2016 BMW Championship – Partial R1 Notes

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PARTIAL First-Round Notes – Thursday, September 8, 2016

 

Weather: Overcast, with a high of 89. Wind WSW 10-15 mph. Due to inclement weather, play was suspended from 1:27 p.m. until 5:00 p.m. (3 hours, 33 minutes). A total of 0.90” of rain fell during the delay. Due to darkness, the first round was suspended at 7:56 p.m. Thirty six players will complete their first round at 8:00 a.m. Friday, with round two tee times from 10:00 a.m. until noon, in threesomes off Nos. 1 and 10.

 

This marks the 23rd event of the season to be impacted by inclement weather.

 

FedExCup and the BMW Championship

The BMW Championship is the third of four events of the FedExCup Playoffs – with the entire season building toward this four-tournament stretch. There is more on the line than just the BMW Championship trophy – as players jockey for the coveted top-30 position to advance to the TOUR Championship in two weeks.

Each playoff event offers 2,000 FedExCup points to the winner, decreased by 500 points in 2015.

  • The top 30 on the FedExCup points list following this week’s BMW Championship qualify for the season-ending TOUR Championship, with 40 players being eliminated from the Playoffs.
  • A points reset will take place following the BMW Championship giving all 30 players in the field at the TOUR Championship a mathematical chance to win the FedExCup. The top five players control their own destiny and can win the FedExCup with a victory at the TOUR Championship.
  • Tiger Woods (2007, 2009) and Billy Horschel (2014) won the BMW Championship before emerging those respective years as the FedExCup champion.
    PARTIAL First-Round Leaderboard

    Roberto Castro                    65 (-7)

    Brain Harman                      66 (-6)

     

    First-Round Leader Statistics

    Since 2000, the first-round leader/co-leader has won five of 16 times at the BMW Championship, most recently Jason Day last year, following an opening-round, 10-under 61. He led by four strokes over six players.

 

When the BMW Championship was last contested at Crooked Stick Golf Club in 2012, Graham DeLaet, Bo Van Pelt, Webb Simpson and eventual champion Rory McIlroy were tied at the top at 8-under 64.

 

Roberto Castro

Making his third start in the FedExCup Playoff and first since 2013, Roberto Castro reeled off eight birdies against just one bogey in round one, good for a 7-under 65.

 

Castro’s lowest opening round on the PGA TOUR, also his career-low score, is a 10-under 62 from this season’s Sanderson Farms Championship. He led outright, before finishing T4.

 

Should his lead hold, this would mark Castro’s fifth time of holding an 18-hole lead/co-lead on the PGA TOUR. His best finish among them is solo-second at the 2013 Quicken Loans National.

 

Castro hit 11 of 14 fairways in regulation in round one and 14 of 18 greens. He needed just 24 putts to complete his round.

 

Castro has a strong history on Pete Dye courses. In round one of the 2013 PLAYERS Championship, he equaled the course record with a 9-under 63 (finished T19). In the final round of the 2015 Web.com Tour Championship on Dye’s Valley Course, he tied the course record with an 8-under 62 (finished T10).

 

Castro entered the BMW Championship exactly where he began the FedExCup Playoffs, at No. 53. Following a missed cut at The Barclays, he dropped to No. 63. His T24 at the Deutsche Bank Championship last week moved him back to 53rd.

 

Castro is making just his second start at the BMW Championship, having finished 15th in 2013 at Conway Farms Golf Club.

 

In his only start in the TOUR Championship in Atlanta, the Georgia Tech alum Castro finished T9 in 2013. He came into the BMW Championship that year in the “bubble” zone of No. 25. His 15th-place finish at Conway Farms moved him to No. 24 heading into East Lake, where he finished the season at No. 21 in the FedExCup standings.

 

Castro made his way into this season’s Playoffs by virtue of three top-10 finishes. Among those is a playoff loss to James Hahn at the Wells Fargo Championship. Castro remains in search of his first career PGA TOUR win in his 126th start this week.

 

Castro made his way back onto the PGA TOUR this season after finishing 10th on the 2015 Web.com Tour priority list.

 

The last player to make the BMW Championship his first win on the PGA TOUR was Camilo Villegas in 2008. Villegas remains the only player to have his first win on the PGA TOUR come at a FedExCup Playoffs event.

 

Brian Harman

Making his fifth start in the FedExCup Playoffs, Brian Harman made four birdies, an eagle at the par-5 15th and no bogeys en route to a 6-under 66. It marks his lowest opening-round score on the PGA TOUR since the 2015 RBC Canadian Open (7-under 65).

 

Harman opened last year’s BMW Championship at Conway Farms Golf Club with a 5-under 66.

 

Harman is making his fourth start in the BMW Championship, where he has yet to finish inside the top 40. When the BMW Championship was last contested at Crooked Stick Golf Club in 2012, he finished T41.

 

Harman missed three-consecutive cuts leading to the Playoffs, entering them at No. 88. With a T22 finish at The Barclays and share of 24th place at last week’s Deutsche Bank Championship, he comes to Crooked Stick Golf Club this week ranked 57th. The Georgia alum has never made a start in the TOUR Championship.

 

Harman is in search of his second career PGA TOUR win this week and first since the 2014 John Deere Classic.

 

Dustin Johnson

2010 BMW Championship winner Dustin Johnson made seven birdies and two bogeys in round one, including a bogey at his last hole of the day, to get in with a 5-under 67.

 

Johnson is making his 28th start in a FedExCup Playoffs event this week and seventh at the BMW Championship. In addition to his 2010 victory, he also finished inside the top 10 in 2015 (T7) and in 2012, when the BMW Championship was last contested at Crooked Stick Golf Club (T6).

 

Johnson has amassed 13 top-10 finishes in FedExCup Playoffs events, as well as 13 top-10 finishes on the PGA TOUR this season, the current record.

 

Tiger Woods and Rory McIlroy have the most wins in FedExCup Playoffs events with three. As the winner of the 2010 BMW Championship and 2011 The Barclays, Johnson is looking to join them this week. Here’s a look at those with two Playoffs titles: Johnson, Jason Day, Steve Stricker, Phil Mickelson, Camilo Villegas, Vijay Singh, Billy Horschel and Henrik Stenson.

 

Johnson has collected 11 PGA TOUR victories, including this season’s U.S. Open and World Golf Championships-Bridgestone Invitational. Only Jason Day has more TOUR titles this season, with three.

 

Jason Dufner

Jason Dufner birdied three of his last four holes in round one, Nos. 15, 16 and 18, to post a 5-under 67.

 

Dufner is making his sixth start in the BMW Championship in the FedExCup era this week and first since 2013. His lone top-10 finish in the event is a T6 in 2011. When the BMW Championship was last contested at Crooked Stick Golf Club, Dufner finished T28.

 

Dufner comes into the week ranked 19th in the FedExCup standings, on the strength of his fourth career PGA TOUR win at the CareerBuilder Challenge. In all, he has amassed five top-10 finishes in 26 starts this season.

 

Si Woo Kim

Si Woo Kim, winner of the 2016 Wyndham Championship, has been classified as a PGA TOUR rookie for the 2015-16 season and will be eligible for this season’s PGA TOUR Rookie of the Year Award.

 

As per the PGA TOUR Regulations manual, a player’s rookie season is defined as the season in which he becomes a PGA TOUR member (including Special Temporary Members) and plays in 10 or more events as a member or finishes in the Top 125 on the Official FedExCup Points List, the Top 125 on the Official PGA TOUR Money List or qualifies as a Top 125 Non-member, whichever occurs first.

 

Kim earned PGA TOUR status for the 2013 season but played a total of eight events as a member, short of the 10-tournament minimum stated in the TOUR’s regulations under the rookie definition.

 

Kim enters the BMW Championship 18th in the FedExCup standings. The South Korea native is one of three rookies still competing in the FedExCup Playoffs along with Argentina’s Emiliano Grillo (8th) and Smylie Kaufman (33rd).

 

When play was called for the day, Kim was 2-under through 12 holes.

 

 

 

Miscellaneous Notes

Defending champion and World No. 1 Jason Day got off to a bit of a slow start, posting a 1-over 73. Outside the majors, Day hasn’t opened a PGA TOUR event with an over-par score since the 2015 World Golf Championships-Cadillac

 

In last year’s first round, Jim Furyk withdrew after six holes with a left wrist injury. Ensuing surgery and rehab would keep him away from competitive golf until THE PLAYERS Championship earlier this season. Furyk posted a second-round, 12-under 59 in the 2013 BMW Championship, en route to third-place honors. Following his T57 finish at last week’s Deutsche Bank Championship, Furyk was eliminated from the Playoffs.

 

The first player to record a hole-in-one on the 13th hole will receive the all-new BMW M760i xDrive, BMW’s flagship sedan featuring the first 12-cylinder engine with M Performance TwinPower Turbo technology. The first player to do so on the 17th hole will receive the first-ever BMW M2, the newest high-performance sports coupe to join the BMW M lineup.

 

BMW will also provide a full, four-year tuition and housing grant to the Evans Scholars Foundation in the name of the first PGA TOUR player to record a hole-in-one during the BMW Championship.

 

FedExCup Notes

Five players entered The Barclays ranked No. 101 – 125 in the FedExCup standings and played their way into last week’s Deutsche Bank Championship. At No. 20 this week, only Sean O’Hair remains.

 

Six players ranked between No. 71-100 at the Deutsche Bank Championship played their way into the top 70 to advance to the BMW Championship:

Player

FEC before DBC

DBC Finish

FEC after DBC

Billy Hurley III

77th

T8

51st

David Hearn

92nd

T8

59th

Hudson Swafford

82nd

T15

61st

Vaughn Taylor

79th

T24

64th

Chris Kirk

75th

T33

66th

Marc Leishman

71st

T46

70th

 

Players on the top-30 bubble:

 

Player

FEC Points

25. Sergio Garcia

1,478

26. Bubba Watson

1,468

27. William McGirt

1,460

28. Matt Kuchar

1,459

29. Jhonattan Vegas

1,437

30. Brooks Koepka

1,397

31. Daniel Berger

1,370

32. Fabian Gomez

1,362

33. Smylie Kaufman

1,353

34. Jason Kokrak

1,342

35. Scott Piercy

1,323

 

Year-by-year look at FedExCup winners and their performance throughout the Playoffs in the years they won:

 

Year FedExCup Champion Barclays  Deutsche Bank  BMW TOUR Ch.
2015

Jordan Spieth

MC

MC

T13

Won

2014

Billy Horschel

MC

T2

Won

Won

2013

Henrik Stenson

T43

Won

T33

Won

2012

Brandt Snedeker

2nd

6th

T37

Won

2011

Bill Haas

T24

T61

T16

Won

2010

Jim Furyk

DNP

T37

T15

Won

2009

Tiger Woods

T2

T11

Won

2nd

2008

Vijay Singh

Won

Won

T44

T22

2007

Tiger Woods

N/A

T2

Won

Won

 

Past FedExCup champions still remaining in the Playoffs

Tiger Woods (2007, 2009) is the only two-time winner of the FedExCup. Here’s a list of past FedExCup champions who are still alive in the Playoffs:

 

Player

FEC Before

DBC

DBC

Finish

FEC After

DBC

Jordan Spieth

No. 5

T21

6th

Brandt Snedeker

No. 9

T46

11th

Henrik Stenson

No. 21

T41

24th

Bill Haas

No. 36

T67

46th

Billy Horschel

No. 51

MC

62nd

 

Rookies and the FedExCup

Daniel Berger was the only rookie to advance to the TOUR Championship last season, finishing 11th in the FedExCup standings to earn the PGA TOUR Rookie of the Year honor. No rookies advanced to Atlanta in 2013-14. Last year, nine rookies qualified for the FedExCup Playoffs. Rookies who advanced this year include:

 

Player

FEC Before

Barclays

FEC Before

DBC

DBC

Finish

FEC After

DBC

Smylie Kaufman

26

34

T24

33rd

Si Woo Kim

15

28

T15

27th

Emiliano Grillo

32

6

T33

8th

Patton Kizzire

58

72

MC

Eliminated

Harold Varner III

82

87

T33

Eliminated

Brett Stegmaier

101

Eliminated

Michael Kim

115

Eliminated

 

First Timers in the FedExCup Playoffs

Here’s a list of players making their first-ever Playoffs appearance:

 

Player

FEC Before

DBC

DBC

Finish

FEC After

DBC

Emiliano Grillo

No. 6

T33

8th

Si Woo Kim

No. 22

T15

18th

Branden Grace

No. 33

T41

37th

Smylie Kaufman

No. 34

T24

33rd

Jamie Lovemark

No. 40

71st

49th

Patton Kizzire

No. 72

MC

Eliminated

Patrick Rodgers

No. 76

T46

Eliminated

Danny Willett

No. 86

DNP

Eliminated

Harold Varner III

No. 87

T33

Eliminated

Sung Kang

No. 88

MC

Eliminated

Tyrone Van Aswegen

No. 93

MC

Eliminated

Derek Fathauer

No. 99

MC

Eliminated

 

Top-10-finishes leaders (FedExCup Playoffs):

Name Top-10s
Jim Furyk 16
Steve Stricker 13
Sergio Garcia 11

 

Most rounds in the 60s (FedexCup Playoffs): 2007 200809 2010 2011 2012 2013 Total

Name Sub-70s
Jim Furyk 70
Steve Stricker 66
Adam Scott 65
Phil Mickelson 59
Matt Kuchar 58
Hunter Mahan 57

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