2022 BMW Championship Standings: Adam Scott takes a one-shot lead to the halfway point at Delaware

As one of two men to qualify for each edition of the FedEx Cup Playoffs, Adam Scott’s route to the top of the 2022 BMW Championship standings has been an unconventional one. Entering the postseason safely in the bubble, the Aussie captured his third top-five finish of the season at the St. Jude Championship to extend his postseason run and reach the Philadelphia area playing for house money.

He’s put those chips to good use during the first two rounds at Wilmington Country Club. Scott commands the solo lead at 8-under ahead of several big names. Signing for rounds of 65-69, the former Masters champion has been the only man to reach double digits under par, although a double bogey on his 17th hole on Friday saw his lead contract go from three shots to one.

In the end, it can be expensive. Only one adrift of Scott at 7 under are Scottie Scheffler, Cameron Young, Corey Conners and Jordan Spieth. Scheffler is possibly Player of the Year; Young the Rookie of the Year; Conners one of the best ball hitters on the Tour; and Spieth the last wild card, which almost makes him the most dangerous of all.

Just one stroke behind them is an equally daunting crop of chasers, including defending champion Patrick Cantlay and two-time FedEx Cup champion Rory McIlroy, both of whom have racked up consecutive rounds of 67.

However, to say that this tournament will come down to this small group would be irresponsible; half the field is currently six strokes ahead. Created to reflect the drama of the St. Jude Championship, the BMW Championship remains a game for anyone with 36 holes to play.

Leader

1. Adam Scott (-9)

The 42-year-old sought only the biggest tournaments in 2022, playing mostly in invitational events and major championships. However, the end of his playing schedule was intentional, as he participated in the Rocket Mortgage Classic and the Wyndham Championship to prepare for a playoff push. He has proven to be a good idea; Scott is projected to move up to third in the FedEx Cup standings with a win at Wilmington CC. While it’s been some time since he’s been in contention, the way he’s been able to handle the broomstick not just through two rounds, but all year, should inspire confidence in the leader.

“I felt really in control today. When you play that way, it could always be a better pair, and a bad shot on 17 was pretty costly,” Scott said. “It’s a good reminder for the weekend that I really have to keep it in check and I don’t want a lot of people going off the map and getting out of position around here. But I kept it in position really well all day.” and he looked so good and he was sailing there for a while. But I’m in great shape for the weekend. I don’t even know when was the last time I led a tournament.”

other contenders

T2. Scottie Scheffler, Cameron Young, Jordan Spieth and Corey Conners (-7)

T6. Cam Davis, Scott Stallings, Xander Schauffele, Rory McIlroy, Patrick Cantlay (-6)

T11. Aaron Wise, Joaquin Niemann, Hideki Matsuyama, Harold Varner III, Kurt Kitayama and Shane Lowry (-5)

The man who entered the postseason atop the FedEx Cup standings had a lot of work to do if he wanted to return to the top spot before the Tour Championship. Playing alongside his good friend and current FedEx Cup leader Will Zalatoris, Scheffler is now projected to reclaim the No. 1 spot and start next week at East Lake with the lead.

While it has become routine to see Scheffler’s name above the rest, this summer has not been without its setbacks. He entered the week after missing a cut at the St. Jude Championship, where he looked lost with putter in hand. This has been a common theme in Scheffler’s poor performances. He has missed shots on the greens in seven of his last nine starts, including his last four tournaments. At the halfway point, the Masters champion is fourth in strokes gained and, if he can continue like this, he will have a realistic chance of claiming his fifth win of the season.

“I definitely want to win again for sure. I want to win every week I play, so this week is definitely no different,” Scheffler said. “I’ve put myself in a decent position. Obviously I’d like to be a bit higher up the standings, but overall we’ll see how the scores play out this afternoon, but I’ll definitely have a good shot at going into the weekend.”

Captain Trevor Immelman looks intently

Unlike Team USA, which has all but 12 members selected for next month’s Presidents Cup, the International Team leadership has a much tougher decision on their hands. As qualification for the team event ends with the culmination of the BMW Championship, Captain Immelman will be tasked with selecting four additional players for the eight automatic qualifiers.

There are a few directions you could possibly take to Quail Hollow. Bombers Cam Davis, Lucas Herbert and Taylor Pendrith are on the outside looking in and some of the fittest players in the pool of potential picks. Then you have the veteran presence of Marc Leishman, or maybe Jason Day, who’s not on the field this week. Youth or experience, or a combination of the two, is Immelman’s best option, but he must be satisfied with the way his team is getting into shape with 12 international men six shots away from Scott’s lead.

Is another dramatic ending coming?

The BMW Championship has a way of producing poignant final moments in recent seasons. With the need for playoffs in three of the last four years, the composition of the standings has a chance of achieving a similar finish. Last year, Patrick Cantlay and Bryson DeChambeau squared off in a six-hole playoff in front of a raucous Baltimore crowd.

While there were no crowds at Olympia Fields, one can only imagine the ruckus that would have ensued when Jon Rahm buried a 60-foot birdie on the first playoff hole to defeat Dustin Johnson in 2020. The fans will multiply over the weekend. of the week, and With massive grandstand construction on the final stretch of Wilmington CC, an atmosphere typically reserved for major championships will be created.

“The crowd has been great all week,” McIlroy said. “Obviously this is a big golf tournament coming to Delaware. I’m not sure when the last time it happened or if it happened in a long time. So it’s great to see the crowd here and so excited to see us play.”

Updated 2022 BMW Championship odds and predictions

  • Scottie Scheffler: 9/2
  • Rory McIlroy: 2/13
  • Young Cameron: 8-1
  • Adam Scott: 2/17
  • Jordan Spieth: 10-1
  • Xander Schauffele: 11-1
  • Patrick Cantlay: 11-1
  • Corey Conners: 12-1
  • Cam Davis: 22-1
  • Joaquin Nieman: 25-1
  • Shane Lowry: 35-1
  • Hideki Matsuyama: 35-1
  • Scott Stallings: 35-1
  • Aaron Wise: 35-1
  • Sam Burns: 35-1

Young, Niemann and Collin Morikawa are all possible winners. All things considered, there is still confidence in all three of these players, especially Young, who is third in the field in strokes gained from tee to green. The presumptive PGA Tour Rookie of the Year has been terrific so far and if it weren’t for a poor showing on Friday, he would be in sole possession of the lead.

If you’re looking for a little more juice for your squeeze, it’s hard to look past what Morikawa is doing. Back to “Old Collin,” as he put it Thursday, the two-time Grand Slam winner has been fantastic with his irons and lousy with his putter. Despite his shortcomings on the greens, he is just five shots off the lead and is 60-1.

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