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DATES: Thursday, September 15th through Sunday, September 18th
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: 7,616
Hole-By-Hole:1 - Par 4 462 yds10 - Par 4 386 yds
2 - Par 3 228 yds11 - Par 5 610 yds
3 - Par 4 446 yds12 - Par 3 221 yds
4 - Par 4 465 yds13 - Par 4 486 yds
5 - Par 4 509 yds14 - Par 3 218 yds
6 - Par 3 244 yds15 - Par 5 526 yds
7 - Par 4 434 yds16 - Par 4 459 yds
8 - Par 4 383 yds17 - Par 4 427 yds
9 - Par 5 615 yds18 - Par 4 497 yds
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35 3,786 yds36 3,830 yds
 
Annual:  108th
Television:  Golf Channel - Thursday/Friday -- 3-6 p.m. (et),
  - Saturday -- 10 a.m.-12 p.m. (et),
  NBC - Saturday -- 12-3:30 p.m. (et),
  Golf Channel - Sunday -- 12-2 p.m. (et),
  NBC - Sunday -- 2-6 p.m. (et)
Defending Champion:  Dustin Johnson
Runner-Up:  Paul Casey
Tournament Record:  262 (Tiger Woods, 2007)
54-Hole Record:  197 (Camilo Villegas, 2008; Tiger Woods, 2009)
36-Hole Record:  131 (Camilo Villegas, 2008)
18-Hole Record:  62 (Jim Furyk, 2008 - Bellerive Country Club)
Course Record:  62 (Tiger Woods, 2009)
Total Purse:  $8,000,000
Shares:  1st Place - $1,440,000; 2nd Place - $864,000; 3rd Place - $544,000
 
2010 Finish
PlayerScorePlayerScore
Dustin Johnson275Kevin Na278
Paul Casey276Retief Goosen279
K.J. Choi278Phil Mickelson280
Matt Kuchar278Steve Stricker280
Ryan Moore278Charlie Wi280
 
Past BMW Championship Winners
YearWinner (Score) -- Runners-Up
2010Dustin Johnson (275) -- Paul Casey
2009Tiger Woods (265) -- Jim Furyk, Marc Leishman
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
Player2001200220032004200520062007200820092010
Dustin Johnson------------------------T-30Won
Matt Kuchar------T-60---------------T-10T-3
Ryan Moore------------mcT-54T-18---T-30T-3
K.J. ChoiT-60mcmcT-40T-56T-30T-38T-5---T-3
Phil MickelsonT-42---T-30------T-65---T-17T-30T-8
Steve StrickerT-10T-13mcT-33mcT-423rdT-10T-53T-8
Marc Leishman------------------------T-2T-11
Camilo Villegas---------mcT-40mcT-7WonT-8T-11
Ernie Els------------------T-18T-17T-38T-13
Jim Furyk------T-3T-7WonT-4T-14T-3T-2T-15
Zach Johnson---------mcmcT-21T-38---5thT-15
David TomsT-42T-15T-13---------T-18---T-23T-15
Nick Watney------------mcT-82T-59---T-30T-15
Adam Scott---------------T-214thT-50---T-15
Justin Rose------------mcT-19T-5------T-21
Robert AllenbymcT-10T-6T-11T-16T-30T-38T-3829thT-24
Geoff OgilvymcT-58mcT-5T-34---T-61T-28T-55T-24
Vijay SinghT-10T-1511thT-17T-13T-464thT-44---T-24
Charley Hoffman---------------T-21T-25T-60T-61T-30
Sean O'Hair------------T-34T-30T-57---4thT-37
Luke Donald---T-20T-13T-3T-28T-21T-30---T-10T-37
Hunter Mahan------T-60mcT-21mcT-30T-8T-38T-37
Jason Dufner---------T-51---mc------T-30T-45
Bubba Watson---------------mcT-18T-28T-15T-50
Rory SabbatiniT-5T-27mc---------T-10T-44T-18T-50
Martin Laird---------------------T-55---T-50
Jason Day------------------------T-59T-54
Y.E. Yang------------------------65thT-63
Jerry KellyT-5WonT-3T-33T-21T-30T-49T-60T-49---
Webb Simpson------------------------T-61---
Chez Reavie---------------------T-33------
Charl Schwartzel------------------------------
Sports Network Selections

Pick to Win - Jason Day
Darkhorse - Brandt Snedeker
 
Last Week's Pick to Win (Webb Simpson) - Finished 1st
Last Week's Darkhorse (Vijay Singh) - Missed the cut
 
NOTES:
One of the oldest tournaments on the PGA Tour schedule takes form this week with the 108th 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. Dustin Johnson won The Barclays and Webb Simpson captured the Deutsche Bank Championship. Simpson leads the FedExCup playoff points list, while Johnson is second and Matt Kuchar is third. The field this week is reduced to the top 70 players on the FedEx Cup playoff points list.

Simpson has won two of the last three events on tour, having also captured the Wyndham Championship. He also finished tied for 10th at The Barclays in that span. Not only does Simpson lead the FedExCup points list, but he also sits atop the money list with more than $5.3 million in earnings.

Last year, Dustin Johnson fired rounds of 68-70-68-69 to win by one stroke over Paul Casey. Johnson finished at nine-under-par 275 for his fourth PGA Tour victory and second of 2010. With his fourth win, Johnson had the most victories of any player in his 20s. He increased that total to five at The Barclays.

In 2009, Tiger Woods fired a course-record 62 in the third round and cruised to the victory. Woods finished the event at 19-under-par 265 for an eight- stroke win over Jim Furyk and Marc Leishman. The win helped Woods capture his second FedExCup trophy in three years. The victory was his fifth at this event, having previously won in 1997, 1999, 2003 and 2007.

In 2008, Camilo Villegas finally collected his first PGA Tour victory when he held on down the back nine in the final round. 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.

Woods fired a flawless, eight-under 63 in the final round back in 2007 to win. He finished at 22-under 262 to win by two over Aaron Baddeley. The win was Woods' 60th on the PGA Tour. Woods established a new tournament record at 262, breaking the old mark of 267 set by Scott Hoch in 2001 and Woods in 2003.

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

Stephen Ames won his first career PGA Tour title at the age of 40 in 2004 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.

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 107-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 $5,580,156 in earnings in 14 starts. In 12 starts as a professional, Woods has five wins and nine 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 and Woods hold the record for the most BMW Championship victories with five, while Willie Anderson and Billy Casper have four each. Mike Brady, the only host professional to win this event, 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 travels to Georgia next week for the final event of the PGA Tour Playoffs for the FedExCup, the TOUR Championship in Atlanta, where Jim Furyk won at East Lake Golf Course last year.

09/15 20:17:06 ET

As of September 15, 2011, at 08:17 PM ET