BMW Championship Odds: Dustin Johnson Leads Top 70 Golfers Into Chicago

Posted By FairwayJay on August 24, 2020 - Last Updated on August 26, 2020
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The FedExCup Playoffs continue in suburban Chicago Aug. 27-30 for the BMW Championship at Olympia Fields Country Club. While there will be no pro-am, minimal volunteers and no fans at the event again during the COVID-19 health crisis, there will be world class golfers competing and looking to cash-in for big money.

The betting will be strong with the top 70 players in the FedExCup Standings competing this week. There is no cut this week at the BMW Championship, which is something to note when wagering and concentrating on match-up betting.

The second round of the FedExCup Playoffs is on a course less familiar as the last time Olympia Fields hosted a premier event – which came in 2015 for the US Amateur Match Play. Prior to that the US Open was held on Olympia Fields signature North Course in 2003 when Jim Furyk was the winner. Just four players broke par, so the classic course can be set up strong.

“The putting greens will defend this golf course,” the club’s director of grounds, Sam MacKenzie, told local news reporters this past week.

The only player competing this week that played at Olympia Fields in the 2003 US Open is Tiger Woods, who will need at least a top-8 finish to advance to next week’s Tour Championship at East Lake with the top-30 players remaining in the 2020 FedExCup Playoffs.

BMW Championship odds

Outright Winner

Game
08/27/2020
(Eastern Time)
(EST)
Dustin Johnson
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+800
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+750
Jon Rahm
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+1000
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+1000
Justin Thomas
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+1200
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+1200
Bryson Dechambeau
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+1300
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+1300
Xander Schauffele
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+1500
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+1600
Daniel Berger
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+1700
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+2000
Rory McIlroy
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+1700
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+1800
Collin Morikawa
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+1700
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+2000
Patrick Cantlay
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+3000
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+3200
Scottie Scheffler
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+3000
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+3500
Jason Day
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+3100
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+3200
Tony Finau
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+3100
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+3200
Patrick Reed
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+3100
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+3200
Harris English
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+3500
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+3500
Tyrrell Hatton
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+3500
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+3900
Kevin Kisner
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+3500
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+3600
Tiger Woods
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+3500
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+3500
Viktor Hovland
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+4000
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+3300
Hideki Matsuyama
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+4000
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+3600
Adam Scott
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+4500
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+3600
Matthew Fitzpatrick
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+4500
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+6000
Paul Casey
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+5000
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+6000
Billy Horschel
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+5000
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+6500
Matthew Wolff
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+5500
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+3500
Cameron Champ
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+7000
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+8500

View odds for every player at DraftKings Sportsbook and FanDuel Sportsbook.

Odds for the 2020 BMW Championship at Olympia Fields were posted Monday morning at DraftKings and FanDuel. Dustin Johnson was listed as the betting favorite after his dominating performance at The Northern Trust last week.

Not far behind Johnson are Bryson DeChambeau, Justin Thomas, Webb Simpson and Jon Rahm. Rory McIlroy was the prohibitive favorite at the BWM Championship last year at odds near 6/1 but his struggles after the restart in 2020 leave him has the eighth favorite on the board behind Daniel Berger and Xander Schauffele.

Top golfers in the BMW Championship

With the smaller field and players that have performed best during the course of the season, we’re seeing the best players on Tour for this week’s event. Justin Thomas won last year’s BMW Championship at Medinah Country Club, 50 miles from Olympia Fields. Thomas’ win propelled him to the top spot in the FedExCup Standings and allowed him to start the Tour Championship at 10-under par and a 2-stroke advantage in the new scoring format instituted last year.

Thomas will have plenty of company at the top of the market this week with Dustin Johnson off his record and runaway win at the Northern Trust and new No. 1 ranking in the FedExCup Playoff Standings. Thomas is now No. 2. Webb Simpson moves up a notch to No. 3 in the standings after a top-5 finish in the Northern Trust while Daniel Berger moves up to No. 4 after missing the cut.

A major move up the board to No. 6 is Harris English after a runner-up finish at the Northern Trust. Rounding out the top-12 and players to watch are Bryson DeChambeau and Sungjae Im, who both missed the cut at the Northern Trust. Rory McIlroy is still in the top 10 along with Jon Rahm, who finished top-5 at the Northern Trust and is a top-4 player in the World Golf Rankings along with Thomas and Johnson. Xander Schauffele and Rory McIlroy round out the top-12.

DeChambeau won the US Amateur Match-Play event at Olympia Fields in 2015. That 64 player field also saw Rahm advance to the quarterfinals. Rahm was the top-ranked amateur player in the world at the time, and is currently the No. 1 ranked player in the Official World Golf Rankings with DeChambeau in the top-10. Maverick McNealy was the No. 2 ranked amateur at the time and he was beaten by DeChambeau in the Round of 16. McNealy is still alive in the FedExCup Playoffs and will play this week.

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Course and tournament information

  • Course: Olympia Fields Country Club (North Course)
  • Location: Olympia Fields, IL
  • Date: Aug. 27-30, 2020
  • Par: 70 / Yardage 7,366
  • Purse: $9.5 Million / Winner $1.66 Million
  • Fairways/Rough: Bentgrass / Kentucky Bluegrass
  • Greens: Bluegrass / Poa annua
  • TV: Golf Channel and NBC (Sat-Sun)
  • Live Streaming: NBCSports.com/live, NBC Sports App and PGA Tour Live
  • Twitter: @BMWChamps

The North Course at Olympia Fields is classic tree-lined parkland course with naturally routed rolling terrain. Butterfield Creek meanders its way around seven holes, including twice on numbers 12 and 14. An early look at the more dramatic section of the course and property starts at the signature Par 4 at hole No. 3. A  blind tee shot runs to an area short of Butterfield Creek. The driving areas on many Par 4s are pinched by deep bunkers. The picturesque Par 4 at hole No. 14 is from an elevated tee box that plays down into a valley. As you watch and wager on the event and make in-play bets, note those Par 4s and follow Off-the-Tee stats.

You’re not likely to see a 20-under par winning score this week with the course record being 63 by Rickie Fowler, who failed to qualify for this week’s event. But the scoring stretch is holes 10-13 and the opening hole which is a Par 5. Hole No. 8 is the toughest Par 3 on the golf course.

Accuracy will be more important than length this week and many doglegs will test players precision into the tougher sloped greens, which is one of the defenses against lower scores at Olympia Fields.

Key stats

Looking at key stats over the past two months covering 24 rounds heading into the FedExCup Playoffs and you’ll find these leading golfers ranking top-15 in some key categories (stats from Fantasy National).

Strokes Gained: Total

  • Daniel Berger
  • Bryson DeChambeau
  • Tyrrell Hatton
  • Justin Thomas
  • Jon Rahm
  • Webb Simpson
  • Billy Horschell
  • Harris English
  • Xander Schauffele
  • Kevin Na
  • Patrick Cantlay

Strokes Gained: Approach

  • Justin Thomas
  • Daniel Berger
  • Tyrrell Hatton
  • Joaquin Niemann
  • Ryan Palmer
  • Viktor Hovland
  • Collin Morikawa
  • Harris English

Strokes Gained: Ball Striking

  • Justin Thomas
  • Daniel Berger
  • Collin Morikawa
  • Paul Casey
  • Matthew Wolff
  • Joaquin Niemann
  • Viktor Hovland
  • Abraham Ancer
  • Bryson DeChambeau

Strokes Gained: Putting

  • Bryson DeChambeau
  • Billy Horschel
  • Kevin Na
  • Kevin Kisner
  • Daniel Berger
  • Harris English
  • Brendon Todd
  • Gary Woodland
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