BMW Championship (PGA Tour)

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For the similarly named PGA European Tour event, see BMW PGA Championship.
BMW Championship
Tournament information
Location Cherry Hills Village, Colorado (2014)
Established 2007
Course(s) Cherry Hills Country Club (2014)
Par 72 in 2014
Length 7,348 yards (6,719 m) in 2013
Tour(s) PGA Tour
Format Stroke play
Prize fund US$8,000,000
Month played September
Tournament record score
Aggregate 262 Tiger Woods (2007)
To par –22 Tiger Woods (2007)
Current champion
United States Zach Johnson

The BMW Championship is a professional golf tournament which is the third of four FedEx Cup playoff events on the PGA Tour schedule. Introduced in 2007, the BMW Championship was previously known as the Western Open. The Western Golf Association, which founded and ran the Western Open, runs the BMW Championship. In 2012 and 2013, the PGA Tour named the BMW Championship its Tournament of the Year. [1]

Tournament format[edit]

For a detailed explanation of the FedEx Cup Playoffs, see FedEx Cup.

The BMW Championship is open to the top 70 PGA Tour golfers following the Deutsche Bank Championship. Only 70 players qualify for the event, therefore there is no cut after two days. FedEx Cup points amassed during the regular PGA Tour season and then during the two preceding playoff events determine the participants. The top 30 FedEx Cup points leaders following the BMW Championship advance to The Tour Championship, where the FedEx Cup Champion will be determined.

The BMW Championship was primarily held at Cog Hill Golf & Country Club in Lemont, Illinois. In 2008, the championship was held at Bellerive Country Club in the St. Louis suburb of Town and Country, Missouri. In 2012, due to the Ryder Cup being contested at nearby Medinah Country Club, Crooked Stick Golf Club in Carmel, Indiana hosted the championship. The championship will be at Cherry Hills Country Club in Cherry Hills Village, Colorado in 2014.[2]

Western Open[edit]

For a detailed history of this event, including a list of its champions, see Western Open.

The Western Open was first played in 1899. For many years, the Western was played in and out of the state of Illinois, before eventually settling down in the greater Chicago area itself. The Western Golf Association (WGA) ran the Western Open throughout its entire history (1899–2006), and continues to run the tournament under its new title. These are, however, two entirely different events in terms of playing format and invitational criteria. The Western Open was like any other regular PGA Tour stop – although it was once considered to be one of golf's majors. Its invitational criteria mirrored the PGA Tour Exemption Categories with one exception - the winner of the Western Amateur, another WGA-sponsored event, was invited to play in the Western Open. The BMW Championship is part of the FedEx Cup Playoffs, and only the top 70 FedEx Cup points leaders at the start of the BMW event will be eligible to play.

Winners[edit]

See also Past winners of the Western Open
Year Player Country Score To par Margin
of victory
Course Location Purse ($) Winner's
share ($)
2014 Cherry Hills Country Club Cherry Hills Village, Colorado 8,000,000 1,440,000
2013 Zach Johnson  United States 64-70-69-65=268 –16 2 strokes Conway Farms Golf Club Lake Forest, Illinois 8,000,000 1,440,000
2012 Rory McIlroy  Northern Ireland 64-68-69-67=268 –20 2 strokes Crooked Stick Golf Club Carmel, Indiana 8,000,000 1,440,000
2011 Justin Rose  England 63-68-69-71=271 –13 2 strokes Cog Hill Golf & Country Club Lemont, Illinois 8,000,000 1,440,000
2010 Dustin Johnson  United States 68-70-68-69=275 –9 1 stroke Cog Hill Golf & Country Club Lemont, Illinois 7,500,000 1,350,000
2009 Tiger Woods (2)  United States 68-67-62-68=265 –19 8 strokes Cog Hill Golf & Country Club Lemont, Illinois 7,500,000 1,350,000
2008 Camilo Villegas  Colombia 65-66-66-68=265 –15 2 strokes Bellerive Country Club Town and Country, Missouri 7,000,000 1,260,000
2007 Tiger Woods  United States 67-67-65-63=262 –22 2 strokes Cog Hill Golf & Country Club Lemont, Illinois 7,000,000 1,260,000

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