Weekly Preview - BMW ChampionshipGreg Vara RotoWire.com Golf Writer
After a much needed week off, the PGA Tour returns this week at the BMW Championship. The PGA Tour stepped up and took one for the team, if you will, to help players. Whether the true motivation was to actually let tired players rest or to simply avoid the opening week of the NFL season, we'll never know, but the bottom line is players don't like golfing for two months straight. So the PGA Tour stepped in to give them a break. While welcomed by players, but what about fans? Does the PGA Tour lose any momentum gained during the first two weeks of the FedEx Cup Playoffs? I think the PGA Tour figured out a while back that it's not going to compete with the NFL or college football during fall, so why worry about it? During spring and summer, the PGA Tour might grab some fringe viewers depending on who's playing, but the core fans will be there, and while the fringe fans are likely to disappear during the fall, the core fans will be there. So to answer the question about momentum, I, along with all core fans, say, "week off, what week off?"
This week: BMW Championship
Players to Consider:
Brand new venue this year for the BMW, so throw event history out the window. The only thing to go on is recent form, and no one is hotter than Stenson. Stenson finally broke through for his first win on the PGA Tour two weeks ago at the Deutsche Bank, and there's no reason to think he slows down.
Scott struggled his last time out, but with only two events left this season it's time to stake a claim as the best in the world. Scott is already in position to win the FedEx Cup with a win next week, but a victory this week would greatly improve his odds of hoisting the Cup after the Tour Championship.
Something tells me this week off will do Tiger wonders. When we last saw Tiger, he was really fighting it on the weekend, and there's nothing like a week off to get your game back in order. Additionally, his back issues may have subsided the last 10 days.
Mickehlson needs a strong finish this week to get into that all-important top-5 entering the Tour Championship next week. I wondered if Mickelson would have enough in the tank to close out this season, but he proved he's ready for the final four weeks with a strong start to the FedEx Cup Playoffs.
DeLaet is perhaps the only golfer who didn't want to take a week off. When we last saw DeLaet he was tearing it up. Possibly the biggest surprise of the FedEx Cup Playoffs, DeLaet will look to continue his roll this week at the BMW Championship.
Players to Avoid:
It's no secret that Cabrera saves his best play for majors, and while the FedEx Cup is a big deal, it's not the same as a major. Cabrera is coming off a T76 last time out and a MC prior to that. Cabrera's season will come to a close this week at the BMW.
Bae has pretty much coasted since his win at the Byron Nelson Championship earlier this year. His play over the last two months has been awful, and there's no reason to think that changes this week.
Duke has only one top-50 since his win at the Travelers Championship in June. He's missed the cut in his first two FedEx Cup events this year, and though there's no cut this week, Duke is likely to finish near the bottom again.
Stallings had a great run earlier this season, which is why he's even in the field this week, but his play lately has been poor. Stallings missed the cut in four of his last six events.
Much will be made this week of Donald playing in the area where he went to college, and while that could prove a boost to his game, the fact is, he just hasn't played well lately.