The 30 golfers who will compete in the season-finale Tour Championship will be determined this week at the BMW Championship.
The second FedEx Cup Playoffs event begins on Thursday in Medinah, Illinois, a course that holds fond memories for Tiger Woods.
The 15-time major winner won his first PGA Championship crown in 1999, finishing one shot ahead of Sergio Garcia at 11-under par. Seven years later, he repeated the feat when he finished five shots clear of Shaun Micheel with a memorable 18-under par performance.
The prospect of Woods finishing ahead of the pack this week, however, is largely far-fetched. After triumphing at The Masters in April, the 43-year-old has again been beset by back pain, which has affected him for the best part of the last four years.
Following his exploits in Augusta, Georgia, Woods missed the cut at the PGA Championship, finished tied for 21st at the U.S. Open and then missed the cut at The Open Championship. Last week, he withdrew after carding a 4-over par 75 in the first of The Northern Trust, citing a strained oblique muscle.
The withdrawal saw Woods fall to 38th in the FedEx Cup standings, meaning he has work to do to qualify for the Tour Championship. That's if he shows up in Medinah at all.
While Tiger could struggle to make the top 30, Patrick Reed and Brooks Koepka have no such problems.
Reed has moved up to second in the FedEx Cup standings by winning The Northern Trust Open last weekend, his first tournament victory since The Masters last year.
Koepka, the world number one, retained first place in the FedEx Cup standings despite finishing tied for 30th last week.
Here's everything you need to know about the tournament.
When is the BMW Championship?
The 13th edition of BMW Championship runs from Thursday, August 15 until Sunday, August 18.
Where is BMW Championship?
The 2019 instalment of the tournament takes place at Medinah Country Club in Medinah, Illinois.
The tournament will be held on the famous venue's Course 3. A par-72 course stretching over 7,657 yards, Course 3 staged the PGA Championship in 1999 and 2006, with Tiger Woods winning in both occasion.
In 1999, the 15-time major winner claimed his first PGA Championship as he finished one shot ahead of Sergio Garcia. Seven years later, he won the tournament for the third time after finishing five shots clear of Shaun Micheel with a memorable 18-under par performance.
Six years later, Course 3 provided the stage for the biggest comeback in Ryder Cup history, as Team Europe overcame a 10-6 deficit to win 14 ½ to 13 ½.
The purse for this year's tournament is $9.25 million.
The first two rounds of the tournament will be broadcast in its entirety on Golf Channel, while NBC will broadcast the final two rounds.
All four days of the tournament can be watched online via PGA Tour Live and on Golf Channel's digital platforms, as well as via NBC's digital platforms.
A live stream for all the four rounds will be available via fuboTV, DirecTV Now, Sling TV and PlayStation VUE.
TV schedule (all times ET)
Thursday, August 15.
- Golf Channel, 3 p.m.—7 p.m.
- PGA Tour Live 9:45 a.m.—3 p.m.
Friday, August 16
- Golf Channel 3 p.m.—7 p.m.
- PGA Tour Live 9:45 a.m.—3 p.m.
Saturday, August 17
- Golf Channel, 12 p.m—3 p.m.
- NBC, 3 p.m.—6 p.m.
Sunday, August 18
- Golf Channel, 12 p.m.—2 p.m.
- NBC, 2 p.m.—6 p.m.
Who is in the field?
The world's top-ranked 70 golfers have qualified for the BMW Championship, but only 69 will take part as Kevin Na, ranked 55th in the FedEx Cup Points Standings, withdrew on Monday.
After retiring from The Northern Trust Open with an injury, Tiger Woods should be among the participants in Medinah.
World number two Dustin Johnson, The Open Championship winner Shane Lowry and Tommy Fleetwood, who finished runner-up to Lowry last month, will all take part.
The field will also include Rory McIlroy, who is currently third in the FedEx Cup standings, as well as defending FedEx Cup champion Justin Rose, three-time major winner Jordan Spieth and five-time major winner Phil Mickelson.
U.S. Open champion Gary Woodland is also among the participants as are world number five Jon Rahm, world number eight Bryson DeChambeau and world number 11 Xander Schauffele.
According to Oddschecker, Brooks Koepka and Rory McIlroy are joint favorites at 17/2 (+850 in moneyline terms), followed by Jon Rahm at 12/1 and Justin Thomas at 15/1.
Dustin Johnson and Justin Rose are at 16/1 and 18/1 respectively, while Patrick Cantlay is a 22/1 shot.