2011 BMW Championship Preview: Live Leaderboard

THE pressure will really by on a number of participants at the 2011 BMW Championship this weekend with both Presidents Cup and FedEx Cup playoff spots up for grabs for many.

The FedEx winner gets $US10 million to pocket while it is zilch for the 24 golfers who make it on to a Presidents Cup team. That’s all about heart, honor and prestige.

The players know pretty much exactly the results they need to advance from the 70 man field at the Cog Hill Country Club outside of Chicago this week to the 30 player field at the Tour Championship in Atlanta next week.

They also know what it will take to get or maintain an automatic selection in either the US of International Presidents Cup teams.

At one and two in the International team standings respectively are Jason Day and Adam Scott.

They have all the Presidents Cup honor and prestige in the bag, they just need to worry about grabbing the FedEx bonus cash.

Day has had a remarkably successful year, amassing $A3.58 million in prizemoney with runner-up finishes in two of the four majors and nine top 10 finishes from 19 starts on the US tour, second only to World No.1 Luke Donald with 11.

But he still hasn’t had a win this year. The young Queenslander needs a top two finish this week to ensure he is in the top five going into the final in Atlanta.

Players in the top five in Atlanta are masters of their own destiny. Start in the top five and win and you automatically take the FedEx Cup and golf’s richest prize. Start outside the five and you need to rely on other results.

Adam Scott is the only other Australian assured of a starting spot next week. Obviously, the higher he gets in the field this week the better chance he has next week.

The other five Australians involved this week, Aaron Baddeley, Geoff Ogilvy, Allenby, John Senden and Marc Leishman, all need very strong showings to figure in either event.

To progress in the play-offs series Baddeley needs a top 50 finish while Allenby and Senden need top four and Ogilvy and Leishman need top three results to have a chance.

Presidents Cup Selections

Ogilvy moved into the Presidents Cup automatic selection top 10 by a very slender margin this week and needs at least a top 25 spot in the BMW to be assured of retaining it.

The current table looks like this:

Current rank       Player                               Finish needed to potentially move to No.10

10                        Geoff Ogilvy                    25th

11                         Louis Oosthuizen          Not in field this week

13                         Vijay Singh                     9th

14                         Aaron Baddeley             6th

15                         Robert Allenby              5th

16                         Rory Sabbatini               5th

20                        Camilo Villegas              Win

23                         John Senden                  Win

(Tim Clark in 12th spot is out injured)

“I’m aware I can fall back out but it’s better to start this week 10th than 11th,” Ogilvy said in Chicago this week. “There is nothing I want more than to be automatically in after this week.”

“The more Aussies that make it into the Presidents Cup team automatically, the less Aussies that need to get picked by Greg [Norman] so we could really help each other this week,” he said.

“Anything can happen. Robert (Allenby), Badds (Baddeley) and I could finish top three this week and make it to Melbourne – now that would be something.”

US Presidents Cup Team

The top of the U.S. Team standings has remained relatively unchanged over the past few months, with Matt Kuchar (No. 1), Steve Stricker (No. 2), Dustin Johnson (No. 3), Phil Mickelson (No. 4) and Nick Watney (No. 5) currently leading the way.

Webb Simpson, on the strength of two wins in his last three starts, moved from No. 16 after the PGA Championship to No. 6 currently. Bubba Watson, with two wins earlier this season, is ranked No. 7. All but Stricker and Mickelson will be Presidents Cup “rookies.”

From there, the U.S. standings are incredibly close. Hunter Mahan (No. 8), Jim Furyk (No. 9) and David Toms (No. 10) – all Presidents Cup veterans – are separated by less than 200,000 points. Points are based on money earned since the 2009 Wyndham Championship, with money earned in 2011 counting as double.

With an $8 million purse and no cut this week at the BMW Championship, players all the way down to Charles Howell III at No. 23 still mathematically have a shot at playing their way onto the team.

FedEx Cup Standings

The current FedEx top ten is 1. Webb Simpson, 2. Dustin Johnson, 3. Matt Kuchar, 4. Luke Donald, 5. Brandt Snedeker, 6. Jason Day, 7. Nick Watney, 8. Steve Stricker, 9. Chez Reavie, 10. Phil Mickelson (16. Adam Scott, 25. Aaron Baddeley)

The BMW Championship will be broadcast live in Australia on Fox Sports. 1st Round, 5am – 8am Friday; 2nd Round, 5am – 8am Saturday; 3rd Round, 2am – 5.30am Sunday; Final Round, 2am – 8am Monday .

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Brian is an award winning golf writer and is the founder and editor of Australian Senior Golfer. He is a former Sydney journalist who had little interest in golf till he hit his first ball at the age of 49 (and a half). Since then golf has just about overtaken his life. Brian founded ASG in April 2008 and has since covered every Australian Open, Presidents Cups, World Cups and numerous other big men’s and women’s tournaments, spending days inside the ropes with the likes of Tiger Woods, Phil Mickelson, Rory McIlroy, Jordan Spieth, Tom Watson, Fred Couples, Greg Norman, Adam Scott, Jason Day, Karrie Webb, and many others. He has also played in, and reported on, numerous amateur tournaments, particularly senior and veteran events, around the country. Brian is a member of the Australian Golf Media Association and won the award for Best News Report for 2016 - 2017

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