The FedEx Cup Playoffs continues this week on the PGA Tour as it visits Caves Valley Golf Club for the 2021 BMW Championship. Read on below to see my prediction for who will win the tournament, as well as my predictions for who will finish in the top 10, my dark horse, and my player to fade.
Winner: Patrick Cantlay- Cantlay has had a solid season, with a pair of wins, a runner-up, and a 3rd to sit in 4th in the FedEx Cup Standings entering this week. Cantlay has also finished inside the top 25 in 7 of his last 9 starts, including a win at The Memorial Tournament presented by Nationwide. Cantlay’s play has been real consistent lately and I believe that will pay off big with a win this week.
Top 10: Jon Rahm- Rahm has been the man to beat over the past few months, finishing T-8 at the PGA Championship, W/D from the Memorial Torunament presented by Nationwide due to COVID-19 while holding a 6 stroke lead with 18 holes to go, a victory at the U. S. Open, a 7th place showing in the Abrdn Scottish Open, a T-3 at the Open Championship, and a 3rd place showing at The Northern Trust. As good as Rahm has been playing, he can pop off for a win at any given moment. A top 10 finish is a lock for Rahm this week and he will certainly be in the hunt for a W on Sunday.
Dark Horse: Maverick McNealy- McNealy has been on a quiet run of late, with 7 consecutive top 30 finishes and a combined total of -43 over his last 4 stroke play starts. McNealy is heating up at the right time and could very well punch his ticket to East Lake with a strong performance. McNealy will most certainly finish inside the top 35, but don’t be surprised if he finds himself knocking on the door for a top 10 late on Sunday.
Player to Fade: Matt Jones- Jones has been slumping since his win at the Honda Classic, with 5 missed cuts and no finishes inside the top 25 in 13 starts since then. In a field as strong as this week’s is, Jones will easily finish in the bottom half of it.