BMW Championship betting tips & predictions – the BMW Championship is the third of four events in the FedEx Cup Playoffs and determines the final field of 30 for the TOUR Championship at East Lake Golf Club in Atlanta.
Formally known as the Western Open, the BMW Championship is the second oldest tournament in the United States. The Western Golf Association, which founded and ran the Western Open, runs the BMW Championship.
The BMW Championship is contested by the Top 70 PGA Tour golfers following the Dell Technologies Championship. Fedex Cup points amassed during the regular PGA Tour season and then during the two preceding playoff events determine the participants.
As it is a small field that qualifies for the BMW Championship there is no cut after two days.
The Donald Ross designed Aronimik Golf Club in Newtown Square, Philadelphia will host this year’s tournament. The championship golf course is consistently rated among the top golf courses in the United States.
The club was established at the end of the 19th century and its members played golf at a couple of locations before settling on a 300-acre site at Newton Square in 1926. Scottish born Donald Ross was commissioned to design the course, which opened for play on Memorial Day in 1928.
History has it that Aronimik was named after the chief of the Lenape tribe who once occupied the small farmhouse being used as the original clubhouse.
“I intended to make this my masterpiece, but not until today did I realize that I built better than I knew”
Notable tournaments played at Aronimik Golf Club include;
- 1962 PGA Championship Gary Player -2 (278)
- 2003 Senior PGA Championship John Jacobs -4 (276)
- 2010 AT&T National Justin Rose -10 (270)
- 2011 AT&T National Nick Watney -13 (267)
Over the years several noted course architects have remodelled the course including William Gordon (1959), Dick Wilson (1961), George & Tom Fazio (1978), Robert Trent Jones (1986) and Ron Prichard (1995-2002).
To prepare for the BMW Championship, Aronimik has been restoring the course to its original 1928 Donald Ross design. Using an aerial photo and several ground level photos from 1929, architect Gil Hanse, has undertaken the task of restoring the course. Fortunately for Hanse the course had never been dramatically altered.
“The most rewarding thing is that the golf course is now as close to the original picture painted by Donald Ross as it has been since that opening day. To have been part of that restoration is indeed highly gratifying”
As part of the restoration works greens were enlarged to their original dimensions to reclaim lost area and lost hole locations. Fairways were widened and tee boxes rebuilt. The most prominent change is the reintroduction of clusters of smaller bunkers from Ross’ original design. The number of bunkers increased from 74 to 176, although the actual total area of the bunkering is not much greater. Length has also been added to combat the advances in technology and the course now plays as a 7,237 yard Par 70 from the back sticks.
The course design rewards well executed shots and good strategy. The fairways are framed by trees with plenty dog-legged holes. There is also a good blend of long and short holes. The layout demands a premium on shot-making and distance control with plenty danger in the form of strategic bunkering and undulating greens. Finding the right part of the greens will be key this week with many sloping from back to front and steep run-offs.
Like most Donald Ross layouts accuracy and precise placement off the tee is important. The course layout will suit the player who plots his way around with good course management and a premium on hitting greens in regulation.
With such a high-class field and no halfway cut, the competition will be unrelenting in this week’s penultimate FedEx Cup playoff event.
BMW Championship Betting Tips 2018