The BMW Championship is the second of three events in the PGA Tour Playoffs — which is the culmination of the season-long quest for the FedExCup. Originally known as the Western Open for most of its history, it is one of the oldest professional golf tournaments in the world. In 2007, the tournament was renamed to the BMW Championship and folded into the season-ending FedExCup playoffs system. The tournament is played at various golf courses around the country every year, but the most common location is Chicago and its surrounding suburbs. The BMW Championship was named the PGA’s Tournament of the Year in 2008, 2012, 2013 and 2014. Past winners of the tournament have included many golf legends: Byron Nelson, Ben Hogan, Sam Snead, Arnold Palmer, Jack Nicklaus, Tom Watson, Ben Crenshaw and Tiger Woods, who won it on five separate occasions. Since the 2007 reorganization, it has been won by Rory McIlroy, Dustin Johnson, Justin Thomas and Woods. The tournament also has a philanthropic aim, raising more than $30 million for college scholarships. If you want to catch some of the top players on tour, then you should purchase BMW Championship tickets at StubHub.
What is the schedule for the latest BMW Championship?
The BMW Championship schedule is set for August 18-23, 2020. On the Tuesday and Wednesday before the start of the official tournament, attendees can attend the practice rounds and pro-am events. The tournament officially begins on Thursday, the 20th, and concludes on Sunday, the 23rd. A more complete schedule should be announced closer to the start of the tournament.
Who participates in the BMW Championship?
The BMW Championship features the top professional golfers. However, the golfers must earn their way into the tournament by making the FedExCup Playoffs. A total of 125 players enter the playoffs based on their place in the FedExCup standing, which is contingent on performing well in regular season tournaments. After the first playoff event, the Northern Trust, the field is reduced to 70 for the BMW Championship. Due to the limited number of players, the BMW Championship does not have a cut. All players will be eligible to finish the event through the weekend. If a player drops out, no alternates will be added. After the conclusion of the tournament, the field is cut further to 30 for the final event, the TOUR Championship. The eventual champion is determined by a combination of factors, including the player’s score at the TOUR Championship and their overall FedExCup rankings.
Who won the previous BMW Championship?
Justin Thomas was the winner of the 2019 BMW Championship with a score of 25 under par. Patrick Cantlay and Hideki Matsuyama finished in second and third, respectively, with scores of 22 under and 20 under. Other notable finishers included Rory McIlroy and Xander Schauffele at 11 under and Brooks Koepka and Paul Casey at 10 under.
Where is the tournament being played?
The 2020 BMW Championship takes place at the North Course of Olympia Fields. Designed by Willie Park Jr. and renovated by Mark Mungeam, the 70-par course features a number of challenging fairway bunkers, water hazards and strategically placed trees over 7,200 yards of rolling terrain. The nearby Butterfield Creek passes through seven holes, including twice over the 12th and 14th. It is often ranked as one of the 100 best courses in the world. Previous iterations of the BMW Championship have taken place at the Medinah Country Club and the Conway Farms Golf Club.