PGA Tour Golf Tips
Date: August 18–21, 2022
This year’s BMW championship will be played at Wilmington country club in Delaware. The PGA tour has never hosted an event in the state of Delaware before, and this course has only ever hosted amateurs, so there will not be a lot of course experience (with one exception). The field will feature the top 70 in the Fed-ex cup standings and will not have a cut.
The tournament will be played on Wilmington country club’s south course, a long par 71 playing at 7,535 yards. Originally constructed in 1959, the course was reworked last year after a tornado knocked over more than 300 trees.
Last year, Patrick Cantlay put on a show on the greens, gaining an absurd 14.6 strokes putting, the most since people started keeping track of that statistic. No one has successfully defended the BMW since it became an event 15 years ago.
Greens and approaches are Bermudagrass, with bentgrass tees and fairways. According to the clubs director, “The South Course presents challenging tee shots with fairway bunkers guarding the landing zones, very large putting surfaces divided into multiple sections and flash-faced bunkers.”
The player who were here before? In 2013, this course hosted the Palmer cup, which featured a 20 year old Justin Thomas, who won 3.5 points in the event (Daniel Berger won 3).
The South Course, designed by the legendary architect Robert Trent Jones, is our signature course. Recently renovated by Keith Foster in 2008, it plays a monstrous 7,334 yards, par 71. In 2009, Golf Digest named it the #6 best course remodel.
This course has two super long, over 600 yard par 5s. It’s a little deceptive because one is downhill, but let’s say these aren’t going to be reachable.
Two par 3s are also 200+ yards
You also have some 8 mid range par 4s, which is where I think a lot of the scoring is going to happen
We don’t think we’ll see a ton of driver here – there are hard doglegs and a lot of the landing zones are protected the bunkers (as are the greens, there are bunkers everywhere). Water in play on 4 holes as well.
Fairways look pretty narrow, and a lot of the landing zones are looking under 300
Betting Picks: Most Firms Paying 8+ Places
Cameron Smith @12/1
For the Open champion, there seems to be an added motivation to win PGA Tour events at the moment. There’s not many in the world hotter than Smith just now. Expect him to carry his good form into this week.
Rory McIlroy @10/1
We think Rory will be looking to turn a good tour into a great tour with a win here in a tough field.
Justin Thomas @14/1
Thomas could look to turn back the clock to when he played here in 2013 picking up 3.5 points in that event and, likely making him the player with most course experience in this field.
Other Notable Players:
Xander Schauffele @18/1
Jordan Spieth @33/1
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