Expect Low Scoring on Long & Soft Crooked Stick for BMW Championship

Fred AltvaterContributor IISeptember 5, 2012

Summer Rains have made Crooked Stick Long & Soft
Summer Rains have made Crooked Stick Long & Soft

No. 1 in the FedEx Cup Rankings, Rory McIlroy (with three wins including the PGA Championship) and No. 3-ranked Tiger Woods are trying to win the BMW Championship this week at the difficult Crooked Stick golf course to get one step closer to the $10 million FedEx Cup and also garner Player of the Year honors.

Even though 70 of the best players on the PGA Tour are set to tee it up this week, weather may be the biggest issue.

Three inches of rain blew through the Carmel, Indiana area last weekend making the course play long and soft.  Another storm dumped more rain on the course on Wednesday and forced the pro-am to be cut to nine holes.

Soft fairways mean drives that will not roll into the rough and place rules may be in place.  Soft greens on the PGA Tour is code for low scoring.  Players of this caliber will be able to fire directly at the pins on the receptive greens and birdies will come in bunches.

Tiger Woods and Rory McIlroy addressed the media during a rain delay on Wednesday and both affirmed that the long hitters would have an advantage this week on the 7,400 yard Pete Dye course.

Tiger alluded to the fact that no current players are familiar with the course, but with the talent that is prevalent on the tour it would not take the guys long to get the hang of the lay out, and scoring should be low.

The last PGA Tour event played at Crooked Stick was the 1991 PGA Championship won by a young mullet-haired, fist-pumping John Daly.

There is only a 20 percent chance of rain forecast for Thursday, and that increases to 30 percent for Friday and Saturday. 

With an already sopping golf course, any additional rain will cause delays and concerns.