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Xander Schauffele each way outright at +2000 with Caesars Sportsbook
Shane Lowry each way at +4500 with Unibet
Keegan Bradley to finish top 20 at +220 with DraftKings
Pick made on 08/16/2022 at 07:43 PM EST
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There are just two weeks to go in the 2021/22 PGA Tour season and fingers crossed we get a repeat of last year’s BMW Championship.
Well, in terms of drama that is.
Because although Patrick Cantlay is around to defend this trophy, the man he want head-to-head with on a sensational Sunday – Bryson DeChambeau – is among those who have upped sticks and joined LIV Golf.
As we’ll soon learn, we also have a new course to consider.
What is retained is the reality that only 30 players will progress to next week’s Tour Championship so the 68 who tee it up this week (Cameron Smith withdrew at the start of the week, Tommy Fleetwood is back home following the passing of his mother last month) will be chasing those golden tickets.
After his win last year Will Zalatoris leads the FedExCup rankings followed by Scottie Scheffler, Smith, Sam Burns and Tony Finau.
Remember that, at the start of next week, the field is assigned starting strokes based on the standings and the leader has proved difficult to catch in the past.
Meanwhile, among those seeking to jump into the top 30 are Shane Lowry, Adam Scott, Tyrrell Hatton and Seamus Power.
This is the first time that the state of Delaware has hosted the PGA Tour so it is also the circuit’s first visit to the South Course at Wilmington Country Club.
It’s a Robert Trent Jones Sr. design that plays to a par of 71 and a yardage of 7,534 with bent grass greens.
As is often typical of RTJ the greens are large and are framed (and also protected) by bunkers.
Other RTJ Sr. courses to consider are Firestone (host of the old WGC Bridgestone Invitational), Valderrama (a regular DP World Tour venue), plus Oak Hill, Hazeltine and Bellerive.
The 2013 Palmer Cup was held at the course and Justin Thomas was undefeated with three wins and a half.
It’s not so long ago that Xander Schauffele was absolutely on fire, winning the Travelers Championship at TPC River Highlands and the Scottish Open at The Renaissance Club in consecutive tour starts.
It was the culmination of a superb run of form that followed a disappointing performance at the Masters.
He responded by changing his equipment and mentality, won the Zurich Classic alongside Patrick Cantlay, and then notched four top 15s in a row ahead of that brace of wins.
And guess what? In-between the two tour triumphs he defeated a high class field in the JP McManus Pro Am, carding 64-70 at Adare Manor, a layout tweaked by in a recent renovation, but a Robert Trent Jones Sr. original.
He played solidly in the Open to register T15th and was T57th in last week’s St Jude Championship.
He was one of many who may have gone a bit rusty ahead of the Playoffs and in getting pushed out by the compilers as a consequence he offers value.
He’ll also be motivated to get himself in a good position for next week.
He won the 2017 Tour Championship in it’s old – and normal – format.
But in 2020 he ended the week the low-scorer for the week yet missed out on lifting the title because of those starting strokes.
That memory will nag away at him and could easily prompt a good effort this week.
Take him each way in the outright at +2000 with Caesars Sportsbook, the best price in the market but crucially also offering excellent each way terms (seven places).
Those two RTJ Sr. courses mentioned above – Firestone and Valderrama – inspire the second pick.
Irishman Shane Lowry won the WGC Bridgestone Invitational at the former in 2015 and he has a superb record at the latter, never finishing outside the top 20 in four visits (including two top fours).
He’s been in superb form most of this season which has seen his price, even up against high class opposition, dip regularly towards +2000.
It’s only taken a couple of poor results for that price to double and that’s worth acting on given his excellent record on courses designed by the same man responsible for Wilmington.
Take him each way with Unibet offering +4500 (six places).
If Firestone is any kind of guide towards this week’s action then Keegan Bradley will have a big smile on his face.
He’s another past winner of the WGC Bridgestone Invitational (in 2012) and in five visits there he never failed to record a top 20 (three times he ended the week inside the top four).
He also finished T19th at Oak Hill and T42nd at Bellerive in the PGA Championship.
That’s 6-for-7 at hitting the top 20 on RTJ Sr. creations.
He’s also landed five top 20s in his last 11 strokeplay starts (since the WGC Dell Match Play).
And he’s a past winner of this tournament.
He’s +220 to land another top 20 at DraftKings.
|Tournament||The BMW Championship|
|Location||Wilmington Country Club, Wilmington, Delaware|
|Time||Thursday July 18 – Sunday July 21|
|How to watch||Thursday-Friday, 3-7 p.m. ET (Golf Channel). Saturday, 12-3 p.m. (Golf Channel) and 3-6 p.m. (NBC). Sunday, 12-2 p.m. (Golf Channel) and 2-6 p.m. (NBC). And all four days on Sky Sports.|
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