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Can DeChambeau steal the show for a third time in a row? 70 become 30 at the BMW Championship

Dave Downie looks at the penultimate event in the FedEx Cup playoffs and the scramble to qualify for the Tour Championship.

Dave Downie

The name Bryson DeChambeau wouldn’t be familiar to casual sports fans around the world as little as a few weeks ago. But two incredible performances in the first couple of FedEx Cup playoff events have established the 24-year old, nicknamed “The Scientist” for his physics-based approach to golf, as a household name.

His methods are unorthodox – the young American uses the same length in all of his irons and has been known to use a compass on the course, but there’s no denying the results his unique approach has yielded. His back to back wins at the business end of the season have earned DeChambeau a Ryder Cup pick and have seen him rise to seventh in the world rankings.

The Californian is favourite to take home the FedEx Cup itself with the small matter of a ten-million-dollar bonus on offer if any extra incentive was needed.

It’s a quick turnaround this week with the Dell Technologies Championship only finishing on Monday and it should be a small help in finding some value as we roll on to the BMW Championship where 70 players will attempt to ensure a place in the top 30 in order to compete in the season-ending Tour Championship in a fortnight.

DeChambeau is 15/1 to make it a quite incredible three-in-a-row – a very tempting price for a man who hasn’t put a foot wrong recently against the best in the world.

However, as always, there’s some big value further afield if you’re having a flutter, starting with the men who have yet to secure a place at the Tour Championship.

Xander Shauffele surprisingly ticks that box. One of the stars of the PGA Tour in 2018, he has two top-ten major finishes and the same number of top-20 placings this year. The 24-year old won the Tour Championship last year, so has experience in making it to East Lake, Schaffele is 41stin the FedEx Cup, so will have to play well to ensure he can at least defend his trophy. The American is a mammoth 90/1 to lift the BMW Championship and with incentives galore for him in particular, is well worth a serious consideration.

Another of those players on the bubble is Ian Poulter. A missed cut at a course he admittedly despises at the Dell Tech Championship shouldn’t deter a good look at him. Buoyed by a Ryder Cup pick from Thomas Bjorn, the Englishmen has had a stellar year and throughout a successful career, has yet to make the Tour Championship. He’s 45thin the standings so only a high finish at the BMW will earn him a spot. 100/1 for Ian Poulter to finish high when something important is on the line? We’ve been here before and probably will be again in Paris in a few weeks.

To complete a hat-trick of big prices and players vying for a spot in the Tour Championship, Emiliano Grillo at 80/1 is another who is worthy of attention this week. A return to form at the Dell Tech with a tie for seventh boosted him up to 29th in the standings from 48th. It’s still a precarious position he finds himself in, but the Argentine is more than capable of rising to the challenge.

FansBet are paying five places once again this week, the action gets underway from 4:19pm UK time.

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