Right now as it stands, Matt Kuchar has a chance of winning the entire thing without ever having won a tournament. He is entering the BMW Championship with two second place finishes and seven other top 10’s this season. If he is able to finish 2nd this week and again next week at the Tour Championship, he will have racked up enough points to take it. Sure coming in 2nd two weeks in a row is almost as difficult as winning both weeks. But Kuchar did finish second last year, and has been ridiculously consistent these last 2 years (getting 20 top-10 finishes with his 47 starts. So it is definitely in the realm of possibility.)
But gearing up for Cog Hill has left some bad taste in a few golfers mouths, especially, Phil Mickelson:
Phil Mickelson sharpened his saber again Wednesday and impaled architect Rees Jones’ renovation of Cog Hill’s No. 4 course. If this were football, the left-hander would have been flagged 15 yards for piling on and another 5 yards for jumping offsides.
“There’s really no shot-making here that’s required,” Mickelson said of the BMW Championship host course. “It doesn’t really test our ability to maneuver the ball because the fronts of the greens are blocked, and the only shot is to hit a high flop shot that stops. Chipping areas, shot value around the greens, penalities for certain misses, all that stuff wasn’t really well thought out.”
It is no secret that Mickelson isn’t a fan of Jones’ work. Jones has renovated numerous U.S. Open courses, prompting his nickname as the Open Doctor. The left-hander, though, talks about his designs as if they are open sores. And he does so without mentioning Jones’ name.
Apprently Phil hasn’t been a fan of Good ol’ Jones’ work since his 2001 remix at Torrey Pines. He won 3 PGA Tour Events there prior to the change, and hasnt since. Mickelson grew up playing on the course in San Diego, so the change from child hood was potentially a mind melt.
But personally this caveman is a bit confused as to why Mickelson is complaining here. He is known for his short game, and especially his use of higher loft wedges. So hopefully he stops complaining and steps up to the plate to finish at least a little bit strong.
As for the Winner of the BMW Challenge check out ESPN’s Golf Blog’s Expert Picks. Each writer chose a different winner: K.J Choi, Luke Donald, Ernie Els & Nick Watney.
What do you think Rock Heads? Who is going to Grab The BMW Championship, and who will take the 2011 FedEx cup?