With no more cuts this season on the PGA Tour, our fantasy panel now knows it will earn money for both of their picks as they attempt to make one final stab on winning the season-long competition.
And this week at the BMW Championship, each panelist is favoring a different player, both in the “favorite” and “wild card” spots – meaning that there could be movement in the standings before the Tour Championship in Atlanta.
Steve Stricker, Tiger Woods, Jim Furyk and Justin Rose all register as favorites, while Ernie Els, Chris Stroud, Scott Piercy and Kevin Chappell are players to watch from outside the top 50 in the Golfweek/Sagarin Rankings.
Take a look at this week’s picks:
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Jeff Rude, Senior Writer
Favorite: Steve Stricker
In familiar Midwest surroundings, plays well in Illinois, runner-up in his last start at Deutsche Bank Championship.
Wild card: Ernie Els
At No. 70 in FedEx Cup standings, he eeds to put game in high gear to make top 30 and Tour Championship.
Last week: Phil Mickelson ($28,800); Gary Woodland ($28,800)
Season-long total: $9,804,923
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Jim McCabe, Senior Writer
Favorite: Jim Furyk
What better way to make a statement for being overlooked for Presidents Cup by winning? He’s been playing nicely (T-9, T-9, 2nd, T-6, T-27 in his last five tournaments) and his Chicago-area record is pretty good (2003 U.S. Open and in 16 starts at Cog Hill he won once and had eight top 10s).
Wild card: Chris Stroud
Why not go real wild? Last time the PGA Tour stopped at such a small, intimate golf course, Stroud got into a playoff at the Travelers Championship.
Last week: Brandt Snedeker ($20,827); Nick Watney ($38,600)
Season-long total: $10,209,212
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Lance Ringler, Senior Writer
Favorite: Tiger Woods
It’s about time, right? Not sure we need any other reasons and he enjoys playing golf in the Chicago area.
Wild card: Kevin Chappell
His form is good and can fit the Cinderella role well here late in the playoffs.
Last week: Jim Furyk ($53,250); Camilo Villegas ($38,600)
Season-long total: $12,374,526
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Nick Masuda, Digital Director
Favorite: Justin Rose
Has six top-10 finishes in 15 PGA Tour starts this season. Won the U.S. Open. Should have made a playoff at the Barclays. Quietly having a huge year. He makes a statement here.
Wild card: Scott Piercy
Has a T-5 at the PGA Championship and a T-13 at the Deutsche Bank. Seems to have a bit of his mojo back, worth a shot in the dark here.
Last week: Rory McIlroy ($20,827); Gary Woodland ($28,800)
Season-long total: $10,898,601