Find out who the winners and losers were at the BMW Championship, including Jon Rahm, Joaquin Niemann, Patrick Cantlay and Adam Scott.
Each week on the PGA Tour, there are winners and losers in each tournament. This week, and continuing throughout the season, we will look at those who achieved and those who underachieved at each event. Here’s a look at the winners and losers from the BMW Championship.
Jon Rahm – The hottest player in the FedEx Cup playoffs not named Dustin Johnson, Rahm got it done with a 64 on Sunday at Olympia Fields. He claimed the title in the BMW Championship with a 66-foot birdie putt on the first playoff hole and now heads to East Lake as one of the favorites to win the FedEx Cup title.
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Dustin Johnson – This week was considerably different than last week, yet Johnson almost won again. If not for a spectacular round, then a spectacular putt, by Rahm on Sunday, DJ would have won the first two playoff events this season. Still, a first and a second is not bad for the man who will take the FedEx Cup points lead into the Tour Championship.
Joaquin Niemann – One of the players who played his way into the Tour Championship this week, the Chilean was solid all week long. His 68-67 weekend vaulted him into third place in the BMW Championship and from 31st to 18th in the FedEx Cup standings.
Mackenzie Hughes – The Canadian had a big week in Chicago, shooting 69 on Thursday and Saturday. Then on Sunday, he came through with an even-par round of 70 to make it to the Tour Championship. His play this week allowed him to jump from 36th to 28th in the FedEx Cup standings.
Billy Horschel – The former FedEx Cup champion entered the week in 30th place in the standings and, amazingly, finished in exactly the same spot. He was the last player to make it into the Tour Championship field.
Kevin Streelman – The journeyman has had a good season, but it fell apart on him this week in Chicago. After shooting 76-80 on the first two days, a 66-69 weekend was not enough to save his postseason. Streelman fell from 28 to 35 in the FedEx Cup standings and out of the Tour Championship next week.
Adam Long – He entered the week at 27th in the FedEx Cup standings, but a 77 on Friday took him out of contention for East Lake. Long finished in 34th place in the standings and saw his postseason come to an end.
Adam Scott – The Australian was good for three days, then just couldn’t hang on Sunday. He had positioned himself to make it to East Lake through 54 holes, but his final-round 75 dropped him to 41st in the standings.
Patrick Cantlay – For a player who many consider to be among the most talented on tour, there’s no excuse for not making the Tour Championship. Cantlay rose up the leaderboard at the BMW this week, only to see a 75 on Saturday take him out of contention.
Matthew Fitzpatrick – He came to the 72nd hole likely needing a birdie to get to the Tour Championship. He executed the drive and the second shot on the tough 18th hole and got himself a look at birdie from nine feet. But he missed the putt and missed his chance at East Lake, finishing 36th in the FedEx Cup standings.