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2014 BMW Championship | Five players to watch
Series: Golf Buzz
Published: Wednesday, September 03, 2014 | 9:54 a.m.
The PGA Tour is at Cherry Hills Country Club just outside Denver this week for the BMW Championship -- the third leg of the PGA Tour Playoffs for the FedExCup.
Cherry Hills is a special place, having hosted five major championships, including the epic 1960 U.S. Open, where Arnold Palmer erased a seven-stroke deficit in the final round to win his only U.S. Open title.
There should be a litte less pressure for a lot of U.S. and European players now that both Ryder Cup teams have been finalized. Now the focus is on finishing in the top 30 of the FedExCup standings at week's end to lock up a spot in the Tour Championship.
Here are five players you'll want to keep an eye on.
5. Geoff Ogilvy
Best finish in 2013-14 season: Won the Barracuda Championship
Reason to watch: Up until the beginning of August, it had been a rough couple of years on the golf course for the 2006 U.S. Open winner. His luck changed at the Barracuda Championship, where Ogilvy bagged his first PGA Tour win since the 2010 SBS Championship. The win helped Ogilvy get into the PGA Tour Playoffs for the FedExCup. He missed the cut at the Barclays and then entered the Deutsche Bank Championship at No. 100 in the standings -- the final spot. Ogilvy made the most of his opportunity, finishing in a tie for second at TPC Boston to catapult 76 spots up the FedExCup standings to No. 24. So, after barely making it into the Deutsche Bank Championship, Ogilvy is in a position this week to earn a spot in the Tour Championship. That's quite a turnaround.
4. Rickie Fowler
Best finish in 2013-14 season: T2 at the U.S. Open and Open Championship
Reason to watch: Fowler has done everything but win this season. Did you know that his T23 at last week's Deutsche Bank Championship was actually Fowler's worst finish on the PGA Tour in his last seven starts dating back to the beginning of June? That's some spectacular golf. It's only a matter of time before he finally pulls through. Why not this week?
3. Sergio Garcia
Best finish in 2013-14 season: Second at the WGC-Bridgestone Invitational
Reason to watch: In 14 starts this season, Garcia has finished in the top 10 eight times. Five of those resulted in top-3 finishes. He's been knocking on the door a lot this season -- it's time to kick it in. He should be refreshed after taking last week off. He had a stretch of three consecutive tournaments -- the Travelers, Open Championship and WGC-Bridgestone Invitational -- where he finished no worse than a tie for second. Garcia is typically at his best when it comes time for the Ryder Cup and the Ryder Cup is right around the corner.
2. Rory McIlroy
Best finish in 2013-14 season: Won the Open Championship, WGC-Bridgestone Invitational and PGA Championship
Reason to watch: You know it's been a pretty good season when two consecutive "down" weeks result in a T22 at the Barclays and a T5 at the Deutsche Bank Championship. That's just how good McIlroy has been. Last week at TPC Boston, he noted that fatigue had set in a bit. That might not bode well for him this week, seeing as he's had one less day to prepare with the Monday-finish at TPC Boston. Then again, he is Rory McIlroy. From what we've seen lately, the sky is the limit.
1. Jason Day
Best finish in 2013-14 season: Won the WGC-Accenture Match Play Championship
Reason to watch: Despite fighting injuries, it's been a remarkable season for Day. His last three starts look like this: T15 at the PGA Championship, T2 at the Barclays and T7 at the Deutsche Bank Championship. I'm riding the hot hand in Colorado.
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