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Tour Championship the goal at BMW Championship

Marc Leishman in good form and playing without the pressure of making it to Atlanta. (Photo: Bruce Young)
The FedEx Cup Playoffs recommence after a one week break with the staging of this week’s BMW Championship at the Tom Fazio designed Conway Farms Golf Club at Lake Forest in Illinois, the venue for this event in 2013 and 2015.  

The event, so long known as the Western Open, became the BMW Championship in 2007 when the FedEx Cup Playoffs were introduced and Dustin Johnson is the only player in this week’s field who has won the event on two occasions in that time although neither were at this venue.

The leading 70 players on the FedEx Cup points list have played their way into this exclusive field but things become even more exclusive when the field for next week’s Tour Championship in Atlanta is cut to 30.

Many in this week’s field however have a lot to play for because a place in the Tour Championship offers not only the huge bonuses associated with reaching that far but the chance to play the majors in 2018 and other benefits.

There is no 36 hole cut this week so golfers will have a full 72 holes to advance their cause in an attempt to get to Atlanta if they were to get off to a slow start.

Three Australians have made it this far, namely the 2015 winner at this venue, Jason Day, Marc Leishman and Cameron Smith.

Day won in 2015 but also finished 4th at Conway Farms in 2013 so he does enjoy a very good record over this layout. The Queenslander has been neither good nor bad in recent starts but a visit to a venue which saw him become world number one for the first time in 2015 may serve as a catalyst for better things.

Day is currently in 28th position on the FedEx Cup Points table so he needs a good solid week to ensure he makes it to Atlanta.

Leishman finished 3rd at the recent Dell Technologies Championship and had put together some very consistent form earlier.

Leishman does not have the same pressure on him to make the top 30 for the Tour Championship as Day and Smith as his current 7th place suggests he will get there irrespective of how he plays this week.

Smith has missed seven of his last nine cuts and although he threw in a 7th place finish at the recent Wyndham Championship he will need a significant turnaround if he is to improve the extent he needs to in order to move inside the top 30 from his current 56th place.

But the winner is likely to come from the likes of Dustin Johnson, Justin Thomas, Jordan Spieth and Hideki Matsuyama, the latter of whom finished a solid 7th here in 2015 and recorded a round of 63 during that week.








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