After a one week break, the PGA Tour is back with the third round of the Fed Ex Cup Playoffs as the BMW Championship is set to take place Illinois starting this Thursday. The host course to this event is Conway Farms Golf Club which is a Par 71 measured at 7,208 yards. This course hosted this event in 2013 and 2015. Since this is the 2nd last round of the playoffs, there is a shorter field as only the top 70 golfers in the Fed Ex Cup standings are competing at this tournament this week. This means there will not be a cut so, unless there is a withdrawal, every golfer will be playing all 4 rounds here. The notable statistics that are important at this specific course are Ball Striking/Good Drive %, Proximity (100-125 yards), and recent Birdie or Better %. Now, let’s get into some picks!
Top Price Tier
Henrik Stenson DK $8,900 FD $8,500
Henrik Stenson, although known for being an elite golfer who typically racks up top 10s, has quietly put up respectable results over the past few months, especially for his salary range. In his last 7 tournaments, he has finished in the Top 26 each time, and this includes a win at the Wyndham Championship during mid August. Additionally, Stenson chose not to participate in last event’s Dell Technologies Championship so, ideally, he is going to be fully prepared and is pursuing to gain some ground in the standings to secure a spot in the Top 30 to qualify in the Fed Ex cup tour Championship. Moreover, Stenson possesses pretty good course history. He has played in both the 2013 and 2015 edition of this tournament he finished T33 and T10 respectively. In 2015, Stenson ranked 21st in the field in ball striking, and 15th in SG:Putting. Stenson is one of the best ball strikers on tour. He was the best in the PGA in 2015, and this year, although not qualified, ranks 95th in driving distance, 3rd in driving accuracy and 14th in GIR so his ranking would definitely be up there with the best. At his most recent tournament, the Northern Trust, Stenson ranked 19th in the field in ball striking and 2nd in Good Drive Percentage. Furthermore, although his proximity from within 125 yards is not great on the season, ranked 191st in the PGA, Stenson has been very successful as of late when it comes to getting it close to the whole from that range. At the Northern Trust, Stenson was 2nd in the field in his approaches from 100-125 yards as he averaged just over 11 ft to the hole. The field average was 21 ft. The week before at Wyndham, Stenson was best in this statistic. And lastly, for recent BoB%, Stenson was best in the field when he won at Wyndham at 40.28% and 28th the week later at 18.06%. Overall, I really like Stenson’s recent form, especially since his short approach game success suits this upcoming course very well. Not to mention, Stenson has pretty good experience here with a 10th place finish last time he competed.
Also Consider: Jason Day, Justin Thomas, Hideki Matsuyama
Mid Price Tier
Kevin Chappell DK $8,400 FD $6,400
Chappell has put together a great string of results over the last month and a bit. He has not played poorly since he missed the cut at the Open Championship back in mid July. Since then he has made 5 consecutive cuts including 2 Top 10s, most recently a T6 at the Northern Trust. Last time out, he performed adequately, as he put up 16 birdies finishing T35 at the Dell Technologies Championship. Furthermore, Chappell has pretty good course history at Conway. In 2013 and 2015 he finished 62nd and 23rd respectively. The Top 25 in his most recent attempt shows really good signs, especially since he is in a good recent form. As for the notable statistics, Chappell is a decent ball striker, as he ranks 67th in the PGA in ball striking. His proximity from 100-125 yards ranks well, and he has had great success as of late. He is 48th best on the season, averaging around 19 feet. Last time out at the Dell Technologies Championship, however, he ranked 4th in the field averaging 11 ft to the hole on these specific approach shots. Lastly, Chappell is 58th in BoB%. Chappell was 27th last week converting for birdies 22% of the time. The week prior, Chappell was 3rd in the field. Overall, a great birdie maker and playing well as of late without much of a price change, I think Chappell is a great cash game option.
Also Consider: Charl Schwartzel, Kevin Na
Low Price Tier
Hudson Swafford DK $7,000 FD $4,900):
Swafford has had a roller coaster of a season so far but things are starting to settle slightly in his favor. After a WIN early in the season at the CareerBuilder, and a bunch of missed cuts in between then and mid June, Swafford has made 6 of his last 7 cuts, including a T10 at WGC-Bridgestone and a T13 last week at the Dell Technologies Championship. He has never played professionally at Conway so this important to keep note of. Nevertheless, he is in great form so the fact that it is a new course should not be a problem for him. He is currently 14th in the PGA in ball striking,70th in good drive percentage, and 21st in approach shots from 100-125 yards. His overall BoB% is 78th in the PGA. He was 27th last time out at the Dell Technologies Championship. I Swafford’s history at no cut events. His T10 at WGC-Bridgestone which featured a load of great golfers like this upcoming tournament shows great signs for this youngster. There is a lot to look forward to with Swafford.
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