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Golf Australia Express : Issue 11
FOR SOME in the 70- man field this week, the next 72 holes will be crucial. On the line is a spot in next week’s final FedEx Cup playoff event, the TOUR Championship. Only 30 players go through for a crack at the US$10 million FedEx Cup bonus. Then there’s making the US Presidents Cup team. The BMW Championship is the final qualifying event to earn one of the 10 automatic selections. And with only one of the two captain’s picks available—Couples has already declared Tiger Woods is the other—it leaves a number of worthy applicants vying for a position in the 12- man team. Here are some of the main contenders needing a big BMW Championship. Reigning PGA champion Keegan Bradley has already done enough to qualify for the TOUR Championship, but the American sits 20th in Presidents Cup rankings. And although his mentor Phil Mickelson has said Bradley should be picked, Couples has been less forthcoming. The rookie has won twice this year and showed he has game when it counts. A big finish this week will count for much so expect Bradley to be in the mix Sunday afternoon. Rising star Rickie Fowler’s chances of a berth at the TOUR Championship and US Presidents Cup Team rely on a good finish here. He’ll needs a top 10 to advance to the final event, but even that might not be enough to secure Freddie’s final pick. Fowler hasn’t yet had a Tour win and he might need to break that hoodoo this week if he’s to head Down Under later in the year. While we’d love Rickie to win, we think it’s more likely going to be Brandt Snedeker. The American is in impressive form and is enjoying his best season on Tour. He won The Heritage in April and comes into the BMW Championship with back-to-back T3s at The Barclays and the Deutsche Bank Championship. The 30-year-old sits fifth on the FedEx Cup standings and is assured of a start at the TOUR Championship. But he’s currently 11th in the Presidents Cup points and a win this week will secure him an automatic selection to the US team. OTG CHECK OUT THE FINAL ROUND OF LAST YEAR’S BMW CHAMPIONSHIP ABOVE September 15-18, 2011 Cog Hill Golf & Country Club, Illinois, USA Purse US$8,000,000 Defending Champ: Dustin Johnson (USA) DRIVING IT HOME What’s happening on the PGA Tour this week PEEK THE WHO TO WATCH