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Monday, September 1, 2014

BMW Championship - Preview

The third leg of the FedExCup Championship is set to go down at Cherry Hills Country Club, and here is a preview of the BMW Championship to get you off and running.While Cherry Hills isn't a known commodity on the PGA TOUR, it does have a long history of hosting USGA events.

Cherry Hills CC was the site of Arnold Palmer's only U.S. Open title back in 1960. Phil Mickelson won the 1990 U.S. Amateur at this venue and Jack Nicklaus claimed the 1993 Senior U.S. Open title. That's a lot of class.

I would encourage you to take a tour of Cherry Hills on their website (chcc.com) to get a feel for the layout. The scorecard lists it as a par 70, stretching out to 7,352 yards. Keep in mind that this venue is in Colorado, so altitude will dictate that it plays shorter than the yardage. The tour seems to favor accuracy and precise approaches over length, but the list of winners includes some long and aggressive players. Ultimately, this course seems to dictate that the cream rises to the top, so perhaps a combination of class and form should trump everything else.

I will return tomorrow with a Power Ranking. Until then, happy research!

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