Bryson DeChambeau won his second consecutive event & is now two-for-two in the 2018 Playoffs. He will take the #1 spot into East Lake for the Tour Championship in two weeks regardless of his finish this weekend.
The top-five looked like this:
1st — Bryson DeChambeau – 16
2nd — Justin Rose -14
3rd — Cameron Smith -13
T-4th — H. Matsuyama, CT Pan & Tony Finau -12
Ryan Moore, Stewart Cink, Nick Watney, Jimmy Walker, Matt Kuchar, Charley Hoffman, Kevin Chappell, Kevin Tway, Branden Grace, Russell Knox, Jhonattan Vegas, Russell Henley, and Jason Dufner
BMW Championship — Top 70 in FedEx Standings will compete for 30 spots
Aronimink Golf Club in Newtown, Pennsylvania.
Like the first two stops in this year’s FedExCup Playoffs, Aronimink will showcase the restoration talents of architect Gil Hanse. The course has an abundance of bunkers, some in clusters of three and four; 178 in all.
There is approximately 7,267 available yards to the par 70 Aronimink, which is not substantially more than the 7,045 yards that Player faced 56 years ago.
When the TOUR last visited Aronimink, three of the four hardest holes were par-3s & played longer than 210 yards. The par-70 layout, which had yet to undergo Hanse’s changes, played to a 70.72 scoring average in the TOUR’s last trip here. The 238-yard eighth hole was the most difficult hole in 2011, playing to a 3.38 scoring average, and the third-hardest par-3 on TOUR
The back nine’s two par-3s, the 218-yard 14th and 215-yard 17th, were the third- and fourth-hardest holes in 2011.
70 of the top remaining players tee it up looking to make it into the final 30 for the Tour Championship in two weeks. That means, once again, we will see the likes of Tiger, Phil, Bryson, DJ, Rory, Jordan, Justin, Brooks, etc etc trying to beat each others brains in
- With the short field there will be no cut this week
- Phil Mickelson is now the only player to qualify for each BMW Championship since 2007. Dustin and Zach Johnson have made every field since 2009.
- Eighteen of the 70 qualifiers have never made it this far in the playoffs, a list that stretches from 42-year-old Ryan Armour to 22-year-old Aaron Wise.
- And Rickie Fowler is back in the field this week, returning after missing the first two playoff events recovering from injury. He sits 26th and should make it to East Lake, but will need a solid finish to secure his spot.
There are a lot, with over half the field going home after this week. They include:
24 – Rory McIlroy
25 – Tiger Woods
26 – Rickie Fowler
27 – Jordan Spieth
32 – Brandt Snedeker
39 – Kevin Kisner
45 – Ian Poulter
47 – Adam Hadwin
48 – Adam Scott
60 – Henrik Stenson
65 – Daniel Berger
Technically speaking, the TOUR takes a break next week. But the top-30 in the FedEx Cup Standings come Sunday evening will make their way to Atlanta, Georgia for the Tour Championship. That will tee off on Thursday, September 20th and will be the final event of the 2018 PGA Tour season.