Bryson DeChambeau is the dominant act of the PGA Tour’s FedEx Cup playoffs.
The 24-year-old American has won the opening two events and will look to make it a hat-trick at this week’s BMW Championship.
The tournament will be played at the Aronimink Golf club outside Philadelphia. The course is a 7,237 yard par 70 with only two par fives, one looks reachable in two for most.
This course was used for a PGA Tour event in 2010 and 2011 but it has been slightly re-designed since so bear that in mind if you want to lean on course history.
The fairways have been made wider but there are more trees and bunkers on the layout.
The greens are bentgrass and they should run pretty quickly.
Last week: My man DeChambeau ($8,000) won again and the column had a solid but not spectacular week.
We looked at nine players and eight made the cut with only Kevin Na ($5,800) missing on the number.
But that wasn’t really enough as only Hideki Matusyama ($7,800) finished inside the top five as too many picks finished between 12th and 69th.
Let’s get it done this week.
It has to be all-out attack this week.
Only 69 players will tee it up – Daniel Berger withdrew from the proposed 70-man field – so you can take a punt on anyone, there is no cut to sweat.
Birdies will be the go, so look for the players who can score.
Eight of the par fours are between 390 and 460 yards so that may be an angle in if you can find players who score well in that range.
FedEx Cup playoffs are all about form so I will be looking to ride some hot hands.
Only the top 30 from the FedEx Cup standings will advance to the Tour Championship at East Lake in a fortnight.
$8 and $9K Range
Justin Rose ($9,000) – I usually don’t pay up for players that are $9,000 but Rose stands out.
He finished second last week and has won on this course before when he claimed the AT&T National here in 2010.
He can score birdies in bunches and is ninth on Tour in strokes gained: tee to green this season.
The downside is that he might be chalky and if you’re worried about his popularity then I’d pivot to Rory McIlroy at $8,200.
Bryson DeChambeau ($8,000) – I have left the American star out of the preview for the past two weeks as I thought people were sick of me talking him up.
I have beaten the Bryson drum all season and there’s no reason not to look at him this week.
The numbers are eye-popping and he’s eighth on Tour for birdie-or-better percentage. He’s won back-to-back events so you can’t ask for better form.
Hideki Matsuyama ($7,800) – The Japanese gun finished T4 last week and made a boatload of birdies along the way.
He’s 17th on Tour for birdie-or-better percentage and can light it up when he is hot.
He’s mixed his iron play in recent weeks but his game looks to be coming round and if you want to fade the top bracket to go balanced with your line-ups, you could start with Matsuyama.
Jordan Spieth ($7,500) – Based on price, you’re getting one of the world’s best players at a discount.
Spieth hasn’t been able to put four rounds together in recent times but with the pressure off due to the no-cut nature of this event, let’s hope he can click.
His irons have been on lately and his putting is returning to form; he’s gone six straight tournaments gaining strokes with his putter. Hat tip to Kenny Kim from the Fantasy Golf Degenerates podcast for that putting note.
Phil Mickelson ($6,700) – The veteran left-hander was named to his 11th Ryder Cup team this week.
He is second on Tour for birdie-or-better percentage, despite his advancing years.
Mickelson, who has recently brought a great collection of dad jokes to Twitter, has produced back-to-back top-15 finishes.
Bubba Watson ($6,100) – If you need a player who can shape shots around this classic golf course then Watson is the guy.
He produced a sneaky top 10 last week too as he led the field tee to green. All positives at this price.
Kevin Na ($5,800) – Na missed the cut on the number last week, which wasn’t ideal.
But we don’t need to worry about that now and the Las Vegas resident has enjoyed a bumper season.
There’s bunkers aplenty on this track and Na is one of the better sand players on Tour.
Aaron Wise ($5,600) – I am sticking with Wise after looking at him last week.
A no-cut event sets up nicely for his boom-or-bust scoring potential.
He can pile up the birdies, as evidenced by his closing 64 in Boston last week. He’s 11th on Tour for birdie average.
Keith Mitchell ($5,200) – If you play some guns up top, you’re going to need to find someone cheap down low.
Mitchell is my man given he is 11th on Tour for birdie-or-better percentage.
The PGA Tour rookie has had a great season and he can cap it off with a birdie barrage here.
Piece of Chalk: I’m riding with Justin Rose ($9,000).
Scrub-A-Dub: Give me a bargain-priced Keith Mitchell ($5,200).