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Win Probability: BMW Championship

It is a star-studded first page of the leaderboard through two rounds at the BMW Championship. This should come as no surprise to anyone, given the strength of this field. Here are the top 10 win probabilities according to our model.

Rose and Schauffele lead the way with 16 and 15 percent chances of winning, respectively. The model estimates Rose to be about 1 stroke better per round than Schauffele, and therefore we expect Rose to cover the 2 stroke deficit he currently faces.

Sitting just outside this top 10 is Tiger Woods, who we estimate to have a 2.9 percent chance at victory. It is likely surprising to many readers that our model is giving Finau a slightly higher win probability than Woods. 

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Titleist had a singular goal in mind during the creation of its new TS drivers and fairway woods: Build a product that was not only markedly better than its predecessor but focused specifically on increasing club head and ball speed. It shouldn't come as a surprise that the TS stands for "Titleist Speed."

"We wanted to get rid of the slow, spinney label that had been placed on Titleist drivers in recent years," said Josh Talge, Titleist's VP of golf club marketing. "We measured every little thing to get better results, with the goal of creating a club that's considerably faster than anything we've created in the past."

Titleist believes the new TS2 and TS3 drivers check all the boxes when it comes to speed. In fact, they were so good during prototype testing that Justin Thomas and Rafa Cabrera Bello — Cabrera Bello picked up more than 15 yards — pushed to get the driver in the bag ahead of the usual TOUR launch at Quicken Loans National.

Constant pressure from the Tour staff led Titleist to move the launch date to U.S. Open week, where 17 players put the new drivers in play, including Thomas, Jimmy Walker and Adam Scott. Thomas wound up recording the longest drive of his career that week (422 yards) with a 9.5-degree TS3.

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NEWTOWN SQUARE, Pa. (AP) — Rickie Fowler has stayed at home for the last three weeks and two FedEx Cup playoff events because of a partial tear to his right oblique, which he says might turn out to be the best for him.

Players at his level face one of the busiest stretches of the year with four FedEx Cup events in five weeks, followed by the Ryder Cup.

"It wasn't planned to miss, but it could end up being a good thing with the stretch we have coming up," Fowler said. "So glad to be back. Nice to be back without pain."

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The first order of business is making sure he doesn't play one week and then be forced into a two-week break ahead of the Ryder Cup on Sept. 28-30 in France. By missing the two FedEx Cup events, Fowler dropped from No. 17 to No. 26. Only the top 30 after this week go to the Tour Championship.

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Bunker to Bunker THE Golf Show & The Arizona Biltmore Golf Club

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Where: Arizona Biltmore Golf Club Adobe Course
Date: Saturday, September 29th, 2018
Time: Registration from 6:15 am - 7:45 am / Shotgun at 8:00 am
Format: 2 Person Scramble
Practice Round: Optional practice round rate of $25 Friday, September 29th
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Meet Jordan Spieth's Caddie, Michael Greller

Surely you've heard of Jordan Spieth, the three-time major champion who's currently ranked No. 9 in the world. But who is his caddie, Michael Greller?

The former math teacher who used to caddie in his free time first carried Spieth's bag at the 2011 U.S. Junior Amateur at Gold Mountain Golf Club, where Spieth won -- and the rest is history.

Credit Justin Thomas for setting up the pair after Greller caddied for Thomas at the 2010 U.S. Amateur. Thomas then recommended Greller to Spieth the following year.

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Bryson DeChambeau wins The Northern Trust, Makes Case for Ryder Cup

PARAMUS, N.J. (AP) — Bryson DeChambeau completed the first stage of his mission by winning The Northern Trust.

The next one is up to Ryder Cup captain Jim Furyk.

Staked to a four-shot lead, DeChambeau never let anyone closer than two shots, ended the threat with consecutive birdies and closed with a 2-under 69 for a four-shot victory over Tony Finau on Sunday in the FedEx Cup opener.

DeChambeau won for the second time this year, both times against some of the strongest fields. He moved to the top of the FedEx Cup standings and was all but assured of being one of the top five seeds at the Tour Championship who have a clear shot at the $10 million bonus.

Also on his mind is playing for no money at all at the Ryder Cup.

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Tiger Woods' FedEx Cup Playoffs History: Scores, Results

With Tiger Woods playing at The Northern Trust this week, he's playing in a FedEx Cup playoff event for the first time since 2013.

Tiger is ranked No. 20 going into the first of the four events. Dustin Johnson is No. 1.

Since the FedEx Cup started in 2007, Tiger is the only player to win it twice. However, Justin Thomas is in a great position to join Tiger in the two-timers club. Thomas won the FedEx Cup last year. He was No. 2 in the regular season standings, behind only Hideki Matsuyama. But Thomas won the Dell Technologies Championship and then later finished second at The Tour Championship.

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Tiger Woods thrilled fans at Bellerive Country Club with a 64 and finished in second place at the 2018 PGA Championship.