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BMW Championship: Dustin Johnson captures third victory of the season

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American Johnson recovered from letting slip his three-shot overnight lead to card a five-under-par 67 and finish on 23 under. Casey, who also went round in 67, was three shots back, with American Roberto Castro third on 17 under.

Defending champion and world number one Jason Day withdrew after eight holes with a lower back injury.

Johnson is ranked No. 1 going into the Tour Championship. If he wins the Tour Championship, he also earns $10 million for winning the FedEx Cup. Johnson has now won three times in a season for the first time in his career, and he has been the best golfer in the world for most (if not all) of 2016.

“I think I played really solid,” Johnson told NBC after beating Casey by three at the BMW Championship at Crooked Stick. “Drove it nicely, wedged it good. Couple of bad misses, but other than that I played really solid all week. I have a lot of confidence in every part of my game. … I put in a new putter, and it really worked this week.”

Now Johnson will try and reproduce something else only Woods has done: Win the Tour Championship as the No. 1 player in the FedEx Cup points race going into the final event.

 

 

BMW Championship: 7 probables to win the tournament

The 3rd Leg of FedEx cup, the BMW Championship, began on Thursday and we at Golfoy have picked 7 players who could likely win the tournament.

  1. Rory McIlroy:

A new putting coach, a new putter (Scotty Cameron Newport M1 prototype) has certainly helped McIlroy revamp his golfing as he won the 2nd leg of FedEx cup, the Deutsche Bank Championship. He made a significant rise in both the World rankings and the FedEx cup rankings. He jumped to the 4th position from 34th in the FedEx cup rankings.

Can Rory McIlroy win two in a row?

  2. Patrick Reed:

With a win at the Barclays and a tie for fifth last week in the Deutsche Bank Championship, Reed increased his lead in the FedEx Cup standings. With his 11 finishes in the top 10 and 16 in the top 25 this season on the PGA Tour, he has risen to No. 8 in the world.

He surely can win the BMW Championship.

3. Dustin Johnson:

BMW Championship - Final Round

With his tie for eighth in the Deutsche Bank Championship on Monday, Johnson has registered seven top-10 finishes since June, including the Win at the U.S. Open. Johnson won the BMW championship in 2010 by one stroke over Paul Casey.

He currently stands at No.3 in the FedEx cup rankings and is one of the strong contenders for the BMW Championship.

 4. Jason Day:

The World No.1 from Australia has set his stakes high after opening the FedEx Cup playoffs with a tie for fourth in The Barclays. He will be defending his title in the BMW Championship. He remains at the 2nd spot in the FedEx cup rankings and can possibly win the BMW Championship.

The Jason Day story.

 5. Adam Scott:

One of only four players to finish in the top 10 in each of the first two events of the FedEx Cup playoffs, Scott enters the BMW Championship at fifth in the point standings and also is No. 6 in the world. He is making his ninth appearance in the BMW Championship and has placed in the top 10 three times.

Adam Scott enters the BMW Championship as the strongest contender to win it.

6. Jason Kokrak:

Out of the blue Jason Kokrak from United States tied for seventh in The Barclays and tied for eighth in the Deutsche Bank Championship, one of only four players to finish in the top 10 in both tournaments. Still, that puts him only 34th in the point standings and he needs another strong finish this week in the BMW Championship to qualify for the Tour Championship.

7. Phil Mickelson:

The #Letzgolefty golfer has not yet played his best in the FedEx cup playoffs. Phil tied for 13th in The Barclays and missed the cut in the Deutsche Bank Championship. He’s a virtual lock to reach the Tour Championship and a big result this week would give him a chance to win the whole thing at East Lake in Atlanta.

Mickelson is making his 14th start in the BMW Championship and his best result was a tie for second in 2012.

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Rory McIlroy wins US PGA Deutsche Bank Championship

Rory McIlroy won the Deutsche Bank Championship to claim his first PGA Tour title for 16 months.

The Northern Irishman started six shots behind overnight leader Paul Casey, but seven birdies in a six-under-par 65 saw him finish two shots clear at 15 under.

England’s Casey, 39, missed an eagle putt on the final hole at TPC Boston that would have forced a play-off.

It was 27-year-old McIlroy’s first tournament win since the Irish Open in May and first PGA title since May 2015.

A new putting coach, a new putter (Scotty Cameron Newport M1 prototype) has surely helped McIlroy regain his form.

He told Sky Sports: “I played some great golf and holed some great putts. I’m just really proud of myself, how I hung in there on the first day and then got some momentum on Saturday. Then I just went with it.

“It’s nice to get that first win in the States this year and hopefully I can take this momentum into the next couple of weeks and ultimately the Ryder Cup.”

The Deutsche Bank Championship is the second of the four that make up the season-ending FedEx Cup.

McIlroy will rise 34 places to fourth in the FedEx Cup standings – and nearer the $10m (£7.52m) prize for the winner – as a result of his victory.

The competition features the top 100 players in the world. The leading 70 after this weekend progress to next week’s BMW Championship, where the field will be reduced to 30 for the Tour Championship on 22-25 September.

Alex Noren wins Omega European Masters in playoff with Scott Hend

Alex Noren of Sweden scored a 20-foot birdie putt on the first extra hole to beat Scott Hend of Australia in a play-off for the Omega European Masters title on Sunday.

Noren scored a 5-under round of 65 to be tied at 17 under with Hend, the overnight leader who carded a 66 on the Crans Montana course.

“It was a really fun day,” said Noren, who won his sixth European Tour title on the same Swiss Alps course where his first came in 2009.

Noren, who is assured to rise from his No. 39 world ranking, believes he can handle pressure better since his now six-month-old daughter was born.

“I have a baby girl now and that takes up a lot of my focus,” said the 34-year-old Swede, whose family joined him in Switzerland this week. “It’s only golf. It’s not my whole life anymore.”

Noren needed only 30 shots for the outward nine, then dropped his first stroke at the par-4 10th. Hend began a stretch of three birdies in four holes from the 12th to cut the Swede’s lead to one shot.

A three-putt by Noren at the 17th gave Hend a chance, which the Australian almost wasted on the 18th by pulling his tee shot left into the trees. Hend saved par to force the playoff as the rain started to fall for the first time all week.

The win was Noren’s second of the year after capturing the Aberdeen Asset Management Scottish Open earlier this summer.

Barclays cup 2016: Patrick Reed finally scoops one

In the final round of The Barclays 2016, several players were in contention going into the final 9 holes but it was Patrick Reed who stood out amongst the pack to claim the first leg of The FedExCup Playoffs.

It was in January 2015 when he last won a fourth PGA Tour title at the Hyundai Tournament of Champions. The wait for the trophy no. 5 was getting longer and frustrating for the highly rated American pro.

His win at the Bethpage State Park has not only have given him a lot of FedEx points but has also secured a place in the American Ryder Cup team.

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