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PGA - BMW Championship Preview
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DATES: Thursday, September 10th through Sunday, September 13th
SITE: Cog Hill Golf & Country Club (Dubsdread Course), Lemont, Illinois
COURSE ARCHITECT: Dick Wilson and Joe Lee (1964), Rees Jones (2008 - redesign)
PAR: 71
YARDAGE: 7,326
Hole-By-Hole:1 - Par 4 455 yds10 - Par 4 380 yds
2 - Par 3 180 yds11 - Par 5 564 yds
3 - Par 4 424 yds12 - Par 3 220 yds
4 - Par 4 434 yds13 - Par 4 482 yds
5 - Par 4 480 yds14 - Par 3 192 yds
6 - Par 3 242 yds15 - Par 5 519 yds
7 - Par 4 425 yds16 - Par 4 445 yds
8 - Par 4 384 yds17 - Par 4 420 yds
9 - Par 5 600 yds18 - Par 4 480 yds
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35 3,624 yds36 3,702 yds
 
Annual:  106th
Television:  Golf Channel - Thursday/Friday -- 3-6 p.m. (et),
  Thursday/Friday -- 8:30-11:30 p.m. (et) - replay,
  NBC - Saturday -- 3-6 p.m. (et),
  Sunday -- 2-6 p.m. (et)
Defending Champion:  Camilo Villegas
Runner-Up:  Dudley Hart
Tournament Record:  262 (Tiger Woods, 2007)
54-Hole Record:  197 (Camilo Villegas, 2008)
36-Hole Record:  131 (Camilo Villegas, 2008)
18-Hole Record:  62 (Jim Furyk, 2008 - Bellerive Country Club)
Course Record:  63 (Tiger Woods, 2003, 2007)
Total Purse:  $7,500,000
Shares:  1st Place - $1,350,000; 2nd Place - $810,000; 3rd Place - $510,000
 
2008 Finish
PlayerScorePlayerScore
Camilo Villegas265K.J. Choi269
Dudley Hart267D.J. Trahan269
Jim Furyk268Tim Clark270
Anthony Kim268Hunter Mahan270
Stephen Ames269Three players at271
 
Past BMW Championship Winners
YearWinner (Score) -- Runners-Up
2008Camilo Villegas (265) -- Dudley Hart
2007Tiger Woods (262) -- Aaron Baddeley
2006Trevor Immelman (271) -- Matthew Goggin, Tiger Woods
2005Jim Furyk (270) -- Tiger Woods
2004Stephen Ames (274) -- Steve Lowery
2003Tiger Woods (267) -- Rich Beem
2002Jerry Kelly (269) -- Davis Love III
2001Scott Hoch (267) -- Davis Love III
2000*Robert Allenby (274) -- Nick Price
1999Tiger Woods (273) -- Mike Weir
1998Joe Durant (271) -- Vijay Singh
1997Tiger Woods (275) -- Frank Nobilo
1996Steve Stricker (270) -- Billy Andrade, Jay Don Blake
1995Billy Mayfair (279) -- Jay Haas, Justin Leonard, Jeff Maggert,
Scott Simpson
1994Nick Price (277) -- Greg Kraft
1993Nick Price (269) -- Greg Norman
1992Ben Crenshaw (276) -- Greg Norman
1991Russ Cochran (275) -- Greg Norman
1990Wayne Levi (275) -- Payne Stewart
1989*Mark McCumber (275) -- Peter Jacobsen
1988Jim Benepe (278) -- Peter Jacobsen
1987#D.A. Weibring (207) -- Larry Nelson, Greg Norman
1986*Tom Kite (286) -- Fred Couples, David Frost, Nick Price
1985*Scott Verplank (279) -- Jim Thorpe
1984*Tom Watson (280) -- Greg Norman
1983Mark McCumber (284) -- Tom Watson
1982Tom Weiskopf (276) -- Larry Nelson
1981Ed Fiori (277) -- Jim Colbert, Greg Powers, Jim Simons
1980Scott Simpson (281) -- Andy Bean
1979*Larry Nelson (286) -- Ben Crenshaw
1978*Andy Bean (282) -- Bill Rogers
1977Tom Watson (283) -- Wally Armstrong, Johnny Miller
1976Al Geiberger (288) -- Joe Porter
1975Hale Irwin (283) -- Bobby Cole
1974Tom Watson (287) -- J.C. Snead, Tom Weiskopf
1973Billy Casper (272) -- Larry Hinson, Hale Irwin
1972Jim Jamieson (271) -- Labron Harris, Jr.
1971Bruce Crampton (279) -- Bobby Nichols
1970Hugh Royer (273) -- Dale Douglass
1969Billy Casper (276) -- Rocky Thompson
1968Jack Nicklaus (273) -- Miller Barber
1967Jack Nicklaus (274) -- Doug Sanders
1966Billy Casper (283) -- Gay Brewer
1965Billy Casper (270) -- Jack McGowan, Chi Chi Rodriguez
1964Chi Chi Rodriguez (268) -- Arnold Palmer
1963*Arnold Palmer (280) -- Julius Boros, Jack Nicklaus
1962Jacky Cupit (281) -- Billy Casper
1961Arnold Palmer (271) -- Sam Snead
1960*Stan Leonard (278) -- Art Wall
1959Mike Souchak (272) -- Arnold Palmer
1958Doug Sanders (275) -- Dow Finsterwald
1957*Doug Ford (279) -- George Bayer, Gene Litter, Billy Maxwell
1956*Mike Fetchick (284) -- Doug Ford, Jay Hebert, Don January
1955Cary Middlecoff (272) -- Mike Souchak
1954*Lloyd Mangrum (277) -- Ted Kroll
1953Dutch Harrison (278) -- Ed Furgol, Fred Haas, Lloyd Mangrum
1952Lloyd Mangrum (274) -- Bobby Locke
1951Marty Furgol (270) -- Cary Middlecoff
1950Sam Snead (282) -- Jim Ferrier, E.J. Harrison
1949Sam Snead (268) -- Cary Middlecoff
1948*Ben Hogan (281) -- Ed Oliver
1947Johnny Palmer (270) -- Bobby Locke, Ed Oliver
1946Ben Hogan (271) -- Lloyd Mangrum
1945Not Held
1944Not Held
1943Not Held
1942Herman Barron (276) -- Henry Picard
1941Ed Oliver (275) -- Ben Hogan, Byron Nelson
1940*Jimmy Demaret (293) -- Toney Penna
1939Byron Nelson (281) -- Lloyd Mangrum
1938Ralph Guldahl (279) -- Sam Snead
1937*Ralph Guldahl (288) -- Horton Smith
1936Ralph Guldahl (274) -- Ray Mangrum
1935John Revolta (290) -- Willie Goggin
1934*Harry Cooper (274) -- Ky Laffoon
1933Mac Smith (282) -- Tommy Armour
1932Walter Hagen (287) -- Olin Dutra
1931Ed Dudley (280) -- Walter Hagen
1930Gene Sarazen (278) -- Al Espinosa
1929Tommy Armour (273) -- Horton Smith
1928Abe Espinosa (291) -- Johnny Farrell
1927Walter Hagen (281) -- Al Espinosa, Bill Mehlhorn
1926Walter Hagen (279) -- Harry Cooper, Gene Sarazen
1925Mac Smith (281) -- Leo Diegel, Johnny Farrell, Emmet French,
Walter Hagen, Bill Mehlhorn
1924Bill Mehlhorn (293) -- Al Watrous
1923Jock Hutchinson (281) -- Bobby Cruickshank
1922Mike Brady (291) -- Laurie Ayton, Jock Hutchison
1921Walter Hagen (287) -- Jock Hutchison
1920Jock Hutchinson (296) -- James Barnes, Clarence Hackney, Harry Hampton
1919Jim Barnes (283) -- Leo Diegel
1918Not Held
1917Jim Barnes (283) -- Walter Hagen
1916Walter Hagen (286) -- Jock Hutchison, George Sargent
1915Tom McNamara (304) -- Alex Cunningham
1914Jim Barnes (293) -- Willie Kidd
1913John McDermott (295) -- Mike Brady
1912Mac Smith (299) -- Alex Robertson
1911Robert Simpson (2 & 1) -- Tom MacNamara
1910Chick Evans, Jr. (6 & 5) -- George Simpson
1909Willie Anderson (288) -- Stewart Gardner
1908Willie Anderson (299) -- Fred McCloud
1907Robert Simpson (307) -- Willie Anderson, Fred McCloud
1906Alex Smith (306) -- Jack Hobens
1905Arthur Smith (278) -- James Maiden
1904Willie Anderson (304) -- Alex Smith
1903Alex Smith (318) -- Laurie Auchterlonie, David Brown
1902Willie Anderson (299) -- Willie Smith
1901Laurie Auchterlonie (160) -- David Bell
1900Not Held
1899*Willie Smith (156) -- Laurie Auchterlonie

* - Won in Playoff

# - Rain Shortened

Note: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 in the Field
Player1999200020012002200320042005200620072008
Camilo Villegas---------------mcT-40mcT-7Won
Jim FurykT-34T-3------T-3T-7WonT-4T-14T-3
Anthony Kim------------------------T-52T-3
Tim Clark---------T-43T-50------T-4T-5T-8
Hunter Mahan------------T-60mcT-21mcT-30T-8
Steve StrickerT-55T-29T-10T-13mcT-33mcT-423rdT-10
Lucas Glover---------------T-71mcT-15T-14T-13
Ernie Els------------------------T-18T-17
Phil Mickelson---mcT-42---T-30------T-65---T-17
Justin LeonardT-20---T-20T-61T-43------------T-17
Sergio Garcia------------------------9thT-20
Scott VerplankT-55mcT-15T-13T-19T-11T-34T-30T-30T-28
Geoff Ogilvy------mcT-58mcT-5T-34---T-61T-28
J.B. Holmes---------------------------T-33
Robert AllenbymcWonmcT-10T-6T-11T-16T-30T-38T-38
Rory Sabbatinimc---T-5T-27mc---------T-10T-44
Heath Slocum---------T-73T-2777thT-7T-1246thT-44
Kenny PerrymcT-15T-20mc---------T-12T-47T-44
Kevin Sutherland---T-41T-7T-53mcT-71mcT-78T-25T-55
Padraig Harrington---------------------------T-55
Stewart Cink---------------------T-4T-7T-60
Jerry KellymcT-41T-5WonT-3T-33T-21T-30T-49T-60
Tiger WoodsWonT-23T-20---WonT-72ndT-2Won---
Zach Johnson---------------mcmcT-21T-38---
Sean O'Hair------------------T-34T-30T-57---
Jason Dufner---------------T-51---mc------
Y.E. Yang------------------------------
Paul Casey------------------------------
Retief Goosen------------------------------
Sports Network Selections

Pick to Win - Steve Stricker
Darkhorse - Scott Verplank
 
Last Week's Pick to Win (Tiger Woods) - Finished tied for 11th
Last Week's Darkhorse (Ernie Els) - Missed the cut
 
NOTES:
One of the oldest tournaments on the PGA Tour schedule takes form this week with the 106th 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 PGA Tour Playoffs for the FedExCup. Heath Slocum won the The Barclays and Steve Stricker captured the Deutsche Bank Championship. Stricker leads the FedExCup playoff points list. Tiger Woods is second and Slocum is third. The field this week is reduced to the top-70 players on the FedExCup playoff points list. The purse increased $500,000 from last year to $7.5 million, with the winner receiving $1,350,000.

The tournament returns to Cog Hill Golf & Country Club in Lemont, Illinois this year. Cog Hill hosted the event from 1991-2007. The event was held at Bellerive Country Club in St. Louis, Missouri in 2008 while Cog Hill was undergoing renovations by Rees Jones.

Last year, Camilo Villegas finally collected his first PGA Tour victory when he held on down the back nine in the final round to win this event. Villegas finished the tournament at 15-under-par 265 for a two-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.

In 2007, Tiger Woods fired a flawless, eight-under 63 in the final round to win this event at Cog Hill. He finished at 22-under 262 to win by two over Aaron Baddeley. The win was Woods' 60th on the PGA Tour and his fourth at this event, having previously won in 1997, 1999 and 2003. Woods established a new tournament record at 262, breaking the old mark of 267 set by Scott Hoch in 2001 and Woods in 2003. His final-round 63 tied the course record.

In 2006, Trevor Immelman shot a four-under 67 in the final round to wrap up his first PGA Tour win at this event. Immelman finished four rounds at 13- under-par 271 for a two-shot victory over Woods and Mathew Goggin.

In 2005, Jim Furyk opened the first round with a 64 and carded a two-under 69 in the final round to win this event. Furyk completed the event at 14-under- par 270 for his first victory on the PGA Tour since the 2003 Buick Open.

In 2004, Stephen Ames won his first career PGA Tour title at the age of 40 by shooting a one-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. Puerto Rico's Chi Chi Rodriguez was an eight-time winner on the PGA Tour.

Three holes-in-one were recorded in 2004 in the second round. Mike Small aced the 180-yard second hole with a six-iron, Lucas Glover aced the 218-yard 12th hole with a five-iron and Scott Hoch did the same at the 196-yard 14th hole with a four-iron. It was the first time in tournament history that three holes-in-one were recorded in the same round. There have been 17 playoffs in the 105-year history of the tournament, the last coming in 2000, when Robert Allenby knocked off Nick Price.

Woods is the all-time money leader at this event with $4,113,906 in earnings in 12 starts. In 10 starts as a professional, Woods has four wins and eight 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.

Walter Hagen holds the record for the most BMW Championship victories with five, while Willie Anderson, Billy Casper and Woods have four each. Mike Brady, the only host professional to win the BMW Championship, 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 returns in two weeks with the final event of the PGA Tour Playoffs for the FedExCup, THE TOUR Championship, where Villegas captured his second PGA Tour title last year.

09/08 16:27:51 ET

As of September 8, 2009, at 04:28 PM ET