BMW Championship – Winners and Losers

This year’s BMW Championship provided golf fans with entertainment from start to finish. Last year’s tournament was overshadowed by the coronavirus pandemic, with many of the favourites for the title forced to withdraw after receiving positive tests for COVID. But this season, with restrictions lifting and spectators back in attendance, normality was able to resume in Baltimore.

There were plenty of talking points after the showpiece final, with places secured ahead of the Ryder Cup which takes place at the end of the month. The final was as tension packed and exciting as ever, with the live golf odds fluctuating as the play-offs intensified. In the end, Patrick Cantlay booked his place in Team USA with a sudden-death victory against Bryson DeChambeau, but there was plenty more to unwrap from a memorable competition. Read on, as we discuss who was a winner and who came up short in this year’s BMW Championship.

Winner – Patrick Cantlay

As mentioned before, Cantlay will represent his country this year at the Rider Cup. The Californian made it a third PGA Tour win of the season, building on momentum gained with victory against Collin Morikawa inthe Memorial Tournament in Ohio back in June. In similar fashion to the Memorial, he took the BMW Championship to a play off, with a big win demonstrating composure and ice-cool veins that will really benefit Steve Stricker.Despite his rookie status, Cantlay’s abilitieswill certainly help him climb the rankings and build up on the momentum he built in defeatingDeChambeau.

Loser – Lee Kyoung-hoon

The old adage in golf that one bad shot can cost you was epitomised when K.H. Lee blew almost half a million dollars in prize money with a bad swing on the 18th hole of Caves Valley. He found himself in contention for a top 30 finish in the FedEx Cup rankings, but on the final hole, whilst ranked 29th, he hit a shot into the waterway, keeping his ball dry but his wallet empty. The South Korean missed out on a place to the Tour Championship and the lucrative prize money that comes with it in doing so. This also prevented him from entry to the Masters, U.S. Open and PGA Championship. Truly a tough pill to swallow.

Winner – Sergio Garcia

Little was expected of Sergio Garcia coming into this year’s BMW Championship. The 41-year-old came into the tournament ranked 44th and hardly setting the world alite. He was massively overlooked in the golf predictions but put in a respectable shift in Baltimore. The Spaniard forced his way into 28th place and at times people thought he could go on and win the whole tournament!  However, he struggled with the bunker and it cost him some momentum, but he will still take a top 30 finish given where he started nonetheless.

Loser – Bryson DeChambeau

The controversial DeChambeau often divides opinion and yet again we saw a strong performance overshadowed by off-course antics. Having tasted defeat in another play off, the Californian was involved in a heated exchange with a supporter —swearing at him and leaving a bitter taste in the mouth after he had gone toe-to-toe with Cantlay, but come up just short. He had played well throughout the tournament but unfortunately his unsportsmanlike behaviour is what has drawn the attention, he will have plenty of people to prove wrong in the FedEx Cup.

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