The BMW Championship has added pressure to every round, especially to those who are right on the cusp of the top 30.
Kevin Streelman is one of those players at the BMW Championship. He came into the week just above the cut of 30 players, ranked 30 in the FedEx Cup Standings.
All it took was one round for that to change though. An opening round 76 would drop him a handful of spots, and he now finds himself in the low 30’s, needing to pick it up in order to make it.
It was worse to start Streelman’s second round, as he would open bogey-double bogey. He got two shots back fairly quickly though, finding birdie on both his 4th and 5th hole.
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If it comes down to it at the end of the week for Streelman, there is going to be one hole that you can look at from his opening round that is going to be the culprit for keeping him from making it to the Tour Championship.
That hole would be the par-4 14th. After a good drive, he chunked; amateur style, into the water. He would then lay-up, chip on, and two-putt for a triple-bogey 7. This is something that you would expect your weekend golfer to do. Not one of the top-ranked players on the 2020 season.
He had five more bogeys along the way during his opening round, and it’s going to be really hard to come back from a +6 76 during day one at the BMW Championship.
The good news?
There is no cut this week. Normally, a round like this would doom you for the week, and you would miss the cut. It won’t be the case for Streelman, and he is going to have plenty of time to make up for that opening round.
If Streelman can slowly claw his way back up the leaderboard, and make it into the top 45-50 of the event, then he is going to be safe, and packing his bags to the Tour Championship.
If it keeps going the same way though, you can mark down the BMW Championship as Streelman’s last event of the year.