The 2019 BMW Championship Preview & Prediction

THE FACTS

When is the 2019 BMW Championship? Thursday 15th to Sunday 18th of August 2019

Where is the 2019 BMW Championship? Medinah Country Club (No. 3), Medinah, Illinois, USA

What is the total prize fund of the 2019 BMW Championship? $9,250,000

What television channel can I watch the 2019 BMW Championship on in the UK? Sky Sports Golf

Where can I stream the 2019 BMW Championship in the UK? Sky Sports subscribers can stream the tournament online via Sky Go

Where can I get tickets for the 2019 BMW Championship? https://www.pgatour.com/tournaments/bmw-championship/tickets.html

What is the course yardage at Medinah No.3? 7,657 yards

What is the par at Liberty Medinah No.3? 72

What is the course information for Medinah No.3? The three-time U.S. Open, two-time PGA Championship and Ryder Cup host course is well known for its length and tree-lined fairways making it the ideal host for the penultimate event of the season. Driving distance and accuracy will be a big factor for the contenders this week with many of the FedEx Cup top ranked players all possessing this in abundance, making for a great week.

What is the predicted weather for the 2019 BMW Championship? Mostly sunny for the opening two days’ play with low winds and temperatures a little cooler around 22c. Thunderstorms moving in during Saturday morning which could cause delays with overcast conditions for the final two days’ play. Increasing winds and temperatures rising to 27c which will make for two very different halves to the tournament.

THE HISTORY

The FedEx Cup Playoffs and 2019 season’s penultimate tournament hosts just the top 70 ranked players in the race all looking to cement their place at next week’s Tour Championship by being placed inside the top 30 at the conclusion of The BMW Championship.

The BMW Championship heads to Medinah for the first time in its 13 year history as a tour stop and this will be the seventh different course to host. Tiger Woods (2007 & 2009) and Dustin Johnson (2010 & 2016) are the only mutiple winners of this event with two wins each. On average, the winning score since 2009 has been 18 under with a tournament record of -23 coming in 2009. With an average winning margin of two strokes, this is typically an event where the world’s best step their games up to put themselves in the best position possible heading to The Tour Championships next week.

THE FAVOURITES

Dustin Johnson

The world number two continues his indifferent form over the second half of the season having recorded just two top 10 finishes in his past nine starts – albeit two runners-up placings in majors. After an opening round 63 last week which put him atop the leader board, the American faded away dramatically over the weekend with two rounds over par leaving him in a tie for 24th. Nevertheless, there are signs his game is very close and for a player of his calibre he could quite easily turn that into a victory this week. Having won this event twice shows he plays well at this time of year and being ranked third SG: tee-to-green will only provide him with a great advantage around the testing Medinah course. Expect him to be within touching distance of the FedEx leader come Sunday evening.

Jason Day

The former world number one has had 11 top 25 finishes from 20 starts this season including four top five. However, he ranks 50th in the FedEx Cup standings meaning he will need a strong result this week if he is to qualify for the final. The Australian has hit bad form at just the wrong time with a high finish of just T40 from his past four starts and missed the cut at last week’s Northern Trust leaving himself with it all to do here. Ranked 23rd SG: total and eight SG: off-the-tee shows there are no outlying weaknesses in his game this season and his driving performance will give him a notable advantage around the long and tight Medinah course. A win this week seems improbable but expect him to perform well and cement his place in the final tournament of the season, something he has not missed since 2012.

THE OUTSIDERS

F
rancesco Molinari

Ever since the Italian crumbled down the stretch at The Masters in April, he has struggled to put himself in contention and show the type of form that had turned him into a serial winner. A best finish of just T11 since Augusta, Molinari has struggled to find the consistency within his game that he had become renowned for and sits just outside the top 30 in the FedEx Cup meaning he must perform well this week to make it through to East Lake. With back-to-back top 15 finishes in the BMW Championship from his previous two starts here and a quiet playing schedule in recent months, he should be refreshed, focused and confident to perform well around a course that will match his all-round game. Nevertheless, he must rediscover the formula on the greens that made him a regular favourite - as he ranks 158th SG: putting - if he is to contend.

Ryan Palmer

The veteran PGA Tour player claimed his fourth title at this year’s paired Zurich Classic giving him a great opportunity of qualifying for the season ending Tour Championship for the first time since 2014. Ranked just outside the top 30 heading to Illinois, Palmer will be in confident mood of progressing having recorded two top 10s from his previous six starts and six in total for the season. With two top five finishes in this event since 2014, he will feel this is a great opportunity to record one of his best seasons as a professional to date. Ranked 51st SG: total identifies why he is performing consistently over the season, but he will need to be sharper around the greens, where he ranked strokes-gained 164th, if he is to cement his place at East Lake.

Keegan Bradley

The reigning BMW champion heads to Illinois in a somewhat similar position to last year having just made it into this week ranked 66th and he needs a high finish around Medinah to make it through to the Tour Champs. Form has been indifferent this year for the former major winner with just three top 10s to his name, however a T2 finished just five starts ago – his best of the season – suggests he could be finding his game at just the right time. Ranked 16th SG: approach the green makes him a strong contender this week around the long and difficult Medinah course. Nevertheless, he will have to be better with his short game, as he ranks comfortably outside the top 100 in SG: around the green and putting, if he is to push his way into the season finale.

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