After Dustin Johnson obliterated the field at TPC Boston and recorded his 22nd win on the PGA Tour, the playoffs will roll on at the BWM Championship this weekend. Olympia Fields figures to provide a much tougher challenge to the players this weekend in the suburbs of Chicago. However, the field has been thinned for the last weekend in August.
Only 70 golfers remain in the playoffs and they’ll be competing ferociously with only 30 players set to make the Tour Championship next week in Atlanta. The competition will be fierce with each player looking to climb the FedEx Cup rankings in order to advance on.
The season is winding down, but there are two more events before all eyes move onto the U.S. Open in September and The Masters in November. Let’s take a look a closer look at the tournament this weekend and try to pick out some winners.
DJ’s Follow Up
Dustin Johnson was flat out insane last weekend by producing a 30-under score in 72 holes while running laps around the rest of the field. It was nice performance fresh off another letdown Sunday at a major championship as the best player with only one major continues to build a very impressive resume.
Johnson has taken over the No. 1 spot in the World Golf Rankings and the FedEx Cup standings. The 36-year-old now has two victories this season and is in prime position to claim his first ever Tour Championship. All eyes will be on the Coastal Carolina product who remains one of the biggest names in golf.
Bryson’s Familiarity With Olympia Fields
The man everyone loves to hate sits at No. 7 in the FedEx Cup rankings following a missed cut at The Northern Trust, but he is still very much in the running for the Tour Championship. DeChambeau has had a lot of success at Olympia Fields and he’ll look to run with that this weekend as he reunites with an old friend.
.@b_dechambeau and Olympia Fields course dog, Trigger, are reunited Monday at the @BMWchamps. The two first met when DeChambeau won the 2015 U.S. Amateur at @OFCCClubhouse. #pgatour pic.twitter.com/5SXkJSTtEq
— PGA TOUR Communications (@PGATOURComms) August 24, 2020
DeChambeau won the 2015 U.S. Amateur at this same course and will look to parlay that into some success this weekend. He is just off his third missed cut of the season and he has yet to post a top-10 finish following a missed weekend. We’ll see if the yoked-up golfer can come through with a big performance.
As we mentioned earlier, over half of the field playing this weekend won’t make it to next week at East Lake Golf Club in Atlanta so that means a ton of players have some work to in Chicagoland. The top five of Dustin Johnson, Justin Thomas, Webb Simpson, Daniel Berger and Collin Morikawa should all be pretty safe but after that is where we could see some serious moving.
From a big name perspective, Tiger Woods begins this weekend at No. 57 and it’s safe to say he needs a pretty big four rounds of golf to keep playing. Former World No. 1 Jason Day checks in just above No. 50. Meanwhile, young phenom Viktor Hovland is cutting it close at No. 24 and Tony Finau sits right on the line at No. 29.
Seeing how all of this develops throughout the weekend will be very interesting.
To put it bluntly, last week was not our best effort as only Rory McIlroy to make the cut cashed for us. Webb Simpson was never really a threat to win and Patrick Reed was nowhere close to the top-10. That’s okay because we were due for a down week and we’ll look to get back to the winning side.
Since the layout is setting up to be pretty tough, that means the cream is going to rise to the top so it will be the best of the best who are competing for the trophy at Olympia Fields. As far as analytics go, we are focusing on ball striking this weekend and seeing which golfers move best from tee-to-green.
Jon Rahm spent a very short time as the World No. 1 following his victory at the Memorial, but the Spain native is fresh off consecutive top-15 performances at both the PGA Championship and The Northern Trust. Rahm is still in the thick of the hunt sitting at ninth in the FedEx Cup rankings and is coming off a very strong performance with very average putting.
Jon Rahm was the only player at The Northern Trust to have more strokes gained off the tee than DJ did. He finished T-6 despite ranking 61st in SG approach. Rahm has not had consecutive events with negative strokes gained approach in more than two years.
— Justin Ray (@JustinRayGolf) August 25, 2020
The putter should get hot for Rahm this weekend and his ball striking should keep him in the hunt. He is our pick to win at 10/1 and the hope he cashes for us just like he did at the Memorial. As far as top ten, it’s boring but Justin Thomas is the top ball striker in the world and we’re riding him despite having just even odds.