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]

BMW Championship
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Tournament information
LocationOlympia Fields, Illinois (2020)
Course(s)Olympia Fields Country Club
North Course
Length7,343 yards (6,714 m) in 2020
Tour(s)PGA Tour
FormatStroke play
Prize fund$9.5 million
Month playedAugust
Tournament record score
Aggregate260 Keegan Bradley (2018)
260 Justin Rose (2018)
To par−25 Justin Thomas (2019)
Current champion
Spain Jon Rahm
Olympia Fields is located in the United States
Olympia Fields
Location in the United States in 2020

Tournament formatEdit

The BMW Championship is open to the top 70 PGA Tour golfers following The Northern Trust. With only seventy players in the field, there is no 36-hole cut. FedEx Cup points amassed during the regular PGA Tour season and then during The Northern Trust determine the participants. The top 30 FedEx Cup points leaders following the BMW Championship advance to final playoff event, 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]

The 2015 BMW Championship was played at the Conway Farms Golf Club in Lake Forest, Illinois; Jason Day scored a personal record of 61 (−10) during the first round[4] and won the event with a score of −22. The 2016 edition returned to Crooked Stick near Indianapolis, where Dustin Johnson won with a score of −23.[5] Aussie Marc Leishman cruised to victory at the 2017 BMW Championship at Conway Farms Golf Club in Lake Forest, Illinois.

Western OpenEdit

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

The Western Open was first played 121 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 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
Runner(s)-up Course Location Purse ($) Winner's
share ($)
2020 Jon Rahm   Spain 276 −4 Playoff   Dustin Johnson Olympia Fields Country Club, North Course Olympia Fields, Illinois 9,500,000 1,710,000
2019 Justin Thomas   United States 263 −25 3 strokes   Patrick Cantlay Medinah Country Club, Course 3 Medinah, Illinois 9,250,000 1,665,000
2018 Keegan Bradley   United States 260 −20 Playoff   Justin Rose Aronimink Golf Club Newtown Square, Pennsylvania 9,000,000 1,620,000
2017 Marc Leishman   Australia 261 −23 5 strokes   Rickie Fowler
  Justin Rose
Conway Farms Golf Club Lake Forest, Illinois 8,750,000 1,575,000
2016 Dustin Johnson (2)   United States 265 −23 3 strokes   Paul Casey Crooked Stick Golf Club Carmel, Indiana 8,500,000 1,530,000
2015 Jason Day   Australia 262 −22 6 strokes   Daniel Berger Conway Farms Golf Club Lake Forest, Illinois 8,250,000 1,485,000
2014 Billy Horschel   United States 266 −14 2 strokes   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   Nick Watney Conway Farms Golf Club Lake Forest, Illinois 8,000,000 1,440,000
2012 Rory McIlroy   Northern Ireland 268 −20 2 strokes   Phil Mickelson
  Lee Westwood
Crooked Stick Golf Club Carmel, Indiana 8,000,000 1,440,000
2011 Justin Rose   England 271 −13 2 strokes   John Senden Cog Hill Golf & Country Club Lemont, Illinois 8,000,000 1,440,000
2010 Dustin Johnson   United States 275 −9 1 stroke   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   Jim Furyk
  Marc Leishman
Cog Hill Golf & Country Club Lemont, Illinois 7,500,000 1,350,000
2008 Camilo Villegas   Colombia 265 −15 2 strokes   Dudley Hart Bellerive Country Club Town and Country, Missouri 7,000,000 1,260,000
2007 Tiger Woods   United States 262 −22 2 strokes   Aaron Baddeley Cog Hill Golf & Country Club Lemont, Illinois 7,000,000 1,260,000

Future sitesEdit

Year Course Location
2021 Caves Valley Golf Club Owings Mills, Maryland


  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. ^ "Cherry Hills to host 2014 BMW Championship". PGA Tour. April 12, 2011.
  4. ^ Martin, Sean (September 18, 2015). "Day's 59 bid comes up short, leads by four". PGA Tour.
  5. ^ "Dustin Johnson wins BMW Championship with talent that's 'jaw-dropping to watch'". Golf Digest. September 11, 2016.

External linksEdit

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