Fierce Five at Medinah
Rory McIlroy (+770) – The BMW Championship odds on the four-time major champion are as chalky as they were when we picked him as one of our players to watch in the Northern Trust last week. McIlroy finished tied for sixth after shooting a combined 12 under par, trailing the eventual winner, Patrick Reed, by four shots. But if McIlroy overcomes the hiccups he had in the final round (seven bogeys) last week then he could very well be the one to beat this week.
Dustin Johnson (+1300) – The 35-year-old Johnson opened the Northern by shooting rounds of 63 and 67 but then withered in the second half of the competition and wound up tied for 24th. Nevertheless, Johnson has been in the winner’s circle eight times over the past two seasons and he cannot be discounted in your BMW Championship picks, especially at the juicy price of +1300 at some of the best online sportsbooks like 5Dimes.
Justin Rose (+1600) – The last of our three chalky picks, Rose won this event back in 2016 when it was held at Crooked Stick and finished tied for 10th at the Northern Trust. Consistency has been Rose’s calling card as evidenced by his top 10 finishes in seven of his 15 starts this season, including a win at the Farmers Insurance Open. It’s hard to ignore the reigning FedEx Cup champion in this event – and we won’t.
Jordan Spieth (+3000) – Four years ago, Jordan Spieth was at the zenith of his PGA career, winning the U.S. Open and the Masters while placing second at the PGA Championship. Not surprisingly, he was also the FedEx Cup champ that season and he looked like the kid to beat for years to come. The 26-year-old had another excellent season in 2017 but has yet to match that vintage 2015 season. Fast forward to 2019 and Spieth has had a disappointing year by his lofty standards with his best showing occurring back in May when he took third at the PGA Championship at Bethpage. However, he did place sixth last week at the Northern Trust and had he not shot a 74 in the third round, he could have won it all. Perhaps, he’s ready to do just that this week.
Gary Woodland (+6600) – The reigning U.S. Open champ blitzed the field at Pebble Beach back in June with a 13 under par, besting Brooks Koepka by three strokes. Since that time Woodland has come up pretty much empty but did finish tied for 52nd last week at the Northern Trust. However, his wife was pregnant with twins, delivering Maddox and Lennox on August 2nd and as the due date grew near, his focus shifted from birdies to bassinets. We saw glimpses of Woodland, currently ninth in the FedEx Cup standings, returning to form last week and at odds of +6600, he’s a sleeper that could awake with a roaring thunder this week.