Fantasy Island BMW Championship


Before it was the third leg of the Playoffs, before it had been tweaked to U.S. Golf Association perfection by architect Rees Jones, the Tour’s Chicagoland stop was counted among the game’s major championships.

Although the Grand Slam designation has dropped away, Cog Hill has produced major-quality champions – Tiger Woods, Trevor Immelman and Jim Furyk – and life as a playoff event has not changed that truth.
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Pick a Foursome:
Must be the nip in the fall air or the call of deer hunting season, whatever it is Steve Stricker is becoming Mr. September on the PGA Tour. The two-time Comeback Player of the Year has pulled yet another Lazarus with his T-2/first start to the playoffs. “Strick” also has some baggage at Cog Hill, having finished third in 2007 thanks to a third-round 64.

As for Clark, he may not be the prototypical BMW pick, but the South African hasn’t finished worse than eighth in his last three BMW starts and could do some real damage on Cog Hills’ new putting surfaces.

Picks: Steve Stricker, Stewart Cink, Zach Johnson, Tim Clark

 Note: One player from four categories based on the World Golf Ranking (1-10, A; 11-20, B; 21-30, C; 31-40, D). Points awarded on money earned ($1 = 1 point).
Salary Cap:
Lucas Glover has played his best golf this season (Bethpage, Torrey Pines, Quail Hollow and Congressional) on Open-like venues, which should make made-over and meaner Cog Hill right in his wheelhouse.

As for Heath Slocum, that Barclays victory may have been out of nowhere, but he’s made a career at Cog Hill having played there every year since he joined the Tour in 2002 without a single missed cut.

Picks: Steve Stricker, Jim Furyk, Heath Slocum, Luke Donald, Lucas Glover (Total: $9.838 million)

Note: Five players with a $10 million cap based on 2008 earnings. Rookies without 2008 earnings will be priced at $250,000. Standings based on overall team earnings.
Pick One:
Jim Furyk. If Cog Hill is as U.S. Open ready as they say, the 2005 Western Open champion should be the living litmus test, having won the last national championship played in the Second City and fresh from first top-10 since July.
Note: Players must be picked before the start of the season and used only once. Standings based on total earnings.
In addition to my PGA Tour Pick One, the staff will be offering up their picks to win. A player can be picked a maximum of five times. We will be keeping a running tally of the monies earned each week. The participants include: Jay Coffin, Editorial Director; Mercer Baggs, Editorial Manager; Brian Koressel, Senior Producer; Dena Davis, Assistant Editor; Erik Peterson, Travel Editor; Jerry Foltz, special contributor.

NamePlayer PickReasonMoney
Rex HoggardRex HoggardPadraig Harrington
Dial back the clock, remove a pair of crazy 8s from his scorecard and clear up some miscommunication with his swing coach Bob Torrance and those voting on Player of the Year would have a tough decision to make between Tiger Woods and the Irishman.$5,396,686
Jay Coffin Jay CoffinSteve Stricker

Why not? Haven’t picked the guy once this year and he now leads the FedEx Cup standings. He may not win, but a top-10 finish is highly likely.

Mercer Baggs Mercer BaggsPadraig Harrington
Sergio Garcia doesn't seem to want to play, Jim Furyk can't seem to put four rounds together and I'm out of Tiger Woods picks.$7,261,285
Erik PetersonErik PetersonJim FurykUtilizing his surgeon-like precision, Furyk will knife his way through the newly-renovated Dubsdread course.$6,716,372
Brian Koressel Brian KoresselSteve Stricker
I had him slotted for this week at Cog Hill even before last week's win. Back-to-back victories will be tough, but I really like his chances in Chicago.$7,940,073
dena_dDena DavisSteve Stricker
I'm a believer in Mr. September. And I like that he still gets emotional. Somebody needs to show some passion about winning the Playoffs.
Jerry Foltz Jerry FoltzSteve Stricker Stricker's the proven playoff machine. Or maybe I'm just jumping on the 'Super-Nice-Guy' bandwagon.$5,759,287