After an eventful four days at the Northern Trust to kick off the three-tournament FedEx Cup Playoffs, the BMW Championship hopes to follow the opening act with even more entertainment.
Played at Medinah Country Club in the suburbs of Chicago, it has been a FedEx Cup event since its inception in 2007. The top 70 golfers in the FedEx Cup standings are eligible to participate in the no-cut event.
Patrick Reed thrust himself up to No. 2 in the FedEx Cup points standings with a one-stroke victory over Abraham Ancer at last week’s Northern Trust. He joins Brooks Koepka, Rory McIlroy, Matt Kuchar and Jon Rahm in the top five in the standings. Like the Northern Trust, the winner of this week’s BMW Championship will earn 2,000 FedEx Cup points, which could be pivotal for those looking to qualify for the Tour Championship, the year’s final PGA tournament open to the top 30 golfers in the standings.
The status of Tiger Woods will be one of the biggest questions leading up to the tournament, as he pulled out of the Northern Trust with a strained oblique. If he is forced to withdraw from the BMW Championship, he won’t qualify for the Tour Championship, which he won last year. Woods enters the week in 38th place with 1,003 points – the lowest of the four major winners in 2019.
Keegan Bradley is the defending champion, but barely qualified this year, so it really is anyone’s tournament to win.
Here is all of the information for how to watch the BMW Championship, including an updated list of tee times, the complete TV schedule and more.
BMW Championship 2019 TV schedule, live stream
Golf Channel and CBS will team up for coverage of the BMW Championship. The tournament will exclusively air on Golf Channel for the first two days and before having its coverage split between Golf Channel and CBS on Saturday and Sunday You can also stream the BMW Championship on fuboTV, which offers a free seven-day trial.
|Thursday, August 15||3-7 p.m. ET||Golf Channel, fuboTV|
|Friday, August 16||3-7 p.m. ET||Golf Channel, fuboTV|
|Saturday, August 17||12-3 p.m. ET||Golf Channel, fuboTV|
|Saturday, August 17||3-6 p.m. ET||CBS, fuboTV|
|Sunday, August 18||12-2 p.m. ET||Golf Channel, fuboTV|
|Sunday, August 18||2-6 p.m. ET||CBS, fuboTV|
Tiger Woods’ BMW Championship tee times
Woods will be paired with C.T. Pan and Billy Horschel during the first two rounds Thursday and Friday.
|1||12:54 p.m. ET||C.T. Pan, Billy Horschel|
|2||10:37 p.m. ET||C.T. Pan, Billy Horschel|
Who else is in the BMW Championship field?
All of the 70 eligible golfers are in the BMW Championship field, although Woods’ status is still a little up in the air after suffering a strained oblique at the Northern Trust. Abraham Ancer (No. 8) and Brandt Snedeker (No. 22) are among those who made a big jump up the standings after a productive weekend. Paul Casey (No. 13) notably sat out of the Northern Trust in order to rest, but he will be back in action at Medinah.
Louis Oosthuizen (No. 28), Hideki Matsuyama (No. 33) and Francesco Molinari (No. 34) are among the bigger names who sit on the cusp of qualifying for the Tour Championship.
Tee times for Round 1, featured groups
The top 12 players in the FedEx Cup points standings are grouped together during the first two rounds Thursday and Friday. You can find the full list of tee times here.
|Round 1||Round 2||Group|
|10:48 a.m. ET||12:54 a.m. ET||Brooks Koepka, Patrick Reed, Rory McIlroy|
|1:05 p.m. ET||10:48 a.m. ET||Matt Kuchar, Jon Rahm, Patrick Cantlay|
|10:37 a.m. ET||12:43 p.m. ET||Xander Schauffele, Abraham Ancer, Gary Woodland|
|12:54 p.m. ET||10:37 p.m. ET||Dustin Johnson, Webb Simpson, Justin Rose|
BMW Championship purse, winnings
The BMW Championship’s purse totals to $9,250,000, the same as the other two FedEx Cup events. The winner receives $1,665,000 as well as 2,000 FedEx Cup points.
The purse saw an increase of $250,000 from last year, when the winner earned $1,620,000.
Odds to win the BMW Championship
BMW Championship Odds
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FedEx Cup Odds
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BMW Championship past winners
The BMW Championship has only been in existence since 2007, which was also when the FedEx Cup started, so it hasn’t seen a wide variety of winners. Dustin Johnson and Woods are the only two-time winners. The BMW Championship winner has won the FedEx Cup playoffs in the same year three times, including twice by Woods.