The race for the FedEx Cup Playoffs will reach another level this week with the start of the 2016 BMW Championship from Crooked Sticks in Carmel, Ind. Only 70 players remain in the chase and for many this will be the final opportunity to make a push to make the Tour Championship field.
Only 30 players will advance to the final tournament of the playoffs next week, so the stakes are high this week. On top of that, the FedEx Cup standings will be reset following the BMW Championship. The reset standings are structured so the top five player all control their own destiny. Win and the $10 million FedEx Cup first-place prize is theirs. Any players outside of the top five would need to win and have things break right to have a chance. That will make the chase to top five a key part of this week.
Regardless of how the week plays out, there won’t be any question of how the players stand in relation to their peers in the standings. The tee times are based on the standings heading into the event. That means the field is broken into groups of three starting with the top three players in the standings.
Not only will that make for some exciting golf as players try to chase the top five and top 30, but it will make for some powerhouse groups. Patrick Reed leads the standings heading into Thursday. He will be joined by Jason Day and Dustin Johnson. After winning last week, Rory McIlroy jumped to No. 4 in the standings. He will be paired with Adam Scott and Jordan Spieth for the opening round. Spieth begins the week at No. 6. He will need a push if he’s going to control his own destiny in the Tour Championship and improve his chances of repeating as FedEx Cup champion.
With a reduced field, the opening round will resemble a third or final round in terms of scheduling. Players will play in groups of three, but the first pairings won’t step to the first tee until after 10 a.m. ET. The final groups of the first round will tee off just after 2 p.m., like they would on a typical weekend.
With playoff positioning and an $8.5 million purse up for grabs, there will be a lot on the line this week from Crooked Sticks. It all begins with the first round on Thursday. Here is a look at the complete tee sheet. All times Eastern.
|1||10:03 a.m.||Zach Johnson, Brian Harman, Kyle Reifers|
|1||10:14 a.m.||Roberto Castro, Brendan Steele, Daniel Summerhays|
|1||10:25 a.m.||Ryan Palmer, Charles Howell III, Jamie Lovemark|
|1||10:36 a.m.||Harris English, Graeme McDowell, Bill Haas|
|1||10:47 a.m.||Scott Piercy, Charley Hoffman, Branden Grace|
|1||10:58 a.m.||Fabian Gomez, Smylie Kaufman, Jason Kokrak|
|1||11:09 a.m.||Rickie Fowler, Kevin Na, Sergio Garcia|
|1||11:25 a.m.||Jason Dufner, Sean O'Hair, Gary Woodland|
|1||11:36 a.m.||Russell Knox, Emiliano Grillo, Jimmy Walker|
|1||11:47 a.m.||Patrick Reed, Jason Day, Dustin Johnson|
|1||11:58 a.m.||Billy Horschel, Kevin Streelman, Vaughn Taylor|
|1||12:09 p.m.||Ben Martin, Jon Curran, Marc Leishman|
|1||12:20 p.m.||Justin Rose, Billy Hurley III, Brian Stuard|
|1||12:31 p.m.||Jim Herman, J.B. Holmes, Charl Schwartzel|
|1||12:42 p.m.||Tony Finau, James Hahn, Louis Oosthuizen|
|1||12:58 p.m.||Jhonattan Vegas, Brooks Koepka, Daniel Berger|
|1||1:09 p.m.||William McGirt, Bubba Watson, Matt Kuchar|
|1||1:20 p.m.||Hideki Matsuyama, Kevin Kisner, Si Woo Kim|
|1||1:31 p.m.||Kevin Chappell, Justin Thomas, Phil Mickelson|
|1||1:42 p.m.||Paul Casey, Brandt Snedeker, Ryan Moore|
|1||1:53 p.m.||Rory McIlroy, Adam Scott, Jordan Spieth|
|1||2:04 p.m.||David Hearn, Luke Donald, Hudson Swafford|
|1||2:15 p.m.||David Lingmerth, Chris Kirk, Aaron Baddeley|