The 2017 BMW Championship will start on Thursday at the Conway Farms Golf Club just outside Chicago. It will run until September 17 and will be the second to last event of the PGA Tour schedule. It also marks the second to last round in the FedEx Cup.
Detailed information on the event has been surfacing as the start comes closer. The tee times for the first two rounds have been released. Betting odds have also been released by the Westgate SuperBook, one of the world’s largest sportsbooks.
The tee times and odds entails all 70 people in the competition. Only the top thirty will make it into the Tour Championship event.
All golfers will start from the first tee on each day.
Day One Tee Times
The first day of competition will start at 10am Eastern time. Zach Johnson, Lucas Glover and Sung Kang will start the event.
The top three contenders for the FedEx Cup are all in the same group. Jordan Spieth, Justin Thomas and Dustin Johnson will start at 11:33am.
Hideki Matsuyama, Jon Rahm and Rickie Fowler are the next three on the leaderboard and will all be in the same group as well. The three will start at 1:50pm.
The last pairing will tee off at 2:23pm. Danny Lee and Anirban Lahiri will be the last contenders for the day.
Day Two Tee Times
Friday’s round starts at 10am with Rory McIlroy, Ollie Schniederjans and Martin Laird teeing off.
The pairing of Spieth, Thomas and Johnson starts at 1:50pm. The Matsuyama, Rahm and Fowler pairing begins at 11L33am.
The last group starts again at 2:23pm. Ryan Moore and Bud Cauley will bring up the back.
Jordan Spieth continues to have the best odds to win. He holds a +600 line to win according to the Westgate SuperBook. A victory would significantly improve upon his chances for winning the FedEx Cup.
Dustin Johnson has a +700 line while John Rahm and Justin Thomas both have +1100 odds. Johnson has won the BMW Championship twice including last year.
In terms of people who won the BMW Championship when it was held at Conway Farms, Jason Day has a +1200 line while Zach Johnson has a +7500 listing. Johnson won the event at Conway Farms in 2013 while Day won in 2015.
A majority of contenders have lines of +10000 or greater. These are particular competitors who are not expected to make it into the last round of the FedEx Cup based on their standings and recent performance. The worst odds are +30000 for eight golfers including Danny Lee, Mackenzie Hughes and Wesley Bryan.
The 2017 BMW Championship has a $8.75 million prize fund, the most in the event’s history. The winner will earn $1.575 million. As with various other FedEx Cup events, the competition is among the wealthiest in the entire PGA Tour schedule.
The top thirty FedEx Cup competitors at the end of the event will go on to the Tour Championship. This event will be held at the East Lake Golf Club in Atlanta and will end on September 24, thus closing out the PGA Tour season.