THIS WEEK: BMW Championship, Aug. 15-18 Medinah CC No. 3, Medinah, Ill. (Par 72, 7,657 yards)
Purse: $9.25 million (Winner: $1.665 million)
Defending champion: Keegan Bradley
FedEx Cup leader: Brooks Koepka
Television: Thursday-Friday, 3-7 p.m. ET (Golf Channel). Saturday, 12-3 p.m. (GC), 3-6 p.m. (NBC). Sunday, 12-2 p.m. (GC), 2-6 p.m. (NBC)
NOTES: The is the second of the three FedEx Cup Playoff tournaments and is a no-cut event. The top 30 players in the rankings after the BMW Championship will advance to next week’s Tour Championship in Atlanta, where the top-ranked player will begin the tournament with a two-shot lead over the No. 2 player
Tiger Woods is No. 38 in the standings after withdrawing from The Northern Trust with an oblique injury. The defending Tour Championship winner is projected to need an 11th-place finish or higher to advance to Atlanta. Woods won the PGA Championship at Medinah in 1999 and 2006. … Kevin Na withdrew on Monday to be with his wife, who is expecting the couple’s second child. … Paul Casey returns after sitting out The Northern Trust to spend time with family. … Course No. 3 has held the Ryder Cup (2012), three U.S. Opens (1949, 1975 and 1990), two PGA Championships (1999, 2006) and three Western Opens (1946, 1962 and 1966).
BEST BETS: Koepka is a three-time winner this season and wants to secure the No. 1 spot for the coveted two-shot cushion entering Atlanta. … Despite missing two cuts in his last eight PGA Tour starts, Jon Rahm of Spain is on a hot streak with a win, a pair of T-3s and two top-10 finishes in the other six events. He was leading on the back nine at The Northern Trust on Sunday but suffered another string of late errors to fall short. … England’s Justin Rose is trying to become the first player to successfully defend as a FedEx Cup champion. He is coming off a T-10 at The Northern Trust and has not finished worse than T-20 in his past five events. … Byeon-Hun (Ben) An is a gut shot play at 80/1. He has finished T-13, T-32, 3rd and T-38 in his past four events while rising into the world top 50. An has three career international victories, with the most recent coming in 2015.
NEXT WEEK: Tour Championship, East Lake, Atlanta
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