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South American star to land Pennsylvania spoils

South American star to land Pennsylvania spoils


The third FedEx Cup tournament gets underway at Aronimink Golf Club this Thursday and Argentine star Emiliano Grillo looks in prime position to clinch the BMW Championship title.

It is seven years since Aronimink last hosted a PGA Tour event – the 2011 AT&T National – and, since then, the course has been restored to the classic Donald Ross design by Gill Hanse, with the venue now resembling its 1928 opening.

There are several challenging doglegs on the front nine – particularly the par-four seventh hole – whilst more than a hundred bunkers have been added to the course with many of the sand-traps clustered at the side of the fairways, making accuracy off the tee vital.

Argentine to end trophy drought

Emiliano Grillo, who was crowned 2016 PGA Tour Rookie of the Year, has failed to win since the 2015 Frys.com Open but he has looked very close to ending his three-year wait for a second title.

Argentina’s number one has six top-10 finishes to his name this season – a third place at the Fort Worth Invitational his best result – and this is arguably one of his most consistent seasons to date.

The 25-year-old comes into the tournament off the back of a tie for seventh at the Dell Technologies Championship and he needs another good performance to make the Tour Championship, with the top-30 players in the FedEx Cup standings making the season-ending finale.

Grillo is currently on the bubble of qualifying at number 29 and he will be confident of producing the goods in Pennsylvania this week, with his stats making for impressive reading.

The world number 55 is eighth in the PGA Tour’s driving accuracy rankings this season – averaging just under 70percent – and 36th in GIR. Both of these departments will have a huge say on who will be lifting the trophy come Sunday night.

Further strengthening Grillo’s case of winning at a price of 80/1, he is 11th on strokes gained: putting and with several more undulations being added to the greens to make life tougher, a strong putting game will be absolutely crucial for success.

Rose to land Aronimink place

Englishman Justin Rose comes into the tournament off the back of a second-place finish at the Dells Technologies Championship and he is the only player in the 70-man field to have won at this course.

The world number four triumphed at the 2010 AT&T National and his statistics make for good reading this season. He is 14th on strokes gained: putting, 14th on strokes gained: around-the-green and 13th in strokes gained: off-the-tee.

With the chance to win the FedEx Cup still in the 38-year-old’s grasp, Rose looks good value at 51/20 to finish in the top-five and put himself right in contention going into the Tour Championship.

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