The PGA Tour’s FedEx Cup playoffs reach their midpoint this week as the top 50 on the season-long list following last week’s St Jude Championship head to Illinois to contest the BMW Championship at Olympia Fields Country Club.
The DP World Tour resumes following a three-week summer break at the ISPS Handa World Invitational, which takes place at Galgorm Castle as well as a new venue, Castlerock Golf Club.
We’ve brought in Racing & Football Outlook golf tipster Joe Champion for his thoughts ahead of the two tournaments and he’s come up with this enormous 246/1 double, which as always he recommends backing as an each-way bet.
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BMW Championship prediction – Jon Rahm at 17/2
The penultimate event of the PGA Tour season, the BMW Championship, is staged for the second time at Olympia Fields, scene of this tournament in 2020 and also of Jim Furyk’s sole Major win at the 2003 US Open.
This championship test has proved to be the toughest course in the BMW rotation by quite some distance – eleven of the last 12 editions of the tournament featured a winning score of double-digits under par but the sole Olympia renewal saw Jon Rahm win at just four under.
This long par-70 is an exacting test of long-game brilliance and the best ball-strikers in the sport, most of whom are dominating the BMW market, are likely to come to the fore again.
Scottie Scheffler might not have to worry so much about making putts this week but he has dropped off slightly from tee to green in his last two starts, while it was a case of close but no cigar again for Rory McIlory at the St Jude as he finished tied third behind red-hot Lucas Glover.
Instead, the winners of the last three BMWs – Rahm and back-to-back winner Patrick Cantlay – make more appeal with Rahm given the narrow vote.
The Masters champion pushed runaway leader Brian Harman closest in the Open and returned to action with a mid-pack finish in Memphis last week, recovering from a slow start to play the final three rounds in eight under par, which should have him spot on for this de facto title defence at the North Course.
Rain in the build-up to the tournament has softened the Olympia fairways and will make for extra thick rough and there’s no doubt that the Spaniard will be licking his lips at the thought of returning to the venue with Major-like conditions expected.
ISPS Handa World Invitational – Tom McKibbin at 25/1
Three rounds of the ISPS Handa World Invitational will be staged at Galgorm Castle but a new venue has been added to the Thursday-Friday rotation which allows for a co-sanctioned LPGA-LET event to run alongside the DP World Tour competition.
Castlerock, a traditional links course, replaces Massereene and differs to tree-lined Galgorm, which tends to favour accurate operators. From now on, one of the four rounds will require links knowledge.
The best bet could be Northern Ireland’s Tom McKibbin, who has finished 26th and tenth in his last two appearances in the event and returns to his Northern Ireland home as a DP World Tour champion having won the Porsche European Open in June.
McKibbin hasn’t fired since but he’s proven at this course and is a better player than he was when teeing it up ranked 371st in the world a year ago.
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