For the third event in a row, FedEx Cup leaders Jason Day and Jordan Spieth will spend some time together. Here are some featured early-round groups you should keep an eye on this week at the BMW Championship, where 70 players will tee it up at Conway Farms Golf Club with hopes of making the Tour Championship (all times ET):
Jason Day, Jordan Spieth, Rickie Fowler: 12:53 p.m. Thursday, 1:59 p.m. Friday
Day enters as the leader in the points race after his victory three weeks ago at The Barclays, and he can snag the top spot in the world rankings for the first time with a win this week. He'll be joined by Spieth, who surrendered his No. 1 world ranking after missed cuts in each of the first two postseason events, and Fowler, who jumped to No. 3 in the FedEx Cup standings with his win at the Deutsche Bank Championship.
Phil Mickelson, Fabian Gomez, Keegan Bradley: 1:15 p.m. Thursday, 2:21 p.m. Friday
Mickelson and Bradley have teamed up in the Ryder Cup with great success, and they'll both hope a friendly pairing can help them make one final push to East Lake. Mickelson missed the Tour Championship last year for the first time in the FedEx Cup era, and he is on the verge of a repeat performance as he enters this week at No. 61 in the standings. Bradley is two spots further back at No. 63, likely needing a top-five finish to advance, while the trio will be rounded out by Gomez, a winner earlier this year in Memphis.
Henrik Stenson, Bubba Watson, Charley Hoffman: 1:59 p.m. Thursday, 12:53 p.m. Friday
Stenson started the playoffs with back-to-back runner-up finishes, and while he was never close to catching Day in New Jersey, he let one slip away two weeks ago at TPC Boston. The former FedEx Cup champ will look to bounce back this week in Chicago, where he broke a club in frustration during his last visit two years ago. He'll be joined by Watson, who finished third at The Barclays behind Day and Stenson, and Hoffman, whose early-season win in Mayakoba sparked a career season that has him at No. 6 in the standings.
Rory McIlroy, Hideki Matsuyama, Brandt Snedeker: 1:59 p.m. Thursday, 12:53 p.m. Friday
This group includes three players who all appear safe to make it to the season finale, but need a big result to boost their chances of winning the overall prize. McIlroy is now back atop the world rankings but could hand the baton back to Spieth without a top-10 finish this week, while Matsuyama continues to have a remarkably solid campaign despite failing to win an event. The trio is rounded out by Snedeker, who won the FedEx Cup in 2012 but only has one top-25 finish in his last six starts.