This week’s BMW Championship is the latest stop of the 2020 FedEx Cup Playoffs.
Starting Thursday, suburban Chicago will provide the answer to some of this weekend’s most pressing questions: Will Dustin Johnson continue his recent dominance? Will Tiger catch fire? Who will head into next week’s playoff finale?
Take a look at some of the storylines that will dominate golf headlines through Sunday.
Who are the BMW Championship betting favorites?
Johnson, coming off an incredible showing at the Northern Trust, is unsurprisingly the betting favorite to win this weekend at Olympia Fields North Course.
Johnson bettors hope the world’s No. 1 can replicate his showing at the Northern Trust. He won the tournament in dominant fashion, finishing with an 11-shot victory and an 8-under par in his final round.
But one of golf’s great joys is its unpredictability, leaving the door open for someone to outplay the FedEx Cup Playoffs leader.
Here are DraftKings’ odds on other top players to win the BMW Championship:
- Jon Rahm (+1000)
- Justin Thomas (+1200)
- Bryson DeChambeau (+1300)
- Xander Schauffele (+1500)
- Daniel Berger (+1700)
- Rory McIlroy (+1700)
Johnson, meanwhile, is at +200 to finish in the top five and -118 for the top 10.
Props, specials galore for the BMW Championship
Are props your game?
If so, you’re in luck when it comes to the BMW Championship.
Props run the gamut on DraftKings from whether there will be an albatross in the tournament to top-finish predictions based on nationality.
As usual, bettors can also find individual matchup predictions, like one between Rahm (-118) and Thomas (-106).
FanDuel bettors, meanwhile, can wager who will finish with the best score, minus DeChambeau, Johnson, Rahm and Thomas. Grabbing Rory McIlroy there at +1000 is one option.
BetMGM, on the other hand, is offering a series of Dustin Johnson specials. The specials include bets on him to go bogey-free in round one or to make an eagle.
For DeChambeau, bettors can wager early with a bet on whether the heavy hitter will birdie the first hole.
Notably, DraftKings is offering a 30% profit boost on any bet for the BMW Championship.
Major names missing from the tournament
Webb Simpson, considered a front-runner heading into the BMW Championship, withdrew from the tournament this week. He is currently ranked third in the cup standings.
The reason? Simpson wants to rest before next week’s Tour Championship.
The decision comes off two straight top-10 finishes for him.
He joins a list of other prominent golfers who will not play this week at Olympia Fields.
Other top golfers are barred from the tournament after not finishing in the top 70 in cup points:
- Phil Mickelson
- Jordan Spieth
- Rickie Fowler
- Justin Rose
Where does Tiger stand?
Tiger Woods is not a golfer in his prime.
But for many, the conversation leading into tournaments starts in the same place it has for years: How’s Tiger look?
Tiger finished Sunday with a strong 66 but still finished tied for 58th at the Northern Trust tournament in Boston.
The legendary golfer is now positioned 57th in cup points. This means he’s well off the lead but having a solid enough season to qualify for the BMW Championship.
Anyone looking for a 2019-Masters-like performance from Tiger would get huge returns.
Tiger has won the BMW Championship twice, but those victories came at Cog Hill Golf and Country Club in Lemont, Illinois. He has played at Olympia Park in previous tournaments, including the 2003 US Open.
Here is where Indiana’s top three sportsbooks rank Tiger’s chances:
- DraftKings: +3500 to win; +750 for top five; +350 for top 10
- FanDuel: +3500 to win; +650 top five; +280 top 10
- BetMGM: +4000 to win; +650 top five; +300 top 10