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The FedEx Cup Playoffs Head To Chicago For The Second Round

 

Olympia Fields in Chicago will play host to the top-70 players in the FedEx Cup rankings.

Dustin Johnson will be looking to carry the momentum into this week from his scorched-earth performance at the Northern Trust Open.

In case you missed it, Johnson won handily, shooting -30 and winning by 11 strokes.

There will not be a cut this week as the field only contains 70 individuals.

The participants will be fighting for their playoff lives as only the top 30 advances to Atlanta for the Tour Championship.

There are several things to keep an eye on this week.

Can Tiger perform well enough to move from 58 to the top 30 to get to Atlanta?

Will Dustin Johnson come out and make the course his bitch again this week?

Scottie Scheffler has been hot as of late, can he keep up the pace and make a run next week in Atlanta?

All things that will have us on the edge of our seat all weekend.

This week’s host: Olympia Fields

Olympia Fields, located about 25 miles south of the loop in Chicago.

The course opened in 1915 and has played host to multiple majors over its 105-year history.

It consists of two 18-hole courses, the North and South courses.

This week’s arena will be the South Course.

The South Course comes in sporting a distance of 7,106 yards, just below the tour average.

As can be seen above, the South course is going to be rather tricky this week despite its unimpressive length.

With its fair share of fairway bunkers, the winding creek through the course, and the tight fairways, accuracy and shot control are going to be paramount this week.

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As is expected, Dustin Johnson is the Vegas favorite this week at 8-1.

If his accuracy off the tee and his hot streak with the flat stick rollover, that’s going to be the pick.

For me, however, this week’s “Best Bet” is going to be Kevin Kisner.

Kisner has been INCREDIBLY consistent since the restart and has been finishing higher and higher each week.

Including at-19 at the PGA Championship and at-4 last week in Boston.

This week’s long “Dark Horse” is none other than Scottie Scheffler.

Scheffler has been unbelievable as of late and has started to make a name for himself on tour.

The University of Texas product has it going right now with all aspects of his game, and I expect it to continue this week.

Our “Long Shot” this week is your favorite and mine, Tiger Woods.

Tiger was lackluster his first three rounds in Boston.

Round four, however, Tiger had us all feeling nostalgic with his play.

He had some incredible shots, he started looking comfortable with the new Scotty Cameron and was magnificent off the tee.

If he can carry Sunday’s play into this week, I like his chances of pulling an upset and making it to Atlanta.

How to watch this week’s action

Thursday-Friday, 2 p.m.-6 p.m. CT (Golf Channel)

Saturday, 11 a.m.-2 p.m. (Golf Channel), 2 p.m.-5 p.m. (NBC)

Sunday, 12 p.m.-2 p.m. (Golf Channel), 2 p.m.-6 p.m. (NBC)

PGA TOUR LIVE: (Cut the Check)

Thursday-Friday 9:15 a.m.-6 p.m

Saturday, 7:15 a.m. – 5 p.m

Sunday, 8:15 a.m. -6 p.m

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