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PGA picks: Koepka adds to incredible year with BMW Championship win


After a much-deserved week off for the players, the PGA Tour rolls into the Chicago area for the second-last event on the 2016-17 calendar.

The third tournament in the FedEx Cup playoffs is set for Conway Farms, with the top 70 in the standings making up the field.

Only 30 will advance to the Tour Championship next week, so many players have a ton of work to do if they hope to tee it up at East Lake.

Here are the top picks on the betting board for this week.

Favorite to watch (odds less than 20-1)

Rickie Fowler

Rickie Fowler remains among the most consistent players on Tour. He's posted seven straight top-22 finishes, four of them top-10 showings. The 28-year-old continues to enjoy an incredible year with the flatstick as he ranks second on Tour in strokes gained putting. That will play well at Conway Farms and should put Fowler in contention yet again.

Odds to win: 12-1
Top-5 odds: 5-2

2nd tier (odds greater than 20-1)

Brooks Koepka

The US Open champion comes to Conway Farms in good form after closing with back-to-back 68s at the Dell Technologies Championship, and has shown he's at his best in top fields. Koepka has been one of the favorites in recent tournaments, so getting him at 28-1 is value that's too good to pass up.

Odds to win: 28-1
Top-5 odds: 5-1

Long shot (odds greater than 50-1)

Patrick Cantlay

It's only a matter of time before Patrick Cantlay grabs his first PGA Tour win, and don't be shocked if it comes this week in the Chicago area. The 25-year-old has been on fire in the FedEx Cup thus far, posting a 13th- and a 10th-place showing in the opening events. Cantlay is 41st in FedEx Cup points coming into the week, and needs a strong showing at Conway Farms to make the Tour Championship. At 55-1, he's a strong play to be in contention Sunday afternoon.

Odds to win: 55-1
Top-5 odds: 10-1

Super long shot (odds greater than 80-1)

Kevin Na

Kevin Na has kicked his form up a notch as the season winds down, finishing fourth, 29th, and sixth in his last three events. The 33-year-old is no stranger to low numbers at Conway Farms after posting a 65 and 66 at this event in 2015. He finished 10th for the week, and those positive memories should help him in this year's tournament. Na's value at 80-1 makes him an attractive pick to make some noise in Chicago.

Odds to win: 80-1
Top-5 odds: 12-1

Hit this bet, buy a car (odds greater than 125-1)

Keegan Bradley

After opening with a terrible 76 at the Dell Technologies Championship, Keegan Bradley rebounded with rounds of 68, 69, and 69 to finish the event in 35th place. Three solid scores in a row should give Bradley some confidence this week at the BMW Championship. The 31-year-old needs to be at his best this week, as he enters play 48th in the FedEx Cup standings. With only the top 30 qualifying for the Tour Championship, the pressure is on Bradley. At 150-1, he's definitely worth a small wager.

Odds to win: 150-1
Top-5 odds: 25-1

Last week's picks

Rory McIlroy: MC
Louis Oosthuizen: T-30
Patrick Cantlay: T-13
Ryan Moore: WD
Graham DeLaet: T-75

Season record (through 30 events)

Wins: 6
Top 5: 29

(Odds courtesy: Bodog)
(Photos courtesy: Action Images)

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