Three years in the past, Olympia Fields hosted the 2020 BMW Championship, which Rahm gained in thrilling vogue. He sunk a 66-foot birdie putt to defeat Dustin Johnson in a playoff.
Alas, Rahm isn’t involved about reminiscing on the previous. As a substitute, he’s centered on profitable the FedEx Cup.
“The purpose of coming to the Playoffs is to offer your self one of the best likelihood to get to East Lake on the primary spot,” Rahm famous. “I’ve performed a fairly good job to date. Hopefully, this week I can have a great efficiency like I did final time, earn it, clinch it, and provides myself one of the best shot for the win. It’s been an awesome 12 months to date, so hopefully, I can finish it off the best way I began it.”
The highest-ranked participant within the FedEx Cup standings begins their opening spherical on the Tour Championship at 10-under par. It’s a handicap-based format, as a participant’s rating dictates the place they start the match relative to par. The Thirtieth-ranked golfer begins at even.
However simply attending to East Lake in Atlanta for the Tour Championship is so troublesome in and of itself, some extent Rahm highlighted Tuesday.
“It’s in all probability harder, difficult, and aggressive than what you’ll be able to in all probability see or think about in all these gamers’ heads simply because it actually is,” Rahm stated.
“It’s an elite variety of gamers that may name themselves PGA Tour gamers, and the elite of that elite will probably be making it to the [BMW Championship], and a extra selective group to the [Tour Championship], and much more selective to the Ryder Cup.”
“Even inside the greats, there are some little divisions of nice gamers. It’s extraordinarily aggressive.”
Solely the highest 50 gamers within the FedEx Cup standings certified for the BMW Championship, the second spherical of the playoffs.
After this week, solely the highest 30 head to Atlanta for the season-ending Tour Championship. A single birdie or bogey on Sunday can decide a participant’s destiny.
“I’m fairly certain you’ll be able to go down the stats of these ranked 51st to fifty fifth within the FedExCup and think about they’ve had a fairly darned good 12 months,” Rahm added. “They’re unbelievable golfers, but they will’t make it to the tip of the Playoffs.”
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