We enter the 3rd leg of the playoffs this week with the 2012 BMW Championship. Rory picked up yet another victory last week and will look to continue his drive towards a Fed Ex Cup Championship this week in Carmel, Indiana. PGA Tour players will be teeing it up at Crooked Stick for the first time since 1991 (PGA CHAMPIONSHIP). Lets take a closer look at this magnificent Pete Dye designed golf course.
It was 1967 and Pete Dye was just beginning what would become one of the greatest golf course architect careers of all time. Crooked Stick opened this year and to this day is referred to by Pete Dye as his ‘home course.’ This week it will play 7516 yards, though it will be wet at the start of the week, possibly making the course play longer.
The course features an older style layout as it forces players to hit fairways and greens. The rough is expected to be thick yet not excessively long. The players will face their challenge once they find the putting surfaces. Pete Dye has integrated extreme complexities into the greens, forcing players to be on the right side of the hole to make putts. Look for long and accurate players to have the advantages as they will be able to attack the greens with spin.
Here is an overview of two very interesting holes, helping you gain a better picture of what faces the players this week.
The 9th – Par 5 – 530 Yards – I always find Par 5’s interesting that give the players the ability to make an eagle, yet can also break someones heart with a double or worse.
On the 9th a player must avoid water and a bunker to the left side of the fairway to have a go at this green in two. On their approach the players would be wise to avoid two extremely deep and difficult bunkers guarding the green. Once on the putting surface they will be tested with one of Pete Dye’s most undulating greens on the course.
The 16th – Par 4 – 489 yards – On the home stretch but not in the club house by any means with this difficult Par 4 still lurking. The 16th forces players to aim at a fairway bunker on the right side. If they succeed in keeping the ball in the fairway, a downhill approach must be very carefully hit. The green is 3-tiered and very well protected by water. Look for par to be an excellent score here.
Without further ado, lets get to the 6 pack.
BMW Championship Outright Winner Picks
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Below I’ve included one sneak peak pick that the members received for an outright winner this week…
KEEGAN BRADLEY 30 TO 1 – Keegan was already a player I pegged as a perfect fit for this course and I really like him after the way he ended last weeks event. Keegan followed up opening rounds of 71 and 73 with weekend rounds of 63 and 69. This showed a lot of moxie for a player who I feel will rival Rory for years to come. Over his last 4 events Keegan has three Top 13 finishes. He sits 18th on the Tour in driving distance to go along with 11th in total driving. Keegan also ranks first in a slew of statistics such as Total Eagles, Par 3 Performance, Bounce Back, and All-Around Ranking. Look for Keegan to play very well and he is currently my pick to win the Fed Ex Cup this season.