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DATES: Thursday, September 4th through Sunday, September 7th
SITE: Cherry Hills Country Club, Cherry Hills Village, Colorado
COURSE ARCHITECT: William S. Flynn (1922), Tom Doak (2008 - redesign)
PAR: 70
YARDAGE: 7,352
Hole-By-Hole:1 - Par 4 346 yds10 - Par 4 450 yds
2 - Par 4 421 yds11 - Par 5 632 yds
3 - Par 4 333 yds12 - Par 3 204 yds
4 - Par 4 439 yds13 - Par 4 429 yds
5 - Par 4 526 yds14 - Par 4 509 yds
6 - Par 3 169 yds15 - Par 3 247 yds
7 - Par 4 395 yds16 - Par 4 448 yds
8 - Par 3 276 yds17 - Par 5 555 yds
9 - Par 4 496 yds18 - Par 4 477 yds
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34 3,401 yds36 3,951 yds
 
Annual:  111th
Television:  Golf Channel - Thursday/Friday -- 4-8 p.m. (et),
  - Thursday/Friday -- 8:30 p.m.-12:30 a.m. (et)-replay
  - Saturday -- 1-3 p.m. (et),
  NBC - Saturday -- 3-6 p.m. (et),
  Golf Channel - Sunday -- 12-2 p.m. (et),
  NBC - Sunday -- 2-6 p.m. (et),
  Golf Channel - Saturday/Sunday -- 9:30 p.m.-2:30 a.m. (et) -replay
Defending Champion:  Zach Johnson
Runner-Up:  Nick Watney
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; Jim Furyk, Brandt Snedeker, 2013)
18-Hole Record:  59 (Jim Furyk, 2013 - Conway Farms Golf Club)
Total Purse:  $8,000,000
Shares:  1st Place - $1,440,000; 2nd Place - $864,000; 3rd Place - $544,000
 
2013 Finish
PlayerScorePlayerScore
Zach Johnson268Hunter Mahan273
Nick Watney270Steve Stricker273
Jim Furyk271Matt Jones274
Jason Day273Charl Schwartzel274
Luke Donald273Brandt Snedeker274
 
Past BMW Championship Winners
YearWinner (Score) -- Runners-Up
2013Zach Johnson (268) -- Nick Watney
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
Player2007200820092010201120122013
Zach JohnsonT-38---5thT-15T-31T-12Won
Jim FurykT-14T-3T-2T-15T-229th3rd
Hunter MahanT-30T-8T-38T-37T-4270thT-4
Jason Day------T-59T-54T-49---T-4
Charl Schwartzel------------T-42T-28T-8
Matt Jones---------T-37------T-8
Ryan MooreT-18---T-30T-3T-16T-10T-11
Jimmy Walker------------T-2264thT-11
Keegan Bradley------------T-16T-59T-16
Jordan Spieth------------------T-16
Sergio Garcia9thT-20T-6---T-12T-24T-18
Billy Horschel------------------T-18
Chris Kirk------------T-31T-12T-24
Bubba WatsonT-18T-28T-15T-50T-53T-12T-24
Webb Simpson------T-61---5thT-51T-24
Matt Kuchar------T-10T-3T-22T-54T-24
Adam Scott4thT-50---T-15T-37T-6T-28
Phil Mickelson---T-17T-30T-8T-56T-2T-33
Justin RoseT-5------T-21WonT-16T-33
Henrik StensonT-52---------------T-33
Rickie Fowler---------T-4548thT-41T-39
Russell Henley------------------T-39
Ernie ElsT-18T-17T-38T-13T-42T-28T-51
Graeme McDowell---------------T-34T-57
Rory McIlroy---------T-37---WonT-59
Patrick Reed------------------T-59
Geoff OgilvyT-61T-28T-55T-243rdT-28---
Martin Kaymer---------------------
Hideki Matsuyama---------------------
Sports Network Selections

Pick to Win - Rory McIlroy
Darkhorse - John Senden
 
Last Week's Pick to Win (Jason Day) - Finished tied for 7th
Last Week's Darkhorse (Stuart Appleby) - Missed the cut
 
NOTES:
One of the oldest tournaments on the PGA Tour schedule takes form this week with the 111th 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. Hunter Mahan won The Barclays and Chris Kirk captured the Deutsche Bank Championship. Kirk leads the FedExCup playoff points list, while Rory McIlroy is second and Mahan is third. The field this week is reduced to the top 70 players on the points list. Dustin Johnson is the only player that qualified that is not playing this week.

World No. 1 McIlroy finished tied for fifth last week at the Deutsche Bank Championship. He has four top-5 finishes in his last five events, including three consecutive wins at the British Open, WGC-Bridgestone Invitational and PGA Championship.

Last year, Zach Johnson fired a 6-under 65 in the final round and rallied to win by two strokes over Nick Watney. Johnson, who won for the 10th time on the PGA Tour, finished at 16-under 268. It was his first win in a FedExCup Playoff event.

In 2012, 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.

Tiger 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 $6,108,157 in earnings in 16 starts. In 13 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 110-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 Henrik Stenson won at East Lake Golf Course last year and captured the FedExCup.

09/02 15:18:01 ET

As of September 2, 2014, at 03:19 PM ET