BMW Championship Predictions
Our golf expert cappers have offered their picks and insights for the 70-player field battling at Wilmington CC in Delaware this week. The FedEx Cup playoffs enters the decisive phase with the second tournament.
Key Stat: Theegala combines regional and current form thanks to a second-place result at the Travelers Championship in June
- Theegala did well at Waste Management Phoenix Open (third place) and the Travellers’ Championship (second place)
- He is improving in driving which is a key metric here
- Theegala tied for 13th at The Open, and then tied for 16th at John Deere the following week
Given that there are only 70 players in the field, Sahith Theegala seems like a solid pick at a fair price, so I’ll start there.
Theegala combines regional and current form thanks to a second-place result at the Travelers Championship in June. TPC River Highlands is located on the east coast and can be reached from Wilmington in four hours.
Although Theegala really should have won, he hasn’t let it bother him. The American of Indian descent tied for 16th place at John Deere the following week, had a solid opening round of 63 in his Open debut, and then tied for 13th place in the St. Jude Championship the subsequent week. He moved up to the 28th position in the FedEx Cup rankings as a result of these efforts. He could hardly get into East Lake right now with that, but he must persist.
Thinking about last week, it’s probable that Theegala experienced Will Zalatoris’s victory more intensely than the majority of others. That victory proved that doors ultimately open if you keep banging on them.
At the Waste Management Phoenix Open (third place) and the Travellers’ Championship (second place), Theegala couldn’t hold on until the end, yet it is likely that this experience will serve him to improve further in his career. Theegala’s comments at St Jude are incentivizing, considering how important is driving in this week’s event:
“I think the biggest takeaway is that I drove it very well all week. That week was perhaps one of my best driving weeks ever. It has always been the weakest point of my game, so it gives me a lot of hope for the next few weeks.
The statistics show that he placed 11th for SG: Off The Tee, so maybe the rookie may have a huge impact at these long odds.
Key Stat: Denny McCarthy is having a good year without breaking the bank yet
- The 29-year-old finished tied fifth at the Memorial Tournament, tied seventh at the US Open, and tied 6th at the John Deere
- Stallings is ranking in a creditable 24th this year in the score for par 4
- He ranked ninth in the John Deere Classic, ninth at Memorial, and twenty-fourth at the US Open for SG: Tee To Green
Denny McCarthy is yet another player who is having a good year without breaking the bank. Over the previous several months, the 29-year-old has finished tied fifth at the Memorial Tournament, tied seventh at the US Open, and tied 6th at the John Deere. Because of those outstanding performances, he has risen to the 36th spot in the FedEx Cup standings; if this week goes according to plan, he will make the top-30 at East Lake for the first time in his career.
I like how McCarthy’s long game has obviously become better. This run of victories isn’t only the product of his consistent putting ability. If we check at SG: Tee To Green, he placed ninth in the John Deere Classic, ninth at Memorial, and twenty-fourth at the US Open.
McCarthy suffered recently, and despite the disappointment of missing the cut at both the Rocket Mortgage & Wyndham Championships, he bounced back almost immediately with a top 20 at the St Jude Championship last week after opening with rounds of 66-65. At TPC Southwind, he mentioned these improvements and said, “I worked extremely hard on my driving and iron play. I took three weeks off. I began to form some bad habits, drove the ball badly, and wasn’t hitting iron shots with precision and power.
So, on Monday and Tuesday, I brought my coach over, and we just worked on some of the exercises with some excellent results. We went back to those feelings, and they are now really wonderful.
I’ll strike it as hard as I know how to, putting myself up against the competition. If I continue to put in the hard work and stick with the process, beautiful things will undoubtedly start to come my way.
McCarthy is ranking 3rd in terms of Strokes Gained: Putting and with the long game that keeps improving, he has a chance here and looks like a perfect second bet for this week’s competition at these high odds.