With 36 holes left to play, the BMW Championship has been tough for 69 of the world’s best players. What should we look for on Saturday?
The second event of the 2020 FedEx Cup Playoffs is halfway through, and the BMW Championship has been a challenge through two rounds. As Saturday approaches, there are a number of storylines to follow. Here’s what to watch for during Saturday’s round.
Olympia Fields – The course has more than held its own this week. Through 36 holes, just two out of 69 of the world’s best players are under par. Only four players are not over par. The firm, fast greens have been the equalizer and could be the difference this weekend.
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Dustin Johnson – After blowing away the field last week at the Northern Trust, DJ is back in the mix this week at the BMW. He sits just one shot behind through 36 holes and is one of the four players who is not over par thus far. When he’s on, DJ is as good as anyone, and he’s definitely on right now. Can he win two weeks in a row?
Rory McIlroy – He played well enough on Friday to take a share of the lead into the weekend. Despite his poor restart to the PGA Tour season, McIlroy could still win the FedEx Cup, but he hasn’t had a top 10 finish since March. Is this the week we gets over the hump?
Patrick Cantlay – Universally seen as one of the best players on tour, Cantlay finds himself tied for the lead with McIlroy after 36 holes. He has just two PGA Tour wins, neither of which would match winning the BMW Championship. This could be a win that propels Cantlay to even bigger things.
Adam Scott – The Australian has played in just 10 events this year on the PGA Tour, but he could still make it to East Lake. Scott is currently tied for fifth place at 1-over par and has jumped from 38th to 29th in the FedEx Cup standings. He just needs to hold on this weekend to survive and play next week.
Mackenzie Hughes – There’s always someone on the bubble in the playoffs and, through 36 holes this week, Hughes is that player. After a 69 on Thursday, he shot a 73 on Friday and slipped into a tie for 10th place. He is still up from 36th to 30th in the FedEx Cup standings with two rounds left.
Joaquin Niemann – One of the players who has gone from outside of the top 30 to inside, through 36 holes. Niemann has shot 72-71 through the first two rounds and finds himself in a tie for 13th place. That has moved him from 31st to 28th in the standings.
Cameron Champ – He entered this event in 25th in the FedEx Cup standings, but rounds of 77 and 74 have dropped him to 31st in those same standings. Only the top 30 make it to the Tour Championship, so Champ needs to make up some ground this weekend if he wants to play next week at East Lake.
Cameron Smith – Apparently, it’s a bad week for players named Cameron. Smith has shot 75-73 to slip from 26th place and inside the cut line to 32nd place and outside of the field for East Lake. He’ll need to make up a lot of ground this weekend to keep playing.
Kevin Streelman – All Streelman needed to do this week was finish somewhere in the middle of the pack and he would make it to next week. But rounds of 76 and 80 have left him in 68th out of 69 players. He has fallen from 28th in the FedEx Cup standings to 34th. He needs a big weekend to make it to East Lake.