Morikawa eager to savour taste of success after debut Open triumph
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The top 70 ranked golfers from the FedEx Cup standings head to Caves Valley for the second of three FedEx Cup play-offs, with the hopes of qualifying for next week’s FedEx Cup finale at the Tour Championship.
Following his victory at the opening play-off event at the Northern Trust on Monday, Tony Finau heads to Maryland at the top of the FedEx standings, closely followed by world number one Jon Rahm in second, and Australian Cameron Smith in third.
As a result, the top three will all kick off the BMW Championship together after being grouped as a trio in tomorrow’s opening round, teeing off at 4:21pm BST.
The man who previously held top spot ahead of last week’s play-off opener in New Jersey, Collin Morikawa will look to get his FedEx Cup campaign going back in the right direction as he heads out alongside fellow Americans Justin Thomas and Patrick Cantlay at 6:43pm BST on day one.
Northern Irishman Rory McIlroy will follow 11 minutes later, as he looks to ensure he secures a place at next week’s play-off finale at East Lake as the four time major winner sits 28th, with the top 30 qualifying for the Tour Championship event.
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As a result, he is joined by South Korea’s Sungjae Im and Billy Horschel of America on the first tee at 6:55pm BST.
The event in Maryland is also the last tournament of Ryder Cup qualifying, with a number of the field playing for the remaining automatic qualification spots available on both the European and American team ahead of the biennial event’s return next month.
Here are the tee times for round one.
Thursday, 26 August.
2:40pm BST: Charl Schwartzel, Keith Mitchell, Kevin Streelman
2:52pm BST: Harold Varner III, Robert Streb, Aaron Wise
3:04pm BST: Shane Lowry, Tom Hoge, Cameron Champ
3:16pm BST: Russell Henley, Branden Grace, Webb Simpson
3:28pm BST: Dustin Johnson, Daniel Berger, Scottie Scheffler
3:40pm BST: Stewart Cink, Corey Conners, Joaquin Niemann
3:57pm BST: Xander Schauffele, Viktor Hovland, Brooks Koepka
4:09pm BST: Abraham Ancer, Louis Oosthuizen, Sam Burns
4:21pm BST: Tony Finau, Jon Rahm, Cameron Smith
4:33pm BST: Charley Hoffman, Max Homa, Kevin Kisner
4:45pm BST: Keegan Bradley, Si Woo Kim, Cameron Tringale
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4:57pm BST: Ryan Palmer, Harry Higgs, Phil Mickelson
5:14pm BST: Sebastián Muñoz, Chris Kirk, Jhonattan Vegas
5:26pm BST: Maverick McNealy, Paul Casey, Emiliano Grillo
5:38pm BST: Lucas Glover, Matt Jones, Alex Noren
5:50pm BST: Carlos Ortiz, Brian Harman, Hudson Swafford
6:02pm BST: Marc Leishman, Cam Davis, K.H. Lee
6:14pm BST: Hideki Matsuyama, Jason Kokrak, Kevin Na
6:31pm BST: Jordan Spieth, Harris English, Bryson DeChambeau
6:43pm BST: Patrick Cantlay, Justin Thomas, Collin Morikawa
6:55pm BST: Sungjae Im, Billy Horschel, Rory McIlroy
7:00pm BST: Sergio Garcia, Erik van Rooyen, Lee Westwood
7:19pm BST: Mackenzie Hughes, Patton Kizzire, Talor Gooch
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