The PGA Tour's FedEx Cup Playoffs continue with this week's 2023 BMW Championship, the second of three legs to decide the champion for this season. The 2023 BMW Championship tees off Thursday at Olympia Fields Country Club outside Chicago, and Patrick Cantlay will be looking for a three-peat.
Cantlay won last year at Wilmington Country Club in Delaware and took the title at Caves Valley in Maryland the previous season on his way to the the 2021 FedEx Cup title. The 30-year-old also happens to come in off a playoff loss to Lucas Glover at last week's FedEx St. Jude Championship. Glover vaulted to fourth in the FedEx Cup Standings with his second consecutive victory.
Glover trails only leader Jon Rahm, Scottie Scheffler and Rory McIlroy in the FedEx Cup Standings, while Cantlay is fifth. Scheffler is 148 points back, and reigning FedEx Cup champion McIlroy is 432 behind Rahm. With 2,000 points going to the winner and just 34 to the last-place finisher, there is a lot of room for golfers to move up. Glover went from 112th to 59th to fourth in the FedEx Cup Standings with his victories the past two weeks.
The top 30 after the 2023 BMW Championship will advance to next week's Tour Championship at East Lake Golf Club in Atlanta, and the No. 1 player will start that event with a two-stroke lead. The players who advance also earn an invitation to the Masters, and typically earn spots in the U.S. Open and Open Championship, as well as a two-year tour exemption.
Last week, Glover was the first winner of a FedEx Cup Playoffs event in the past five years to rank outside the top 25 in the Official World Golf Ranking. Seven of the 12 have ranked in the top five.
Olympia Fields hosted the BMW Championship in 2020, and it played like a major championship venue. Only five players broke par, and Rahm beat Dustin Johnson in a playoff after they finished just 4 under. It was one of the most thrilling finishes on the PGA Tour in recent memory, as Johnson drained a 45-foot birdie putt on the 72nd hole to force the playoff. Rahm one-upped him on the first extra hole, sinking a 66-footer for an emphatic victory.
Of the five who went under par in 2020, Rahm, Hideki Matsuyama (T-3) and Tony Finau (fifth) are playing this week. Johnson and Joaquin Niemann (T-3) are now competing in LIV Golf.
The 2020 BMW Championship was the first PGA Tour event at Olympia Fields since the 2003 U.S. Open. Just four players broke par that week, but Jim Furyk managed to go 8 under to beat Australian Stephen Leaney by three strokes and win his only major championship. Kenny Perry and Mike Weir finished 1 under.
The course played firm and fast in 2020, and extremely narrow fairways and thick, nasty rough make it a major test. Bunkers are the biggest hindrance, with 91 scattered throughout the course, and most greens are protected by multiple sand traps.
In this 2023 BMW Championship betting guide, we'll take you through what you need to know about the rest of the field of competitors, the course itself and any projected weather considerations before diving into SportsLine's full slate of expert picks for the event. That includes outright winners with top longshot plays, as well as first-round leader, matchup and finishing position best bets.
You'll also find our projected leaderboard, One and Done picks, DFS picks and Fantasy rankings from our stable of experts, including Mike McClure, Sia Nejad, Eric Cohen, Patrick McDonald and Jim Holliman.
- Mike McClure is a professional DFS player and SportsLine predictive data engineer, specializing in advanced statistical analysis. His golf proprietary model is up almost $9,200 on its best bets since the PGA Tour resumed in June of 2020, nailing tournament after tournament.
- Sia Nejad specializes in betting and DFS in golf, among other sports. He's had incredible success in the outright and first-round leader markets. He also has been on fire on head-to-head matchups since the Charles Schwab Challenge, going 23-12-1 (+8.76 units) over that span.
- Eric Cohen is an avid golf bettor who correctly predicted the winner of three of the past four majors and nailed Scottie Scheffler's first career victory in Phoenix last year. He is a regular guest on "The Early Wedge" SportsLine golf show on YouTube.
- Patrick McDonald joined CBS Sports as a golf writer in 2022 and still likes to dip his toes into the betting pools on a weekly basis on the PGA Tour. He was up almost 17 units this season before the Masters -- a haul of nearly $1,700 for $100 bettors -- and now he's back to cash more tickets for SportsLine readers.
- Jim Holliman is a longtime writer and editor who has played the game for nearly three decades, and he has a strong feel for how the players fit each course. He has nailed four winners since the Masters and has a knack for finding longshots who can contend and help fantasy players.
So, which players are our experts backing in fantasy golf and betting for the 2023 BMW Championship? Who should you be counting on to cash in on outrights, head-to-head matchups and finishing-position wagers? ... Join SportsLine right now to see the best bets and analysis from SportsLine's top experts for the 2023 BMW Championship!
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