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PGA - BMW Championship Preview
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DATES: Thursday, September 12th through Sunday, September 15th
SITE: Conway Farms Golf Club, Lake Forest, Illinois
COURSE ARCHITECT: Tom Fazio (1991)
PAR: 71
YARDAGE: 7,149
Hole-By-Hole:1 - Par 4 360 yds10 - Par 4 458 yds
2 - Par 3 196 yds11 - Par 3 162 yds
3 - Par 4 402 yds12 - Par 4 419 yds
4 - Par 4 485 yds13 - Par 4 463 yds
5 - Par 4 469 yds14 - Par 5 585 yds
6 - Par 3 217 yds15 - Par 4 334 yds
7 - Par 4 352 yds16 - Par 4 465 yds
8 - Par 5 600 yds17 - Par 3 207 yds
9 - Par 4 405 yds18 - Par 5 570 yds
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35 3,486 yds36 3,663 yds
 
Annual:  110th
Television:  Golf Channel - Thursday/Friday -- 3-6 p.m. (et),
  - Saturday -- 1-3 p.m. (et),
  NBC - Saturday -- 3-6 p.m. (et),
  Golf Channel - Sunday -- 12-2 p.m. (et),
  NBC - Sunday -- 3-6 p.m. (et)
Defending Champion:  Rory McIlroy
Runner-Up:  Phil Mickelson, Lee Westwood
Tournament Record:  262 (Tiger Woods, 2007)
54-Hole Record:  197 (Camilo Villegas, 2008; Tiger Woods, 2009)
36-Hole Record:  131 (Camilo Villegas, 2008; Justin Rose, 2011;
  Vijay Singh, 2012)
18-Hole Record:  62 (Jim Furyk, 2008; Tiger Woods, 2009)
Total Purse:  $8,000,000
Shares:  1st Place - $1,440,000; 2nd Place - $864,000; 3rd Place - $544,000
 
2012 Finish
PlayerScorePlayerScore
Rory McIlroy268Dustin Johnson272
Phil Mickelson270Adam Scott272
Lee Westwood270Vijay Singh273
Robert Garrigus271Jim Furyk274
Tiger Woods271Two players at275
 
Past BMW Championship Winners
YearWinner (Score) -- Runners-Up
2012Rory McIlroy (268) -- Phil Mickelson, Lee Westwood
2011Justin Rose (271) -- John Senden
2010Dustin Johnson (275) -- Paul Casey
2009Tiger Woods (265) -- Jim Furyk, Marc Leishman
2008Camilo Villegas (265) -- Dudley Hart
2007Tiger Woods (262) -- Aaron Baddeley
2006Trevor Immelman (271) -- Matthew Goggin, Tiger Woods
2005Jim Furyk (270) -- Tiger Woods
2004Stephen Ames (274) -- Steve Lowery
2003Tiger Woods (267) -- Rich Beem
2002Jerry Kelly (269) -- Davis Love III
2001Scott Hoch (267) -- Davis Love III
2000*Robert Allenby (274) -- Nick Price
1999Tiger Woods (273) -- Mike Weir
1998Joe Durant (271) -- Vijay Singh
1997Tiger Woods (275) -- Frank Nobilo
1996Steve Stricker (270) -- Billy Andrade, Jay Don Blake
1995Billy Mayfair (279) -- Jay Haas, Justin Leonard, Jeff Maggert,
Scott Simpson
1994Nick Price (277) -- Greg Kraft
1993Nick Price (269) -- Greg Norman
1992Ben Crenshaw (276) -- Greg Norman
1991Russ Cochran (275) -- Greg Norman
1990Wayne Levi (275) -- Payne Stewart
1989*Mark McCumber (275) -- Peter Jacobsen
1988Jim Benepe (278) -- Peter Jacobsen
1987#D.A. Weibring (207) -- Larry Nelson, Greg Norman
1986*Tom Kite (286) -- Fred Couples, David Frost, Nick Price
1985*Scott Verplank (279) -- Jim Thorpe
1984*Tom Watson (280) -- Greg Norman
1983Mark McCumber (284) -- Tom Watson
1982Tom Weiskopf (276) -- Larry Nelson
1981Ed Fiori (277) -- Jim Colbert, Greg Powers, Jim Simons
1980Scott Simpson (281) -- Andy Bean
1979*Larry Nelson (286) -- Ben Crenshaw
1978*Andy Bean (282) -- Bill Rogers
1977Tom Watson (283) -- Wally Armstrong, Johnny Miller
1976Al Geiberger (288) -- Joe Porter
1975Hale Irwin (283) -- Bobby Cole
1974Tom Watson (287) -- J.C. Snead, Tom Weiskopf
1973Billy Casper (272) -- Larry Hinson, Hale Irwin
1972Jim Jamieson (271) -- Labron Harris, Jr.
1971Bruce Crampton (279) -- Bobby Nichols
1970Hugh Royer (273) -- Dale Douglass
1969Billy Casper (276) -- Rocky Thompson
1968Jack Nicklaus (273) -- Miller Barber
1967Jack Nicklaus (274) -- Doug Sanders
1966Billy Casper (283) -- Gay Brewer
1965Billy Casper (270) -- Jack McGowan, Chi Chi Rodriguez
1964Chi Chi Rodriguez (268) -- Arnold Palmer
1963*Arnold Palmer (280) -- Julius Boros, Jack Nicklaus
1962Jacky Cupit (281) -- Billy Casper
1961Arnold Palmer (271) -- Sam Snead
1960*Stan Leonard (278) -- Art Wall
1959Mike Souchak (272) -- Arnold Palmer
1958Doug Sanders (275) -- Dow Finsterwald
1957*Doug Ford (279) -- George Bayer, Gene Litter, Billy Maxwell
1956*Mike Fetchick (284) -- Doug Ford, Jay Hebert, Don January
1955Cary Middlecoff (272) -- Mike Souchak
1954*Lloyd Mangrum (277) -- Ted Kroll
1953Dutch Harrison (278) -- Ed Furgol, Fred Haas, Lloyd Mangrum
1952Lloyd Mangrum (274) -- Bobby Locke
1951Marty Furgol (270) -- Cary Middlecoff
1950Sam Snead (282) -- Jim Ferrier, E.J. Harrison
1949Sam Snead (268) -- Cary Middlecoff
1948*Ben Hogan (281) -- Ed Oliver
1947Johnny Palmer (270) -- Bobby Locke, Ed Oliver
1946Ben Hogan (271) -- Lloyd Mangrum
1945Not Held
1944Not Held
1943Not Held
1942Herman Barron (276) -- Henry Picard
1941Ed Oliver (275) -- Ben Hogan, Byron Nelson
1940*Jimmy Demaret (293) -- Toney Penna
1939Byron Nelson (281) -- Lloyd Mangrum
1938Ralph Guldahl (279) -- Sam Snead
1937*Ralph Guldahl (288) -- Horton Smith
1936Ralph Guldahl (274) -- Ray Mangrum
1935John Revolta (290) -- Willie Goggin
1934*Harry Cooper (274) -- Ky Laffoon
1933Mac Smith (282) -- Tommy Armour
1932Walter Hagen (287) -- Olin Dutra
1931Ed Dudley (280) -- Walter Hagen
1930Gene Sarazen (278) -- Al Espinosa
1929Tommy Armour (273) -- Horton Smith
1928Abe Espinosa (291) -- Johnny Farrell
1927Walter Hagen (281) -- Al Espinosa, Bill Mehlhorn
1926Walter Hagen (279) -- Harry Cooper, Gene Sarazen
1925Mac Smith (281) -- Leo Diegel, Johnny Farrell, Emmet French,
Walter Hagen, Bill Mehlhorn
1924Bill Mehlhorn (293) -- Al Watrous
1923Jock Hutchinson (281) -- Bobby Cruickshank
1922Mike Brady (291) -- Laurie Ayton, Jock Hutchison
1921Walter Hagen (287) -- Jock Hutchison
1920Jock Hutchinson (296) -- James Barnes, Clarence Hackney, Harry Hampton
1919Jim Barnes (283) -- Leo Diegel
1918Not Held
1917Jim Barnes (283) -- Walter Hagen
1916Walter Hagen (286) -- Jock Hutchison, George Sargent
1915Tom McNamara (304) -- Alex Cunningham
1914Jim Barnes (293) -- Willie Kidd
1913John McDermott (295) -- Mike Brady
1912Mac Smith (299) -- Alex Robertson
1911Robert Simpson (2 & 1) -- Tom MacNamara
1910Chick Evans, Jr. (6 & 5) -- George Simpson
1909Willie Anderson (288) -- Stewart Gardner
1908Willie Anderson (299) -- Fred McCloud
1907Robert Simpson (307) -- Willie Anderson, Fred McCloud
1906Alex Smith (306) -- Jack Hobens
1905Arthur Smith (278) -- James Maiden
1904Willie Anderson (304) -- Alex Smith
1903Alex Smith (318) -- Laurie Auchterlonie, David Brown
1902Willie Anderson (299) -- Willie Smith
1901Laurie Auchterlonie (160) -- David Bell
1900Not Held
1899*Willie Smith (156) -- Laurie Auchterlonie

* - Won in Playoff

# - Rain Shortened

Note:Formerly called Cialis Western Open (2004-06), 100th Western Open
(2003), Advil Western Open (2000-02), Motorola Western Open (1994-99), Sprint Western Open (1993), Centel Western Open (1990-92), Beatrice Western Open (1987-89), Western Open (1899-1986).

Top Contenders in the Field
Player200720082009201020112012
Rory McIlroy---------T-37---Won
Phil Mickelson---T-17T-30T-8T-56T-2
Lee Westwood---------------T-2
Tiger WoodsWon---WonT-15---T-4
Adam Scott4thT-50---T-15T-37T-6
Jim FurykT-14T-3T-2T-15T-229th
Ryan MooreT-18---T-30T-3T-16T-10
Zach JohnsonT-38---5thT-15T-31T-12
Bubba WatsonT-18T-28T-15T-50T-53T-12
Justin RoseT-5------T-21WonT-16
Steve Stricker3rdT-10T-53T-8wdT-26
Luke DonaldT-30---T-10T-374thT-28
Jason Dufner------T-30T-45T-6T-28
Ernie ElsT-18T-17T-38T-13T-42T-28
Charl Schwartzel------------T-42T-28
Brandt SnedekerT-14T-55T-10T-37T-22T-37
Webb Simpson------T-61---5thT-51
Matt Kuchar------T-10T-3T-22T-54
Keegan Bradley------------T-16T-59
Marc Leishman------T-2T-11T-42T-65
Hunter MahanT-30T-8T-38T-37T-4270th
Henrik StensonT-52---------------
Sports Network Selections

Pick to Win - Steve Stricker
Darkhorse - Graham DeLaet
 
Last Week's Pick to Win (Adam Scott) - Finished tied for 53rd
Last Week's Darkhorse (Jim Furyk) - Finished tied for 27th
 
NOTES:
One of the oldest tournaments on the PGA Tour schedule takes form this week with the 110th BMW Championship. Only the British and U.S. Opens have an older history than this event, which was formerly known as the Western Open.

This is the third week of the FedExCup Playoffs. Adam Scott won The Barclays and Henrik Stenson captured the Deutsche Bank Championship. Stenson leads the FedExCup playoff points list, while Tiger Woods is second and Scott is third. The field this week is reduced to the top 70 players on the points list.

World No. 6 Stenson has been one of the hottest players in the world since June. He has finished in the top-10 in six of the seven events he has played, and has five top-3 finishes in his last six events. Woods is coming off a tie for 65th at the Deutsche Bank Championship, the worst finish of his career in which he made the cut.

Last year, Rory McIlory carded four rounds in the 60s and rallied on the final day to win his second straight FedExCup Playoff title. McIlroy, who won the Deutsche Bank Championship the week before, finished at 20-under-par 268, which was good for a 2-stroke win over Phil Mickelson and Lee Westwood.

In 2011, Justin Rose opened with a 63 and held at least a share of the lead after every round, winning by two strokes over John Senden. Rose finished at 13-under-par 271 for his third PGA Tour title.

Woods fired a course-record 62 in the third round in 2009 and cruised to the victory. Woods finished the event at 19-under-par 265 for an 8-stroke win over Jim Furyk and Marc Leishman. The win helped Woods capture his second FedExCup trophy in three years. The victory was his fifth at this event, having previously won in 1997, 1999, 2003 and 2007.

Woods is the all-time money leader at this event with $5,932,156 in earnings in 15 starts. In 12 starts as a professional, Woods has five wins and 10 top-10s. As an amateur at the 1995 Western Open, Woods fired a final-round 69 for his first sub-70 round in a professional tournament.

In 2008, Camilo Villegas finally collected his first PGA Tour victory when he held on down the back nine in the final round. Villegas finished the tournament at 15-under-par 265 for a 2-stroke victory over Dudley Hart. Villegas led the event wire-to-wire and became the first Colombian-born player to win on the PGA Tour.

Woods fired a flawless, 8-under 63 in the final round back in 2007 to win. He finished at 22-under 262 to win by two over Aaron Baddeley. The win was Woods' 60th on the PGA Tour. Woods established a new tournament record at 262, breaking the old mark of 267 set by Scott Hoch in 2001 and Woods in 2003.

Stephen Ames won his first career PGA Tour title at the age of 40 in 2004 by shooting a 1-under 70 in the final round to defeat Steve Lowery by two strokes, finishing at 10-under par 274. Ames became the first player age 40 or older to win his first title since Brad Bryant won the 1995 Walt Disney World/Oldsmobile Golf Classic at 41 years old. Ames also became the first player from Trinidad and Tobago to win on the PGA Tour and the second player from a Caribbean nation to do so. Puerto Rico's Chi Chi Rodriguez was an eight-time winner.

There have been 17 playoffs in the 109-year history of the tournament, the last coming in 2000, when Robert Allenby knocked off Nick Price.

Walter Hagen and Woods share the record for the most BMW Championship victories with five, while Willie Anderson and Billy Casper have four each. Mike Brady, the only host professional to win this event, also set the tournament record for largest margin of victory when he won by 10 strokes in 1922. Jim Benepe was the last player to win in his first PGA Tour start when he defeated Peter Jacobsen by one shot to capture the 1988 Western Open.

The PGA Tour travels to Georgia next week for the final event of the FedExCup Playoffs, the Tour Championship in Atlanta, where Brandt Snedeker won at East Lake Golf Course last year.

09/10 17:43:21 ET

As of September 10, 2013, at 05:43 PM ET