Who is in, who is out for the BMW Championship

by | Aug 21, 2021 | PGA

JERSEY CITY, NJ – Keith Mitchell picked Good Friday to do 10 birdies.

The University of Georgia product shot the leaderboard with six straight birdies en route to the 7-under-64 shooting at Liberty National Golf Club and shares third place in the middle of the Northern Trust.

Last month, Mitchell lined up seven straight birdies to begin his third round of the 3M Open. What else does Mitchell have in store for the FedEx Cup?

“Try to get eight (in a row),” he said. “When you step on these reels, the putts fall, you hit them close, and then you try to just keep the pedal down. And it’s a little easier when you feel confident in every part of your game, and today was another time I felt great. “

That is what Mitchell forecasted to move up to 37th in the FedEx Cup, an improvement of 64 places overall, which would be the biggest potential move this week.

“I have to end up in the top 10 somewhere, maybe even the top 5, and it’s great to be able to do it here,” said Mitchell. “But if it weren’t for them at 3M, I’d probably have to do even better. You know, we’ll never discredit a birdie, and I’ll need a lot more this week just to keep going next week. “

The tournament, which is part of a tournament at the Northern Trust, is the battle for the top 70 of the FedEx Cup scoring to advance to the BMW Championship in Caves Valley next week.

By quadrupling the points, Mitchell shows the possible volatility. He is one of six players who together with Harold Varner III (No. 44), Alex Noren (No. 52), Tom Hoge (No. 62), Erik van Rooyen (No. 65) and Seamus Power in the top 70 should rise (No. 69).

The ones to drop out: Talor Gooch, Matt Fitzpatrick, Tyrrell Hatton, Martin Laird, Troy Merritt, and JT Poston.

Former world number one Jason Day missed the cut and will be absent from the BMW Championship for the first time since 2012, where he is a former champion.

Among those sweating out over the weekend are Phil Mickelson, who missed the cut and is projected at number 68, and Matthew Wolff, who is projected as “Bubble Boy” at number 70.

Varner lives and dies with every shot.

“I think about it every hole,” he said. “I know if I screw this hole I’ll get on. It’s pretty easy. Luckily, when I actually think about where I’m on the list, I can’t quickly sum it up. But yes, if you play well, you have a good chance of being at East Lake. Yes, I always think about it. “

Players are expected to move up to the top 70

player position YTD rank Proj. Rank *
Keith Mitchell T3 101 37
Harold Varner III T6 72 44
Alex Noren T6 91 52
Tom Hoge T6 108 62
Erik van Rooyen T17 76 65
Seamus power T25 73 69

Players are expected to come out of the top 70

player position YTD rank Proj. Rank *
Talor Gooch T57 64 71
Matt Fitzpatrick MC 60 72
Tyrrell Hatton MC 63 73
Martin Laird MC 65 74
Troy Merritt MC 69 77
JT Poston MC 70 78

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