There’s a definite feel of a breakaway group on the PGA Tour now – not just McIlroy, Spieth and Day, but to that you can add Rickie Fowler. After his tremendous win a fortnight ago, Fowler has shown – again – that he is most certainly not overrated. All he needs now is a major (next year’s US Open?) to say that he very much belongs at the very top of the game.
This week, the BMW Championship at Conway Farms has a reduced field as the best in the world shoot it out for the $10million FedEx Cup, losing a few along the way each week. There are seventy teeing it up here, at a venue that last staged this event two years when ZACH JOHNSON was the winner.
Johnson is the player to start with here, and not just because he is effectively the defending champion. This year he has played the best golf of his life and it’s worth noting what won it for him in 2013 – accuracy off the tee, greens in regulation and putting (inside the top ten for all those categories). If anything the course is now tougher, with fairway bunkers added, so Johnson’s straight driving will be even more important. At 22/1 he looks a very decent bet indeed.
Of the big four, Jason Day is the player to side with based purely on the way he has been driving the ball in the past few weeks. But nobody would bet against Jordan Spieth bouncing back after two missed cuts, Fowler doubling up or McIlroy proving that he is over his injury with four winning rounds. These players are so good that when they’re on song they’re untouchable.
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