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PGA Tour BMW Championship

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Walter Hagen

Walter Hagen was a 5-time winner of the BMW Championship when it was known as the Western Open.

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About the BMW Championship:

The PGA Tour BMW Championship is the tournament traditionally known as the Western Open. It assumed the BMW Championship monicker beginning in 2007, when the event also became one of the four FedEx Cup "playoff" tournaments. This tournament is the oldest "regular" event on the PGA Tour, dating to 1899; only the majors U.S. Open and British Open are older. (This tournament should not be confused with the European Tour's BMW PGA Championship.)

2014 BMW Championship
• When: Sept. 4-7
• Where: Cherry Hills Country Club, Cherry Hills Village, Colorado

2013 Tournament
Zach Johnson shot 65 in the final round to win by two strokes over Nick Watney. Johnson finished at 16-under 268, earning the 10th victory of his PGA Tour career. Jim Furyk, who carded a 59 in the second round, finished in third place.

2012 BMW Championship
Rory McIlroy won for the second straight week and fourth time in 2012, claiming the BMW Championship by two strokes. McIlroy finished at 20-under-par 268, two ahead of runners-up Lee Westwood and Phil Mickelson, with Tiger Woods tied for fourth three behind. It was McIlroy's sixth career PGA Tour victory.

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PGA Tour BMW Championship Records:

  • Overall: 262 - Tiger Woods, 2007
  • 18-hole record: 59 - Jim Furyk, 2013

PGA Tour BMW Championship Golf Courses:

At various times in its history, the BMW Championship (nee Western Open) has rotated among courses in the Midwest and West, and at other times it has been based in the Chicago area. The two courses to host this event most often are:
  • Butler National Golf Club, Oak Brook, Ill.
  • Cog Hill Golf & Country Club, Dubsdread Course, Lemont, Ill.
However, dozens of other courses have hosted this event in its long history. The current model is for the PGA Tour BMW Championship to be played in Chicago every other year, and travel to another site in the Midwest in the intervening years.

PGA Tour BMW Championship Trivia and Notes:

  • The Western Open was first played in 1899, making it the second-oldest professional golf tournament in America after the U.S. Open.

  • In its first two years, this was a two-round tournament. It expanded to four rounds in 1902 (there was no tournament in 1900). Willie Smith was the first winner in 1899, and Willie Anderson the first winner of the event at 72 holes.

  • When Anderson won in 1902 with a score of 299, he was the first golfer break 300 for a 72-hole tournament in the U.S.

  • Walter Hagen and Tiger Woods hold the tournament record with five wins each.
  • Willie Anderson and Billy Casper won the Western Open four times each.

  • Four golfers have won the BMW Championship three times: Macdonald Smith (1912, 1925, 1933), Jim Barnes (1914, 1917, 1919), Ralph Guldahl (1936, 1937, 1938) and Tom Watson (1974, 1977, 1984).

  • A Women's Western Open was also played from 1930-67 and was considered a major championship.

  • Two amateurs have won this tournament, Chick Evans in 1910 and Scott Verplank in 1985.

  • At the 2013 tournament, Jim Furyk became the sixth golfer to shoot 59 in a PGA Tour round. He did so in the second round, but finished in third place.

PGA Tour BMW Championship - Past Winners:

(p-playoff; a-amateur; w-weather shortened)

BMW Championship
2013 - Zach Johnson, 268
2012 - Rory McIlroy, 268
2011 - Justin Rose, 271
2010 - Dustin Johnson, 275
2009 - Tiger Woods, 265
2008 - Camilo Villegas, 265
2007 - Tiger Woods, 262

Cialis Western Open
2006 - Trevor Immelman, 271
2005 - Jim Furyk, 270
2004 - Stephen Ames, 274

100th Western Open
2003 - Tiger Woods, 267

Advil Western Open
2002 - Jerry Kelly, 269
2001 - Scott Hoch, 267
2000 - Robert Allenby-p, 274

Motorola Western Open
1999 - Tiger Woods, 273
1998 - Joe Durant, 271
1997 - Tiger Woods, 275
1996 - Steve Stricker, 270
1995 - Billy Mayfair, 279
1994 - Nick Price, 277

Sprint Western Open
1993 - Nick Price, 269

Centel Western Open
1992 - Ben Crenshaw, 276
1991 - Russ Cochran, 275
1990 - Wayne Levi, 275

Beatrice Western Open
1989 - Mark McCumber-p, 275
1988 - Jim Benepe, 278
1987 - D.A. Weibring-w, 207
1986 - Tom Kite-p, 286

Western Open
1985 - Scott Verplank-p-a, 279
1984 - Tom Watson-p, 280
1983 - Mark McCumber, 284
1982 - Tom Weiskopf, 276
1981 - Ed Fiori, 277
1980 - Scott Simpson, 281
1979 - Larry Nelson-p, 286
1978 - Andy Bean-p, 282
1977 - Tom Watson, 283
1976 - Al Geiberger, 288
1975 - Hale Irwin, 283
1974 - Tom Watson, 287
1973 - Billy Casper, 272
1972 - Jim Jamieson, 271
1971 - Bruce Crampton, 279
1970 - Hugh Royer, 273
1969 - Billy Casper, 276
1968 - Jack Nicklaus, 273
1967 - Jack Nicklaus, 274
1966 - Billy Casper, 283
1965 - Billy Casper, 270
1964 - Chi Chi Rodriguez, 268
1963 - Arnold Palmer-p, 280
1962 - Jacky Cupit, 281
1961 - Arnold Palmer, 271
1960 - Stan Leonard-p, 278
1959 - Mike Souchak, 272
1958 - Doug Sanders, 275
1957 - Doug Ford-p, 279
1956 - Mike Fetchick-p, 284
1955 - Cary Middlecoff, 272
1954 - Lloyd Mangrum-p, 277
1953 - Dutch Harrison, 278
1952 - Lloyd Mangrum, 274
1951 - Marty Furgol, 270
1950 - Sam Snead, 282
1949 - Sam Snead, 268
1948 - Ben Hogan-p, 281
1947 - Johnny Palmer, 270
1946 - Ben Hogan, 271
1943-45 - No Tournament
1942 - Herman Barron, 276
1940 - Jimmy Demaret-p, 293
1939 - Byron Nelson, 281
1938 - Ralph Guldahl, 279
1937 - Ralph Guldahl-p, 288
1936 - Ralph Guldahl, 274
1935 - John Revolta, 290
1934 - Harry Cooper-p, 274
1933 - Macdonald Smith, 282
1932 - Walter Hagen, 287
1931 - Ed Dudley, 280
1930 - Gene Sarazen, 278
1929 - Tommy Armour, 273
1928 - Abe Espinosa, 291
1927 - Walter Hagen, 281
1926 - Walter Hagen, 279
1925 - Macdonald Smith, 281
1924 - Bill Mehlhorn, 293
1923 - Jock Hutchison, 281
1922 - Mike Brady, 291
1921 - Walter Hagen, 287
1920 - Jock Hutchison, 296
1919 - Jim Barnes, 283
1918 - No Tournament
1917 - Jim Barnes, 283
1916 - Walter Hagen, 286
1915 - Tom McNamara, 304
1914 - Jim Barnes, 293
1913 - John McDermott, 295
1912 - Macdonald Smith, 299
1911 - Robert Simpson def. Tom MacNamara, 2 and 1
1910 - Charles Evans Jr.-a def. George Simpson, 6 and 5
1909 - Willie Anderson, 288
1908 - Willie Anderson, 299
1907 - Robert Simpson, 307
1906 - Alex Smith, 306
1905 - Arthur Smith, 278
1904 - Willie Anderson, 304
1903 - Alex Smith, 318
1902 - Willie Anderson, 299
1901 - Laurie Auchterlonie, 160
1900 - No Tournament
1899 - Willie Smith-p, 156

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