Third-Round Notes – 2016 BMW Championship


Third-Round Notes – Saturday, September 10, 2016

Weather: Heavy morning showers turning mostly cloudy later in the day. Wind WSW 10-15 mph, gusting to 20 mph. High of

78. Extremely wet conditions (2.94 inches of rain for the week) led tee times originally scheduled from 11:00 a.m. to 1:01 p.m.

to be moved to 12:30 – 2:31 p.m.

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.

Third-Round Leaderboard Age (on Sunday) Career TOUR Starts TOUR Wins

Dustin Johnson 67-63-68—198 (-18) 32 years, 2 months, 20 days 200 11

Paul Casey 67-66-68—201 (-15) 39 years, 1 month, 21 days 195 1

J.B. Holmes 69-65-68—202 (-14) 34 years, 4 months, 16 days 245 4

Roberto Castro 65-65-74—204 (-12) 31 years, 2 months, 19 days 126 0

Adam Scott 69-69-67—205 (-11) 36 years, 1 month, 26 days 264 13

Matt Kuchar 68-69-68—205 (-11) 38 years, 2 months, 21 days 375 7

Third-Round Leader Statistics

The third-round leader/co-leader has gone on to win 19 of 41 (72-hole) stroke-play events this season, most recently Si Woo

Kim at the Wyndham Championship.

The third-round leader/co-leader has won 62 of 107 times at the BMW Championship. Most recently, Jason Day carried a

six-stroke lead over Scott Piercy and Daniel Berger to victory in 2015.

Dustin Johnson, No. 3 in the FedExCup (projected No. 1)

2010 BMW Championship winner Dustin Johnson followed up a bogey-free, course-record 9-under 63 in the second round

with a 4-under 68 Saturday (including birdies on four of his last five holes) to move out of a share of the 36-hole lead and into

sole possession of the 54-hole lead at the BMW Championship. At 18-under 198, he’ll enter the final 18 holes with a three-
stroke lead over Paul Casey.

Dustin Johnson 54-hole leads on the PGA TOUR (72-hole events only)*

Tournament 54-hole status Final Round Finish

2016 BMW Championship 2 over Casey TBD TBD

2015 U.S. Open 4-way tie 70 T2

2014 Tournament of Champions Tie w/ Simpson/Spieth 73 T6

2013 WGC-HSBC Champions 5 over Poulter 66 Won (3 over Poulter)

2011 WGC-Cadillac Championship 2 over three players 71 2

2010 U.S. Open Championship 3 over McDowell 82 T8

2010 AT&T Pebble Beach Tie w/ Goydos 74 Won (1 over Duval/Holmes)

* Johnson was also the 54-hole leader at three events (2013 Tournament of Champions, 2011 Barclays, 2009 AT&T Pebble

Beach Pro-Am) that were reduced to three rounds due to weather.

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 12 par-5s so far, Johnson is 11-under. In 2012, he totaled 12-under par on the par-5s for the week.

Johnson leads the field in Strokes Gained: Putting (+7.116). He is averaging just 25 putts per round (23-R1, 25-R2, 27-R3).

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.

Johnson’s 63 Friday marked a new course record at Crooked Stick, snapping the previous mark of 64 by six players in 2012:

Bo Van Pelt, Graham DeLaet, Rory McIlroy, Webb Simpson, Bill Haas and Phil Mickelson.

Paul Casey, No. 10 in the FedExCup (projected No. 5)

With rounds of 67-66-68, Paul Casey will enter the final round solo second and trailing Dustin Johnson by three strokes.

A bogey on the par-3 13th hole during the first round represents Casey’s only bogey through 54 holes.

Dating to the PGA Championship (five starts), 16 of Casey’s last 19 rounds have been at par-or-better. During that stretch

his only three over-par scores have come in the final round (71/Travelers Championship, 72/The Barclays, 73/Deutsche

Bank Championship).

A week ago at the Deutsche Bank Championship, Casey entered the final round with a three-stroke lead over Brian Harman

before a final-round 73 led to a runner-up finish to Rory McIlroy.

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). He is currently

projected to move from No. 10 to No. 5 in the FedExCup standings.

J.B. Holmes, No. 42 in the FedExCup (projected No. 13)

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. 13 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.

Roberto Castro, No. 53 in the FedExCup (projected No. 32)

Second-round co-leader (along with Dustin Johnson) Roberto Castro posted a third-round 2-over 74 to fall to fourth place.

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.

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 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 Tour priority list.

Additional Player Notes

Adam Scott followed matching 69s to open the week with a third-round, bogey-free 5-under 67 to move to T5. With fourth-
place finishes in the first two Playoffs events (The Barclays/T4 and Deutsche Bank Championship/4th), Scott is seeking to

become just the fourth player to finish 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 will enter the final round T21 after rounds of 73-67-71. The last player to

successfully defend his BMW Championship title was Nick Price (1993-94).

Rory McIlroy, the only player to win the Deutsche Bank Championship and BMW Championship in the same season (2012),

carded a third-round 1-over 73 to fall to T35. He is currently projected to fall from No. 4 to No. 6 in the FedExCup.

Marc Leishman, who was the last man in at No. 70 in the FedExCup standings, will enter the final round 66th after rounds of

74-75-71. He is currently projected to remain No. 70 in the FedExCup.

Henrik Stenson, who qualified but did not play in this year’s BMW Championship, is projected to drop out of the top 30

(currently projected No. 34). The 2013 FedExCup champion finished second in the 2014-15 FedExCup, after a T2

performance in the TOUR 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 (T48; 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 R3Pos Projected FEC

J.B. Holmes 42 3 13

Daniel Berger 31 T12 29

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:

Player Current FEC BMW R3 Pos Projected FEC

Henrik Stenson 24 DNP 34

Brooks Koepka 30 T55 37

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

Player FEC before DBC Current FEC BMW R3 Pos Projected FEC

Billy Hurley III 77 51 T41 55

David Hearn 92 59 T26 56

Hudson Swafford 82 61 T41 61

Vaughn Taylor 79 64 T26 59

Chris Kirk 75 66 8 50

Marc Leishman 71 70 66 70

Players on the top-30 bubble:

Player BMW R3 Pos Projected FEC

25. Sergio Garcia T35 28

26. Bubba Watson T17 24

27. William McGirt T12 22

28. Matt Kuchar T5 18

29. Jhonattan Vegas T21 27

30. Brooks Koepka T55 37

31. Daniel Berger T12 29

32. Fabian Gomez T48 38

33. Smylie Kaufman T26 33

34. Jason Kokrak T21 31

35. Scott Piercy T41 40

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 2

nd 6

th T37 Won

2011 Bill Haas T24 T61 T16 Won

2010 Jim Furyk DNP T37 T15 Won

2009 Tiger Woods T2 T11 Won 2


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 Current FEC BMW R3 Pos Projected FEC

Jordan Spieth 6 T9 7

Brandt Snedeker 11 T26 11

Henrik Stenson 24 DNP 34

Bill Haas 46 T26 46

Billy Horschel 62 T9 51

Rookies and the FedExCup

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:

Player FEC Before


FEC Before


Current FEC BMW R3 Projected FEC

Smylie Kaufman 26 34 33 T26 33

Si Woo Kim 15 28 18 T17 19

Emiliano Grillo 32 6 8 T35 9

First Timers in the FedExCup Playoffs

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

Player Current FEC BMW R3 Projected FEC

Emiliano Grillo 8 T35 9

Si Woo Kim 18 T17 19

Branden Grace 37 T35 39

Smylie Kaufman 33 T26 33

Jamie Lovemark 49 T17 47

Patton Kizzire Eliminated — —

Patrick Rodgers Eliminated — —

Danny Willett Eliminated — —

Harold Varner III Eliminated — —

Sung Kang Eliminated — —

Tyrone Van Aswegen Eliminated — —

Derek Fathauer Eliminated — —

Miscellaneous Notes

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.

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)

R3: Paul Casey (68), Adam Scott (67), Jhonattan Vegas (70), Si Woo Kim (71)

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

R3 35.696 35.870 71.565 70.797

The par-3 17th hole played the toughest in the third round, yielding a 3.333 average. The easiest was the par-5 15th at 4.609.

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