Fantasy Tip Sheet: BMW Championship

Tiger Woods

CARMEL, Ind. -- With the Ryder Cup selections out of the way, it is time to get back to the FedEx Cup playoff race, with World No. 1 Rory McIlroy making a statement last weekend with a dramatic win at the Deutsche Bank Championship.

With this week's field narrowed to 70 players, there are plenty of big names vying to jump into the lead of the FedEx Cup standings.

Currently, McIlroy is atop the standings, with Nick Watney and Tiger Woods right behind him. (They'll play together, check out tee times here)

Our panel is split four ways on who the favorite is this week, with Jeff Rude believing Dustin Johnson will ride the high of being picked for the Ryder Cup squad to victory, while Jim McCabe believes that Keegan Bradley will use his third-round 63 as a catalyst to another PGA Tour victory in 2012.

Sean Martin believes Tiger Woods is the man to beat this week, while Lance Ringler believes Lee Westwood is primed for a victory.

Check out their reasoning, as well as some wild cards to keep your eyes on this week at Crooked Stick:

Rank Winner Wild Card Last Week
Rude Dustin Johnson

Crooked Stick is a bomber's paradise, with four reachable par 5s for the likes of Johnson. And he has tied for third and fourth in the first two FedEx Cup playoff events.

Kevin Stadler

In fine form. The Walrus' kid has tied for 10th in each of the first two playoff stops.

Winner: Jason Dufner ($116,000); wild card: Tim Clark (MC). 2012 total: $8,329,820.

McCabe Keegan Bradley

Dug deep just to make the cut last week in front of the crowd, then played beautifully on the weekend. Has the length to handle a big ballpark and the focus to perform under pressure.

Robert Garrigus

Last time the pro golf world stopped in at Crooked Stick, ferocious length and power – John Daly – rode into the winner's circle. Garrigus possesses plenty of polish, but he can produce that sort of fury, so he's worth watching.

Winner: Jason Dufner ($116,000); wild card: Tim Clark (MC). 2012 total: $10,643,847.

Martin Tiger Woods

At last week's Deutsche Bank Championship, he shot four rounds in the 60s for the first time since the 2009 BMW. Local knowledge is negated here because Crooked Stick is a new site, so I'll go with Woods.

Ryan Moore

Trending in the right direction during the FedEx Cup playoffs, having finished T-24 at Barclays and T-10 at Deutsche Bank.

Winner: Brandt Snedeker ($288,000); wild card: William McGirt ($54,444). 2012 total: $5,958,475.

Ringler Lee Westwood

His form in the playoffs - T-5 at The Barclays and T-13 in Boston - suggests he his back and ready to contend against an elite field.

Kevin Stadler

Stadler has placed in the top 10 in each of the two playoff events.

Winner: Adam Scott ($258,000); wild card: Vijay Singh ($54,444). 2012 total: $5,872,694.

The field according to the Golfweek/Sagarin Rankings:

  • 1. Tiger Woods
  • 2. Lee Westwood
  • 3. Rory McIlroy
  • 4. Luke Donald
  • 5. Jason Dufner
  • 6. Steve Stricker
  • 7. Adam Scott
  • 8. Matt Kuchar
  • 10. Sergio Garcia
  • 11. Ian Poulter
  • 12. Zach Johnson
  • 13. Justin Rose
  • 14. Louis Oosthuizen
  • 15. Jim Furyk
  • 16. Bo Van Pelt
  • 17. John Senden
  • 18. Bubba Watson
  • 19. Dustin Johnson
  • 20. Phil Mickelson
  • 21. Hunter Mahan
  • 24. Brandt Snedeker
  • 26. Webb Simpson
  • 27. Charl Schwartzel
  • 28. Keegan Bradley
  • 29. Geoff Ogilvy
  • 30. Ernie Els
  • 32. Nick Watney
  • 33. Carl Pettersson
  • 35. Padraig Harrington
  • 37. Rickie Fowler
  • 39. Graeme McDowell
  • 40. John Huh
  • 41. Pat Perez
  • 42. Greg Chalmers
  • 43. Vijay Singh
  • 44. Seung-Yul Noh
  • 46. Bill Haas
  • 48. Bud Cauley
  • 51. Brendon de Jonge
  • 52. Ryan Moore
  • 53. Jimmy Walker
  • 54. Martin Laird
  • 55. Jeff Overton
  • 56. Robert Garrigus
  • 57. Kevin Na
  • 61. Bryce Molder
  • 67. Marc Leishman
  • 69. Charlie Wi
  • 72. J.B. Holmes
  • 74. Ryan Palmer
  • 86. Ben Crane
  • 88. David Hearn
  • 100. Tom Gillis
  • 103. Scott Piercy
  • 105. Kevin Stadler
  • 107. Kyle Stanley
  • 108. Chris Kirk
  • 112. Tim Clark
  • 113. Brian Harman
  • 120. Matt Every
  • 121. Dicky Pride
  • 126. Graham DeLaet
  • 127. Bob Estes
  • 135. William McGirt
  • 154. Ben Curtis
  • 157. Johnson Wagner
  • 158. Charley Hoffman
  • 164. Mark Wilson
  • 196. Troy Matteson
  • 205. D.A. Points
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