The PGA Tour's Top 70 gather at Medinah for Round 2 of the FedExCup playoffs
The 2019 BMW Championship is set for Aug. 15-18 at Medinah Country Club (No. 3) in Medinah, Ill. That means it's time to pick your optimal DraftKings fantasy golf lineup. Fortunately, our fantasy golf experts are ready to help.
Here's what our best 2019 BMW Championship lineup looks like in this week's golfer predictions:
Justin Thomas ($10,000)
It's deja vu all over again at the top of this week's board, after JT and Jordan Spieth both rewarded our faith in them with strong finishes at the Northern Trust. We're still waiting for Thomas' putter to heat up, but his ball striking has been impeccable: He's second on Tour in both SG: Approach the Green and SG: Tee-to-Green. Since his return from a wrist injury, he has three top-12 finishes and a scoring average of 69.08, and that's without making any putts of any significance. Eventually, the golf gods have to start rewarding JT's tee-to-green excellence.
Jordan Spieth ($8,900)
Spieth scorched Liberty National with a 67-64 Thursday-Friday before reverting to his recent weekend form with a 74 on Saturday. Here we go again, we all thought. But Jordan lives to fight another day. He delivered his best Sunday round of the year, a 67 with a fist-pumping par save on 18, to give him his best finish since a T3 at the PGA in May. Armed with some momentum — he's gone from a low of 196th in the FedExCup standings to 44th this week — along with the confidence of a solid Sunday, he's a threat to win again for the first time since the 2017 British Open.
Bryson DeChambeau ($8,300)
Bryson has become embroiled in the Tour's slow play debate, incurring the ire of Brooks Koepka and others for his deliberate (some might say eccentric or insane) style of play. DeChambeau manned up and called on Koepka to "talk about it to my face," which the two did on Sunday in what Bryson called an "awesome" chat. The Tour's mad scientist doesn't shy away from attention, negative or otherwise, and would love to march slowly and annoyingly to a FedExCup title while calculating the effects of torque and wind speed on ball flight.
Tiger Woods ($8,000)
Tiger's a horse for any course, but he's Man o' War at Medinah. He won the 1999 and 2006 PGA Championships at the Chicagoland layout (although he did fail to contribute at the 2012 Ryder Cup at Medinah, which we'll just pretend didn't happen). Now, he just needs to show up reasonably healthy, after withdrawing from the Northern Trust with what he called an oblique strain. At 36th in the FedExCup points standings, Tiger needs a good showing to qualify for the Tour Championship, where he's the defending champ. We're a little nervous about this pick pending the start of play on Thursday given Woods' recent frailty, but we'd hate for a motivated Tiger to show up and win without us.
Ian Poulter ($8,000)
As the inspirational leader of the Euros' Miracle at Medinah in 2012, Poults profiles as a Medinah thoroughbred; he also finished T9 at the 2006 PGA. He comes in playing some of his best golf of the year, with a solo 8th at the WGC-FedEx St. Jude (where he finished 3rd in SG: Approach the Green) and a T10 at the Northern Trust. If the trip to Medinah rekindles memories of that magical week with the putter in 2012, watch out.
Keegan Bradley ($6,800)
The fact that Keegan's the defending champion pretty much means jack and squat this week given that his win last year came at Aronimink. But Bradley was on the U.S. team for the 2012 Ryder Cup at Medinah, and he partnered with Phil Mickelson to form an unbeatable foursome/four ball duo that week before losing a tight singles match to Rory McIlroy during the Euros' miracle comeback. Bradley hasn't done much this season, but the fact that he's still around for the FedExCup semis means he's played some decent golf. His ball striking has been very solid, in fact — he's 16th in SG: Approach the Green. And hey, he's a cheap field filler.