2016 BMW Championship — R2 Notes

FedExCup and the BMW Championship

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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.

Second-Round Leaderboard
Roberto Castro                     65-65—130 (-14)
Dustin Johnson                    67-63—130 (-14)
Paul Casey                           67-66—133 (-11)
J.B. Holmes                          69-65—134 (-10)
Chris Kirk                              68-66—134 (-10)

Second-Round Leader Statistics

Since 2000, the second-round leader/co-leader has won five of 16 times at the BMW Championship, most recently Jason Day in 2015. Last year, Day led by five over Brendon Todd and Daniel Berger.

When the BMW Championship was last contested at Crooked Stick Golf Club in 2012, Vijay Singh led by one over Tiger Woods, Ryan Moore and eventual-champion Rory McIlroy.

Roberto Castro, No. 53 in the FedExCup (projected 6th)
Following a first-round 65 which included eight birdies and one bogey (the par-4 18th), Roberto Castro posted a bogey-free 65 in the second round to share the second-round lead with Dustin Johnson.

Castro is making his third start in the FedExCup Playoffs and first since 2013, the only time the Atlanta native advanced to the TOUR Championship at East Lake. Castro finished T9 in his lone appearance at the FedExCup Playoffs finale.

Castro will likely need a solo-fourth or better finish this week to advance to the TOUR Championship.

In 2013, Castro entered the BMW Championship 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.

This marks Castro’s fourth career 36-hole lead/co-lead on the PGA TOUR. Here’s a look at his previous leads/co-leads after two rounds.

36-Hole lead/co-lead                                                         Result
2013 CareerBuilder Challenge                                        T37
2013 Quicken Loans National                                          2nd
2015 Sanderson Farms Championship                         T4

For the second consecutive round, Castro hit 14 of 18 greens and needed just 25 putts.

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 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.

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.

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

Dustin Johnson, No. 3 in the FedExCup (projected 1st)
2010 BMW Championship winner Dustin Johnson posted a bogey-free 9-under 63 in the second round good for a share of the 36-hole lead and a new course record. Johnson broke the previous course record of 64 by six players in 2012: Bo Van Pelt, Graham DeLaet, Rory McIlroy, Webb Simpson, Bill Haas and Phil Mickelson.

This marks Johnson’s ninth career 36-hole lead/co-lead on the PGA TOUR, and third of the season. Here’s a look at his previous leads/co-leads after two rounds.

36-hole lead/co-lead                                          Result
2010 Northern Trust Open                                 T3
2010 AT&T Pebble Beach                                 Won
2013 Tournament of Champions                    Won
2013 WGC-HSBC Champions                         Won
2014 WGC-Cadillac Championship                                T4
2015 Open Championship                                                T49
2016 U.S. Open                                                   Won
2016 RBC Canadian Open                                               T2

Johnson finished T6 at the 2012 BMW Championship at Crooked Stick with rounds of 68-67-67-70. His lone bogey-free round during the 2012 event also came in the second round.

On eight par-5s so far, Johnson is 9-under. He eagled Nos. 9 and 15 today. In 2012, he totaled 12-under par on the par-5s for the week.

Johnson leads the field in Strokes Gained: Putting (+5.66). He is 14 for 14 on putting from inside 10”.

Since 1990, Tiger Woods is the only player to win the BMW Championship more than once (5 – 1997, 1999, 2003, 2007, 2009).

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).

Since the start of the 2013 PGA TOUR season, Johnson has the most weeks ranked inside the top 30 in the standings (130 weeks). He is one of 10 players who has ranked inside the top five in 10 or more weeks this season.

Johnson has amassed 13 top-10 finishes in FedExCup Playoffs events, most recently a T8 at last week’s Deutsche Bank Championship, which moved him to a tie for second for most top-10s in the Playoffs.

Most top-10s in FedExCup Playoffs

Name Top-10s
Jim Furyk 16
Steve Stricker 13
Dustin Johnson 13
Jason Day 12
Adam Scott 12
Sergio Garcia 11

Johnson leads the TOUR for most top-10s this season with 13, two clear of Patrick Reed (11).

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. He holds the TOUR’s longest-consecutive winning streak, having at least one victory in each of the last nine seasons.

Paul Casey, No. 10 in the FedExCup (projected 7th)
Paul Casey followed his opening 5-under 67 with a bogey-free 66 and is three shots off the lead heading into the weekend. A week ago, Casey was one shot off the 36-hole lead at the Deutsche Bank Championship before a third-round 66 gave him a three-shot lead heading into the final round.

Coming off his best finish of the season, a runner-up at the Deutsche Bank Championship, Casey is the highest ranked player in the FedExCup standings without a victory this season.

This marks the third time Casey has qualified for the BMW Championship. He qualified but did not play in 2009, finished second in 2010 (Cog Hill) and finished T23 in 2015 at Conway Farms.

In his only two appearances in the TOUR Championship, Casey finished in the top five (T4/2010, T5/2015).

J.B. Holmes, No. 42 in the FedExCup (projected 26th)
J.B. Holmes is making his seventh start in the BMW Championship. Holmes, who finished T34 when the BMW Championship was last contested at Crooked Stick in 2012, has finished inside the top 15 in his last two starts in the event: 2015/T4 (Conway Farms) and 2014/T12 (Cherry Hills).

Holmes is currently No. 10 in Ryder Cup points. The top-eight in the standings automatically qualified on Aug. 28, while three of four Captain’s Picks will be made on Monday, Sept. 12, immediately following the BMW Championship.

Last year, Holmes was selected by U.S. Team captain Jay Haas to complete the U.S. Presidents Cup team after Jim Furyk announced he was unable to compete due to his lingering wrist injury.

Holmes is projected No. 26 in the FedExCup standings, looking to advance to the TOUR Championship for the second consecutive year and second time overall. He finished T8 last year to end his season at No. 14 in the standings.

Chris Kirk, No. 66 in the FedExCup (projected 43rd)
Chris Kirk ranked second in Strokes Gained: Tee to Green (5.496) en route to 10-under 134 total, four shots off the lead. The Atlanta native is still projected outside the top 30 of players who will advance to the TOUR Championship.

In 2015, Kirk ended his season at the BMW Championship after a T60 finish to close his season at No. 44 in the FedExCup.

Kirk is making his sixth start in the BMW Championship. He finished T12 when the event was contested at Crooked Stick in 2012.

Miscellaneous Notes
Adam Scott posted back-to-back 69s to head into the weekend T10. Scott recorded fourth-place finishes in the first two Playoffs events (The Barclays/T4 and Deutsche Bank Championship/4th). Only three players have finished inside the top 10 in all four FedExCup Playoffs events in a single season: Rory Sabbatini in 2007 (finished No. 4 in FedExCup), Padraig Harrington in 2009 (No. 7) and Dustin Johnson in 2012 (No. 8).

Defending champion and World No. 1 Jason Day followed his opening 1-over 73 with a 5-under 67 in the second round and is T19.

Marc Leishman, who was the last man in at No. 70 in the FedExCup standings, posted rounds of 74-75 and is in last place.

Henrik Stenson, who qualified but did not play in this year’s BMW Championship, is projected to drop out of the top 30. The 2013 FedExCup champion finished second in the 2014-15 FedExCup, after a T2 performance in the TOUR Championship.

Emiliano Grillo, Si Woo Kim and Smylie Kaufman are three of seven PGA TOUR rookies who qualified for the FedExCup Playoffs. Grillo and Kim are the only two projected inside the top 30. In the history of the FedExCup Playoffs, no more than one rookie in a season has qualified for the TOUR Championship.

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 (T35; projected No. 25 in the FedExCup) remains.

Here’s the list of players who entered the week outside the top 30 but are now projected to move inside the number to advance to the TOUR Championship:

Player Current FEC BMW R2 Pos Projected FEC
Roberto Castro 53 T1 6
J.B. Holmes 42 T4 26
Daniel Berger 31 T10 28

Here’s the list of players who entered the week inside the top 30 but are now projected to fall outside the number to advance to the TOUR Championship:

Player Current FEC BMW R2 Pos Projected FEC
Brooks Koepka 30 T19 30
Jhonattan Vegas 29 T36 33
Henrik Stenson 24 DNP 36

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. Here’s how they stand through the second round:

Player

FEC before DBC

Current FEC

BMW R2 Pos

Projected FEC

Billy Hurley III

77

51

T44

54

David Hearn

92

59

T19

53

Hudson Swafford

82

61

T57

67

Vaughn Taylor

79

64

T35

62

Chris Kirk

75

66

T4

43

Marc Leishman

71

70

69

70

Players on the top-30 bubble:

Player

BMW R2 Pos

Projected FEC

25. Sergio Garcia

T6

19

26. Bubba Watson

T10

24

27. William McGirt

T19

27

28. Matt Kuchar

T6

21

29. Jhonattan Vegas

T35

33

30. Brooks Koepka

T19

32

31. Daniel Berger

T10

28

32. Fabian Gomez

T14

31

33. Smylie Kaufman

T35

38

34. Jason Kokrak

T14

34

35. Scott Piercy

T51

42

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:

T29

Player

Current FEC

BMW R2 Pos

Projected FEC

Jordan Spieth

6

T19

8

Brandt Snedeker

11

T51

12

Henrik Stenson

24

DNP

36

Bill Haas

46

T57

52

Billy Horschel

62

T35

58

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. Three rookies remain alive in the Playoffs:

Player

FEC Before

Barclays

FEC Before

DBC

Current FEC

BMW R2

Projected FEC

Smylie Kaufman

26

34

33

T35

38

Si Woo Kim

15

28

18

T14

20

Emiliano Grillo

32

6

8

T35

10

First Timers in the FedExCup Playoffs

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

Player

Current FEC

BMW R2

Projected FEC

Emiliano Grillo

8

T35

10

Si Woo Kim

18

T14

20

Branden Grace

37

T51

44

Smylie Kaufman

33

T35

38

Jamie Lovemark

49

T35

51

Patton Kizzire

Eliminated

Patrick Rodgers

Eliminated

Danny Willett

Eliminated

Harold Varner III

Eliminated

Sung Kang

Eliminated

Tyrone Van Aswegen

Eliminated

Derek Fathauer

Eliminated

Bogey-free rounds:
R1: Brian Harman (66), Jordan Spieth (68)
R2: Paul Casey (66), Roberto Castro (65), Sergio Garcia (68), Dustin Johnson (63), Zach Johnson (69), Kevin Na (68), Ryan Palmer (64), Scott Piercy (70), Vaughn Taylor (70), Bubba Watson (67)

Scoring Averages at the par-72 Crooked Stick:

Front Nine             Back Nine             Total                       Cumulative
R1           35.058                   35.739                   70.797                   —
R2           35.449                   34.580                   70.029                   70.413

The par-4 eighth hole played the toughest in the second round, yielding a 4.246 average. The easiest was the par-5 15th at 4.362.

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