Only two events remain on the PGA Tour schedule for this season, and Rory McIlroy doesn't have much time to rest following his stirring comeback at TPC Boston. Here are early-round, featured groups to keep an eye on at the BMW Championship, where 69 players will tee it up with hopes of making the 30-man Tour Championship later this month (all times ET):
12:09 p.m. Thursday, 2:20 p.m. Friday: Rickie Fowler, Kevin Na, Sergio Garcia
Fowler will receive plenty of attention this week as he looks to secure a Ryder Cup selection, having faded to the middle of the pack in Boston after letting the trophy slip away the week prior at Bethpage. He'll be joined for the first two rounds by Na, who skipped last week's event for the birth of his first child, and Garcia, who finished T-24 at the Deutsche Bank in his first start since the Olympics.
12:47 p.m. Thursday, 2:53 p.m. Friday: Patrick Reed, Jason Day, Dustin Johnson
This group features the top three players in the FedEx Cup race, as Reed maintained the top spot by following his Barclays victory with a T-5 finish in Boston. Day and Johnson remain in a tight battle for Player of the Year honors, as the Aussie has three wins to his credit but is likely trailing Johnson, who boasts two marquee victories among a Tour-leading 13 top-10 finishes.
2:09 p.m. Thursday, 11:47 a.m. Friday: Bubba Watson, Matt Kuchar, William McGirt
It's not exactly a Ryder Cup audition, but Watson and Kuchar are advised to bring their best stuff this week to Indiana. Watson picked a bad time for a rare missed cut, making an early exit last week from TPC Boston, while Kuchar hasn't done much of note since his bronze performance in Rio. Rounding out the group is McGirt, who won earlier this year at the Memorial and contended into the final round at the PGA Championship.
2:31 p.m. Thursday, 12:09 p.m. Friday: Kevin Chappell, Justin Thomas, Phil Mickelson
Like Watson, Mickelson heads to the heartland after missing the final cut of the season. He remains in search of a victory to cap an otherwise stellar season, and he'll begin that pursuit alongside Thomas, who remains on the fringe of Ryder Cup discussion. Chappell rounds out the group one week after letting a 36-hole lead slip away in Boston, a result that bolstered his candidacy as the best player on Tour without a win.
2:53 p.m. Thursday, 12:36 p.m. Friday: Rory McIlroy, Jordan Spieth, Adam Scott
McIlroy won this event in 2012, the last time it was held at Crooked Stick, and he once again heads to Indiana on the heels of a victory. The Ulsterman fired a final-round 65 Monday to win the Deutsche Bank Championship, and he'll play the first two rounds alongside Spieth, who he just supplanted at world No. 3, and Scott, who cracked the top five at each of the first two playoff events.