2013 BMW Championship
Dates: September 9-15, 2013
Where: Conway Farms Golf Club, Lake Forest, Ill.
Par/Yards: 36-35—71/7,216 yards
2012 champion: Rory McIlroy
Purse: $8,000,000/$1,440,000 (winner)
FedExCup: Top 30 in FedExCup after BMW Championship advance to TOUR Championship by Coca-Cola
Format: 72-hole stroke-play
A look at the 2012 BMW Championship
A week after claiming a 2-stroke win at the Deutsche Bank Championship, Rory McIlroy opened with seven birdies and an eagle at Crooked Stick GC en route to an 8-under 64 to take a share of the 18-hole lead with three others.
McIlroy would go on to become one of just three players in the 70-man field to post all four rounds in the 60s, joining Lee Westwood and Robert Garrigus.
His final-round, 5-under 67 would result in a 2-stroke win over Phil Mickelson and Lee Westwood.
With the win, McIlroy became the first player to win back-to-back events since Tiger Woods in 2009 (Buick Open, World Golf Championships-Bridgestone Invitational) and his win marked his
third in four starts.
McIlroy’s sixth win on the PGA TOUR also earned him the distinction of becoming just the fourth player to win back-to-back Playoffs events since its 2007 inception. He joins Tiger Woods (2007 BMW Championship, TOUR Championship by Coca-Cola), Vijay Singh (2008 The Barclays, Deutsche Bank Championship) and Camilo Villegas (2008 BMW Championship, TOUR Championship by Coca-Cola).
McIlroy would lead the FedExCup points reset headed into his first TOUR Championship by Coca-Cola, where he finished T10 and second in the final FedExCup standings.
McIlroy entered this year’s FedExCup Playoffs ranked No. 49. Following a T19 finish at The Barclays and T47 showing at the Deutsche Bank Championship, McIlroy comes into this year’s BMW Championship ranked 41st in the standings.
Conway Farms Golf ClubThe Tom Fazio designed Conway Farms GC opened in August of 1991. At 7,216 yards, the par-71 layout has hosted a myriad of events, including the 2008 U.S. Open Sectional Qualifying, the 2009 Western Amateur and 2012 U.S. Mid-Amateur Championship
2014 BMW ChampionshipThe 2014 BMW Championship will be conducted at Cherry Hills Golf Club in Englewood, Colo.The William Flynn designed course has hosted seven Major Championships and two U.S. Amateur Championships since it opened in 1922.Cherry Hills, Winged Foot Golf Club in Mamaroneck, N.Y., and Hazeltine National Golf Club in Chaska, Minn., are the only courses to have hosted the U.S. Open, U.S. Senior Open, U.S. Amateur and U.S. Women’s Open.Past Champions at Cherry Hills include Arnold Palmer, Jack Nicklaus and Phil Mickelson.
The BMW Championship and the FedExCup PlayoffsThe BMW Championship is the third of four events of the PGA TOUR Playoffs for the FedExCup—with the entire season building toward this four-tournament stretch. There is more on the line than just the BMW Championship trophy, as players jockey for the coveted top-30 position to advance to the TOUR Championship by Coca-Cola.Each Playoff event offers 2,500 FedExCup points to the winner.The top 125 players on the final PGA TOUR Season FedExCup points list qualified for The Barclays.The top 100 players on the FedExCup points list following The Barclays qualified for the Deutsche Bank Championship, with 25 players having been eliminated following the first week of the Playoffs.The top 70 on the points list following the Deutsche Bank Championship qualify for the BMW Championship, with 30 players having been eliminated from the Playoffs.The top 30 on the points list following the BMW Championship qualify for the year-end TOUR Championship by Coca-Cola, with 40 players being eliminated from the Playoffs.A points reset will take place following the BMW Championship giving all 30 players in the field at the TOUR Championship a mathematical chance to win the FedExCup. The top five players control their own destiny and can win the FedExCup with a victory at the TOUR Championship.