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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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The historical 2016 Major season comes to an end

Major season is over. Can you believe it? We now have eight months until the 2017 Masters.

  • Jimmy Walker took his first major over Jason Day, which capped only the third season since 1969, and fifth ever with four first-time major winners. The last time it happened was in 2011 when Charl Schwartzel, Rory McIlroy, Darren Clarke and Keegan Bradley all won their first.

The first-timers this year were no joke, either. Three of the four were ranked inside the top 20 in the world when they won and two were inside the top 10.

Watch the PGA Championship highlights right here:

    • Henrik Stenson, the winner of the Open championship was also a first-time major winner. Seeing him holding the Claret Jug aloft was a delight to the eyes.

Stenson’s winning moments.

    • Dustin Johnson won the 2016 U.S. Open at Oakmont Country Club. The American was also a first-time major winner with a 4-under-par score of 276.

Dustin Johnson talks with Joe Buck after winning the 2016 U.S. Open at Oakmont.

  • Danny Willett, the 2016 masters tournament winner too was a first-time major winner at Augusta National after shooting a five-under-par round of 67 to take advantage of a collapse by Jordan Spieth.

Watch Danny upset Jordan Speith right under.

It was a fitting way to end the major season, but there’s still so much golf to look forward to over the remainder of the year. The countdown is well and truly on for the Ryder Cup and the Olympics.

2016 PGA championship: The final major of the season

The PGA Championship is one of the 4 major championships in professional golf, and it is the golf season’s final major, played in mid-August on the third weekend prior to Labor Day weekend.

This year’s PGA championship is 98th of its kind. The Lower Course at Baltusrol in Springfield, New Jersey will host this year’s edition of the PGA championship.

Jason Day won the 2015 PGA championship.
Jason Day won the 2015 PGA championship.

List of qualification criteria for the PGA Championship.

  • All former PGA Champions.
  • Winners of the last five U.S. Opens.
  • Winners of the last five Masters.
  • Winners of the last five Open Championships.
  • The last Senior PGA Champion.
  • The low 15 scorers and ties in the previous PGA Championship.
  • The 20 low scorers in the last PGA Professional National Championship.
  • The 70 leaders in official money standings on the PGA Tour (starting one week prior to the previous year’s PGA Championship and ending two weeks prior to the current year’s PGA Championship).
  • Members of the most recent United States and European Ryder Cup Teams, provided they are in the top 100 of the Official World Golf Ranking as of one week before the start of the tournament.
  • Winners of tournaments co-sponsored or approved by the PGA Tour since the previous PGA Championship (does not include pro-am and team competitions, but does include alternate events).
  • The PGA of America reserves the right to invite additional players not included in the categories listed above.

The total field is a maximum of 156 players. Vacancies are filled by the first available player from the list of alternates (those below 70th place in official money standings).

A look at previous years PGA Championship winners.
A look at previous years PGA Championship winners.

The 2016 PGA championship will take place from July 28–31 at Baltusrol Golf Club, Springfield Township, New Jersey.

In the modern era of golf, there has never been such a short turnaround from one men’s major championship to the next. In turn, if you think predicting a winner of the event is already a fool’s errand, this one becomes even more of a guessing game.