BMW Championship 2013: Odds for Every Player with a Chance to Win
Mr. 59 wants to finish the job and earn his first tournament victory since 2010.
Heading into the final round of the BMW Championship, Jim Furyk feels quite proud about the amazing 59 he put on the scoreboard in the second round. However, he's not looking back.
He's looking forward to winning the championship in the third stage of the FedEx Cup playoffs at Conway Farms in suburban Chicago.
Furyk is 13 under par, and he has a one-stroke lead over Steve Stricker, who shot a 64 in the third round and a two-stroke lead over Brandt Snedeker.
Tiger Woods surged up the leaderboard with a 66 in the third round, and he's right in the hunt, just four strokes behind Furyk.
Here's a look at the odds for every player who has a realistic chance of winning the BMW Championship.
Where He Stands: Ryan Moore fired a 69 in the third round, and he is eight under par for the tournament. He is five strokes behind Furyk, tied for sixth place.
Winning Formula: Moore is not one of the well-known stars on the PGA Tour, but he has broken 70 in the first three rounds of the BMW and he is a very accurate hitter. He's going to have to keep every shot clean so he can fire a few early birdies to gain confidence. While Moore has three top-10 finishes this year, he hasn't finished better than 22nd in his last six tournaments.
Odds He'll Win BMW: 35-1
Where He Stands: Charl Schwartzel shot a 69 in the third round and he is eight under par for the tournament. He is five strokes behind Furyk, and he is tied for sixth place.
Winning Formula: The South African is capable of getting on a roll and climbing up the leaderboard. Schwartzel has excellent power, and if he can keep it in the fairway, he has a chance to put a lot of pressure on the leaders. Schwartzel is averaging 4.07 birdies per round, and that ranks second on the tour. If he can keep bogeys and other disasters off his scorecard, he has a chance to pull off a shocker.
Odds He'll Win DBCBMW: 20-1
Where He Stands: Tiger Woods shot a 66 in the third round, and he is nine under par for the tournament. He is four strokes behind Furyk in fifth place.
Winning Formula: Tiger Woods had a solid run in the middle of round three when he reeled off four birdies in five holes. He has won five tournaments this year, and he knows he is capable of winning here. Tiger has been averaging 313.3 yards off the tee in the BMW Championship and has been more accurate than he was in the Deutsche Bank Championship two weeks ago. If he can hit the ball in the fairway consistently and make an early birdie putt of two, there may be no stopping him.
Odds He'll Win BMW: 10-1
Where He Stands: Zach Johnson shot a 69 in the third round, and he is 10 under par. He is three strokes behind Furyk, and he is in fourth place.
Winning Formula: Johnson has enjoyed a solid year, and he has been especially hot lately. He has five top-10 finishes in his last six events. Johnson is not going to hit the ball a long way, but he ranks 10th in driving accuracy. Johnson's best chance is to stay out of the fairway bunkers. He ranks 159th at hitting greens in regulation once he finds the fairway hazards.
Odds He'll Win BMW: 14-1
Where He Stands: Brandt Snedeker shot a 71 in the third round, and he is 11 under par for the tournament. He is in third place, two strokes behind Furyk.
Winning Formula: Snedeker has been one of the most consistent players on the tour this year, so it's no surprise to see him near the lead here. Snedeker served notice that he had an excellent chance to win here after shooting a 63 in the opening round. Snedeker has the short game to reel off a string of birdies and build a two- or three-stroke lead. If Snedeker's short-iron play is sharp, he may surge to the top of the leaderboard.
Odds He'll Win BMW: 8-1
Where He Stands: Steve Stricker shot a 64 in the third round, and he is 12 under par for the tournament. He is one stroke behind Furyk.
Winning Formula: Stricker is playing with exceptional confidence. Not only did he hit the ball consistently in the third round, he is playing like he deserves to win the championship. Stricker rarely makes errors. He's not a huge hitter, but he hits the ball with accuracy. Few players have his acumen with the putter. Tiger goes to his good friend Stricker when he needs help with his putting. When you find yourself giving lessons to Woods, you must be a pretty good player.
Odds He'll Win BMW: 4-1
Where He Stands: Furyk shot a 69 in the third round, and he is 13 under par for the tournament. He leads the field by a stroke.
Winning Formula: Furyk has had his share of disappointments over the last 12 months, but he turned the page in the second round when he fired a remarkable 59 at Conway Farms. Suddenly, Furyk's confidence is surging and he doesn't want to be known as the golfer who shot the 59 in the FedEx Cup playoff event but lost the tournament. He has been hitting nearly every fairway and green in regulation, and his putting has been infallible. All he has to do is keep it up.
Odds He'll Win BMW: 2-1
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