Golf betting tips: Preview and tips for the 2022 BMW Championship
The BMW Championship is the second of the three events in the FedEx Cup Playoffs. The tournament 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 completion of FedEx St Jude Championship. As it is a reduced field event there is no cut after two rounds.
This year’s BMW Championship will be played on the South Course at Wilmington Country Club in Wilmington, Delaware. This year’s tournament will mark the first time the PGA Tour has played an event in Delaware.
Upcoming Venues for the BMW Championship
|2022||Wilmington Country Club||Wilmington, Delaware|
|2023||Olympia Fields Country Club||Olympia Fields, Illinois|
|2024||Castle Pines Golf Club||Castle Rock, Colorado|
Wilmington Country Club was established in 1901. The club relocated in the 1950s and golf course architect Robert Trent Jones Sr. was retained to design the club’s South Course. The South Course opened for play in 1959 and plays host to this week’s penultimate FedEx Cup event.
The North Course at Wilmington Country Club was designed by Dick Wilson and opened shortly after the South Course.
While this will be Wilmington Country Club’s first professional event, the club has long been a proving ground for the world’s best amateur players. The South Course has twice played host to the US Junior Amateur. It also hosted the 2013 Palmer Cup competition between Europe and a United States team that featured Justin Thomas, Daniel Berger and Patrick Rodgers.
The South Course presents challenging tee shots. There are 91 bunkers many of which are located in strategic positions, guarding landing zones to create angles into each green.
The greens are large by PGA Tour standards averaging 8,100sq.ft. The large putting surfaces are divided into multiple sections and are well protected by bunkers.
The South Course was re-worked by Andrew Green in 2021 after a tornado ripped through the area in August 2020. Green was originally contracted by the club to redesign its North Course, but following the tornado the club had Green work on the South Course in preparation for this week’s tournament.
The South Course now measures 7,5349 yards and plays to a Par 71.
Wilmington Country Club | South Course Scorecard
The course features challenging Par 3’s to Par 5’s that range from 582 to 649 yards. The Par 4’s offer a number of different looks with a premium on shot placement.
Some of the fairways twist and turn at odd distances and angles, so long hitters could risk driving through fairways on several holes. Placement, rather than distance, will be key.
The ‘go-to‘ statistic for all new courses introduced into the PGA Tour rota is Strokes Gained Tee-To-Green. Its value is amplified when unfamiliar greens serve as the targets. Also, because of the size of the putting surfaces, Proximity To Hole will be a key consideration.
The course design, on the face of it, will reward well executed shots and good strategy. Distance control will be key with a particular emphasis on hitting the right part of the green complexes.
This week should 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 Tips
Collin Morikawa 20/1 (E/W) – no surprise that the talented 25-year-old has made it to the BMW Championship every year since turning pro in 2019. Enjoying a solid season by his lofty standards which includes two runner-up finishes among eight Top 10’s. Finished an eye-catching T5 in last week’s FedEx St Jude Championship. A zero red-flag game puts him just outside the Top 10 in this week’s Stats Analysis. The California native is currently 3rd on Tour for Proximity and hitting it stiffer than most matters especially with unfamiliar greens serving as targets. Ticks a lot of boxes to make some noise this week. Hard to resist at these odds.
Sungjae Im 25/1 (E/W) – this will be his fourth time teeing it up at the BMW Championship with his best result to date a solo 3rd at Caves Valley Golf Club last year. Easy to forget that he is already a winner this season, winning the Shriners Hospitals Open back in October. His recent results make for good reading – T2 in the 3M Open, T2 in the Wyndham Championship and a solo 12th in last week’s FedEx St Jude Championship. This solid play is reflected in his stats, placing an impressive 3rd in this week’s Stats Analysis. Has the game to challenge the best in the field and worth taking note when he is on a hot-streak. Decent value.
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