PGA TOUR – #BLSPicks Win Bets & DraftKings (BMW Championship)

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Updated: September 16, 2015
BMW Champ

BMW CHAMPIONSHIP

Conway Farms Golf Club, Lake Forest, Illinois 

The PGA Tour took the week off last week to let sports’ fans usher in the NFL season. It will be great to get back to the Fed Ex Cup Playoffs this week in Chicago. Last we left off, we watched Rickie Fowler continue his stellar season with a come from behind victory at the Deutsche Bank Championship in Boston. Rickie is now in position to win the Fed Ex Cup as he moved to 3rd in the standings behind Jason Day and Jordan Spieth, who missed his 2nd straight cut in the PGA Tour Playoffs. We were not able to cash any of our win bets in Boston, but we came close on the Charlie Hoffman field bet we referenced in our preview, as he finished in 3rd. Our DraftKings squad was profitable and would have had a big week had Spieth made the cut. Jordan’s performance this week should take center stage as the golf world waits to see if he can get out of this mini slump that he has found.

This year’s BMW Championship returns to Conway Farms Golf Club in Lake Forest, Illinois, in the suburbs of Chicago. In the last and only edition of the BMW at Conway Farms in 2013, Jim Furyk made history with a 2nd round 59, but in the end it was Zach Johnson that won the tournament. Over the last 2 years, the Tom Fazio course has changed all 18 greens to Bentgrass, added and deepened bunkers and lengthened the overall yardage by 50 yards. Of the 70 golfers in the BMW field in 2013 at Conway, 21 are back to tee it up this year – so those players look to have a bit of an advantage with regard to course knowledge. High winds are expected on Thursday and the temperature will steadily decrease from the 80s to the low 70s as the weekend goes on. Here are the players we are looking to make some money on this week at the 2nd to last event of the PGA Tour season.

 

BMW CHAMPIONSHIP WIN BETS

Rickie FowlerRickie Fowler — (14-1) 

Many times in past PGA Tour FedEx Cup Playoffs a single player has won more than 1 event en route to the title and the big payout. After the year Rickie Fowler has had it seems likely that he will have a great shot to win again either this week or next week. Confidence has to be at an all-time high for Fowler as he found the winner’s circle for the 3rd time this year at the Deutsche Bank Championship in Boston two weeks ago.

 

 

Zach johnsonZach Johnson — (20-1)

With limited PGA Tour history at Conway Farms, It only makes sense to take the man who won the BMW Championship there 2 years ago. At 20-1, Zach Johnson seems like a bargain considering he’s the only player in the field to have won at the course. A great week at the BMW will give Zach a chance to win the whole thing next week in Atlanta as he enters this week at #7 in the FedEx Cup standings.

 

 

Matt JonesMatt Jones — (52-1)

Matt Jones comes to the Chicago area hot as he finished in a tie for 4th in Boston. He sits just outside the number to make the Tour Championship next week as he is currently 33rd in the FedEx Cup standings. Jones should have extra motivation this week to make it into the field in Atlanta next week. Although there is no cut the next two weeks, Matt Jones has only missed 5 cuts in 24 events this season.

 

 

Hunter MahanHunter Mahan — (52-1)

Hunter Mahan seems to have overcome a summer slump and has regained enough form to give himself a shot at making the Tour Championship. Mahan is the only player on the PGA Tour to have played in every single Playoff event since the inception of the Fed Ex Cup. Hunter will have to play very well to earn his spot in Atlanta as he currently sits at 52nd in the standings. A 64 two weeks ago in Boston showed signs of light for the former Oklahoma State star.

 

 

Bill HaasBill Haas — (85-1)

Now that Bill Haas has made his father’s Presidents Cup team (as a captain’s pick – thanks to the old man), he should be able to relax and just focus on the final 2 events of the season. At 27th in the standings, Bill will have to have a very good week in Chicago to ensure a spot in Atlanta. Haas is way to good of a player to be at 85-1 and I look for him to contend for his 2nd win of the season at the BMW.

 

 

Daniel SummerhaysDaniel Summerhays — (102-1)

Although Daniel Summerhays still is yet to win on the PGA Tour, he is no doubt one of the hottest players in the PGA Tour Playoffs and has had one of the best seasons of any player who has not yet lifted a trophy. He has top-10s in both Playoff events and is in position to make next week’s Tour Championship as he currently sits at 26th in the Fed Ex Cup standings. At 102-1, Summerhays is an easy value pick this week in Chicago.

 

 

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TPC Boston, Norton, Massachusetts

Jordan Spieth — (9-1) 

Finish: MC ($0)

Tony Finau — (65-1)

Finish: MC ($0)

Kevin Kisner — (78-1)

Finish: T-12th ($138,600)

Carlos Ortiz — (300-1)

Finish: T-65th ($17,078)    

Field — (4-1)

Finish: 3rd ($561,000) (Charlie Hoffman) 

 

 

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Thanks for coming Jordan Spieth! Our big money player didn’t even come close to making the cut in Boston, yet we were still able to have a profitable week on the strength of our other 5 players. Let’s hope the upward trend continues this week.

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