PGA’s best to tee it up at Cherry Hills

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With dozens of the world’s best professional golfers set to tee it up at Cherry Hills Country Club this week, tickets are at a premium.

No tickets will be sold at the gate for the Sept. 4-7 BMW Championship and fans are encouraged to check online at www.BMWChampionshipUSA.com for availability.

“We do expect to see maybe over 140,000 fans for the week,” said BMW Championship General Chairman George Solich.

The BMW Championship is the third — and second to last — leg of the season-ending FedEx Cup playoffs. The top 70 players in the standings advance to Cherry Hills for the first Colorado PGA men’s event since the 2006 International at Castle Pines.

The top 125 players in the FedEx standings, which didn’t include Tiger Woods, played Aug. 21-24 at The Barclays in Paramus, N.J. to kick off the playoffs. Hunter Mahan won the event, and in turn moved from 62nd to first in the standings, dropping Rory McIlroy to second.

Playoff contenders were trimmed to 100 for the Deutsche Bank Championship Aug. 29-Sept. 1 in Norton, Mass., and the top 70 will then come to Cherry Hills.

Playoff points are added to those garnered during the regular season and points will determine the eventual champion following the Tour Championship Sept. 11-14 in Atlanta. Only the leading 30 players in points after Cherry Hills will play in Atlanta.

In addition to Mahan and McIlroy, other celebrated players in the top 100 prior to the Deutsche Bank Championship include Bubba Watson (fifth), 2010 FedEx champion Jim Furyk (sixth), Rickie Fowler (11th), Sergio Garcia (15th), Kent Denver graduate Kevin Stadler (34th), Ernie Els (39th) and Phil Mickelson (57th).

The contenders who make the Cherry Hills field will compete on a 7,352-yard, par 70 course with 3-inch deep rough.

“With the rain we’ve had, the rough has got some teeth,” Solich said.