2019 BMW Championship Betting Preview
The FedExCup playoffs continue this week on the PGA Tour, as the 70 players remaining in the running for the title tee off at Medinah in the 2019 BMW Championship.
This is the first time Medinah has hosted this tournament, but it should be familiar to some of this week’s field as Medinah previously hosted the Ryder Cup in 2012 and the PGA Championship in 1999 and 2006. That year’s Ryder Cup was won by the European team, while both PGA Championship tournaments went to Tiger Woods.
The leader on the FedExCup standings and the co-favorite on the futures odds at the Bovada Sportsbook for this week is Brooks Koepka. He and Rory McIlroy are both listed at +800 odds.
Koepka was also favored last week in the Northern Trust where he tied for 30th place, 10 strokes off the lead.
McIlroy was a member of the Ryder Cup team that triumphed at Medinah in 2012. In five matches during that Ryder Cup McIlroy was 3-2, which included winning his singles match against Keegan Bradley. McIlroy previously won this tournament in 2012 at Crooked Stick.
Coincidentally, Bradley is the defending champion of this tournament. He won the BMW in a playoff with Justin Rose last year when it was held at Aroniminik. Bradley sits near the back of the pack in the current FedExCup standings and he’s a +15000 longshot to win again this week.
Former winners on BMW Championship odds
Aside from Bradley and McIlroy other former winners of the BMW Championship looking for another win at Medinah this week include two-time winner Dustin Johnson (+1400), 2017 winner Marc Leishman (+6600), 2015 champ Jason Day (+5000), 2014 winner Billy Horschel (+5000), and 2011 winner Justin Rose (+1600).
Last week in the Northern Trust Patrick Reed was a surprise winner as a +5000 underdog. The win vaulted Reed into second place in the FedExCup standings and has him listed at +2200 to post another win this week at Medinah.
The outlier for bettors as usual this week is Tiger Woods. Last week Woods posted a disappointing four-over 75 in the first round before withdrawing with an oblique strain. Woods is listed at +4000 on the odds at the Bovada Sportsbook this week, but it remains to be seen if he’ll even play at Medinah where he has had so much success in the past. Woods is also a two-time winner of the BMW Championship, having won in 2007 and 2009.