BMW Championship Live Blog Round 1: Updates, tee times, TV info

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BMW Championship Live Blog Round 1: Updates, tee times, TV info

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BMW Championship Live Blog Round 1: Updates, tee times, TV info

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The second stage of the FedEx Cup Playoffs comes to Chicagoland this weekend with the BMW Championship at Medinah Country Club.

Play begins Thursday in the penultimate event of the 2018-19 PGA Tour season on Medinah’s 7,657-yard, par-72, No. 3 course. The BMW field features 69 of the top 70 players in the FedEx Cup Standings. The top 30 players in the standings after Sunday will move on to Atlanta for the season-ending Tour Championship at East Lake.

Medinah has played host to the 2012 Ryder Cup, three U.S. Opens and two PGA Championships.

Tiger Woods won both PGA Championships at Medinah – in 1999 and 2006. He finds himself again playing a leading role in the PGA Tour melodrama this weekend. Woods is 38th in the FedEx Cup Standings.

Woods won the Tour Championship last year on a thrilling Red Sunday, ending a 5-year victory drought. He may not make it back to defend his title. He needs to finish solo 11th or better in the BMW to extend his season.

Woods is part of a 12:54 p.m. ET Thursday grouping that also includes C.T. Pan and Billy Horschel.

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Among the players who have secured a berth in the Tour Championship: Brooks Koepka, Patrick Reed and Rory McIlroy. The top three players in the FedEx Cup Standings go out Thursday at 11:48 a.m. and Friday at 1:54 p.m.

While he’s dominated majors in the past 26 months, Koepka’s record in the FedEx Cup Playoffs is tepid. He does have three victories this PGA Tour season and three more runner-up finishes, including his PGA Championship repeat.

There is no 36-hole cut at the BMW, so each player has a chance to make solid bank regardless of how poorly he may play early. The winner gets $1.665 million. The minimum payout, based on a 70-player field, is $18,500. A top-10 finish will be worth at least $249,500.

The FedEx Cup scale will be extra generous again this weekend, with the winner earning 2,000 points.

Follow our Live Blog here and our Tiger Tracker once Woods gets underway all day for the latest news and updates.

BMW Championship Live Blog:

6 p.m.: Jason Kokrak and Justin Thomas will share the lead heading into Round 2 play at the BMW Championship. They finished with 7-under 65s on a very forgiving Medinah No. 3 course Thursday. Kokrak is 32nd in the FedEx Cup Standings, while Thomas is 15th.

4:34 p.m.: Jason Kokrak joins Justin Thomas in the lead at 7-under after posting a birdie on the par-4, 15th hole. Kokrak is No. 32 in the FedEx Cup Standings.

4:34 p.m.: The grouping of Brooks Koepka, Patrick Reed and Rory McIlroy represent the top three players in the FedEx Cup Standings. Each golfer finished Round 1 in position to contend for victory. Koepka, he of the eagle on the 607-yard, 14th hole, and Reed each finished at 4-under 66 for Thursday’s round. McIlroy was 1 shot back at 3-under.

3:24 p.m.: Justin Thomas is back. He takes the lead with a 57-foot, 1-inch birdie putt on the par-4, No. 16 hole. Thomas is currently 15th in the FedEx Cup Standings and would emerge No. 1 overall if he wins this weekend.

2:57 p.m. – At age 49, Jim Furyk is nearing the end of his regular PGA Tour run. But he’s showing no signs of negativity based on his age at Medinah. Furyk holds a share of the lead at 6-under after completing his round. Adam Scott joins Furyk at 6-under through 14 holes. Furyk’s playing partner, fellow 49-year-old Phil Mickelson, is 2-under.

1:15 p.m. – The roar you heard across North America was after Tiger Woods birdied his first hole. Meanwhile, Rory Sabbatini and Jim Furyk are tied at 5-under after making the turn.

11:45 a.m. – Jim Furyk edges out to an early lead at 4-under through 6 holes.

10:16 a.m. – They’re underway at the BMW Championship. J.B. Holmes is in the lead group. Buckle up, folks. #SlowPlay

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BMW Championship Tee Times

Round 1 – Thursday

(All times Eastern)

Hole No. 1
Tee Time
Players
10:15 a.m. J.B. Holmes, Si Woo Kim, Nate Lashley
10:26 a.m. Phil Mickelson, Keith Mitchell, Jim Furyk
10:37 a.m. Ian Poulter, Jordan Spieth, Rory Sabbatini
10:48 a.m. Francesco Molinari, Scott Piercy, J.T. Poston
10:59 a.m. Shane Lowry, Sungjae Im, Corey Conners
11:10 a.m. Tony Finau, Bryson DeChambeau, Kevin Kisner
11:21 a.m. Paul Casey, Adam Scott, Justin Thomas
11:37 a.m. Xander Schauffele, Abraham Ancer, Gary Woodland
11:48 a.m. Brooks Koepka, Patrick Reed, Rory McIlroy
11:59 a.m. Max Homa, Collin Morikawa, Cameron Champ
12:10 p.m. Vaughn Taylor, Joel Dahmen, Graeme McDowell
12:21 p.m. Wyndham Clark, Emiliano Grillo, Joaquin Niemann
12:32 p.m. Ryan Moore, Jason Day, Adam Hadwin
12:43 p.m. Kevin Tway, Lucas Glover, Sung Kang
12:54 p.m. C.T. Pan, Tiger Woods, Billy Horschel
1:10 p.m. Ryan Palmer, Jason Kokrak, Hideki Matsuyama
1:21 p.m. Louis Oosthuizen, Harold Varner III, Andrew Putnam
1:32 p.m. Brandt Snedeker, Charles Howell III, Tommy Fleetwood
1:43 p.m. Marc Leishman, Rickie Fowler, Chez Reavie
1:54 p.m. Dustin Johnson, Webb Simpson, Justin Rose
2:05 p.m. Matt Kuchar, Jon Rahm, Patrick Cantlay
2:16 p.m. Troy Merritt, Dylan Frittelli, Byeong Hun An
2:27 p.m. Adam Long, Keegan Bradley, Rafa Cabrera Bello

BMW Championship – TV, Online Info

Thursday, Aug. 15

(All times Eastern)
Golf Channel: 3 – 7 p.m.
PGA Tour Live: 9:45 a.m. – 7 p.m.
PGA Tour Radio: 1 – 7 p.m. (XM 92/Sirius 208)

Friday, Aug. 16

Golf Channel: 3 – 7 p.m.
PGA Tour Live: 9:45 a.m. – 7 p.m.
PGA Tour Radio: 1 – 7 p.m. (XM 92/Sirius 208)

Sat., Aug. 17

Golf Channel: 12 – 3 p.m.
NBC: 3 – 6 p.m.
PGA Tour Live: 8:15 a.m. – 6 p.m.
PGA Tour Radio: 1 – 6 p.m. (XM 92/Sirius 208)

Sun., Aug. 18

Golf Channel: 12 – 2 p.m.
NBC: 2 – 6 p.m.
PGA Tour Live: 8:15 a.m. – 6 p.m.
PGA Tour Radio: 1 – 6 p.m. (XM 92/Sirius 208)

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