2022 BMW Championship Second of three FedExCup Qualifiers events


August 19, 2022

The second round of the 2022 BMW Championship begins Friday morning at the Wilmington Country Club in Delaware.

First round standings

Keegan Bradley 64 (-7) Adam Scott 65 (-6) Harold Varner III 66 (-5)

Shane Lowry 66 (-5) Justin Thomas 66 (-5)

  • 2018 BMW Championship winner Keegan Bradley ties a career-lowest nine-hole score (29) and holds a one-shot lead
  • After playing his way into the BMW Championship via a T5 at FedEx St. Jude Championship, Adam Scott is expected to move from No. 45 to No. 13; has not qualified for the TOUR Championship since 2019
  • Harold Varner III and Shane Lowry, both T3s, seek their first TOUR Championship start
  • Defending FedExCup champion and 2021 BMW Championship winner Patrick Cantlay opens with 68 (T13); no player has successfully defended their BMW Championship title since the tournament became a FedExCup playoff event in 2007

First-round leaders/co-leaders to win the BMW Championship since 2000 (most recent: Justin Thomas/2019)

First-round leaders/co-leaders to win individual stroke play events on the TOUR in 2021-22 (most recent: Tony Finau, Rocket Mortgage Classic)

Golfer KEEGAN BRADLEY on the 2nd hole at the BMW Championship Thursday August 18, 2022 at Wilmington Country Club in Wilmington, Delaware. Photo by Saquan Stimpson

First round leader

Keegan Bradley (1st/-7)

  • Won the 2018 BMW Championship at Aronimink Golf Club, the most recent of four PGA TOUR wins; won via playoff against Justin Rose after starting final round three shots back
  • Ties career-lowest nine-hole score with front nine 29 (Other: 2013/29 AT&T Byron Nelson/R1/front nine)
  • Lowest opening round in TOUR since 2021 Valspar Championship (64); finished second
  • Matches a low score in 35 rounds in the BMW Championship; en route to victory in 2018, posted 64 points in the second and final round
  • Leads the pack with eight birdies; tied the most in a round on TOUR this season (other: THE PLAYERS Championship/R4)
  • Ninth 18-hole header/co-header on PGA TOUR; 0 for 8 in the conversion to victory with 2013 AT&T runners-up Byron Nelson and 2021 Valspar Championship best; most recent advance after any round of TOUR: 2022 Wells Fargo Championship at TPC Potomac Avenel Farm (best T2 of the season)
  • Since joining the PGA TOUR in 2011, is the only player who has held at least eight 18-hole leads/co-leads and hasn’t converted at least one into a win
  • Six season top 10 scores the most since 2013-14
  • Qualified for FedExCup playoffs in each of his 12 TOUR seasons; finished career-best No. 8 at the 2018 FedExCup; reached the TOUR championship four times (2011, 2012, 2013, 2018) with a T11 in 2011 his best result.

Golfer SHANE LOWRY plays a shot on the green during the BMW Championship Thursday, August 18, 2022 at Wilmington Country Club in Wilmington, Delaware. Photo by Saquan Stimpson

Various:

  • Harold Varner III (T3/-5), enters FedExCup week #65 in his third BMW Championship start (2019, 2021); Varner has never qualified for the TOUR Championship in six previous attempts (best: 38/2018-19); In 2017, Varner III was the only player to move inside the cup line for two consecutive weeks of the FedExCup playoffs, going from No. 138 to No. 123 at the Wyndham Championship and from No. 123 to #91 at FedEx St. Jude Championship
  • In the previous seven seasons on TOUR, Shane Lowry (T3/-5) never qualified for the TOUR Championship (best: 33/2018-19); Enters FedExCup week #37 with four top 10s, including a runner-up at The Honda Classic and a pair of T3s (Masters Tournament, RBC Heritage)
  • Ranked 8th in the Official World Golf Ranking, Colin Morikawa (T6/-4) is the highest-ranked player in the OWGR without a win on the PGA TOUR this season; at No. 20, is one of seven players in the FedExCup top 30 without a win in 2021-22
  • Cameron Young (T6/-4) holds the highest ranking position by a PGA TOUR rookie; at the start of the week, four rookies are in the FedExCup top 30 (Young/13, Joohyung “Tom” Kim/25, Davis Riley/26, Sahith Theegala/27); there has not been a season in the FedExCup era (since 2007) where more than two rookies have qualified for the TOUR Championship
  • There were four Eagles in the first round, including three on the par-5 14th (Harold Varner III, Shane Lowry, Justin Thomas) and on the par-4th first hole when the freshman Kurt Kitayama (T42/E) is out for an eagle of 102 meters

FedExCup Playoff Notes

The top 30 players at the end of the BMW Championship will participate in the TOUR Championship

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