BMW Championship (PGA Tour)

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BMW Championship
Tournament information
Location Lake Forest, Illinois (2017)
Established 2007
Course(s) Conway Farms Golf Club (2017)
Par 71 in 2017
Length 7,198 yards (6,582 m) in 2017
Tour(s) PGA Tour
Format Stroke play
Prize fund $8.75 million
Month played September
Tournament record score
Aggregate 262 Tiger Woods (2007)
262 Jason Day (2015)
To par -23 Dustin Johnson (2016)
Current champion
United States Dustin 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, 2013 and 2014, the PGA Tour named the BMW Championship its Tournament of the Year.[1]

Tournament format

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.[2]

The BMW Championship was primarily held at Cog Hill Golf & Country Club in Lemont, Illinois, southwest of Chicago. In 2008, it was held in Missouri at Bellerive Country Club in Town and Country, a suburb west of St. Louis. In 2012, the Ryder Cup was contested at nearby Medinah Country Club, and the championship was moved to Indiana at Crooked Stick Golf Club in Carmel, north of Indianapolis. It was contested in Colorado in 2014 at Cherry Hills Country Club in Cherry Hills Village, a suburb south of Denver.[3]

At the 2015 BMW Championship, played at the Conway Farms Golf Club in Lake Forest, Illinois September 17–20, Jason Day scored a personal record of 61 (−10) during the first round.[4]

Western Open

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

The Western Open was first played 123 years ago 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.


Year Player Country Score To par Margin
of victory
Runner(s)-up Course Location Purse ($) Winner's
share ($)
2016 Dustin Johnson (2)  United States 265 -23 3 strokes EnglandPaul Casey Crooked Stick Golf Club Carmel, Indiana 8,500,000 1,530,000
2015 Jason Day  Australia 262 −22 6 strokes United States Daniel Berger Conway Farms Golf Club Lake Forest, Illinois 8,250,000 1,485,000
2014 Billy Horschel  United States 266 −14 2 strokes United States Bubba Watson Cherry Hills Country Club Cherry Hills Village, Colorado 8,000,000 1,440,000
2013 Zach Johnson  United States 268 −16 2 strokes United States Nick Watney Conway Farms Golf Club Lake Forest, Illinois 8,000,000 1,440,000
2012 Rory McIlroy  Northern Ireland 268 −20 2 strokes United States Phil Mickelson
England Lee Westwood
Crooked Stick Golf Club Carmel, Indiana 8,000,000 1,440,000
2011 Justin Rose  England 271 −13 2 strokes Australia John Senden Cog Hill Golf & Country Club Lemont, Illinois 8,000,000 1,440,000
2010 Dustin Johnson  United States 275 −9 1 stroke England Paul Casey Cog Hill Golf & Country Club Lemont, Illinois 7,500,000 1,350,000
2009 Tiger Woods (2)  United States 265 −19 8 strokes United States Jim Furyk
Australia Marc Leishman
Cog Hill Golf & Country Club Lemont, Illinois 7,500,000 1,350,000
2008 Camilo Villegas  Colombia 265 −15 2 strokes United States Dudley Hart Bellerive Country Club Town and Country, Missouri 7,000,000 1,260,000
2007 Tiger Woods  United States 262 −22 2 strokes Australia Aaron Baddeley Cog Hill Golf & Country Club Lemont, Illinois 7,000,000 1,260,000


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  4. Martin, Sean (September 18, 2015). "Day's 59 bid comes up short, leads by four". PGA Tour.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>

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