Carlos Ortis was one of the few players in the opening round of the BMW Championship to stay at even par, and his FedEx Cup ranking rejoiced in response.
There weren’t a lot of players who were able to shoot par or better during the opening round of the BMW Championship. Carlos Ortiz was one of them, as his score of even-par was good enough to put him in a T-4th place.
In fact, it was so good that it launched him up the FedEx rankings. He came into the BMW Championship in 56th place. If he is able to make it through the week in that range of 4th place, he might just be facing a trip to the Tour Championship, as it is going to get him very close to being in the top 30.
Amidst his second round today, Ortiz has seen one birdie and one bogey and was actually in the top 30 for a small moment in time.
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What was a bit confusing was seeing Ortiz “only” jumping around 20-25 spots while he was in a T-4th. This was due to the fact that there were so many people who were in a tie at the same position that he was in. Remember, you have to take the points from all the positions and average them together. So you would be taking the points from 4th all the way down to 13th, averaging them together, and handing them out to those players.
Really, if he is able to stay in 4th, he is going to make it by a mile. It’s once he gets down to the 7th-9th range that it starts to get sketchy. He would earn somewhere around 250-300 points down there, and would likely need some help from the players above him in the rankings to make it to the Tour Championship.
His round is just underway, and he is finishing up the 4th hole as I finish this article up. He did take advantage of the first hole, finding a birdie. He gave it back on the 3rd hole though and still sits at even for the tournament.
As I talked about earlier in the week, there are a handful of players who came into this week playing some great golf that is in a similar location int he standings to Ortiz. If he keeps it up, he will be proving me wrong on not including him in the lower-ranked players who could be making noise.