Olympia Fields CC
Following practice rounds at the BMW Championship, many golfers stated that Olympia Fields was set up like a US Open. Scores after the first three rounds supported those thoughts. After three rounds, Dustin Johnson and Hideki Matsuyama were the only golfers to begin the final round under par.
Starting the final round at one over par, Joaquin Niemann added three birdies through seven holes to get himself tied with Matsuyama and two shots back of Johnson. Niemann finished the front with a 31, four shots under par.
Lurking in the background was John Rahm. He began the day 3 shots behind Johnson and Matsuyama. Thanks to a six under 64, he was able to get into a tie for the lead with Dustin Johnson. Rahm, who went 4 under on the back nine, put himself in position to win outright. Thanks to a long putt on 18, Johnson was able to force a playoff.
If DJ’s put on 18 was clutch, Rahm’s putt on the first playoff hole was amazing. After a 351 yard drive off the tee that went into the rough, Rahm’s second shot landed 66 feet from the hole. DJ’s second shot landed on the green, nearly 33 feet from the hole. Advantage Johnson, right? As Lee Corso would say, “Not so fast, my friend!” Rahm stepped up to his birdie put and promptly sank an improbable birdie from 66 feet out. Johnson gave it a valiant effort from 33 feet only to leave his putt within 5 inches. With his long putt, Rahm is your 2020 BMW Championship winner.
Despite finishing second, Johnson will hold on to the top spot going into the Tour Championship over Labor Day Weekend. Rahm, with his victory at the BMW Championship, now sits in the second position. He will begin the Tour Championship two shots behind Dustin Johnson. The top five will be filled out by Justin Thomas (3 shots back), Webb Simpson (4 shots back), and Collin Morikawa (5 shots back).
This should create an exciting four rounds to determine the 2020 FedEx Cup Champion.