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BMW Golf Championship 2015 : Dr. Nilesh Mehta
Jason Day of Queensland may head the list of 70 elite players in the FedExCup rankings with 4680 points but it was the flamboyant Californian Ricky Fowler who captured the hearts of the Labor Day crowd in Norton, Massachusetts during the Deutsche Bank Championship to climb the ladder at number three.
The top 70 in the FedEx Cup now advance to the third playoff event in Lake Forest, Illinois. This event is conducted by the Western Golf Association to benefit the Evans Scholars Foundation. BMW Championship is the penultimate event in the PGA TOUR Playoffs for the FedExCup.
The golfers accumulate FedExCup points over a period of 43 weeks of intense competition. Hence, consistent performances and point accumulation throughout the year is the key to reach the summit. At the end of the BMW Championship at Conway Farms in Lake Forest, Illinois, the best 30 players who are eligible to move on to THE TOUR Championship will have their scores re-set. Essentially, this ensures that all 30 players in the field will have a mathematical chance of winning the FedExCup.
Tiger Woods won the inaugural FedExCup in 2007 and 2009 coupled with the hefty $10-million top prize. Previous outstanding golfers who have won the FedExCup trophy include Vijay Singh of Fiji(2008), Jim Furyk of USA (2010), Bill Haas of USA (2011), Brandt Snedeker of USA (2012), Henrik Stenson of Sweden (2013) and Billy Horschel of USA(2014). Of these golfers, Stenson and Furyk are in the fray with their rankings in the top ten. Furyk, no stranger to Conway Farms Golf course, set the course on fire when he shot 12-under-par 59 in September 2013.
After winning the Barclays by six strokes, Jason Day was one of the favorites. The stylish Aussie piled up wins at the Canadian Open, PGA Championship and The Barclays. By his own admission, it was some fatigue that led him to a sub-par third-round 73 in Boston.
Rickie Fowler, following his tremendous win at Deutsche Bank Championship, propelled himself to No. 5 in the world rankings. While he is not quite a part of the “Big Three” of Jordan Spieth, Rory McIlroy and Jason Day, he most certainly is inching upwards. “They have clearly played the best out of anyone over the past few months to couple of years,” Fowler said. “So I’m trying to be a small fourth thrown in there. But there are a lot of other really good young players playing well right now, as well.”
As far as Jordan Spieth is concerned, there were troubles for him in the last two tournaments. Clearly, a bizarre fortnight as he ended up missing his second successive cut at the Deutsche Bank Championship in the second round of FedExCup play-offs. Despite that, Spieth returned to No 1 in the world rankings, thanks to the intricacies of the points scoring.
Lake Forest, a northern Chicago suburb, in Illinois will see the likes of Day, Spieth, McIlroy, Fowler, Stenson among seventy other golfers. At the conclusion of the BMW Championship, top 30 golfers take their arduous journey to the TOUR Championship at East Lake Golf Club in Atlanta during September 24-27, 2015.