PGA Tour Expert Picks: BMW Championship

By Kyle Porter | Golf Writer

Week 3 of the playoffs and we're one step closer to Chris Kirk winning the FedEx Cup and being left off the Ryder Cup team!

Locale

I'm stoked about this week as the tour returns to Cherry Hills Country Club which has hosted three US Opens, two PGA Championships, and two US Amateurs (including one won by Phil Mickelson back in 1990).

It's a tremendous venue and hosted one of the most classic US Opens ever. A US Open in which Arnold Palmer went out in 30 on the final day to win by one over an amateur by the name of Jack Nicklaus.

Details

The tournament will take place Sept. 4-7 and the purse is $8 million.

You can watch Thursday and Friday (Sept. 4-5) on Golf Channel from 4-7 p.m. and on Saturday (Sept. 6) on Golf Channel from 1-3 p.m. and NBC from 3-6 p.m. On Sunday (Sept. 7) you can watch on Golf Channel from 12-2 p.m. and on NBC from 2-6 p.m.

You can also watch featured groups online at CBSSports.com on Thursday and Friday from 1:30-7:30 p.m. and on Saturday and Sunday from 11 a.m.-6 p.m.

All times Eastern

Participants and odds

Rory McIlroy: 9-2
Adam Scott: 12-1
Jason Day: 14-1
Henrik Stenson: 20-1
Justin Rose: 20-1
Rickie Fowler: 20-1
Sergio Garcia: 22-1
Jim Furyk: 25-1
Matt Kuchar: 25-1
Phil Mickelson: 25-1
Bill Haas: 33-1
Jimmy Walker: 33-1
Jordan Spieth: 33-1

I do love Rickie Fowler at 20-1. He's way, way overdue at this point. I also love Mickelson at 25-1 for some reason. I have no idea what that reason is.

Former champions

2013 -- Zach Johnson
2012 -- Rory McIlroy
2011 -- Justin Rose
2010 -- Dustin Johnson
2009 -- Tiger Woods

Expert picks

Winner

Phil Mickelson (25-1): This is an historic venue with more tradition than a lot of major sites and you know Lefty cares about that. He said at the end of the Deutsche Bank what he always says at the end of tournaments.

"I haven't driven the ball this well in a long time and my putter felt great. Even my iron shots, which have been off … but I'm hitting better shots than I did before."

This time I believe him.

Lock for top 10

Rory McIlroy (9-2): We're at the point with McIlroy that he's 5-6 to finish in the top five an I think that might be low! His last five tournaments: WIN, WIN, WIN, 22, 5. So yeah, there's a reason he's 5-6.

Sleeper

John Senden (66-1): Senden had a sneaky top 10 finish at the Deutsche Bank Championship last week and has generally been playing great other than a missed cut at the PGA Championship. With only 70 golfers left in the playoffs "sleeper" is a relative term but the big Australian qualifies.

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