Power Rankings: 2015 BMW Championship


The 46th event of the season - and the third event of the postseason - is upon us, as the PGA Tour heads to Illinois for the BMW Championship. A field of 70 will tackle Conway Farms Golf Club, with the top 30 in the standings advancing to the Tour Championship next week.

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Billy Horschel won this event a year ago at Cherry Hills. Here are 10 players to watch outside Chicago:

1. Jim FurykFuryk enters with some form and now returns to a course where two years ago he shot 59. While he let the trophy slip away in 2013, he has a great chance to make amends on a course that clearly suits his game and following his T-4 finish at TPC Boston.

2. Henrik StensonAn appropriate spot for the man who has finished second at each of the first two playoff events. Stenson was never really close at The Barclays, but he probably should have won two weeks ago in Massachusetts. Clearly in form, he'll look to improve on a T-33 finish here two years ago when he faded in the final round en route to a FedEx Cup win.

3. Jason DayThe struggles at TPC Boston were simply a blip for the man who is still the hottest player on Tour. Day had a strong showing at Conway Farms two years ago, finishing T-4 behind a final-round 66, and should again be on the leaderboard as he sets his sights on the world No. 1 ranking.

4. Rickie FowlerFresh off his victory at the Deutsche Bank Championship, Fowler again has renewed confidence at just the right time. Outside of a missed cut at The Barclays, Fowler has been playing well for the last six weeks and will get to walk stride-for-stride with Spieth and Day in the first two rounds.

5. Jordan SpiethSpieth has officially hit a postseason funk, entering off of back-to-back missed cuts, but he should break out of that mini-slump with ease this week. Spieth finished T-16 at Conway Farms in 2013, highlighted by a second-round 65, and is unlikely to post a third straight dud.

6. Zach JohnsonJohnson rallied to victory at Conway in 2013, and he returns after opening the postseason with back-to-back top-25 finishes. Johnson finished T-4 at The Barclays and now has five top-10 finishes over his last nine starts.

7. Rory McIlroyMcIlroy again has the top spot in the world ranking, but he'll need to play well this week to keep it. Still mending his ankle, he was mired in the middle of the pack two weeks ago at TPC Boston. McIlroy struggled to get his footing at Conway two years ago, but did shoot a pair of 68s over the final two rounds.

8. Sergio GarciaBeware the rested golfer. Garcia will be making his postseason debut after skipping the first two events, but he tends to play well at this leg of the playoffs regardless of venue. The Spaniard has never finished worse than T-24 in seven BMW starts, including a T-18 finish at Conway Farms two years ago.

9. Kevin Kisner: Already the best player this season without a win, Kisner has a great chance this week to break through after opening the playoffs with back-to-back top-20 results. While he is making his BMW debut, Kisner should thrive amidst the cozy confines of Conway Farms.

10. Matt KucharKuchar has been somewhat lurking in the background this season, but he certainly has the game for this course as evidenced by his 61 in the third round two years ago. After a T-9 finish in Boston, Kuchar has three top-10s in his last five starts.