This Week in Golf -- Sept. 12-15

PGA TOUR - BMW CHAMPIONSHIP, Conway Farms Golf Club, Lake Forest, Illinois - The PGA Tour returns action after a week off with the BMW Championship.

The event moves from Crooked Stick to Conway Farms this year. This is the first time the course has hosted the PGA Tour, but it has played host to a pair of USGA championships as well as the 1997 NCAA Division I championship.

Last year, Rory McIlroy fired four rounds in the 60s to win his second straight FedExCup Playoff event. He closed with a 67 to rally past third-round leaders Phil Mickelson and Vijay Singh.

Mickelson carded a 2-under 70 to end in a share of second, while Singh tripped to a 1-over 73 and he ended alone in eighth.

With his back-to-back wins, McIlroy became the first person since Tiger Woods in 2009 to win two straight playoff events. The victory was McIlroy's fourth of the season, and sixth of his career on the PGA Tour.

McIlroy enters the week 41st on the FedExCup points list and needs a good week to advance to next week's Tour Championship. Reigning FedExCup champion Brandt Snedeker has slid to ninth on the points list, but will be the first Tour Championship winner and FedExCup champion to make it to the Tour Championship the following year since the FedExCup started in 2007.

Henrik Stenson currently tops the FedExCup points list, but is just 14 points clear of Woods.

Woods is a five-time winner of this event, when it was played at Cog Hill. Luke Donald, who is 54th on the points list, needs a big week to make the Tour Championship. He'll have a little advantage on the field as he is a member at Conway Farms.

The top 30 players on the FedExCup points list at the end of the BMW Championship will advance to next week's Tour Championship.

Golf Channel has coverage on Thursday and Friday, then early coverage on the weekend before handing off to NBC.

The tour heads to Atlanta next week for the Tour Championship. Snedeker closed with a 68 to beat third-round co-leader Justin Rose by three last year.


EVIAN CHAMPIONSHIP, Evian-les-Bains, France - The LPGA Tour starts a run of seven straight events outside the United States with the fifth and final major of the season, the Evian Championship.

Normally played in late July, the championship shifted to September this year when it became the fifth major on the tour schedule.

Current women's world No. 1 Inbee Park started her remarkable run at this event last year. She closed with a 6-under 66 to win by two over Stacy Lewis and Karrie Webb.

For Park, it was her first win since the 2008 U.S. Women's Open. It was also the first of eight wins she has tallied between July 2012 and June 2013, a run that ended with her second U.S. Women's Open title.

Six of her eight wins in that span came this year, and are among her eight top-10 finishes in 17 starts this season.

Among her wins this year, Park won the season's first three majors -- Kraft Nabisco Championship, Wegmans LPGA Championship and U.S. Women's Open -- while Stacy Lewis won the fourth major, the Women's British Open.

Golf Channel will have extensive coverage of the first three rounds. For the final round, Golf Channel will have coverage for 4 1/2 hours before the final 1 1/2 hours will be on NBC.

After two weeks off, the LPGA Tour heads to China for a new event, the Reignwood LPGA Classic.


KLM OPEN, Kennemer Golf & Country Club, Zandvoort, The Netherlands - Peter Hanson started with two 66s and closed with two 67s last year en route to a 2- stroke win over two players.

Hanson sealed the win with an eagle on the final hole. The win was his fifth on the European Tour. Hanson won again later last year, but won't be able to defend this week due to a back injury.

Despite Hanson missing the event, the field will include former champions such as Maarten Lafeber, Sven Struver, Jose Maria Olazabal and three-time winner Simon Dyson.

Also in the field this week are 12 winners from this season, including Chris Wood, Matteo Manassero and Paul Casey.

Golf Channel will tape-delayed coverage of all four rounds.

The tour heads to Italy next week for the BMW Italian Open, where Gonzalo Fernandez-Castano closed with a 64 last year to win by two.


NATIONWIDE CHILDREN'S HOSPITAL CHAMPIONSHIP, The Ohio State Golf Club (Scarlet Course), Columbus, Ohio - This event moved from the end of June to September to be a part of the Tour Finals.

Last year, Ben Kohles birdied the first playoff hole to win his first Tour start. He became the 13th player to win his first tour start.

Kohles closed with a 70, while Luke Guthrie fired a 5-under 66 to force a playoff. Kohles won the playoff, then went on to win the following week as well.

Kohles, D.J. Brigman and Bill Lunde are three former champions that will be in the field this week.

Golf Channel has tape-delayed coverage of all four rounds.

The tour heads to Florida next week for the Tour Championship, where Justin Bolli won by two strokes last year.


TOUR CHAMPIONSHIP OF CANADA, Sunningdale Golf & Country Club, London, Ontario - The PGA Tour Canada wraps up its season with the Tour Championship of Canada.

Last year, Eugene Wong closed with a 4-under 67 to fend off Joe Panzeri by one shot. Panzeri also shot 67 in the final round, but Wong stole the title from him with a hole-out eagle on the final hole of regulation.

Trey Denton shared the third-round lead with Wong, but closed with a 1-over 72 to drop into a share of fourth.

The top five players from the PGA Tour Canada's Order of Merit earn status on the Tour for next season.