Power Rankings: BMW Championship


This week, the PGA Tour heads to Chicago for the third leg of the FedEx Cup Playoffs, the BMW Championship. Conway Farms Golf Club plays host to the event for the first time as 70 of the top players in the world will look to secure one of just 30 spots in the field for next week's season-ending Tour Championship.

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Rory McIlroy returns to defend the title he won by two shots last year over Phil Mickelson and Lee Westwood at Crooked Stick. Here are 10 players to watch this week in the Windy City:

1. Matt Kuchar: Perhaps the most consistent player this year on the PGA Tour, Kuchar has recorded nine straight top-30 finishes, including a tie for fourth at TPC Boston. A winner twice already this year, the former Georgia Tech standout currently ranks sixth on Tour in scoring average and 14th in strokes gained putting.

2. Henrik Stenson: After capping his torrid summer stretch with a win at TPC Boston, Stenson now tops the FedEx Cup standings heading into this week's event. There's little reason to think his hot play won't continue, though, as the Swede now leads the Tour in GIR percentage, sits fourth in total driving and fifth in scoring average.

3. Adam Scott: The Aussie struggled in Boston after his win at The Barclays, but he's likely to rebound this week at Conway Farms. With four top-15 finishes among his last five results, Scott is currently fourth on Tour in scoring average, seventh in total driving and 12th in GIR percentage.

4. Tiger Woods: After battling through a back injury at Liberty National, Woods was let down by his putter at TPC Boston. No stranger to success in the Chicago area, the current world No. 1 will look to reclaim his spot atop the FedEx Cup rankings and, as he still leads the Tour in scoring average, there's a good chance he'll do just that by week's end.

5. Justin Rose: The reigning U.S. Open champion backed up his runner-up in New Jersey with a solid tie for 16th at the Deutsche Bank. A winner of this event in 2011 when it was staged at nearby Cog Hill, Rose is in the midst of a breakthrough year and ranks in the top 10 on Tour in total driving (second), scoring average (third), GIR percentage (10th) and the all-around (sixth).

6. Graham DeLaet: Arguably the hottest player during the FedEx Cup Playoffs, DeLaet notched top-three finishes in each of his last two starts. Recently named to his first Presidents Cup squad, the Canadian now leads the Tour in both ball-striking and total driving.

7. Steve Stricker: Stricker continues to thrive in semi-retirement, having secured his spot on the U.S. Presidents Cup team thanks to his runner-up finish at TPC Boston. The veteran has eight top-15 finishes in just 11 starts this season and ranks second on Tour in GIR percentage.

8. Jordan Spieth: The phenom's rookie campaign became even more remarkable when he earned a Presidents Cup selection on the heels of his tie for fourth in Boston. The 20-year-old Spieth now has eight top-10 finishes to his credit this year and with another good showing in Chicago could control his own FedEx Cup fate at next week's Tour Championship.

9. Jason Dufner: The PGA champion quietly tied for ninth two weeks ago in just his second start since hoisting the trophy at Oak Hill. Dufner recorded three straight rounds of 66 at TPC Boston, displaying a penchant for low scoring that will likely be required this week at Conway Farms.

10. Kevin Stadler: Stadler enters this week near the FedEx Cup bubble at No. 32 in the overall standings, in need of another solid performance to secure his first career Tour Championship berth. Coming off a tie for fourth in Boston and with three 64s among his last eight competitive rounds, there's reason to believe he just might make it to East Lake.