The 2012 BMW Championship begins Thursday at Crooked Stick Golf Club in Carmel, Ind., the next course in the FedExCup Playoffs. The par-72 course is famous for being relatively easy compared to others in the FedExCup, where distance control and accuracy are keys to mastering a course that typically results in high scores for golfers.
Rory McIlroy is considered the favorite heading into the Championship and currently holds the top spot in the FedExCup standings, with Nick Watney, Tiger Woods and Brandt Snedeker rounding out the top four. Louis Oosthuizen showed last week just how important a high finish can be, as he leapt 16 spots in the standings following his second-place finish at the Deutsche Bank Championship last week.
Watney, Woods and McIlroy tee off at 11:48 a.m. CT from the No. 10 tee.
University of Illinois alums Steve Stricker (No. 16 in the FedExCup standings) and D.A. Points (No. 54) are in the final pairings in the first round, joined by Northwest Univeristy alum Luke Donald (No. 17) on one of the final tee times of the day. Illinois resident Mark Wilson (No. 44) tees off with the first group at 11:15 a.m. CT.
Television coverage on the Golf Channel will run from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. CT, with radio coverage on Sirius XM Radio running live from 11 a.m. CT to 5 p.m. CT. Live online video for the tournament can be found here.
Here's the full schedule of tee times for Thursday.
Crooked Stick Golf Club Tee #1
11:15 am -- Clark, Tim; Wilson, Mark; Molder, Bryce
11:26 am -- Scott, Adam; Senden, John; Huh, John
11:37 am -- Simpson, Webb; Van Pelt, Bo; Furyk, Jim
11:48 am -- Kuchar, Matt; Mahan, Hunter; Garcia, Sergio
11:59 am -- Perez, Pat; Harrington, Padraig; Palmer, Ryan
12:10 pm -- Wi, Charlie; Estes, Bob; Every, Matt
12:21 pm -- Leishman, Marc; Noh, Seung-Yul; McGirt, William
12:32 pm -- Garrigus, Robert; Stadler, Kevin; Cauley, Bud
12:43 pm -- Watson, Bubba; Pettersson, Carl; Bradley, Keegan
12:54 pm -- Snedeker, Brandt; Oosthuizen, Louis; Johnson, Dustin
1:05 pm -- Singh, Vijay; Laird, Martin; Harman, Brian
1:16 pm -- Crane, Ben; Schwartzel, Charl
Crooked Stick Golf Club Tee #10
11:15 am -- Walker, Jimmy; Curtis, Ben; Poulter, Ian
11:26 am -- Haas, Bill; Piercy, Scott; Stanley, Kyle
11:37 am -- Dufner, Jason; Johnson, Zach; Mickelson, Phil
11:48 am -- McIlroy, Rory; Watney, Nick; Woods, Tiger
11:59 am -- Hearn, David; Matteson, Troy; DeLaet, Graham
12:10 pm -- Na, Kevin; de Jonge, Brendon; Kirk, Chris
12:21 pm -- Overton, Jeff; McDowell, Graeme; Gillis, Tom
12:32 pm -- Wagner, Johnson; Moore, Ryan; Chalmers, Greg
12:43 pm -- Rose, Justin; Westwood, Lee; Fowler, Rickie
12:54 pm -- Stricker, Steve; Donald, Luke; Els, Ernie
1:05 pm -- Holmes, J.B.; Ogilvy, Geoff; Points, D.A.
1:16 pm -- Hoffman, Charley; Pride, Dicky
The complete FedEx Cup standings can be found here.
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