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Is there a cut at the BMW Championship 2021?

Best Bets, Golf Picks And Props For The 2021 BMW Championship And FedExCup Playoffs. ... This week's BMW Championship at Caves Valley Golf Club in Owings Mills, Maryland is a no cut event. The 70 golfers in the field will play four rounds on the par 72 course that stretches to 7,542 yards. ForbesBest Bets, Golf Picks And Props For The 2021 BMW Championship And FedExCup Playoffs

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The 2021 BMW Championship is the second stop of the 2021 FedEx Cup Playoffs, and the top 70 players in the FedEx Cup Standings will head to Caves Valley Golf Club near Baltimore with hopes of earning a trip to East Lake Golf Club next week for a shot at a $15 million payday. CBSSports.com2021 BMW Championship odds: FedEx Cup Playoffs picks, predictions from model that's nailed seven majors

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Keith Mitchell was one of six players who played their way into the top 70 on the FedExCup standings and into the BMW Championship. 

“We knew 13 [under] was probably going to be close, but the odds were in my favor,” said Mitchell, who tied for eighth at 13 under par. “So, when that putt dropped [on 18], I was super excited and just kind of looked around to find some media official and the stats guys to figure out if it was good enough. I figured it was, and it looks like it is.” 

With Hurricane Henri extending the tournament an extra day, there will be a quick turnaround to get to Caves Valley Golf Club in Owings Mills, Maryland, and Mitchell will celebrate accordingly, by driving his BMW to the BMW. 

Harry Higgs will add a little more taste – Tito’s vodka and water, that is – to his celebration after a closing 68 sent him to the second leg of the playoffs for a second year in a row. But the festivities had to stay on ice.

Alex Noren came to New Jersey 94th in the FedExCup standings and the Swede finished T-4, boosting him to 43rd. 

"At the end of the day,” van Rooyen said, “happy to be moving to BMW.”

"Yeah, I feel like I keep doing this, so it's good,” said Varner, who finished T-11. "But I'd like to come here and be automatically there. It is what it is. I feel like I'm playing well. Just got to drive it a little better." 

At the BMW Championship, Varner is looking to play his way into the Tour Championship for the first time in his career. 

"But, yeah, a good week. Had to have it," he said. "I'm glad the season is not over, but obviously want to play well next week and give myself a chance to get into East Lake."

"It what is it is," Power said. "I gave it my best. Bogey at the last [is] disappointing, but in a few days I'll be feeling better about it."

Power has never advanced to the second round of the FedExCup playoffs, however, just being here means he’ll be on the PGA Tour next season and not fighting for a card at Korn Ferry Tour finals.

"[Being in the playoffs] was great,” he said. "It was my second time in the playoffs, and really first time with a chance to advance to the penultimate one. So, it was different for me. These are the fields you want to be playing in. I wish I had my best game coming in here, give yourself a chance, but I was able to hang in there. Solid week, nothing special, but something to build on for next season."

However, with six players moving into the top 70, that means six players moved out and they now have some extra time on their hands.

Likewise, Englishmen and former Ryder Cuppers Tyrell Hatton and Matthew Fitzpatrick missed the cut at Liberty National, which ultimately knocked them out of the playoffs.

The same can be said for Martin Laird, Troy Merritt and J.T. Poston. All three missed the cut and now all three are done – at least for a few weeks, until the new season begins.

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2021 BMW Championship odds: FedEx Cup Playoffs picks, predictions from proven model that's nailed seven majors

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Jon Rahm has been absolutely dominant in his most recent outings on the PGA Tour. In fact, Rahm has finished T-3 or better in each of his last three starts and he's secured 13 top-10 finishes this season. Rahm enters the 2021 BMW Championship as the defending champion and he's expected to be in the mix again this week when play gets underway from Caves Valley Golf Club on Thursday, August 26. 

Rahm, the No. 1 ranked player in the world, is going off as the 13-2 favorite in the latest 2021 BMW Championship odds from Caesars Sportsbook. Fellow major champions such as Jordan Spieth (20-1), Dustin Johnson (20-1), Collin Morikawa (22-1) and Brooks Koepka (25-1) are also among the BMW Championship 2021 contenders who will be looking to pick up a much-needed win. Before locking in your 2021 BMW Championship picks, be sure to see the golf predictions and projected leaderboard from the proven computer model at SportsLine.

SportsLine's proprietary model, built by DFS pro Mike McClure, has been red-hot since the PGA Tour resumed last June. In fact, it's up almost $10,000 on its best bets since the restart, nailing tournament after tournament.

At the 2021 Open Championship, McClure's best bets included Collin Morikawa winning outright even though he was listed as a massive 40-1 long shot. He was also all over Daniel Berger (+220) and Emiliano Grillo (+700) finishing inside the top-20. McClure's best bets netted over $2,200 at the 2021 Open Championship.

Now that the 2021 BMW Championship field is locked, SportsLine simulated the event 10,000 times, and the results were surprising. Head to SportsLine now to see the projected 2021 BMW Championship leaderboard.

One major surprise the model is calling for at the BMW Championship 2021: Dustin Johnson, the defending FedEx Cup champion and one of the top favorites, stumbles and barely cracks the top 10. Johnson has been dominant at the BMW Championship over the years, winning this event in 2010 and 2016 and securing a runner-up finish in 2020. 

However, the 24-time PGA Tour champion has struggled since winning the green jacket at the 2020 Masters. In fact, Johnson has missed the cut in two of his last three starts on the PGA Tour. Johnson's poor form can be directly attributed to his inability to find the fairway off the tee. The 37-year-old is hitting just 58.18 percent of fairways off the tee this season, which ranks 135th on tour. He's not a strong pick to win it all and there are far better values in the BMW Championship 2021 field.

Another surprise: Viktor Hovland, a 28-1 long shot, makes a strong run at the title. It's hard to find many holes in Hovland's golf game right now. In fact, Hovland is hitting nearly 70 percent of greens in regulation this season and he currently ranks 18th in strokes gained: approach the green (.569). His ability to consistently find the green in regulation has allowed Hovland to rack up 330 birdies in 75 rounds this season. He's averaging 4.40 birdies per round, which ranks third on tour. 

Hovland also ranks sixth in strokes gained: off-the-tee (.685) and 11th in strokes gained: tee-to-green (1.222), both of which will come in handy at Caves Valley. Those impressive stats, plus his long odds, make Hovland a strong play for your 2021 BMW Championship bets. 

The model is targeting three other golfers with 2021 BMW Championship odds of 25-1 or higher to make a strong run at the title. Anyone who backs these underdogs could hit it big. You can only see them here.

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How Baltimore native Michael Phelps helps Jordan Spieth and Jon Rahm

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OWINGS MILLS, Md. – FedExCup hopefuls Jon Rahm and Jordan Spieth have revealed their friendships with the most decorated Olympic athlete of all-time in Michael Phelps has been a difference maker in their careers, particularly their mental game.

Phelps – the greatest swimmer in Olympic history with 28 medals in the pool, 23 of them gold – has turned his attention to athlete mental health since his retirement from the sport in 2016, revealing his own battles with depression and suicidal thoughts after the 2012 Olympics.

The Baltimore native was at the BMW Championship at Caves Valley Golf Club in his hometown on Wednesday for the pro-am, paired with Spieth on the eve of the second FedExCup Playoffs event.

And it was a great lift for former FedExCup champion Spieth after a roller coaster 79 to close last week’s Playoff opener at Liberty National that included back-to-back triple bogeys at the turn and left him in 73rd place.

Despite the stumbles in New Jersey Spieth is in the midst of a resurgent season and is already certain of a place in the TOUR Championship at East Lake next week as he currently sits seventh in the FedExCup standings.

But it is his first trip back since being runner up in the season long race in 2017, after which he suffered a lengthy win drought. That’s where his Phelps connection began to grow.

“I pick his brain on the mental side of things now. He's getting very involved in mental health, and it's been something that I've actually worked on a lot in the last few years,” Spieth revealed at Caves Valley.

“And that's been a space that probably should be talked about more within athletes, their experiences across different sports, too. I've been really fortunate that he's lent an ear and also bounced ideas off me.

“(We have talked about) his passion to his preparation and what goes into his recovery… and without getting into details that are competitive advantages, I think he's been a fantastic kind of friend. To have a golf lover be the most decorated Olympian of all time, it's really good for our sport, and it's even better that I'm able to access it.”

But Spieth isn’t the only top PGA TOUR player getting great guidance from Phelps. Jon Rahm – who sits second in the FedExCup behind last week’s winner Tony Finau – has also benefitted. The Spanish star is looking to cap of the season with his first FedExCup after claiming his first major championship at the U.S. Open in June.

“He’s been very open to my questions. Any time I have a question about anything, he would respond,” Rahm said. “He's a great guy. He's gone through a lot, and as an athlete he's somebody to look up to very easily.

“When you're the greatest Olympian of all time, you definitely have a couple tricks up your sleeve, a couple good moments of wisdom in that sense… I'm not going to disclose too much on what I've asked him golf-wise, but he has helped me a lot. He has texted me every once in a while when I'm doing good or bad.”

Rahm revealed Phelps was a big help after the recent birth of his first son Kepa, which came in the lead up to the Masters in April. Phelps had experienced a similar scenario with his own child being born during training in 2016.

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How Baltimore native Michael Phelps helps Jordan Spieth and Jon Rahm

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OWINGS MILLS, Md. – FedExCup hopefuls Jon Rahm and Jordan Spieth have revealed their friendships with the most decorated Olympic athlete of all-time in Michael Phelps has been a difference maker in their careers, particularly their mental game.

Phelps – the greatest swimmer in Olympic history with 28 medals in the pool, 23 of them gold – has turned his attention to athlete mental health since his retirement from the sport in 2016, revealing his own battles with depression and suicidal thoughts after the 2012 Olympics.

The Baltimore native was at the BMW Championship at Caves Valley Golf Club in his hometown on Wednesday for the pro-am, paired with Spieth on the eve of the second FedExCup Playoffs event.

And it was a great lift for former FedExCup champion Spieth after a roller coaster 79 to close last week’s Playoff opener at Liberty National that included back-to-back triple bogeys at the turn and left him in 73rd place.

Despite the stumbles in New Jersey Spieth is in the midst of a resurgent season and is already certain of a place in the TOUR Championship at East Lake next week as he currently sits seventh in the FedExCup standings.

But it is his first trip back since being runner up in the season long race in 2017, after which he suffered a lengthy win drought. That’s where his Phelps connection began to grow.

“I pick his brain on the mental side of things now. He's getting very involved in mental health, and it's been something that I've actually worked on a lot in the last few years,” Spieth revealed at Caves Valley.

“And that's been a space that probably should be talked about more within athletes, their experiences across different sports, too. I've been really fortunate that he's lent an ear and also bounced ideas off me.

“(We have talked about) his passion to his preparation and what goes into his recovery… and without getting into details that are competitive advantages, I think he's been a fantastic kind of friend. To have a golf lover be the most decorated Olympian of all time, it's really good for our sport, and it's even better that I'm able to access it.”

But Spieth isn’t the only top PGA TOUR player getting great guidance from Phelps. Jon Rahm – who sits second in the FedExCup behind last week’s winner Tony Finau – has also benefitted. The Spanish star is looking to cap of the season with his first FedExCup after claiming his first major championship at the U.S. Open in June.

“He’s been very open to my questions. Any time I have a question about anything, he would respond,” Rahm said. “He's a great guy. He's gone through a lot, and as an athlete he's somebody to look up to very easily.

“When you're the greatest Olympian of all time, you definitely have a couple tricks up your sleeve, a couple good moments of wisdom in that sense… I'm not going to disclose too much on what I've asked him golf-wise, but he has helped me a lot. He has texted me every once in a while when I'm doing good or bad.”

Rahm revealed Phelps was a big help after the recent birth of his first son Kepa, which came in the lead up to the Masters in April. Phelps had experienced a similar scenario with his own child being born during training in 2016.

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