Expert Picks for BMW Championship
Over the last four years, Villegas has been among the top players in the BMW Championship. He's finished T7, T8 and T11 at Cog Hill and won the 2008 event at Bellerive. Since the playoffs began this season, Villegas has really stepped up his game after an awful regular season with a pair of top-10s and a T25 last week at TPC Boston.
David Toms [Yahoo Class C] - World Ranking: #149
After registering three straight finishes of 17th or better, Toms missed the cut at The Barclays and finished T59 at the Deutsche Bank Championship. Since 1997, Toms has made 10 starts at Cog Hill with eight finishes of 23rd or better, including five straight. He’s currently second in greens in regulation percentage, fourth in driving accuracy percentage, 10th in scoring average, 11th in birdie average and third in All-Around Ranking.
Over his last eight starts, Reavie has finished inside the top 20 on six occasions and is coming off a runner-up performance at TPC Boston, his third top-five of the season. He ranks fourth in total driving and has climbed to ninth in the FedExCup standings. Reavie likely cost himself last week’s tournament with a bad approach shot on the final hole but has been opening eyes with long-distance putts.
Bo Van Pelt [Yahoo Class B] - World Ranking: #106
Although he finished T54 last year at Cog Hill, Van Pelt recorded a T15 in 2009 and a T18 in 2007. BVP is coming off a seventh-place finish, his best since registering six top-15s in eight starts from late May through July. Among the most consistent players this season, Van Pelt ranks 10th in total driving and ninth in All-Around ranking.
Gary Woodland [Yahoo Class A] - World Ranking: #48
After a roaring start to the season, including his first career Tour win, Woodland has been a silent but steady force in the playoffs. Currently ranked 11th in points, Woodland has finished no worse than 25th in the postseason with a pair inside the top 15. Woodland is fifth in driving distance, 11th in greens in regulation percentage, 14th in scoring average and 17th in birdie average.
Bubba Watson [Yahoo Class A] - World Ranking: #4
Prior to finishing T50 last year at Cog Hill, Watson finished T15 and T18 in his two previous starts at the site. He enters this week with a T16 from TPC Boston, his fourth top-30 finish in his last five. Watson ranks first in greens in regulation percentage and second in both driving distance and eagles (holes per).
Hunter Mahan [Yahoo Class B] - World Ranking: #34
In six career starts at Cog Hill, Mahan has yet to record a top-20. However, he’s coming off his first top-10 finish since late May and sits 18th in the FedExCup standings. Despite his late-season slump, Mahan still ranks fifth in All-Around Ranking and is among the top players in the game when he’s locked in.
Zach Johnson [Yahoo Class B] - World Ranking: #12
In his last two starts at Cog Hill, Johnson has finished T15 and fifth. Over his last six starts of the season, he’s finished 16th or better on four occasions with a pair inside the top 10. Johnson currently sits 11th in All-Around ranking and is another solid player hovering outside of the top 30.
Sergio Garcia [Yahoo Class C] - World Ranking: #7
In his two career starts at Cog Hill, Garcia finished T6 in 2009 and ninth in 2007. After finishing T12 at the PGA Championship, he’s been a bit of a disappointment in the playoffs finishing 32nd and 31st. However, Garcia still registers seventh in scoring average and is enjoying his best season since finishing third in points back in 2008.
Ryan Moore [Yahoo Class A] - World Ranking: #37
After missing the cut at The Barclays, Moore bounced back with a top-10 at TPC Boston. He now sits 39th in points and heads to Cog Hill after scoring a career-best T3 a year ago. Moore ranks fifth in strokes gained – putting and has a great chance to advance given last year’s effort.
Bill Haas [Yahoo Class B] - World Ranking: #31
After recording a share of second at The Greenbrier Classic and a T12 two starts later at the PGA Championship, it appeared Haas was back on track. He began the playoffs with a T24 at The Barclays but finished T61 at TPC Boston. In three starts at Cog Hill, Haas has never finished worse than 30th but owns a T10 from 2009.
K.J. Choi [Yahoo Class C] - World Ranking: #92
Despite sitting 15th in points, Choi is in need of a good outing. After finishing second at the AT&T National, the South Korean has yet to record a finish better than 32nd and missed the cut last week. Choi finished a career-best T3 last year at Cog Hill and will need to summon that performance to be a factor over the next two events.