia Fields in 2020.
Defending champion: Patrick Cantlay (-14)
BMW Championship betting tips
Patrick Cantlay @ 10/1 with William Hill
Yes, this is the second week in succession that I am picking Patrick Cantlay to take the victory. In fairness, he did finish runner-up on Sunday at TPC Southwind.
Cantlay came from behind on the final day to make it into a play-off at the FedEx St Jude Championship, before ultimately losing out to Lucas Glover on the first hole.
The American is yet to win in 2023, but he is the two-time defending champion at the BMW Championship. He was victorious at Caves Valley in 2021, before defending the title at Wilmington last year.
If you take out Cantlay’s results on the links courses of the Genesis Scottish Open and The Open Championship, he has eight top-15 finishes in his last ten events, including top-five finishes at the RBC Heritage, Zurich Classic of New Orleans, Travelers Championship and last week’s FedEx St Jude Championship.
At 10/1, it isn’t the biggest winner of all time, but Cantlay loves the FedEx Cup Playoffs, and more importantly, he loves the BMW Championship.
Jon Rahm @ 9/1 with William Hill
Yes, another of the big names, but Jon Rahm has previous at Olympia Fields. He won the BMW Championship when it was last held at the venue in 2020.
Rahm is also the No.1 on the FedEx Cup standings with two events to play. Oh, and he also has four victories to his name this season.
The Spaniard took the titles at the American Express, the Genesis Invitational and the Sentry Tournament of Champions in the early part of 2023. He then followed that with his second major title, outlasting Brooks Koepka and Phil Mickelson to win the Masters Tournament at Augusta National.
Three years ago at Olympia Fields, Rahm was victorious at the BMW Championship, beating Dustin Johnson in a play-off. He is 9/1 to take home the title at the penultimate event of the season for a second time.
Hideki Matsuyama @ 28/1 with William Hill
Japan’s Hideki Matsuyama had to fight on Sunday to make his way into the top 50 so he would qualify for the BMW Championship.
The 2019 Masters Champion shot a final round of 65, moving up 22 spots on the leaderboard at the FedEx St Jude Championship to finish in a tie for 16th. That five-under-par final round also saw him move up ten places in the FedEx Cup standings, moving from 57 to 47 to make his way to Olympia Fields this week.
Matsuyama was another to perform well at this venue when the tournament was held here three years ago. He was one of just five men to finish the competition under-par, finishing two shots outside the playoff. At 28/1, Matsuyama could be a good outside bet, at least to place on a course he likes.
Best of the rest…
Lucas Glover: Celine Boutier won the Evian Championship and then the Women’s Scottish Open. She was unable to win for the third week in a row.
Could Lucas Glover do so after victories at the Wyndham Championship and the FedEx St. Jude Championship? At 33/1, surely the American is worth a punt?
Matt Fitzpatrick: Finishing level par at this golf course three years ago saw Matt Fitzpatrick come home T6 alongside Jason Kokrak.
It is another venue that the Englishman likes, and having done the double at Brookline, could he take another victory on American soil this week? At 40/1, Fitzpatrick is good money to win the BMW Championship.
Cam Davis: Like Matsuyama, Australia’s Cam Davis had to fight on the final day at TPC Southwind to move up into the top 50 in the FedEx Cup standings.
He finished T6 on Sunday, moving him up to 45th in the standings, and that good form could continue this week at Olympia Fields. At 50/1, he is the man with the highest odds that I would be tempted to go for this week!
Fancy a punt on this week’s action? Take a look at the latest odds with William Hill.
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