This Week in Golf -- Sept. 6 through Sept. 9
September 3, 2012Eastern Indiana Sports
Philadelphia, PA (Sports Network) - PGA TOUR - BMW CHAMPIONSHIP, Crooked Stick Golf Club, Carmel, Ind. - Rory McIlroy had seemingly lost his game earlier in the year when he missed the cut in four of five starts at one point.
Now, the PGA Champion has won two of his last three starts and has three top-5 finishes in his last four events. That has helped him climb to No. 1 in the world rankings and to the No. 1 spot in the FedExCup playoff race.
He'll take his hot game to Crooked Stick this week for the BMW Championship, the third of four FedExCup playoff events.
Crooked Stick, home of the 1991 PGA Championship won by John Daly, is hosting this playoff event for the first time. This tournament is rotating courses, much like the first playoff event, The Barclays.
Last year at Cog Hill, Justin Rose opened with an 8-under 63, then hung on to beat John Senden by two strokes. The victory was Rose's third on the PGA Tour and he won his fourth title earlier this year at the WGC - Cadillac Championship, which was his first World Golf Championships title.
The field was cut down to 70 after McIlroy's win Monday at the Deutsche Bank Championship. Among those that failed to advance were, John Rollins, Aaron Baddeley, J.J. Henry, Sean O'Hair, Charles Howell III, Ricky Barnes and K.J. Choi.
Golf Channel has the broadcast the first two days. NBC and Golf Channel will split coverage on Saturday and Sunday.
The top 30 players on the FedExCup points list will be in Atlanta on Sept. 20 for the Tour Championship, where Bill Haas won last year and helped him win the FedExCup title as well.