The FedEx Cup playoffs are in full motion as the second of three tournaments kicks off today. The BMW championship at Medinah Country Club promises to be one of the most competitive tournaments of the year as players fight to make it into the top thirty of the FedEx Cup standings and earn a trip to East Lake for the Tour Championship. With the new changes to the playoff scheme this year, whoever holds the number one ranking going into East Lake will start with a two stroke lead, which is a huge advantage.
Players in the top ten will try to earn a victory at the BMW Championship and secure that number one ranking because come next week, that individual will only have to hold onto a lead instead of build one. In order to do such a thing, it takes consistency, and there is nobody on tour more consistent than the current number one spot holder, Brooks Koepka.
The number one ranked player in the world has been nothing short of consistent this year. The four time major champion and reigning player of the year, has had quite the season. Starting off the tee, Koepka is 14th this year in driving distance, averaging 308.1 yards per drive. He hits 64% of the fairways he takes aim at which might not seem like a great statistic, but compared to the rest of the field, he is significantly more accurate. He also ranks 9th this year from tee to green. These three stats are huge when it comes to the FedEx Cup playoffs because distance and accuracy has proven to be an enormous advantage.
Koepka has been at his best when he plays in big tournaments. Out of his seven PGA Tour victories, four have been in major championships. He won the US Open in 2017 and 2018, as well as the PGA Championship in 2018 and 2019. One of his seven victories also came at the World Golf Championships- FedEx St. Jude Invitational this year. Koepka has spoken on the matter before and made it clear that he gets up for big time tournaments more than any normal tour event. The FedEx Cup playoffs do not consist of any average tournaments. These three tournaments are looked at by professional golfers as major type events.
If Koepka is able to retain his number one ranking in the FedEx Cup standings heading into next week’s Tour Championship, then he will start at -10 with a two stroke lead over second place. Koepka has already proven this year that he is dominant when playing with a lead. He lead wire to wire at Bethpage Black before capturing his second PGA Championship back in May. Despite a rocky back nine on Sunday he did what he had to do in order to win.
Brooks Koepka is one of the most competitive players on tour and has a will to win that many players do not have. If Koepka goes into East Lake with a two stroke lead, it will be difficult for any player in the field to catch him, when all he has to do is maintain. Look for Koepka to capture his first FedEx Cup trophy in the event that he goes into East Lake with the number one ranking.