Golf betting tips: Preview and tips for the 2021 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 The Nothern Trust. As it is a reduced field event there is no cut after two rounds.
Caves Valley Golf Club in Owings Mills, Maryland, a suburb northwest of Baltimore, will host this year’s BMW Championship.
Caves Valley Golf Club opened for play in 1991. The 7,542 yard Par 72was designed by renowned golf course architect Tom Fazio. The course is set amongst 962 acres of rolling hills, pastures, woods and wetlands, forming a spectacular landscape. Each hole is designed to suit the natural environment.
Membership of the club is capped at 600 people and comes on an invite-only basis. Members have included Ravens owner Steve Bisciotti, Under Armour founder Kevin Plank, Baltimore Orioles legend Cal Ripken Jr and businessman Michael Bloomberg.
The course previously hosted the 2002 US Senior Open when Don Pooley prevailed in a five hole playoff with Tom Watson. It was also the venue for the 2017 Senior PLAYERS Championship when Scott McCarron emerged victorious.
This year’s BMW Championship will be Caves Valley’s first PGA Tour event.
Caves Valley is known for its fast greens, rolling fairways and water hazards. In an effort to challenge the modern professional some upgrades to the course were carried out. New tee boxes were created to add distance and the rough enhanced to increase difficulty. There was also upgrades to the irrigation system and the restoration of existing bunkers with some new ones added.
The course features a variety of challenges from short Par 4s such as the drivable 14th that measures just 335 yards to Par 3’s that range from 192 to 224 yards. The Par 5’s on paper look gettable.
The front and back nines are being switched for the BMW Championship to allow for better views for patrons as well as catering for various hospitality options.
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.
The course design, on the face of it, will reward well executed shots and good strategy. Many fairways are framed by trees with a good blend of long and short holes. Distance control will be key with a particular emphasis on hitting the right part of the green complexes. There is also plenty danger in the form of strategic bunkering and rough combined with trees.
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
Patrick Cantlay 25/1 (E/W) – has good history with the BMW Championship with 3 x Top 12 finishes in the last four years including a runner up at Medinah in 2019. Already a multiple winner on Tour this season, winning the ZOZO Championship and Memorial Tournament. Followed up a T23 in the WGC FedEx St Jude with a T11 in last week’s Northern Trust. Comfortably tops the pile in this week’s Stats Analysis which is noteworthy considering it is the penultimate FedEx Cup Playoff event. Currently 4th in the FedEx Cup standings, he will been keen to keep up momentum this week and again at East Lake. Too hard to ignore.
Daniel Berger 35/1 (E/W) – sticking with the Florida native again this week. Finished runner up in the 2015 edition of the BMW Championship when played at Conway Farms. Has 8 Top 10’s among 13 Top 25’s this season including a win at the AT&T Pebble Beach. Followed a T8 in the Open Championship with a T5 in at the WGC FedEx St Jude. Statistically balanced, he places 5th in this week’s Stats Analysis. He is also 8th on Tour for GIR and 7th for Scoring Average. Willing to overlook last week’s mediocre performance based on other compelling arguments. All things considered, good each way value.
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