BMW Championship 2013: Updated Odds for Top Contenders to Win the FedEx Cup
When last we left you, the FedEx Cup playoffs had reached the halfway point, and a new leader had emerged on top of the points list.
Tiger Woods had been the man to beat for the majority of the season, thanks to his five tournament wins. However, he finished well back at the Deutsche Bank Championship and he surrendered the top spot to Henrik Stenson, who won the event thanks to his consistent tee-to-green play and his excellent work on the greens.
With the BMW Championship on tap from Conway Farms in suburban Chicago, the race for the FedEx Cup championship is still wide open. Here's a look at the updated odds for the top 10 contenders.
10. Jordan Spieth
FedEx Points: 2,246
Recent Form: It's been a brilliant rookie season for the 20-year-old Spieth. He closed the Deutsche Bank Championship by shooting a 62 in the final round and finishing in a tie for fourth. He was named as a captain's selection for the Presidents Cup team and he is thriving as he competes with the best golfers in the world on near-even terms.
Season Highlight: Much has gone right for Spieth since he turned pro, but his victory in the John Deere Classic gave him his first win of his career. He did it as a teenager, making him the first player under 20 to win on the tour since 1931.
Updated Odds: 25-1
9. Brandt Snedeker
FedEx Points: 2,326
Recent Form: Snedeker was perhaps the most consistent golfer on the tour from January through the end of July. However, he has been off his form in recent weeks. After a disappointing 66th place finish in the PGA Championship, Snedeker failed to make the cut at the Wyndham Championship and The Barclays. He made the cut at the Deutsche Bank Championship, but he was not a factor.
Season Highlight: Snedeker had the best three-week run of any golfer on the tour this year when he finished second in the Farmers Insurance Open, second in the Waste Management Open and then won the AT&T Pebble Beach Pro Am.
Updated Odds: 28-1
8. Steve Stricker
FedEx Points: 2,617
Recent Form: Stricker has played a limited schedule this year, but his game has been solid. He was at his best in the Deutsche Bank Championship when he shot 20-under-par and tried to run down Henrik Stenson but was forced to settle for second place. Stricker's strength remains his consistent ball striking and his superb putting.
Season Highlight: Stricker's consistency at the DBC was impressive, but he also had a second-place finish at the WGC-Cadillac Championship and that was another superior performance.
Updated Odds: 22-1
7. Justin Rose
FedEx Points: 2,664
Recent Form: Rose made an excellent showing in The Barclays, the first of the FedEx Cup playoff events. Rose shot a 10-under-par 274 and finished in a tie for second place. He followed that with a respectable showing at the DBC, shooting a 13-under-par 271 and finishing in a tie for 16th
Season Highlight: Rose won his first major by winning the U.S. Open at Merion (outside Philadelphia) in June. Rose didn't tame the course—he shot a one-over-par 281—but he was cool down the stretch, and defeated Jason Day and Phil Mickelson by two strokes each.
Updated Odds: 20-1
6. Phil Mickelson
FedEx Points: 2,762
Recent Form: Mickelson has enjoyed one of his best seasons on the tour, winning two official events including the British Open. Since his title at Muirfield, he has been somewhat shaky. He had a solid sixth-place finish at The Barclays, but he was 72nd in the PGA Championship and 41st at the DBC.
Season Highlight: Few ever thought that Mickelson would make a run at a British Open played on a links course. Mickelson also shared that opinion, but a week after winning the Scottish Open, he played consistently at Muirfield for three rounds and then finished with a spectacular 66 to win his first Claret Jug.
Updated Odds: 17-1
5. Graham DeLaet
FedEx Points: 2,806
Recent Form: DeLaet was pretty upset when he failed to make the cut in his home country's Canadian Open. He followed that with another failure at the PGA Championship. He shook both of those showings off and finished second in The Barclays and third in the DBC.
Season Highlight: DeLaet is playing the best golf of his career in the FedEx Cup playoffs. To run second- and third-place finishes back-to-back in events that attract the best golfers in the world means that he has raised his profile dramatically and he has removed all doubt that he belongs. DeLaet has also grown an NHL playoff-type beard to emulate his hockey-playing compatriots.
Updated Odds: 20-1
4. Matt Kuchar
FedEx Points: 3,103
Recent Form: Kuchar looked like he was making a run at the PGA Championship when he shot 67-66 in the first two rounds. However, he struggled in the final two rounds, fell out of contention and finished tied for 22nd. He was in good form at the DBC, as he finished tied for fourth.
Season Highlight: Kuchar was at his best in late May and early June when he finished second in the Crowne Plaza Invitational and followed that up with a first-place finish at the Memorial Tournament. Kuchar has been one of the most consistent players on the tour all season.
Updated Odds: 12-1
3. Adam Scott
FedEx Points: 3,917
Recent Form: Scott has perhaps the best swing on tour, and he demonstrated his power and consistency by winning The Barclays with an 11-under-par 273. He fired a sharp 66 in the final round to seize control of the event. While he struggled at the DBC, his recent form has been excellent.
Season Highlight: Scott won his first major championship when he took the green jacket at Augusta by winning the Masters. Scott took the lead on the final hole with a birdie putt, but he was forced to go to a playoff when Angel Cabrera also birdied the 72nd hole. Scott would not let the championship slip through his grasp and he birdied the second extra hole to earn the career-changing win.
Updated Odds: 10-1
2. Tiger Woods
FedEx Points: 4,037
Recent Form: Tiger won the Bridgestone Invitational by seven strokes in early August, and that victory set him up for a possible major win at the PGA Championship the following week. That victory did not come, as he tied for 40th in the last major of the year and tied for 65th at the DBC. He finished tied for second in The Barclays.
Season Highlight: While Tiger remains at 14 and holding when it comes to major championships, he reeled off five tour victories this year. No other player has more than two championships this season. Woods won the WGC-Cadillac Championship and the Arnold Palmer Invitational consecutively in March.
Updated Odds: 8-1
1. Henrik Stenson
FedEx Points: 4,051
Recent Form: Not only did Stenson gain his first victory of the year when he won the DBC in Boston, he played the TPC Boston course spectacularly well. He fired a remarkable 22-under-par 262 and his opening round 67 was his worst score of the tournament. He struck his tee shots with consistency, was dominant with his irons and putted quite well.
Season Highlight: The win in the DBC is part of a hot streak that has allowed Stenson to climb to the top of the FedEx Cup standings. He finished second in the British Open, second in the Bridgestone Invitational and third in the PGA Championship. Stenson finished no worse than third in four tournaments out of his last five.
Updated Odds: 6-1