After charging into FedExCup contention with a stunning final-round comeback victory at the Deutsche Bank Championship, Rory McIlroy is perched as a +500 favorite to win this weekend’s BMW Championship at sportsbooks monitored by OddsShark.com.
McIlroy erased Paul Casey’s six-stroke overnight lead at the Deutsche Bank Championship to earn the win by two strokes, lifting himself from 38th to fourth place in the FedExCup standings ahead of Thursday’s opening round of the BMW Championship at Crooked Stick Golf Club in Carmel, Ind.
Last weekend’s victory ended a 16-month drought on the PGA Tour for McIlroy, who has tallied seven top-10 finishes this year but missed the cut at both the U.S. Open and the PGA Championship.
The win also lifted McIlroy past Jordan Spieth and Henrik Stenson to No. 3 in the world golf rankings and leaves him trailing leader Patrick Reed in the FedExCup standings by just 860 points. McIlroy finished tied for fourth at the BMW Championship last year and claimed victory the last time the event was held at Crooked Stick back in 2012, finishing at 20 under par.
Jason Day remains atop the world rankings entering this week’s tournament and closely trails McIlroy as a +700 wager on the golf betting lines to successfully defend his win at the 2015 BMW Championship. Day cemented his second-place position in the FedExCup standings with a fourth-place finish at The Barclays but was forced to settle for a share of 15th at the Deutsche Bank Championship.
Dustin Johnson follows at +850 this week, ahead of Spieth at +1400, while Adam Scott rounds out the front of the pack at +1600.
Johnson’s efforts to claim the Deutsche Bank crown were dashed when he shot a 4-over 75 on moving day, wasting two spectacular performances in the second and fourth rounds in which he shot a pair of 66s. Winner of the 2010 BMW Championship, Johnson has enjoyed a breakthrough season in 2016, tallying two wins, including his first major victory at the U.S. Open.
Spieth has failed to break the top 10 in each of his past four outings, while Scott posted fourth-place finishes at both The Barclays and the Deutsche Bank Championship.
Reed trails at +2200 odds to win the BMW Championship, where he is joined by Olympic champion Justin Rose, while Casey sits alongside Rickie Fowler, Sergio Garcia, and Hideki Matsuyama at +3300 odds.
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