- Hideki Matsuyama leads by one following course record 63 after 36 holes at BMW Championship
- Most big name golfers well off the pace; can anyone catch Matsuyama?
- See the updated live odds entering Saturday at the 2019 BMW Championship
Through two rounds of the BMW Championship Hideki Matsuyama leads by one stroke over 2019 Memorial Champion Patrick Cantlay and Tony Finau.
The leaderboard does not lack for star power, however most of the big guns like Brooks Koepka, Rory McIlroy, and Jon Rahm find themselves needing a low round on moving day Saturday to get right back in the tournament.
Matsuyama amazingly hasn’t won in over two years but he has big game talent, having hoisted two career World Golf Championship events, so he won’t be scared of the spotlight entering the weekend.
Live BMW Championship After Round 2
|Hideki Matsuyama||1st||-12||69, 63||+500|
|Patrick Cantlay||T-2nd||-11||66, 67||+500|
|Justin Thomas||4th||-10||65, 69||+600|
|Tony Finau||T-2nd||-11||67, 66||+700|
|Rory McIlroy||T-11th||-8||69, 67||+1000|
|Xander Schauffele||T-5th||-9||67, 68||+1200|
|Jon Rahm||T-15th||-7||68, 69||+2200|
|Tommy Fleetwood||T-11th||-8||70, 66||+2500|
|Brooks Koepka||T-25th||-5||68, 71||+3300|
|Lucas Glover||T-5th||-9||66, 69||+3500|
*Odds taken August 16th; follow the link in the table above to see all options
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To think that Hideki Matsuyama has underachieved in his young career would not give him the credit he deserves for his five PGA Tour titles, all at quality golf tournaments – but it would seem eerily apropos because he’s so talented that he always leaves you wanting more.
New course record at Medinah CC (No. 3). ☑️
Lowest round this season. ☑️
Hideki Matsuyama arrived in Chicago No. 33 in the #FedExCup standings and is currently projected No. 3.
— PGA TOUR (@PGATOUR) August 16, 2019
He’s been remarkably consistent all year, missing just two cuts in 22 starts with five top-10’s. But he’s rarely threatened to win an event this season – until now.
He ranks in the top-23 in five of the main strokes gained categories, but his wretched putting sticks out like a sore thumb (114th).
Hideki Matsuyama has gone from 3rd to 32nd in the world rankings over the last two years but is on a heater today at Medinah. No top-5s since Torrey Pines.
— Will Gray (@WillGrayGC) August 16, 2019
It has been a drastically different story this week, where Matsuyama ranks 9th in putting over two bogey-free rounds. Last week, Patrick Reed ended a lengthy 16-month winless streak, and this is the week Hideki’s incredible talent should match up with decent putting to end his winless drought as well.
Best Live Value Picks at BMW Championship
- Rory McIlroy (+1000): He’s already won four FedEx Cup playoff events in his career, resulting in his 2016 FedEx Cup title. Currently four back with tons to prove despite a “down” year that has still produced two tour titles (Players Championship & RBC Canadian Open.) Second in strokes gained off the tee this week.
- Tommy Fleetwood (+2500): Seems shockingly juicy with just four strokes separating Fleetwood and the lead. T-6th in greens in regulation through two rounds. Second at Open Championship & T-4th at WGC-FedEx St. Jude Invitational within the last month.
- Adam Hadwin (+4000): Potential boom or bust pick just three strokes back. Has 4th & 6th place finishes in last six events mixed in with other pedestrian results. Tied with Fleetwood for greens hit after 36 holes. Too talented to be stuck on just one PGA Tour title.