Golf Rankings for BMW Championship
Rory McIlroy [Yahoo Class B] - World Ranking: #3
With two wins and three top-fives in four August starts, McIlroy is clearly over whatever funk he experienced the prior couple of months. McIlroy is a top-five machine playing on another level than the rest of the field right now. Starting him is a no-brainer in any kind of format. McIlroy is sixth in driving distance, first in both birdie average and scoring average and fourth in All-Around Ranking.
Tiger Woods [Yahoo Class C]
Woods showed the back issue that cost him in the final two rounds of The Barclays was no big deal last week at TPC Boston with a solo third. While Tiger is no longer a Sunday magician, he’s still packing plenty of ammo. Like the rest of the field, Woods will be playing Crooked Stick for the first time. Tiger sits first in total driving and eighth in All-Around Ranking.
Louis Oosthuizen [Yahoo Class C] - World Ranking: #18
Like McIlroy, Oosthuizen has tallied a trio of top-five results in August. Last week at TPC Boston he had opportunities to win but finished solo second. On Tour Oosthuizen is seventh in scoring average, ninth in birdie average, 12th in total driving and sixth in All-Around Ranking.
Dustin Johnson [Yahoo Class A] - World Ranking: #8
Coming off a pair of top-fives, Johnson suddenly looks like a solid option at Crooked Stick. Over his last five starts he’s finished inside the top 20 on four occasions. DJ ranks ninth in scoring average and 15th in All-Around Ranking.
Adam Scott [Yahoo Class A] - World Ranking: #14
Last week’s T7 at TPC Boston is Scott’s best result since scoring consecutive top-threes at Congressional and St. Annes. The Australian has only missed one cut all season while rarely finishing outside of the top 20. Scott ranks sixth in scoring average.
Jason Dufner [Yahoo Class B] - World Ranking: #60
A round of 3-over on Sunday cost Dufner a top-10 finish at TPC Boston. That would have given him three top-10s in his last four and seven in his last 10 starts. Dufner ranks third in scoring average, fourth in birdie average, fifth in greens in regulation percentage, sixth in total driving and second in All-Around Ranking.
Lee Westwood [Yahoo Class B] - World Ranking: #52
After finishing T5 in The Barclays, Westwood took a slight step back last week with a T13 at TPC Boston. He’s among the elite international players and playing pretty well at the moment. Westwood is first in greens in regulation percentage and seventh in All-Around Ranking.
Luke Donald [Yahoo Class B] - World Ranking: #83
He’s recorded three top-10s in his last five Tour starts of the season, but has also finished outside of the top 25 in two of the last three. Donald ranks second in strokes gained – putting, 11th in scoring average and 20th in All-Around Ranking.
Sergio Garcia [Yahoo Class A] - World Ranking: #12
Following a win at Sedgefield, Garcia came right back with a T3 in The Barclays. Sergio skipped TPC Boston last week and is one of a small handful of players heading to Crooked Stick with rest. Garcia is 18th in strokes gained – putting, 19th in scoring average and 18th in All-Around Ranking.
Steve Stricker [Yahoo Class C]
Since missing his first cut in ages, Stricker has made nine straight with five top-15s. While not playing at an elite level, Stricker is still looking consistent enough to trust. He ranks ninth in birdie average, 13th in scoring average, 15th in greens in regulation percentage and 16th in All-Around Ranking.
Keegan Bradley [Yahoo Class A] - World Ranking: #79
After winning at Firestone and earning a T3 in the PGA Championship, Bradley missed the cut at The Barclays but bounced right back with a T13 last week. Bradley is third in birdie average, 11th in total driving and first in All-Around Ranking.
Phil Mickelson [Yahoo Class A] - World Ranking: #31
After missing two straight cuts, Mickelson finished outside of the top 35 in three more starts until last week’s T4 at TPC Boston. Based on his performance over the summer months, Lefty still looks like a risky pick. However, everyone here is a first timer, giving Mickelson a chance to keep things rolling.
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