2017 BMW Championship Picks, Including the Driver-Off-The-Deck BOLD Play of the Week #isitFridayyet

With the NFL season opener smack dab in the middle of the FedEx Cup Playoffs, count me among the happy PGA Tour fanatics who can’t wait for the new schedule to take effect in 2019.  It feels like a month ago that we watched Justin Thomas storm TPC Boston en route to defeating his pal Jordan Spieth, and no question about it that the Tour loses some serious momentum with a bye week of sorts, while going head to head against the pigskin.  A late August or Labor Day weekend grand finale coming soon in two years?!  Yes, please!

Two weeks ago my picks at the Dell Technologies Championship flat out sucked, as all 3 made the cut, but the best finish was by my Semi-Flier Charl Scwhartzel who finished t-25th.  I also obviously missed on Justin Thomas, as he brought home the trophy.

Now, let’s hop into some picks for this week:

LOCKZILLA (Last week: Louis t-30th)

Rickie Fowler
Rickie Fowler
– With the week off and the attention heavily on the current FedEx top 3 of Spieth, JT and DJ, it might be easy for some to overlook Rickie’s extremely consistent performances of late.  Dating back to the U.S. Open in June, over a span of 7 events, Rickie’s worst finish is t-22nd with 4 top 10s and 3 top 5s in that span.  Two years ago here he finished t-4th, and I expect him in contention this week with a great shot to win on Sunday.

SEMI-FLIER (Last week: Charl t-25th)

Patrick Reed
Patrick Reed-
 Trending significantly upwards of late, as he seems to do anytime a team event is near (side note- U.S. will CRUSH in the Presidents Cup in a couple weeks).  T-2nd at the PGA Championship in August and t-6th two weeks ago in Boston = Mr Top 5 is due to find the winner’s circle anytime now…

HOSEL-ROCKET BUST (Last week: Thomas Win)

Ian Poulter
Ian Poulter
– You might think it’s difficult to pick a bust in a no-cut field of 70 players, but this is all too easy this week, as Poults is hands down your FADE-O-RAMA of the week.  Not only beginning to fade from his torrid stretch in the late summer, but in two appearances at Conway Farms he’s gone t-53rd and t-44th.  Stay away from Mr Hosel Fade and thank me later.

DRIVER-OFF-THE-DECK BOLD PLAY OF THE WEEK (Henley t-40th)

Charl Schwartzel
Charl Schwartzel
– I was on Charl two weeks ago in Boston and despite an opening 75, he rallied back with rounds of 69-69-67 to finish t-25th.  In his only appearance at Conway Farms back in 2013, the South African notched a t-8th finish, a week in which he entered in similar form.  Look for a sneaky top 10 from the 33-year-old this week.

#isitThursdayyet

Joel Harrington
@joel4deepgolf

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