FedEx Cup 2014 - BMW Championship Round One
Posted at September 5, 2014
The penultimate FedEx Cup event sees the top 70 players compete at Cherry Hills CC, Denver, where high altitude and dry conditions are playing a huge role already.
Hitting a 3 wood over 370 yards should not be possible. Yet, the high altitude of Cherry Hills CC aided Rory McIlroy, the man currently second in the FedEx Cup standings, to do just that. It's a scary distance and the revelations led everyone to predict low scoring at the BMW Championship this week, but that has not been the case so far by any means. Not one player shot lower than three under par on Thursday - attributed to the quickness of the greens from the dry conditions, with thick rough also awaiting anyone with poor accuracy.
'It almost felt like a major', bemoaned Sergio Garcia after his round of 68 (2 under par) - a score which eight other players managed in their first rounds and are each one shot behind the trio of McIlroy, Spieth and Woodland. In truth, it's the penultimate tournament of the FedEx Cup, where a $10 million prize is up for grabs. It shouldn't be easy, Sergio.
What we would like to point out, however, is the performances of those heading to the Ryder Cup at Gleneagles later this month. Form is (usually) everything in golf - so consider the following:
After one round of the BMW Championship, only one player out of Team USA's twelve was under par - Jordan Spieth at (-3). All the other eleven are only at level par or worse - posting a combined total of 21 over par.
Contrastingly, only one of team Europe's six BMW competitors were over par (Graeme McDowell, +3). Each of the other five were all under par for round one - posting a combined total of 10 under par.
Meanwhile, three of Europe's other team members are playing in the Omega European Masters in Switzerland. Both Dubuisson and Donaldson posted first rounds of five under par (T6), with Thomas Bjorn just a single shot further back. It is worth noting that three of Europe's players are not in competition this week; Westwood & Poulter failed to make the top 75 FedEx rankings whilst Stephen Gallacher opted for a well-earned rest after his efforts in Italy last week.
Granted, only one round of each respective tournament has been played so far - but it's certainly a promising outlook for team Europe! In the States, it's looking likely that Rory McIlroy is once again the man to beat - leading by two for a short while at the BMW Championship before two bogeys in his last six holes prevented him the outright clubhouse lead. Follow all the action with Golfposer via Twitter and the GP Blog right here.