The BMW Championship: It’s Not So Long Ago That Schauffele Was Absolutely On Fire

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The BMW Championship Profile and Predictions

There are just two weeks to go in the 2021/22 PGA Tour season and fingers crossed we get a repeat of last year’s BMW Championship.

Well, that’s drama.

Despite Patrick Cantlay being there to defend the trophy, Bryson deChambeau is one of those who has joined LIV golf. As we will soon discover, there is a new course.

What is retained is the reality that only 30 players will progress to next week’s Tour Championship so the 68 who tee it up this week (Cameron Smith withdrew at the start of the week, Tommy Fleetwood is back home following the passing of his mother last month) will be chasing those golden tickets. Will Zalatoris is the FedExCup leader, followed by Scottie Scheffler and Smith. Tony Finau is fourth.

Remember that the starting strokes for next week are determined based upon the standings. The leader in past years has been difficult to catch.

Meanwhile, among those seeking to jump into the top 30 are Shane Lowry, Adam Scott, Tyrrell Hatton and Seamus Power.

Course report This is the first time the state has hosted the PGA Tour. It is also the circuit’s first trip to the South Course of Wilmington Country Club.

It’s a Robert Trent Jones Sr. design that plays to a par of 71 and a yardage of 7,534 with bent grass greens. As is the case with RTJ, greens are big and protected by bunkers.

Other RTJ Senior courses worth considering are Firestone, Valderrama (which is a frequent DP World Tour site), and Oak Hill.

The 2013 Palmer Cup was held at the course and Justin Thomas was undefeated with three wins and a half.

Schauffele Can Bouncing Back

It’s been a while since Xander Schauffele, who won the Travelers Championship held at TPC River Hills and The Scottish Open at The Renaissance Club. These were consecutive tour starts.

It was the end of an incredible run of form after a poor performance at the Masters.

He responded by changing his equipment and mentality, won the Zurich Classic alongside Patrick Cantlay, and then notched four top 15s in a row ahead of that brace of wins. And guess what? In-between the two tour triumphs he defeated a high class field in the JP McManus Pro Am, carding 64-70 at Adare Manor, a layout tweaked by in a recent renovation, but a Robert Trent Jones Sr. original.

He played solidly in the Open to register T15th and was T57th in last week’s St Jude Championship.

He was among many players who were a little rusty before the Playoffs, but he still offers value by being pushed out of the competition by the compilers.

He’ll be driven to position himself for the next week.

He won the 2017 Tour Championship in it’s old – and normal – format.

But in 2020 he ended the week the low-scorer for the week yet missed out on lifting the title because of those starting strokes.

This will be a nagging memory that could drive him to put in a lot of effort for this week.

Take him each way in the outright at +2000 with Caesars Sportsbook, the best price in the market but crucially also offering excellent each way terms (seven places).

Lowry has the RTJ secret The second choice is inspired by the two RTJ Sr. courses, Firestone and Valderrama.

Irishman Shane Lowry won the WGC Bridgestone Invitational at the former in 2015 and he has a superb record at the latter, never finishing outside the top 20 in four visits (including two top fours).

He’s been in superb form most of this season which has seen his price, even up against high class opposition, dip regularly towards +2000.

It only took a few poor results to make that price double. This is despite his outstanding record of success on the courses designed by the man who created Wilmington.

Take him each way with Unibet offering +4500 (six places).

Bradley Can Relive Memories of Past If Firestone can be a guide to this week’s action, then Keegan Bradley is sure to have a huge smile on his face.

He’s another past winner of the WGC Bridgestone Invitational (in 2012) and in five visits there he never failed to record a top 20 (three times he ended the week inside the top four).

He also finished T19th at Oak Hill and T42nd at Bellerive in the PGA Championship.

That’s 6-for-7 at hitting the top 20 on RTJ Sr. creations.

He’s also landed five top 20s in his last 11 strokeplay starts (since the WGC Dell Match Play).

He’s also a former winner of this tournament.

He’s +220 to land another top 20 at DraftKings.

How to Watch The BMW Championship

Tournament The BMW Championship Location Wilmington Country Club, Wilmington, Delaware Time Thursday July 18 – Sunday July 21 How to watch Thursday-Friday, 3-7 p.m. ET (Golf Channel). Saturday, 12-3 p.m. (Golf Channel) and 3-6 p.m. (NBC). Sunday, 12-2 p.m. (Golf Channel) and 2-6 p.m. (NBC). All four days are on Sky Sports.

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