BMW Championship 2013: Players Who Will Build off of Strong Starts

Timothy RappFeatured ColumnistSeptember 13, 2013

NORTON, MA - SEPTEMBER 02:  Jim Furyk plays his shot from the second tee during the final round of the Deutsche Bank Championship at TPC Boston on September 2, 2013 in Norton, Massachusetts.  (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)
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With the BMW Championship 2013 now in its second day, we're starting to see which players are going to be building off of strong starts and which others caught a bit of fire but won't be able to replicate the feat.

Can Brandt Snedeker remain atop the leaderboard? Will Tiger Woods finish near the top? Can Jim Furyk be stopped?

Let's find out which players have started strong and who looks poised to finish strong as well. 

Brandt Snedeker

Snedeker was excellent on Thursday, shooting an eight-under to shoot to the top of the leaderboard. At the time of publication, he was two under on Friday, continuing his strong run of play at the BMW Championship. 

There's no reason to think his form will take a dip over the weekend. Snedeker has been excellent all season long, with two tournament wins and eight top-10 finishes. It looks as though he's on top of his game again at the BMW Championship and should finish at or near the top of the leaderboard when all is said and done. 

Charl Schwartzel

Schwartzel wasn't as good as Snedeker on Thursday, shooting five under, but he's kept pace on Friday, and at the time of publication was seven under for the tournament. 

Schwartzel shot seven under for the tournament last year, though he remained stagnant over the weekend after starting strong, shooting even par over the last two days. With that experience behind him, look for Schwartzel to build on his mistakes from a year ago and keep on pace with the leaders. 

Tiger Woods 

As long as he isn't playing at a major championship, Woods is a force to be reckoned with this season. 

At the time of publication, he was  five under for the tournament and playing steadily if unspectacularly on Friday. He's been excellent in 2013, reestablishing himself as the sport's top player with five wins and eight top-10 finishes. 

He may yet be unable to crack through at the majors, but at an event like the BMW Championship, betting against Woods isn't wise. 

Jim Furyk

At the time of publication, Furyk had shot up the leaderboard to second place, shooting eight under for the tournament and an astonishing nine-under after 11 holes on Friday. 

Yes, you read that right. 

Coming into play, Furyk had four top-10 finishes in his last five tournaments, so he came into the BMW Championship hot. After his early-round play on Friday, he's scorching. 

He may not be able to replicate his play from the first 11 holes, but expect him to hang around the leaders the rest of the way. 

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