The PGA Tour heads north after a hellacious week in sweltering Memphis, Tennessee. The field got trimmed from 70 last week to 50 players for the BMW Championship at Olympia Fields.
As the fields get tighter, the drama rises as well. After this week, only 30 of them will get to head to the Tour Championship at East Lake. The last time that the BMW was at Olympia Fields, the number one-ranked player in the current standings won.
Jon Rahm is still sitting at the top of the rankings, with Scottie Scheffler just behind him. Heading to Illinois is back-to-back winner Lucas Glover. Glover needed to win the Wyndham Championship to get into the field for FedEx St. Jude and he did just that.
He followed that up with a playoff win against Patrick Cantlay, who has won the past two BMW Championships. With his win in Memphis, Lucas Glover heads to Olympia Fields looking to accomplish an even rarer feat than going back-to-back – winning three in a row.
It’s happened just twice on TOUR since 2004, but this is the second time this season when a golfer has a chance to win three in a row after Jon Rahm won The Sentry and The American Express earlier in 2023.
Olympia Fields Country Club (North Course), par 70, 7,366 yards. The storied, multi-time major championship host venue returns as the BMW Championship course for the second time, the first coming in 2020. The club, which has hosted four men’s majors plus the 2017 KPMG Women’s PGA Championship, underwent a hearty renovation by Mark Mungearn in 2013.
The North Course, designed by Willie Park Jr., features eight holes with water and 91 bunkers. The dramatics of the playoff never seem to fail.
Hideki Matsuyama was sitting outside of the top 50 going into the 13th hole on Sunday. He went on to Birdie 13, par 14, birdie 15, and eagle 16 to get himself to the BMW Championship.
Others were not so lucky, there were three players that fell out with a bogey on 18 this week. We will see a lot of this at Olympia Fields.
— BMW Championship (@BMWchamps) August 18, 2023
| Title: BMW Championship
| Author: Matt Catton
| Date: Aug 18, 2023
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