Philadelphia - Bryson DeChambeau will be chasing an
unprecedented hat-trick of FedEx Cup titles on Thursday when he tees off at the
BMW Championship boosted by his selection to the USA Ryder Cup team.
DeChambeau's selection on Tuesday as one of US captain Jim
Furyk's wildcard picks was a mere formality for the Florida-based golfer after
he stormed to victory in the opening two legs of the FedEx Cup.
The 24-year-old, who captured impressive back-to-back wins
at the Northern Trust and the Dell Technologies Championships, could become the
first man in history to win three FedEx Cup events in a row with victory this
Five other players - Tiger Woods (2007), Vijay Singh (2008),
Camilo Villegas (2008), Rory McIlroy (2012) and Billy Horschel (2014) - have
won back-to-back play-off titles.
And while DeChambeau admits to being a "little
tired", he is eager to take on Aronimink Golf Club course that played host
to the 1962 PGA Championship and more-recently the PGA Tour's 2010 and 2011 AT
& T National.
"The first thing is that I'm a little tired, not going
to lie," said DeChambeau.
"Winning two in a row is a lot more than I thought it
would be mentally and physically. There's a lot more obligations that come
around with that but it's really an honour and I want to keep doing it.
"Again, this is a new territory for me and I'm learning
how to navigate the waters. But, yeah, it's definitely something that I want to
Regardless of his effort this week DeChambeau will head to
the PGA Tour season-ending Tour Championship later this month as the leading
FedEx Cup No 1.
"It's great being No. 1 in the FedExCup Play-Offs and
it's is something that I've dreamed of, especially going into East Lake, that's
a humongous advantage and something that's quite a tremendous honour, as
well," he said.
"I thought about taking a week off. I couldn't do that.
I couldn't do that to the BMW and I couldn't do that all the fans and the
sponsors that have helped put this event on. It would be easy for me to say,
"Hey, I'm just going to skip this week because I'm tired."
"But no, I want to win three in a row and get some
world ranking points as well."
DeChambeau will face stiff opposition however, with 2016
Olympic gold medal winner Justin Rose currently third on the FedEx Cup points
And Rose is no stranger to victory on the Aronimink course
having won the 2010 AT&T National.
Rose also captured the 2013 US Open at the nearby Merion
Golf Club, just seven miles from Aronimink.
"The golf course doesn't know it this week, you can
never kind of count on past victories or past performances but absolutely, I
think there's always a bit of a feel-good factor when you come back to an area,
you enjoy it, invokes good memories but obviously as of tomorrow it's all about
doing a job," said Rose.
The withdrawal of Daniel Berger through injury has reduced
the top-70 field to 69 and with Berger currently ranked 65th on the FedEx Cup
table, he has no chance now of qualifying for Atlanta.