Expect the unexpected as race hots up in FedExCup Playoffs

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Venue of this week's BMW Championship, the Caves Valley Golf Club is hosting a PGA Tour event for the first time. Photo: GolfPass.com
Venue of this week's BMW Championship, the Caves Valley Golf Club is hosting a PGA Tour event for the first time. Photo: GolfPass.com

Its Week No 2 of the FedExCup Playoffs on the PGA Tour, and the competition will hot up at the BMW Championship as those on the fringes of the top-70 on the FedExCup Standings will be jostling to make the top-30 and the season finale Tour Championship.

 

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For the cream though, there will be other thoughts preoccupying them at the Caves Valley Golf Club.

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Though No 1 on the FedExCup Rankings, last week’s champion Tony Finau will be hoping he won’t have to wait another five years before he gets his next win on Tour after the playoff win over Cameron Smith at The Northern Trust.

It has been a trying wait for the Tour’s latest champion, and after pulling it off, Finau’s first words were: “Miracles happen to those who wait”.

 

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While on a turnaround, the big bentgrass course could be the ideal turf for Dustin Johnson to notch a strong finish in a while. The former World No 1 is far from playing his best golf but knowing him, a U-turn can never be far away.

 

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As the 2020-21 season draws to a close, the final two weeks are about expectations and living up to them.

After the bout of COVID, World No 1 Jon Rahm would have been punched as a peach after taking the initial lead at The Northern Trust. This week, amends can be made. The same applies to Cameron Smith, nursing heartburn after the playoff loss.

A missed cut has not been on Collin Morikawa’s plate in a while, and The Open champion would have given last week a serious relook, and will be back with fresh notes.

 

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Justin Thomas, Jordan Spieth, Bryson Dechambeau and Tokyo Olympics champion Xander Schauffele all have their jottings ready and the world will get to know on Sunday the ones who ticked all the boxes over four rounds as there will be no cut this week or the next.

 

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As for the golf course, it is a novelty from the Tour’s point of view. Host to amateur and PGA Tour Champions tournaments, it was lengthened to host its first PGA Tour event. Expect some unknown and exciting challenges lurking all around the layout.

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