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BMW Champ - Matchup Bets

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The 2019 FedExCup playoffs rolls on at the  BMW Championship  this week at Medinah Country Club in Illinois, the course used during the 2012 Ryder Cup, 2006 PGA Championship and 1999 PGA Championship.


Each week we'll take a look at the best round matchups to try and build up a nice bankroll.

Abraham Ancer (-120) vs. Rory Sabbatini: Ancer was a runner-up at The Northern Trust last week, just getting edged out by eventual champ Patrick Reed. He is playing with a lot of confidence and should push aside the South African, who now carries Slovakian residence.

Shane Lowry (-125) vs. Marc Leishman: The winner of The Open Championship, Lowry looks to capture a little bit of that magic further away from home at Medinah. On the flip side, Leishman failed to make the cut last week at Liberty National Golf Club, and he'll have a tall order trying to push past a major champ.

 Tony Finau (-110) vs. Xander Schauffele: Finau will use his huge driving distance to his advantage at Medinah. Par 5 Scoring is a very important category, and he ranks 26th in the department (4.54). While his work around the green could use a little more finesse, he is surprisingly efficient with the putter. Schauffele limps into Medinah after missing the cut last week at Liberty National, and carries no momentum.

Gary Woodland (+100) vs. Collin Morikawa: The latter struggled with a tie for 52nd place at The Northern Trust last week, wilting under the pressure of the FedExCup playoffs. Woodland was able to register a victory in a major this season, and will not crumble under the pressure of a star-studded field with a lot on the line. Woodland is a tremendous value in this matchup.

Patrick Cantlay (-145) vs. Patrick Reed: Last week it was Reed posting as victory at Liberty National Golf Club outside of New York City, kicking off the playoffs in style. There is nowhere to go but down, and that's exactly where he'll be against the up-and-comer Cantlay. He didn't make a ton of noise, but Cantlay was a very solid 10-under 274, finishing tied for 12th. He has been consistent all season, and he'll show well at Medinah.

Last event (The Northern Trust): 2-1 (+70)
This season: 40-38-2 (-310)


Top 20 Finish - Webb Simpson (-120): Simpson knows this course from his appearance at the Ryder Cup in 2012. While he didn't fare terribly well in that event, he has fared well lately. He ranks third on Tour in Scoring Average (69.175), and he is sixth in Putts Per Round (28.16). The latter will be huge on the Bentgrass putting surface at Medinah, and will help him to a Top 20 showing.

Top 20 Finish - Gary Woodland (+167): Woodland was unable to come through last week in this spot, but I'll roll the dice with him again. Between Woodland and Corey Conners, who just missed at Top 20 at 21st place, it was a disappointing round of picks last week. Woodland will atone this week.

Top 20 Finish - Byeong Hun An (+177): The South Korean is an outstanding value at this price point, as he is a solid performer in Scoring Average and Par 5 Scoring Average. He ranks eighth on Tour in Strokes Gained: Tee-to-Green, and 16th in Driving Distance. Those factors will help him at Medinah. The difference between the Top 20 and a losing ticket will be his work on the greens, an area which has help him back this season.

Last event: 0-3 (-305)
This season: 24-57 (-2277)

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