BMW Championship

The BMW Championship has its origins in the Western Open, which ran from 1899 to 2006, before the great god of golfing commercialism dictated that a brand new tournament was the best way to keep pace with the modern world and all its pecuniary benefits. And so, a hundred years of American golfing tradition was cast aside in favor of a shiny new professional event sponsored by the German multinational company Bayerische Motoren Werke AG.

BMW Championship Trophy

Organized by the Western Golf Association, this 72-hole stroke play competition is played as an end of season FedEx Cup playoff event on the PGA Tour schedule and it’s open to the top 70 professionals with the most qualifying points following the Northern Trust tournament. The leading 30 players with FedEx points after the BMW progress to the final playoff event, the Tour Championship, where the FedEx Cup champion is decided.

The first edition of the tournament in 2007 was held at Cog Hill Golf & Country Club in Illinois, with Tiger Woods picking up the winner’s check for $1,260,000 from a total prize fund of seven million dollars. A year later, the competition moved southwest to Missouri, where Colombian Camilo Villegas celebrated a 2-shot win over his nearest rival Dudley Hart.

Most of the BMW Championships have been staged in the Prairie State and when it returned to Cog Hill for a three-year stint on the club’s No. 4 course in 2009, Tiger Woods claimed his second title with a winning margin of eight strokes over runners-up Marc Leishman and Jim Furyk.

The next port of call for the competition in 2012 was Crooked Stick Golf Club in Indiana, with Rory McIlroy from Northern Ireland taking the plaudits after accumulating an aggregate sco...

BMW Championship host courses

Aronimink

3rd Pennsylvania - Best in Area 86th USA Ranking 100th North America Ranking

The course in play today at Aronimink Golf Club opened in 1928 and Dornoch’s most famous son, Donald Ross, originally designed it. Gil Hanse restored the old classic ahead of the 2018 BMW Championship.

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Bellerive

5th Missouri - Best in Area

The golf course at Bellerive Country Club is routed round a winding creek, which is a feature on nine holes. With large undulating greens and bold bunkering this is certainly a firm tournament favourite...

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Cherry Hills

4th Colorado - Best in Area

William Flynn designed Cherry Hills in 1922 and if you do get the chance to play this famous course your driving distances will flatter to deceive. Denver is not called the Mile High city for nothing and Cherry Hills is certainly golf with altitude.

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Cog Hill (No.4)

15th Illinois - Best in Area

There are four courses at Cog Hill Golf & Country Club but the one most golfers want to play is the world-renowned No.4 course, otherwise known as "Dubsdread".

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Conway Farms

16th Illinois - Best in Area

Laid out on a 209-acre tract of gently undulating land, the course at Conway Farms Golf Club is a recently lengthened Tom Fazio design from 1991 and host venue for the 2013 BMW Championship.

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Crooked Stick

2nd Indiana - Best in Area

Crooked Stick Golf Club was one of Pete Dye’s first golf course commissions and it was constructed the year after he had spent some time in Scotland playing many of the traditional links...

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Medinah (No.3)

9th Illinois - Best in Area

Medinah Country Club was originally founded in the Roaring Twenties and the objective was to create the finest country club in America.

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Olympia Fields (North)

6th Illinois - Best in Area

Apart from the North course, Olympia Fields Country Club owns the world’s largest clubhouse, which took two years to build and cost a whopping $1.3 million way back in 1925.

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BMW Championship Leaderboard

Rank Name Courses Played
1 Joshua Asher Courses Played 8
= Paul Rudovsky Courses Played 8
= Bob McCoy Courses Played 8
= James Gold Courses Played 8
5 Andrew J. Courses Played 7
= James VanArsdall Courses Played 7
= Billy Satterfield Courses Played 7
= Joseph Andriole Courses Played 7
= Larry Berle Courses Played 7
= Fergal O'Leary Courses Played 7