This article is part of our Weekly Preview series.
The PGA Tour heads to Medinah this week for the penultimate event of the 2018-19 season. The top 70 from last week's FedEx Cup Playoff opener — actually 69 since Kevin Na withdrew — will compete this week, with the top 30 moving onto the Tour Championship next week.
The focus, though, will be at the top, where Brooks Koepka resides as the FedEx points leader. If he holds that lead heading into next week, he'll be the benefactor of 10 strokes to start the Tour Championship, thanks to new rules this year for the FedEx Cup Playoffs. Koepka is pretty good when leading, but he's better when facing a challenge. Perhaps he'd be better off from the second or third spot? Whatever the case, this week will have a huge impact on the Tour Championship, and the players know it.
With that in mind, you'd expect the cream to rise to the top, but that didn't exactly happen last week, because, well, golf. Can we expect anything different this week? There's little course history in play as Medinah was used for the 2012 Ryder Cup and the 2006 PGA Championship, which were obviously held under different course conditions. In other words, no, there's really no course history to consider.
This Week: BMW Championship – Medinah Country Club, Medinah, Ill.
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