PGA - BMW Championship Preview

09/02/2014 3:23 PM

09/02/2014 3:29 PM

Thursday, September 4th through Sunday, September 7th

Course Info

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

Front Nine: 34 3,401 yds

1 - Par 4 346 yds

2 - Par 4 421 yds

3 - Par 4 333 yds

4 - Par 4 439 yds

5 - Par 4 526 yds

6 - Par 3 169 yds

7 - Par 4 395 yds

8 - Par 3 276 yds

9 - Par 4 496 yds

Back Nine: 36 3,951 yds

10 - Par 4 450 yds

11 - Par 5 632 yds

12 - Par 3 204 yds

13 - Par 4 429 yds

14 - Par 4 509 yds

15 - Par 3 247 yds

16 - Par 4 448 yds

17 - Par 5 555 yds

18 - Par 4 477 yds

Tournament Info

Year: 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

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)

Course Record:

Total Purse: $8,000,000

Shares: 1st Place - $1,440,000; 2nd Place - $864,000; 3rd Place - $544,000

2013 Final Leaderboard

Zach Johnson 268

Nick Watney 270

Jim Furyk 271

Jason Day 273

Luke Donald 273

Hunter Mahan 273

Steve Stricker 273

Matt Jones 274

Charl Schwartzel 274

Brandt Snedeker 274

Past Winners

2013: Zach Johnson (268). Runner up: Nick Watney

2012: Rory McIlroy (268). Runner up: Phil Mickelson, Lee Westwood

2011: Justin Rose (271). Runner up: John Senden

2010: Dustin Johnson (275). Runner up: Paul Casey

2009: Tiger Woods (265). Runner up: Jim Furyk, Marc Leishman

2008: Camilo Villegas (265). Runner up: Dudley Hart

2007: Tiger Woods (262). Runner up: Aaron Baddeley

2006: Trevor Immelman (271). Runner up: Matthew Goggin, Tiger Woods

2005: Jim Furyk (270). Runner up: Tiger Woods

2004: Stephen Ames (274). Runner up: Steve Lowery

2003: Tiger Woods (267). Runner up: Rich Beem

2002: Jerry Kelly (269). Runner up: Davis Love III

2001: Scott Hoch (267). Runner up: Davis Love III

2000: *Robert Allenby (274). Runner up: Nick Price

1999: Tiger Woods (273). Runner up: Mike Weir

1998: Joe Durant (271). Runner up: Vijay Singh

1997: Tiger Woods (275). Runner up: Frank Nobilo

1996: Steve Stricker (270). Runner up: Billy Andrade, Jay Don Blake

1995: Billy Mayfair (279). Runner up: Jay Haas, Justin Leonard, Jeff Maggert, Scott Simpson

1994: Nick Price (277). Runner up: Greg Kraft

1993: Nick Price (269). Runner up: Greg Norman

1992: Ben Crenshaw (276). Runner up: Greg Norman

1991: Russ Cochran (275). Runner up: Greg Norman

1990: Wayne Levi (275). Runner up: Payne Stewart

1989: *Mark McCumber (275). Runner up: Peter Jacobsen

1988: Jim Benepe (278). Runner up: Peter Jacobsen

1987: #D.A. Weibring (207). Runner up: Larry Nelson, Greg Norman

1986: *Tom Kite (286). Runner up: Fred Couples, David Frost, Nick Price

1985: *Scott Verplank (279). Runner up: Jim Thorpe

1984: *Tom Watson (280). Runner up: Greg Norman

1983: Mark McCumber (284). Runner up: Tom Watson

1982: Tom Weiskopf (276). Runner up: Larry Nelson

1981: Ed Fiori (277). Runner up: Jim Colbert, Greg Powers, Jim Simons

1980: Scott Simpson (281). Runner up: Andy Bean

1979: *Larry Nelson (286). Runner up: Ben Crenshaw

1978: *Andy Bean (282). Runner up: Bill Rogers

1977: Tom Watson (283). Runner up: Wally Armstrong, Johnny Miller

1976: Al Geiberger (288). Runner up: Joe Porter

1975: Hale Irwin (283). Runner up: Bobby Cole

1974: Tom Watson (287). Runner up: J.C. Snead, Tom Weiskopf

1973: Billy Casper (272). Runner up: Larry Hinson, Hale Irwin

1972: Jim Jamieson (271). Runner up: Labron Harris, Jr.

1971: Bruce Crampton (279). Runner up: Bobby Nichols

1970: Hugh Royer (273). Runner up: Dale Douglass

1969: Billy Casper (276). Runner up: Rocky Thompson

1968: Jack Nicklaus (273). Runner up: Miller Barber

1967: Jack Nicklaus (274). Runner up: Doug Sanders

1966: Billy Casper (283). Runner up: Gay Brewer

1965: Billy Casper (270). Runner up: Jack McGowan, Chi Chi Rodriguez

1964: Chi Chi Rodriguez (268). Runner up: Arnold Palmer

1963: *Arnold Palmer (280). Runner up: Julius Boros, Jack Nicklaus

1962: Jacky Cupit (281). Runner up: Billy Casper

1961: Arnold Palmer (271). Runner up: Sam Snead

1960: *Stan Leonard (278). Runner up: Art Wall

1959: Mike Souchak (272). Runner up: Arnold Palmer

1958: Doug Sanders (275). Runner up: Dow Finsterwald

1957: *Doug Ford (279). Runner up: George Bayer, Gene Litter, Billy Maxwell

1956: *Mike Fetchick (284). Runner up: Doug Ford, Jay Hebert, Don January

1955: Cary Middlecoff (272). Runner up: Mike Souchak

1954: *Lloyd Mangrum (277). Runner up: Ted Kroll

1953: Dutch Harrison (278). Runner up: Ed Furgol, Fred Haas, Lloyd Mangrum

1952: Lloyd Mangrum (274). Runner up: Bobby Locke

1951: Marty Furgol (270). Runner up: Cary Middlecoff

1950: Sam Snead (282). Runner up: Jim Ferrier, E.J. Harrison

1949: Sam Snead (268). Runner up: Cary Middlecoff

1948: *Ben Hogan (281). Runner up: Ed Oliver

1947: Johnny Palmer (270). Runner up: Bobby Locke, Ed Oliver

1946: Ben Hogan (271). Runner up: Lloyd Mangrum

1945: Not Held. Runner up:

1944: Not Held. Runner up:

1943: Not Held. Runner up:

1942: Herman Barron (276). Runner up: Henry Picard

1941: Ed Oliver (275). Runner up: Ben Hogan, Byron Nelson

1940: *Jimmy Demaret (293). Runner up: Toney Penna

1939: Byron Nelson (281). Runner up: Lloyd Mangrum

1938: Ralph Guldahl (279). Runner up: Sam Snead

1937: *Ralph Guldahl (288). Runner up: Horton Smith

1936: Ralph Guldahl (274). Runner up: Ray Mangrum

1935: John Revolta (290). Runner up: Willie Goggin

1934: *Harry Cooper (274). Runner up: Ky Laffoon

1933: Mac Smith (282). Runner up: Tommy Armour

1932: Walter Hagen (287). Runner up: Olin Dutra

1931: Ed Dudley (280). Runner up: Walter Hagen

1930: Gene Sarazen (278). Runner up: Al Espinosa

1929: Tommy Armour (273). Runner up: Horton Smith

1928: Abe Espinosa (291). Runner up: Johnny Farrell

1927: Walter Hagen (281). Runner up: Al Espinosa, Bill Mehlhorn

1926: Walter Hagen (279). Runner up: Harry Cooper, Gene Sarazen

1925: Mac Smith (281). Runner up: Leo Diegel, Johnny Farrell, Emmet French, Walter Hagen, Bill Mehlhorn

1924: Bill Mehlhorn (293). Runner up: Al Watrous

1923: Jock Hutchinson (281). Runner up: Bobby Cruickshank

1922: Mike Brady (291). Runner up: Laurie Ayton, Jock Hutchison

1921: Walter Hagen (287). Runner up: Jock Hutchison

1920: Jock Hutchinson (296). Runner up: James Barnes, Clarence Hackney, Harry Hampton

1919: Jim Barnes (283). Runner up: Leo Diegel

1918: Not Held. Runner up:

1917: Jim Barnes (283). Runner up: Walter Hagen

1916: Walter Hagen (286). Runner up: Jock Hutchison, George Sargent

1915: Tom McNamara (304). Runner up: Alex Cunningham

1914: Jim Barnes (293). Runner up: Willie Kidd

1913: John McDermott (295). Runner up: Mike Brady

1912: Mac Smith (299). Runner up: Alex Robertson

1911: Robert Simpson (2 & 1). Runner up: Tom MacNamara

1910: Chick Evans, Jr. (6 & 5). Runner up: George Simpson

1909: Willie Anderson (288). Runner up: Stewart Gardner

1908: Willie Anderson (299). Runner up: Fred McCloud

1907: Robert Simpson (307). Runner up: Willie Anderson, Fred McCloud

1906: Alex Smith (306). Runner up: Jack Hobens

1905: Arthur Smith (278). Runner up: James Maiden

1904: Willie Anderson (304). Runner up: Alex Smith

1903: Alex Smith (318). Runner up: Laurie Auchterlonie, David Brown

1902: Willie Anderson (299). Runner up: Willie Smith

1901: Laurie Auchterlonie (160). Runner up: David Bell

1900: Not Held. Runner up:

1899: *Willie Smith (156). Runner up: Laurie Auchterlonie

* - Won in Playoff

# - Rain Shortened

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

Zach Johnson

2007: T-38

2008:

2009: 5th

2010: T-15

2011: T-31

2012: T-12

2013: Won

Jim Furyk

2007: T-14

2008: T-3

2009: T-2

2010: T-15

2011: T-22

2012: 9th

2013: 3rd

Hunter Mahan

2007: T-30

2008: T-8

2009: T-38

2010: T-37

2011: T-42

2012: 70th

2013: T-4

Jason Day

2007:

2008:

2009: T-59

2010: T-54

2011: T-49

2012:

2013: T-4

Charl Schwartzel

2007:

2008:

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2010:

2011: T-42

2012: T-28

2013: T-8

Matt Jones

2007:

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2010: T-37

2011:

2012:

2013: T-8

Ryan Moore

2007: T-18

2008:

2009: T-30

2010: T-3

2011: T-16

2012: T-10

2013: T-11

Jimmy Walker

2007:

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2011: T-22

2012: 64th

2013: T-11

Keegan Bradley

2007:

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2010:

2011: T-16

2012: T-59

2013: T-16

Jordan Spieth

2007:

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2013: T-16

Sergio Garcia

2007: 9th

2008: T-20

2009: T-6

2010:

2011: T-12

2012: T-24

2013: T-18

Billy Horschel

2007:

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2013: T-18

Chris Kirk

2007:

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2011: T-31

2012: T-12

2013: T-24

Bubba Watson

2007: T-18

2008: T-28

2009: T-15

2010: T-50

2011: T-53

2012: T-12

2013: T-24

Webb Simpson

2007:

2008:

2009: T-61

2010:

2011: 5th

2012: T-51

2013: T-24

Matt Kuchar

2007:

2008:

2009: T-10

2010: T-3

2011: T-22

2012: T-54

2013: T-24

Adam Scott

2007: 4th

2008: T-50

2009:

2010: T-15

2011: T-37

2012: T-6

2013: T-28

Phil Mickelson

2007:

2008: T-17

2009: T-30

2010: T-8

2011: T-56

2012: T-2

2013: T-33

Justin Rose

2007: T-5

2008:

2009:

2010: T-21

2011: Won

2012: T-16

2013: T-33

Henrik Stenson

2007: T-52

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2013: T-33

Rickie Fowler

2007:

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2010: T-45

2011: 48th

2012: T-41

2013: T-39

Russell Henley

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2013: T-39

Ernie Els

2007: T-18

2008: T-17

2009: T-38

2010: T-13

2011: T-42

2012: T-28

2013: T-51

Graeme McDowell

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2012: T-34

2013: T-57

Rory McIlroy

2007:

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2010: T-37

2011:

2012: Won

2013: T-59

Patrick Reed

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2013: T-59

Geoff Ogilvy

2007: T-61

2008: T-28

2009: T-55

2010: T-24

2011: 3rd

2012: T-28

2013:

Martin Kaymer

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Hideki Matsuyama

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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.

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