BMW Championship (PGA Tour)

The BMW Championship is a professional golf tournament which is the penultimate FedEx Cup playoff event 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] The BMW Championship is the longest running regular PGA Tour event on the calendar outside of the four major tournaments.

BMW Championship
Tournament information
LocationDenver, Colorado
Course(s)Castle Pines Golf Club
Length7,366 yards (6,735 m)
Tour(s)PGA Tour
FormatStroke play
Prize fundUS$20,000,000
Month playedAugust
Tournament record score
Aggregate260 Keegan Bradley (2018)
260 Justin Rose (2018)
To par−27 Patrick Cantlay (2021)
−27 Bryson DeChambeau (2021)
Current champion
Norway Viktor Hovland
Location map
Olympia Fields CC is located in the United States
Olympia Fields CC
Olympia Fields CC
Location in the United States
Olympia Fields CC is located in Illinois
Olympia Fields CC
Olympia Fields CC
Location in Illinois

Western Open


The Western Open was first played 125 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 Chicago area. 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. The BMW Championship is part of the FedEx Cup Playoffs, and only the leading FedEx Cup points earners at the start of the BMW event are eligible to play.

Tournament format


The BMW Championship is open to the leading FedEx Cup points earners on the PGA Tour following the FedEx St. Jude Championship. Through 2022, the top 70 players were qualified, after which it was reduced to the top 50. With a limited field, there is no 36-hole cut. The top 30 in the FedEx Cup points list following the BMW Championship advance to The Tour Championship, where the FedEx Cup champion is decided.[2]


Year Winner Score To par Margin of
Runner(s)-up Purse
share ($)
2023   Viktor Hovland 263 −17 2 strokes   Matt Fitzpatrick
  Scottie Scheffler
20,000,000 3,600,000 Olympia Fields
2022   Patrick Cantlay (2) 270 −14 1 stroke   Scott Stallings 15,000,000 2,700,000 Wilmington
2021   Patrick Cantlay 261 −27 Playoff   Bryson DeChambeau 9,500,000 1,710,000 Caves Valley
2020   Jon Rahm 276 −4 Playoff   Dustin Johnson 9,500,000 1,710,000 Olympia Fields
2019   Justin Thomas 263 −25 3 strokes   Patrick Cantlay 9,250,000 1,665,000 Medinah
2018   Keegan Bradley 260 −20 Playoff   Justin Rose 9,000,000 1,620,000 Aronimink
2017   Marc Leishman 261 −23 5 strokes   Rickie Fowler
  Justin Rose
8,750,000 1,575,000 Conway Farms
2016   Dustin Johnson (2) 265 −23 3 strokes   Paul Casey 8,500,000 1,530,000 Crooked Stick
2015   Jason Day 262 −22 6 strokes   Daniel Berger 8,250,000 1,485,000 Conway Farms
2014   Billy Horschel 266 −14 2 strokes   Bubba Watson 8,000,000 1,440,000 Cherry Hills
2013   Zach Johnson 268 −16 2 strokes   Nick Watney 8,000,000 1,440,000 Conway Farms
2012   Rory McIlroy 268 −20 2 strokes   Phil Mickelson
  Lee Westwood
8,000,000 1,440,000 Crooked Stick
2011   Justin Rose 271 −13 2 strokes   John Senden 8,000,000 1,440,000 Cog Hill
2010   Dustin Johnson 275 −9 1 stroke   Paul Casey 7,500,000 1,350,000 Cog Hill
2009   Tiger Woods (5) 265 −19 8 strokes   Jim Furyk
  Marc Leishman
7,500,000 1,350,000 Cog Hill
2008   Camilo Villegas 265 −15 2 strokes   Dudley Hart 7,000,000 1,260,000 Bellerive
2007   Tiger Woods (4) 262 −22 2 strokes   Aaron Baddeley 7,000,000 1,260,000 Cog Hill

Host venues


Unlike the two other FedEx Cup Playoff events (the FedEx St. Jude, like the regular-field event of the same name that preceded it, is always at TPC Southwind in Memphis, Tennessee, while the Tour Championship has settled at East Lake Golf Club in Atlanta initially due to a sponsorship agreement with Coca-Cola), the BMW Championship has had no fixed home throughout its history. While the tournament has been played four times at Cog Hill (the "spiritual home" of the old Western Open) and seven times total in Chicagoland, the tournament has made stops elsewhere in the Midwest, namely the Indianapolis, Denver, and St. Louis areas. Due to the full-time move of the first FedEx Cup event, formerly known as The Northern Trust and played on the Eastern Seaboard, to Memphis, the BMW has also begun to visit courses back East which were formerly part of the Northern Trust rotation as well.

Venue Location First Last Times
Cog Hill Golf & Country Club Lemont, Illinois 2007 2011 4
Conway Farms Golf Club Lake Forest, Illinois 2013 2017 3
Crooked Stick Golf Club Carmel, Indiana 2012 2016 2
Olympia Fields Country Club (North Course) Olympia Fields, Illinois 2020 2023 2
Bellerive Country Club Town and Country, Missouri 2008 2008 1
Cherry Hills Country Club Cherry Hills Village, Colorado 2014 2014 1
Aronimink Golf Club Newtown Square, Pennsylvania 2018 2018 1
Medinah Country Club (Course 3) Medinah, Illinois 2019 2019 1
Caves Valley Golf Club Owings Mills, Maryland 2021 2021 1
Wilmington Country Club Wilmington, Delaware 2022 2022 1

Future sites

Year Course Location
2024 Castle Pines Golf Club Castle Rock, Colorado
2025 Caves Valley Golf Club Owings Mills, Maryland
2026 Bellerive Country Club Town and Country, Missouri


  1. ^ "2013 BMW Championship Earns PGA Tour's Tournament of the Year Honor" (Press release). BMW Group. October 12, 2013.
  2. ^ "FedEx Cup 101". PGA Tour. Retrieved September 7, 2014.
  3. ^ "Wilmington Country Club to host 2022 BMW Championship". BMW Championship. November 17, 2020.
  4. ^ "BMW Championship | 2023 Priority Ticket Program". BMW Championship. Retrieved May 4, 2022.

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