Power Rankings: 2016 BMW Championship


The 2016 fantasy golf season rolls right along, as the PGA Tour heads to Indiana this week for the BMW Championship. A field of 69 players will tackle Crooked Stick Golf Club, with the top 30 in the standings advancing to the season-ending Tour Championship

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Jason Day won this event last year by six shots over Daniel Berger at Conway Farms. Here are 10 players to watch in Carmel:

1. Dustin Johnson: He likely has the edge in any Player of the Year voting, and a big result this week could push him over the top. Johnson leads the Tour with 13 top-10 finishes this season, and he should be able to bomb his way around a track where he finished T-6 four years ago.

2. Rory McIlroy: McIlroy found his putting at just the right time, erasing a six-shot deficit in Monday's final round in Boston to snag a trophy. He'll look to win at Crooked Stick, as he did in 2012, and if the putter continues to cooperate he'll surely factor.

3. Jason Day: The world No. 1 didn't play this event in 2012, but that certainly won't preclude him from factoring this time around. Day finished T-15 last week in Boston despite some off-course distractions early in the week, and he now has top-15 finishes in 12 straight playoff events outside of an injury-related withdrawal at this event two years ago.

4. Patrick Reed: The FedEx Cup leader backed up his Barclays win with a T-5 finish at the Deutsche Bank, proving that he's not about to rest on any laurels. Reed has been quietly consistent all year, and now that he has a win to his credit and a Ryder Cup berth assured, he's playing with nothing to lose.

5. Jordan Spieth: While Spieth improved on his MC-MC start to last year's playoffs, he didn't really factor at either of the first two legs of the postseason. He'll likely need to do so this week should he have any aspirations on defending that FedEx Cup title, and perhaps getting bumped by McIlroy to world No. 4 will serve as a little extra motivation.

6. Adam Scott: The Aussie has opened up his postseason with a pair of T-4 finishes, and now he heads to a course where he finished T-6 four years ago. Scott went through a bit of a dry spell after back-to-back wins in Florida this spring, but he has found his footing and his elite ball-striking should be more than enough to keep him in contention this week.

7. Ryan Moore: Believe it or not, Moore is one of the hottest players in the game right now. A winner last month at the John Deere Classic, he is one of six players to start the playoffs with a pair of top-10 finishes. He also tied for 10th at the last BMW at Crooked Stick, and could have some extra incentive this week as he makes a late bid for a Ryder Cup spot.

8. Louis Oosthuizen: The South African finished T-16 at Crooked Stick four years ago, and he has compiled a recent run that includes six top-25 finishes in his last seven worldwide starts, dating back to June. Oosthuizen can make the game look easy when he's firing on all cylinders, and he appears to be approaching that level after a T-8 finish in Boston.

9. Sergio Garcia: Garcia skipped The Barclays, but returned to action last week with a T-24 result. He has cooled somewhat since a summer stretch that included a win and three straight T-5 finishes, but the Spaniard played this course four years ago and will need a strong result in order to make the season-ending Tour Championship.

10. Phil Mickelson: Lefty remains unpredictable after missing the cut in Boston, but there's a strong chance he'll bounce back in a no-cut event on a course where he was a runner-up in 2012. Mickelson has had a resurgent season but remains in search of his first win in more than three years; it's likely he'll have a chance to end that streak this week.