Best Bets at the 2022 BMW Championship
Only 68 golfers will be taking part in the second leg of the FedEx Cup Playoffs this week. There were supposed to be 70 entrants in the field for the 2022 BMW Championship, but Cameron Smith and Tommy Fleetwood both withdrew early in the week. The top 30 golfers in the FedEx Cup Rankings will advance to the TOUR Championship next week, and the results in this week’s event will go a long way to determining that field.
Rory McIlroy is once again the favorite by the golf betting odds even though he failed to make the cut at the FedEx St. Jude Championship last weekend. McIlroy is currently in line to win the Vardon Trophy this year, and his big driver makes him a contender at Wilmington Country Club this week. This will be the first PGA Tour event ever played in Delaware.
Event: BMW Championship
Category: PGA Tour
Date: August 18-21, 2022
Location: Wilmington Country Club, Wilmington, Delaware
2021: Patrick Cantlay -27
2020: Jon Rahm -4
2019: Justin Thomas -25
2018: Keegan Bradley -20
2017: Marc Leishman -23
Wilmington Country Club’s South Course will be the site of the first PGA Tour event played in the First State. This track is a par 71 that tips at over 7,500 yards, and it will be brand new to every golfer teeing off this week. Justin Thomas is the only player in the field that has been involved in a competitive event here, but that was nine years ago, and the course is much different.
This will be a challenging course because of its length, narrow fairways, thick rough, and tough greens. We probably won’t see the low scores we have come to expect at the BMW Championship, and a 10-under might be good enough to win.
Best Bet to Win the BMW Championship: Jon Rahm +1400
Jon Rahm is coming off his best finish in over three months. Rahm had not finished better than T10 since his win at the Mexico Open in early May, but he earned a T5 finish at the FedEx St. Jude Championship last week. He led the field in GIR and scrambling per Rob Bolton, and that makes him one of the real contenders at Wilmington CC.
This is a course that plays to Rahm’s strengths. He ranks first on the PGA Tour in GIR and third in driving distance. Rahm is pretty accurate with the big stick considering the distance he gets on drives, and he should be in good shape as long as he stays out of the bunkers he struggles in during tounaments.
Value Play to Win the BMW Championship: Cameron Davis +7000
In order to qualify for the TOUR Championship next week, Cameron Davis must perform well this week. Davis has looked like he wants to be in Atlanta with his performance over the last several weeks, posting five straight T16 finishes. Davis has a solid driver and is a quality putter, but he has issues with his accuracy at times. Still, the value is too good to ignore at 70-1 here.