PGA Tour
PGA - BMW Championship Preview
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DATES: Thursday, September 6th through Sunday, September 9th
SITE: Crooked Stick Golf Club, Carmel, Indiana
COURSE ARCHITECT: Pete and Alice Dye (1964)
PAR: 72
YARDAGE: 7,497
Hole-By-Hole:1 - Par 4 358 yds10 - Par 4 397 yds
2 - Par 4 442 yds11 - Par 5 595 yds
3 - Par 3 195 yds12 - Par 4 424 yds
4 - Par 4 483 yds13 - Par 3 182 yds
5 - Par 5 621 yds14 - Par 4 497 yds
6 - Par 3 201 yds15 - Par 5 523 yds
7 - Par 4 454 yds16 - Par 4 470 yds
8 - Par 4 456 yds17 - Par 3 212 yds
9 - Par 5 530 yds18 - Par 4 457 yds
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36 3,740 yds36 3,757 yds
 
Annual:  109th
Television:  Golf Channel - Thursday/Friday -- 3-6 p.m. (et),
  NBC - Saturday -- 12-3:30 p.m. (et),
  Golf Channel - Saturday -- 3:30-6 p.m. (et),
  - Sunday -- 12-2 p.m. (et),
  NBC - Sunday -- 2-6 p.m. (et)
Defending Champion:  Justin Rose
Runner-Up:  John Senden
Tournament Record:  262 (Tiger Woods, 2007)
54-Hole Record:  197 (Camilo Villegas, 2008; Tiger Woods, 2009)
36-Hole Record:  131 (Camilo Villegas, 2008; Justin Rose, 2011)
18-Hole Record:  62 (Jim Furyk, 2008; Tiger Woods, 2009)
Total Purse:  $8,000,000
Shares:  1st Place - $1,440,000; 2nd Place - $864,000; 3rd Place - $544,000
 
2011 Finish
PlayerScorePlayerScore
Justin Rose271Jason Dufner278
John Senden273Camilo Villegas278
Geoff Ogilvy274Chez Reavie279
Luke Donald276Brandt Jobe280
Webb Simpson277Two players at281
 
Past BMW Championship Winners
YearWinner (Score) -- Runners-Up
2011Justin Rose (271) -- John Senden
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
Player2002200320042005200620072008200920102011
Justin Rose---------mcT-19T-5------T-21Won
John SendenT-20T-27mcT-40T-65T-52T-50T-20T-632nd
Geoff OgilvyT-58mcT-5T-34---T-61T-28T-55T-243rd
Luke DonaldT-20T-13T-3T-28T-21T-30---T-10T-374th
Webb Simpson---------------------T-61---5th
Jason Dufner------T-51---mc------T-30T-45T-6
Martin Laird------------------T-55---T-50T-12
Ryan Moore---------mcT-54T-18---T-30T-3T-16
Keegan Bradley---------------------------T-16
Matt Kuchar---T-60---------------T-10T-3T-22
Jim Furyk---T-3T-7WonT-4T-14T-3T-2T-15T-22
Nick Watney---------mcT-82T-59---T-30T-15T-22
Brandt Snedeker------mc------T-14T-55T-10T-37T-22
Zach Johnson------mcmcT-21T-38---5thT-15T-31
Adam Scott------------T-214thT-50---T-15T-37
Marc Leishman---------------------T-2T-11T-42
Ernie Els---------------T-18T-17T-38T-13T-42
Hunter Mahan---T-60mcT-21mcT-30T-8T-38T-37T-42
Charl Schwartzel---------------------------T-42
Bubba Watson------------mcT-18T-28T-15T-50T-53
Phil Mickelson---T-30------T-65---T-17T-30T-8T-56
Dustin Johnson---------------------T-30WonT-65
Steve StrickerT-13mcT-33mcT-423rdT-10T-53T-8wd
Tiger Woods---WonT-72ndT-2Won---WonT-15---
Rory McIlroy------------------------T-37---
Louis Oosthuizen------------------------------
Lee Westwood------------------------------
Sports Network Selections

Pick to Win - Dustin Johnson
Darkhorse - Kevin Stadler
 
Last Week's Pick to Win (Bubba Watson) - Missed the cut
Last Week's Darkhorse (Bud Cauley) - Finished tied for 57th
 
NOTES:
One of the oldest tournaments on the PGA Tour schedule takes form this week with the 109th 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. Nick Watney won The Barclays and Rory McIlroy captured the Deutsche Bank Championship. McIlroy leads the FedExCup playoff points list, while Watney is second and Tiger Woods is third. The field this week is reduced to the top 70 players on the points list.

World No. 1 McIlroy has won two of his last three events on the PGA Tour, having also captured the PGA Championship for his second major title. Not only does McIlroy lead the FedExCup points list, but he also sits atop the world rankings, PGA Tour money list and the European Tour Race to Dubai.

Last year, Justin Rose opened with a 63 and held at least a share of the lead after every round, winning by two strokes over John Senden. Rose finished at 13-under-par 271 for his third PGA Tour title.

In 2009, 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 8-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.

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.

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 2-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, 8-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.

Stephen Ames won his first career PGA Tour title at the age of 40 in 2004 by shooting a 1-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.

There have been 17 playoffs in the 108-year history of the tournament, the last coming in 2000, when Robert Allenby knocked off Nick Price.

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 in two weeks for the final event of the PGA Tour Playoffs for the FedExCup, the Tour Championship in Atlanta, where Bill Haas won at East Lake Golf Course last year.

09/04 14:11:32 ET

As of September 4, 2012, at 02:11 PM ET