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The Western Open was a professional golf tournament in the United States, for most of its history an event on the PGA Tour. The tournament's founding in 1899 actually pre-dated the start of the Tour, which is generally dated from 1916, the year the PGA of America was founded. The Western Open, organized by the Western Golf Association, was first played in September 1899 at the Glen View Club in Golf, Illinois the week preceding the U.S. Open. At the time of its final edition in 2006, it was the third-oldest active PGA Tour tournament, after the British Open (1860) and U.S. Open (1895). The tournament was held a total of 103 times over the course of 108 years. The event was not held in 1900, nor in 1918 because of World War I, and not from 1943-1945 because of World War II. Golfers from the United States won the tournament 77 times, and players from Scotland won it 15 times. Walter Hagen had the most victories with five wins, and 17 other players won the event at least twice. Two amateurs also won the tournament: Chick Evans in 1910 and Scott Verplank in 1985.

Western Open
LocationChicago metropolitan area
(1962–2006)
Established1899
Course(s)Cog Hill Golf & Country Club,
Dubsdread Course
(1991–2006)
Par71 in 2006
Length7,326 yards (6,699 m)[1]
Organized byWestern Golf Association
Tour(s)PGA Tour
Prize fund$5 million (2006)[1]
$150 (1899)
Final year2006
Defunctrenamed BMW Championship
in 2007
South Africa Trevor Immelman
Cog Hill G&CC is located in the United States
Cog Hill G&CC
Cog Hill
G&CC
Tournament location in the United States from 1991 - 2006
Cog Hill G&CC is located in Illinois
Cog Hill G&CC
Cog Hill
G&CC
Location in Illinois

Beginning in 2007, the Western Open was renamed the BMW Championship, part of the FedEx Cup playoff series, and played with the PGA Tour's point system as the sole qualification standard. It is no longer open to amateurs.

Title sponsorship was introduced in 1987, and included Beatrice, Centel, Sprint, Motorola, Advil, Golf Digest, and Cialis.

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HistoryEdit

The Western Open, founded and run by the Western Golf Association, was first played in 1899 in Illinois at the Glen View Club in Golf, a northern suburb of Chicago[2] Like the U.S. Open, in its early days it was almost exclusively won by immigrant golf professionals from the British Isles, most of whom gained full citizenship to the United States. In its early decades it was widely regarded as one of the premier golf tournaments in the USA, along with other notables of the day like the North and South Open, the PGA Championship and the Shawnee Open.

The Western Golf Association was, in some ways, and for some years, something of a rival to the United States Golf Association, especially in the midwestern and western sections of the country.[3]

From the event's inception through 1961, it was played at a variety of midwestern locations, as well as places such as Arizona (Phoenix), Utah (Salt Lake City) and California (San Francisco, Los Angeles). In 1923, it was held in Tennessee at the Colonial Country Club in Memphis.[2]

Beginning in 1962, the Western Open settled within the Chicago metropolitan area and was held at a variety of courses through 1973. In 1974, it found an annual home at the Butler National Golf Club in Oak Brook, a western suburb. It was played here through 1990, when the PGA Tour adopted a policy of holding events only at clubs which allowed minorities and women to be members.[4][5] It moved in 1991 to Cog Hill Golf & Country Club in Lemont, southwest of Chicago.[4][6] A 72-hole public complex, its Dubsdread Course hosted the Western Open for sixteen editions, through 2006.[2]

In 1899, the prize fund was $150, and Willie Smith's winner's share was fifty dollars. The purse in 2006 was $5 million, with $900,000 to the final winner, Trevor Immelman.

During the second round of the 1975 tournament, Lee Trevino and Jerry Heard were struck by lightning on the 13th green of Butler National while waiting out a rain delay.[7][8][9] Also struck at other parts of the course were Bobby Nichols, Jim Ahern, and Tony Jacklin.[10][11][12]

BMW ChampionshipEdit

In 2007, the Western Open was renamed—and changed in terms of invitational criteria—to the BMW Championship, part of the four-event FedEx Cup Playoff Series. The Western Golf Association continues to run the tournament. The BMW Championship is played the weekend after Labor Day, and is the last FedEx Cup playoff event before The Tour Championship.

WinnersEdit

Year Player Country Score To par Margin
of victory
Runner(s)-up Venue Location
Cialis Western Open
2006 Trevor Immelman   South Africa 271 −13 2 strokes   Mathew Goggin
  Tiger Woods
Cog Hill Golf & Country Club Lemont, Illinois
2005 Jim Furyk   United States 270 −14 2 strokes   Tiger Woods Cog Hill Golf & Country Club Lemont, Illinois
2004 Stephen Ames   Trinidad and Tobago 274 −10 2 strokes   Steve Lowery Cog Hill Golf & Country Club Lemont, Illinois
100th Western Open presented by Golf Digest
2003 Tiger Woods (3)   United States 267 −21 5 strokes   Rich Beem Cog Hill Golf & Country Club Lemont, Illinois
Advil Western Open
2002 Jerry Kelly   United States 269 −19 2 strokes   Davis Love III Cog Hill Golf & Country Club Lemont, Illinois
2001 Scott Hoch   United States 267 −21 1 stroke   Davis Love III Cog Hill Golf & Country Club Lemont, Illinois
2000 Robert Allenby   Australia 274 −14 Playoff   Nick Price Cog Hill Golf & Country Club Lemont, Illinois
Motorola Western Open
1999 Tiger Woods (2)   United States 273 −15 3 strokes   Mike Weir Cog Hill Golf & Country Club Lemont, Illinois
1998 Joe Durant   United States 271 −17 2 strokes   Vijay Singh Cog Hill Golf & Country Club Lemont, Illinois
1997 Tiger Woods   United States 275 −13 3 strokes   Frank Nobilo Cog Hill Golf & Country Club Lemont, Illinois
1996 Steve Stricker   United States 270 −18 8 strokes   Billy Andrade
  Jay Don Blake
Cog Hill Golf & Country Club Lemont, Illinois
1995 Billy Mayfair   United States 279 −9 1 stroke   Jay Haas
  Justin Leonard
  Jeff Maggert
  Scott Simpson
Cog Hill Golf & Country Club Lemont, Illinois
1994 Nick Price (2)   Zimbabwe 277 −11 1 stroke   Greg Kraft Cog Hill Golf & Country Club Lemont, Illinois
Sprint Western Open
1993 Nick Price   Zimbabwe 269 −19 5 strokes   Greg Norman Cog Hill Golf & Country Club Lemont, Illinois
Centel Western Open
1992 Ben Crenshaw   United States 276 −12 1 stroke   Greg Norman Cog Hill Golf & Country Club Lemont, Illinois
1991 Russ Cochran   United States 275 −13 2 strokes   Greg Norman Cog Hill Golf & Country Club Lemont, Illinois
1990 Wayne Levi   United States 275 −13 4 strokes   Payne Stewart Butler National Golf Club Oak Brook, Illinois
Beatrice Western Open
1989 Mark McCumber (2)   United States 275 −13 Playoff   Peter Jacobsen Butler National Golf Club Oak Brook, Illinois
1988 Jim Benepe   United States 278 −10 1 stroke   Peter Jacobsen Butler National Golf Club Oak Brook, Illinois
1987 D. A. Weibring   United States 207 −9 1 stroke   Larry Nelson
  Greg Norman
Butler National Golf Club Oak Brook, Illinois
Western Open
1986 Tom Kite   United States 286 −2 Playoff   Fred Couples
  David Frost
  Nick Price
Butler National Golf Club Oak Brook, Illinois
1985 Scott Verplank (a)   United States 279 −9 Playoff   Jim Thorpe Butler National Golf Club Oak Brook, Illinois
1984 Tom Watson (3)   United States 280 −8 Playoff   Greg Norman Butler National Golf Club Oak Brook, Illinois
1983 Mark McCumber   United States 284 −4 1 stroke   Tom Watson Butler National Golf Club Oak Brook, Illinois
1982 Tom Weiskopf   United States 276 −12 1 stroke   Larry Nelson Butler National Golf Club Oak Brook, Illinois
1981 Ed Fiori   United States 277 −11 4 strokes   Jim Colbert
  Greg Powers
  Jim Simons
Butler National Golf Club Oak Brook, Illinois
1980 Scott Simpson   United States 281 −7 5 strokes   Andy Bean Butler National Golf Club Oak Brook, Illinois
1979 Larry Nelson   United States 286 −2 Playoff   Ben Crenshaw Butler National Golf Club Oak Brook, Illinois
1978 Andy Bean   United States 282 −6 Playoff   Bill Rogers Butler National Golf Club Oak Brook, Illinois
1977 Tom Watson (2)   United States 283 −5 1 stroke   Wally Armstrong
  Johnny Miller
Butler National Golf Club Oak Brook, Illinois
1976 Al Geiberger   United States 288 +4 1 stroke   Joe Porter Butler National Golf Club Oak Brook, Illinois
1975 Hale Irwin   United States 283 −1 1 stroke   Bobby Cole Butler National Golf Club Oak Brook, Illinois
1974 Tom Watson   United States 287 +3 2 strokes   J. C. Snead
  Tom Weiskopf
Butler National Golf Club Oak Brook, Illinois
1973 Billy Casper (4)   United States 272 −12 1 stroke   Larry Hinson
  Hale Irwin
Midlothian Country Club Midlothian, Illinois
1972 Jim Jamieson   United States 271 −13 6 strokes   Labron Harris, Jr. Sunset Ridge Country Club Northfield, Illinois
1971 Bruce Crampton   Australia 279 −5 2 strokes   Bobby Nichols Olympia Fields Country Club Olympia Fields, Illinois
1970 Hugh Royer, Jr.   United States 273 −11 1 stroke   Dale Douglass Beverly Country Club Chicago, Illinois
1969 Billy Casper (3)   United States 276 −8 4 strokes   Rocky Thompson Midlothian Country Club Midlothian, Illinois
1968 Jack Nicklaus (2)   United States 273 −11 3 strokes   Miller Barber Olympia Fields Country Club Olympia Fields, Illinois
1967 Jack Nicklaus   United States 274 −10 2 strokes   Doug Sanders Beverly Country Club Chicago, Illinois
1966 Billy Casper (2)   United States 283 −1 3 strokes   Gay Brewer Medinah Country Club Medinah, Illinois
1965 Billy Casper   United States 270 −14 2 strokes   Jack McGowan
  Chi-Chi Rodríguez
Tam O'Shanter Country Club Niles, Illinois
1964 Chi-Chi Rodríguez   United States 268 −16 1 stroke   Arnold Palmer Tam O'Shanter Country Club Niles, Illinois
1963 Arnold Palmer (2)   United States 280 −4 Playoff   Julius Boros
  Jack Nicklaus
Beverly Country Club Chicago, Illinois
1962 Jacky Cupit   United States 281 −3 2 strokes   Billy Casper Medinah Country Club Medinah, Illinois
1961 Arnold Palmer   United States 271 −13 2 strokes   Sam Snead Blythefield Country Club Belmont, Michigan
1960 Stan Leonard   Canada 278 −10 Playoff   Art Wall, Jr. Western Golf & Country Club Redford, Michigan
1959 Mike Souchak   United States 272 −8 1 stroke   Arnold Palmer Pittsburgh Field Club Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
1958 Doug Sanders   United States 275 −13 1 stroke   Dow Finsterwald Red Run Golf Club Royal Oak, Michigan
1957 Doug Ford   United States 279 −5 Playoff   George Bayer
  Gene Littler
  Billy Maxwell
Plum Hollow Country Club Southfield, Michigan
1956 Mike Fetchick   United States 284 −4 Playoff   Doug Ford
  Jay Hebert
  Don January
Presidio Golf Club San Francisco, California
1955 Cary Middlecoff   United States 272 −16 2 strokes   Mike Souchak Portland Golf Club Portland, Oregon
1954 Lloyd Mangrum (2)   United States 277 −7 Playoff   Ted Kroll Kenwood Country Club Cincinnati, Ohio
1953 Dutch Harrison   United States 278 −2 4 strokes   Ed Furgol
  Fred Haas
  Lloyd Mangrum
Bellerive Country Club Saint Louis, Missouri
1952 Lloyd Mangrum   United States 274 −6 8 strokes   Bobby Locke Westwood Country Club Saint Louis, Missouri
1951 Marty Furgol   United States 270 −10 1 stroke   Cary Middlecoff Davenport Country Club Pleasant Valley, Iowa
1950 Sam Snead (2)   United States 282 −2 1 stroke   Jim Ferrier
  Dutch Harrison
Brentwood Country Club Los Angeles, California
1949 Sam Snead   United States 268 −20 4 strokes   Cary Middlecoff Keller Golf Course Saint Paul, Minnesota
1948 Ben Hogan (2)   United States 281 −7 Playoff   Ed Oliver Brookfield Country Club Clarence, New York
1947 Johnny Palmer   United States 270 −18 1 stroke   Bobby Locke
  Ed Oliver
Salt Lake City Country Club Salt Lake City, Utah
1946 Ben Hogan   United States 271 −17 4 strokes   Lloyd Mangrum Sunset Country Club Saint Louis, Missouri
1943-45: Cancelled due to World War II
1942 Herman Barron   United States 276 −8 2 strokes   Henry Picard Phoenix Golf Club Phoenix, Arizona
1941 Ed Oliver   United States 275 −9 3 strokes   Ben Hogan
  Byron Nelson
Phoenix Golf Club Phoenix, Arizona
1940 Jimmy Demaret   United States 293 +9 Playoff   Toney Penna River Oaks Country Club Houston, Texas
1939 Byron Nelson   United States 281 −2 1 stroke   Lloyd Mangrum Medinah Country Club Medinah, Illinois
1938 Ralph Guldahl (3)   United States 279 −5 7 strokes   Sam Snead Westwood Country Club Saint Louis, Missouri
1937 Ralph Guldahl (2)   United States 288 E Playoff   Horton Smith Canterbury Golf Club Beachwood, Ohio
1936 Ralph Guldahl   United States 274 −10 3 strokes   Ray Mangrum Davenport Country Club Pleasant Valley, Iowa
1935 Johnny Revolta   United States 290 +6 4 strokes   Willie Goggin South Bend Country Club South Bend, Indiana
1934 Harry Cooper   England 274 −14 Playoff   Ky Laffoon Country Club of Peoria Peoria Heights, Illinois
1933 Macdonald Smith (3)   Scotland 282 E 6 strokes   Tommy Armour Olympia Fields Country Club Olympia Fields, Illinois
1932 Walter Hagen (5)   United States 287 −1 1 stroke   Olin Dutra Canterbury Golf Club Beachwood, Ohio
1931 Ed Dudley   United States 280 −4 4 strokes   Walter Hagen Miami Valley Golf Club Dayton, Ohio
1930 Gene Sarazen   United States 278 −10 7 strokes   Al Espinosa Indianwood Golf & Country Club Lake Orion, Michigan
1929 Tommy Armour   United States 273 −7 8 strokes   Horton Smith Ozaukee Country Club Mequon, Wisconsin
1928 Abe Espinosa   United States 291 +3 3 strokes   Johnny Farrell North Shore Country Club Glenview, Illinois
1927 Walter Hagen (4)   United States 281 −1 4 strokes   Al Espinosa
  Bill Mehlhorn
Olympia Fields Country Club Olympia Fields, Illinois
1926 Walter Hagen (3)   United States 279 −1 9 strokes   Harry Cooper
  Gene Sarazen
Highland Golf & Country Club Indianapolis, Indiana
1925 Macdonald Smith (2)   Scotland 281 −7 6 strokes   Leo Diegel
  Johnny Farrell
  Emmet French
  Walter Hagen
  Bill Mehlhorn
Youngstown Country Club Youngstown, Ohio
1924 Bill Mehlhorn   United States 293 +5 8 strokes   Al Watrous Calumet Country Club Homewood, Illinois
1923 Jock Hutchison (2)   Scotland 281 −3 6 strokes   Bobby Cruickshank
  Leo Diegel
  Walter Hagen
  Joe Kirkwood, Sr.
Colonial Country Club Cordova, Tennessee
1922 Mike Brady   United States 291 +3 10 strokes   Laurie Ayton, Snr
  Jock Hutchison
Oakland Hills Country Club Bloomfield Hills, Michigan
1921 Walter Hagen (2)   United States 287 +3 5 strokes   Jock Hutchison Oakwood Club Cleveland Heights, Ohio
1920 Jock Hutchison   Scotland 296 +4 1 stroke   Jim Barnes
  Clarence Hackney
  Harry Hampton
Olympia Fields Country Club Olympia Fields, Illinois
1919 Jim Barnes (3)   England 283 +3 3 strokes   Leo Diegel Mayfield Country Club Lyndhurst, Ohio
1918 Cancelled due to World War I
1917 Jim Barnes (2)   England 283 −5 2 strokes   Walter Hagen Westmoreland Country Club Wilmette, Illinois
1916 Walter Hagen   United States 286 −2 1 stroke   Jock Hutchison
  George Sargent
Blue Mound Golf & Country Club Milwaukee, Wisconsin
1915 Tom McNamara   United States 304 +4 2 strokes   Alex Cunningham Glen Oak Golf Club Glen Ellyn, Illinois
1914 Jim Barnes   England 293 −3 1 stroke   Willie Kidd Interlachen Country Club Edina, Minnesota
1913 John McDermott   United States 295 −1 7 strokes   Mike Brady Memphis Country Club Memphis, Tennessee
1912 Macdonald Smith   Scotland 299 +11 3 strokes   Alex Robertson Idlewild Country Club Flossmoor, Illinois
1911 Bobby Simpson (2)   Scotland n/a n/a 2 & 1   Tom McNamara Kent Country Club Grand Rapids, Michigan
1910 Chick Evans (a)   United States n/a n/a 6 & 5   George Simpson Beverly Country Club Chicago, Illinois
1909 Willie Anderson (4)   Scotland 288 9 strokes   Stewart Gardner Skokie Country Club Glencoe, Illinois
1908 Willie Anderson (3)   Scotland 299 1 stroke   Fred McLeod Normandie Golf Club Saint Louis, Missouri
1907 Bobby Simpson   Scotland 307 2 strokes   Willie Anderson
  Fred McLeod
Hinsdale Golf Club Clarendon Hills, Illinois
1906 Alex Smith (2)   Scotland 306 3 strokes   Jack Hobens Homewood Country Club Flossmoor, Illinois
1905 Arthur Smith   United States 278 2 strokes   James Maiden Cincinnati Golf Club Cincinnati, Ohio
1904 Willie Anderson (2)   Scotland 304 4 strokes   Alex Smith Kent Country Club Grand Rapids, Michigan
1903 Alex Smith   Scotland 318 2 strokes   Laurie Auchterlonie
  David Brown
Milwaukee Country Club River Hills, Wisconsin
1902 Willie Anderson   Scotland 299 5 strokes   Willie Smith
  Bert Way
Euclid Club Cleveland Heights, Ohio
1901 Laurie Auchterlonie   Scotland 160 2 strokes   David Bell Midlothian Country Club Midlothian, Illinois
1900 No tournament
1899 Willie Smith   Scotland 156 Playoff   Laurie Auchterlonie Glen View Club Golf, Illinois

(a)=amateur golfer

ReferencesEdit

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  2. ^ a b c Lis, Walter (September 6, 2011). "Western Open Golf Tournament". ChicagoGolfReport.com. Retrieved June 11, 2016.
  3. ^ "History of the PGA Tour", by Al Barkow, 1989.
  4. ^ a b Hanley, Reid (September 12, 1990). "Western moves to Cog Hill". Chicago Tribune. p. 3, sec. 4.
  5. ^ "Western to move to Cog Hill". Los Angeles Times. Associated Press. September 12, 1990. Retrieved March 8, 2017.
  6. ^ Green, Bob (July 4, 1991). "Norman's entry helps Western". The Item. (Sumter, South Carolina). Associated Press. p. 3B.
  7. ^ Husar, John; Jauss, Bill (June 28, 1975). "Lightning fells 3 at Western Open". Chicago Tribune. p. 1, sec. 1.
  8. ^ Husar, John (June 29, 1975). "Heard may still play in Western". Chicago Tribune. p. 6, sec. 3.
  9. ^ "Trevino's survival a minor miracle". Eugene Register-Guard. (Oregon). Associated Press. June 29, 1975. p. 1B.
  10. ^ "Trevino, two others survive lightning bolts". Eugene Register-Guard. (Oregon). Associated Press. June 28, 1975. p. 1B.
  11. ^ "Lightning hits Trevino, 4 other golfers". Milwaukee Journal. press dispatches. June 28, 1975. p. 11.
  12. ^ "Lightning is a big shocker for 3 golfers". Miami News. Chicago Daily News Service. June 28, 1975. p. 3B.

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