Will Zalatoris captured his maiden PGA Tour championship last weekend at TPC Southwind in Memphis, interestingly enough in his first start with new caddie Joel Stock on the bag. The duo had some growing pains early with a first round 71 that had Zalatoris in danger of missing the cut, but he fired back with a 63-65-66 to jump atop the FedEx Cup standings.
The FedEx Cup playoffs now head to the Wilmington Country Club for the BMW Championship. Zalatoris seems to have fixed some of his putting issues with the new caddie, so do we run it back at 16/1?
Some big names sputtered at the FedEx St. Jude Championship last weekend, but it was also the first time many players have been in an event since the Open Championship in St. Andrews nearly a month ago. With the rust knocked off do we go with the big favorites for BMW Championship betting?
Rory McIlroy 11/1
McIlroy needs a bounce back week after missing the cut last week at the FedEx St. Jude Championship following a 70-69. It’s possible that McIlroy was a little out of form after not playing since his third place finish at the Open Championship, but he had finished in the top five in three of his four tournaments prior.
Jon Rahm 12/1
Rahm could be a nice favorite play here as he has turned things on this time of year as of late. Rahm won the 2020 BMW Championship in 2020 at Olympia Fields in Illinois and had a top 10 last year. Rahm was making some noise last week finishing fifth in Memphis, and he’s now finished in the top 10 in all four FedEx Cup playoffs events the last two seasons.
Justin Thomas 14/1
Thomas is a former BWM Championship winner in 2019 at Medinah, IL and tournament history is the only metric to go off this week since Wilmington C.C. has never hosted an official PGA event. A course comp is Firestone CC, where Thomas took the WGC Bridgestone earlier this season.
Thomas finished 13th at the FedEx St. Jude Championship even after going to a new driver very late in the year. Thomas just needs to keep his head on his golf after getting in a Twitter fight with Zalatoris’ hitting coach on Sunday and telling a story about staying at the bar during a recent wedding to ‘avoid all the LIV talk.’
Matthew Fitzpatrick 14/1
Fitzpatrick had a T5 last weekend playing on the Tour for the first time in nearly a month. That’s a nice return to the course for the #14 ranked golfer in the FedEx Cup standings.
Patrick Cantlay 14/1
This is where Cantlay turned it on last season, winning the BMW Championship at -27 and then taking a 10-stroke lead into the Tour Championship and holding on for a one stroke lead over Rahm. Cantlay finished 57th at the FedEx St. Jude Championship and dropped two spots to seventh in the standings.