Tiger Woods, despite his T65 finish at the Deutsche Bank Championship on Labor Day, is the oddsmakers’ favorite to take this week’s BMW Championship.
With the top 70 players in FedEx Cup points advancing from Boston to Chicago for the third leg of the four-event playoff series, Woods enters the tournament after losing the No. 1 spot in the FEC standings to Henrik Stenson. Still, the five-time 2013 winner is the 11/2 pick of Bovada.lv to win the contest for the third time.
Woods leads the pack in the no-cut tilt, with Stenson and Adam Scott each coming in at 12/1 odds of moving on to the 30-player Tour Championship finale with the 2013 BMW title. Scott, second in the world to Woods’ top billing, won The Barclays, the opening event of the playoff season, while sixth-ranked Stenson was the two-shot victor over Steve Stricker at TPC Boston.
A victory on Sunday by either Woods or Scott (who has two Ws this year) would likely nail down the PGA Tour’s player of the year honors for that golfer, though British Open winner Phil Mickelson (14/1) would like to toss his visor into the ring for the award by hoisting his third trophy of 2013.
The BMW festivities kick off Thursday at Conway Farms Golf Club in Lake Forest, Ill. The top 30 in the standings after Sunday’s final round will head to East Lake, with anyone in the top five guaranteed the $10 million jackpot if he triumphs in Atlanta.