BMW Championship 2012 Preview: Keegan Bradley Looks To Charge Up FedEx Cup Standings

NORTON, MA - SEPTEMBER 01: Keegan Bradley tees off on the 18th hole during the second round of the Deutsche Bank Championship at TPC Boston on September 1, 2012 in Norton, Massachusetts. (Photo by Jim Rogash/Getty Images)

The third leg of the 2012 FedExCup lands in Indianapolis, where New England native Keegan Bradley looks to build on a solid weekend at the Deutsche Bank Championship at TPC Boston, in which he finished tied for 13th with a total score of 276.

This week, the FedEx Cup Playoffs move on from Boston to the third leg at Crooked Stick Golf Club just outside Indianapolis. The BMW Championship, formerly the historic Western Open, is typically played in the Chicago area but with the Ryder Cup visiting the Windy City later this month, the Tour moved the tournament to nearby Indiana. Crooked Stick is the original Pete Dye layout, a course he is most proud of and where he makes his home. It's most famous for being the backdrop of John Daly's improbable PGA Championship win in 1991.

Rory McIlroy enters with week with all the momentum after a rousing win at TPC Boston. McIlroy lit it up in Norton, capturing his second win in a month by moving to 20-under for the week. He's in the middle of an incredible two-month stretch in the States that could feature a major win, a $10 million FedEx Cup win, and a Ryder Cup victory.

But there will be plenty of American superstars in the way of Rory's bid to go back-to-back. Dustin Johnson and Tiger Woods played together on Monday at the Deutsche Bank and they both enter the week as favorites at the BMW. With the Ryder Cup drama now settled, Johnson will be free to grip it and rip it on the bomber's paradise at Crooked Stick. If his recent form is any indication, he should be there on Sunday afternoon. Woods's consistency with the putter resulted in an extremely impressive week in Boston, and he'll play alongside Rory the first two days as they jostle for position atop the FedEx Cup standings.

Keegan Bradley enters the week at 12th in the standings, and is almost certainly a lock for the Tour Championship in Atlanta. The playoffs cut down from 70 to 30 this week, with the $10 million prize up for grabs in Atlanta. After a slow start, Bradley finished his weekend in Boston with two rounds in the 60s. His blistering 63 on Sunday shot him up the leaderboard and seemed to get the putter back on point heading into Indy. He locked up his Ryder Cup spot with the win at Akron, but a FedEx Cup win would add to another sweet summer for the former Hopkinton resident.

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