Western Open Golf Tournament

WESTERN OPEN GOLFFor over 100 years, the Western Open was considered Chicago’s professional golf tournament. First played in 1899 at The Glen View Club, the Western Open in 2006 was the 3rd oldest active PGA Tour tournament, after the British Open (began 1860) and U.S. Open (began 1895). Beginning in 2007, the Western Open was renamed the BMW Championship, part of the FedEx Cup playoff series.

The Western Open was run by the Western Golf Association, which is one of the United States’ oldest golf organizations, with its headquarters located in Golf, Illinois. Throughout its run, the Western Open featured title sponsors Beatrice, Centel, Sprint, Motorola, Advil, Golf Digest and Cialis.

Up until 1961, the Western Open was played on a variety of midwestern golf courses, as well as other select locations such as Phoenix, Salt Lake City, San Francisco and Los Angeles. The Tournament was even held in 1923 at the Colonial Country Club in Memphis, Tennessee.

Starting in 1962, the Western Open entered its run as Chicago’s professional golf tournament. From 1962 until 1974, the Western Open golf tournament was hosted at some of Chicago’s top golf courses, including Medinah Country Club, Beverly Country Club, Olympia Fields Country Club and the old Tam O’Shanter Country Club in Niles.

In 1974 the Western Open began a run of 19 straight events at the Butler National Golf Club in Oak Brook. In 1990, when the PGA Tour adopted a policy of holding events only at clubs which allowed minorities and women to be members, the tournament was moved to Cog Hill Golf & Country Club in Lemont. The Dubsdread Course at Cog Hill played host to the Western Open from 1991 to 2006.

In 2007, the Western Open was renamed – and changed in terms of invitational criteria – by the BMW Championship, part of the FedEx Cup Playoff Series. The Western Golf Association continued to have input in the running of the tournament.

The 2011 BMW Championship was the final event played at Cog Hill, at least for the forseeable future. The tournament has been played at multiple golf courses in the Midwest over the past few years.

Western Open Champions

YearChampionVenueLocation
2006Trevor ImmelmanCog Hill Golf & Country ClubLemont, IL
2005Jim FurykCog Hill Golf & Country ClubLemont, IL
2004Stephen AmesCog Hill Golf & Country ClubLemont, IL
2003Tiger WoodsCog Hill Golf & Country ClubLemont, IL
2002Jerry KellyCog Hill Golf & Country ClubLemont, IL
2001Scott HochCog Hill Golf & Country ClubLemont, IL
2000Robert AllenbyCog Hill Golf & Country ClubLemont, IL
1999Tiger WoodsCog Hill Golf & Country ClubLemont, IL
1998Joe DurantCog Hill Golf & Country ClubLemont, IL
1997Tiger WoodsCog Hill Golf & Country ClubLemont, IL
1996Steve StrickerCog Hill Golf & Country ClubLemont, IL
1995Billy MayfairCog Hill Golf & Country ClubLemont, IL
1994Nick PriceCog Hill Golf & Country ClubLemont, IL
1993Nick PriceCog Hill Golf & Country ClubLemont, IL
1992Ben CrenshawCog Hill Golf & Country ClubLemont, IL
1991Russ CochranCog Hill Golf & Country ClubLemont, IL
1990Wayne LeviButler National Golf ClubOak Brook, IL
1989Mark McCumberButler National Golf ClubOak Brook, IL
1988Jim BenepeButler National Golf ClubOak Brook, IL
1987D.A. WeibringButler National Golf ClubOak Brook, IL
1986Tom KiteButler National Golf ClubOak Brook, IL
1985Scott VerplankButler National Golf ClubOak Brook, IL
1984Tom WatsonButler National Golf ClubOak Brook, IL
1983Mark McCumberButler National Golf ClubOak Brook, IL
1982Tom WeiskopfButler National Golf ClubOak Brook, IL
1981Ed FioriButler National Golf ClubOak Brook, IL
1980Scott SimpsonButler National Golf ClubOak Brook, IL
1979Larry NelsonButler National Golf ClubOak Brook, IL
1978Andy BeanButler National Golf ClubOak Brook, IL
1977Tom WatsonButler National Golf ClubOak Brook, IL
1976Al GeibergerButler National Golf ClubOak Brook, IL
1975Hale IrwinButler National Golf ClubOak Brook, IL
1974Tom WatsonButler National Golf ClubOak Brook, IL
1973Billy CasperMidlothian Country ClubMidlothian, Illinois
1972Jim JamiesonSunset Ridge Country ClubNorthfield, Illinois
1971Bruce CramptonOlympia Fields Country ClubOlympia Fields, Illinois
1970Hugh Royer, Jr.Beverly Country ClubChicago, Illinois
1969Billy CasperMidlothian Country ClubMidlothian, Illinois
1968Jack NicklausOlympia Fields Country ClubOlympia Fields, Illinois
1967Jack NicklausBeverly Country ClubChicago, Illinois
1966Billy CasperMedinah Country ClubMedinah, Illinois
1965Billy CasperTam O’Shanter Country ClubNiles, Illinois
1964Chi Chi RodriguezTam O’Shanter Country ClubNiles, Illinois
1963Arnold PalmerBeverly Country ClubChicago, Illinois
1962Jacky CupitMedinah Country ClubMedinah, Illinois
1961Arnold PalmerBlythefield Country ClubBelmont, Michigan
1960Stan LeonardWestern Golf & Country ClubRedford, Michigan
1959Mike SouchakPittsburgh Field ClubPittsburgh, Pennsylvania
1958Doug SandersRed Run Golf ClubRoyal Oak, Michigan
1957Doug FordPlum Hollow Country ClubSouthfield, Michigan
1956Mike FetchickPresidio Golf ClubSan Francisco, California
1955Cary MiddlecoffPortland Golf ClubPortland, Oregon
1954Lloyd MangrumKenwood Country ClubCincinnati, Ohio
1953E.J. “Dutch” HarrisonBellerive Country ClubSaint Louis, Missouri
1952Lloyd MangrumWestwood Country ClubSaint Louis, Missouri
1951Marty FurgolDavenport Country ClubPleasant Valley, Iowa
1950Sam SneadBrentwood Country ClubLos Angeles, California
1949Sam SneadKeller Golf CourseSaint Paul, Minnesota
1948Ben HoganBrookfield Country ClubClarence, New York
1947Johnny PalmerSalt Lake City Country ClubSalt Lake City, Utah
1946Ben HoganSunset Country ClubSaint Louis, Missouri
1945Cancelled due to World War II  
1944Cancelled due to World War II  
1943Cancelled due to World War II  
1942Herman BarronPhoenix Golf ClubPhoenix, Arizona
1941Ed OliverPhoenix Golf ClubPhoenix, Arizona
1940Jimmy DemaretRiver Oaks Country ClubHouston, Texas
1939Byron NelsonMedinah Country ClubMedinah, Illinois
1938Ralph GuldahlWestwood Country ClubSaint Louis, Missouri
1937Ralph GuldahlCanterbury Golf ClubBeachwood, Ohio
1936Ralph GuldahlDavenport Country ClubPleasant Valley, Iowa
1935Johnny RevoltaSouth Bend Country ClubSouth Bend, Indiana
1934Harry CooperCountry Club of PeoriaPeoria Heights, Illinois
1933Macdonald SmithOlympia Fields Country ClubOlympia Fields, Illinois
1932Walter HagenCanterbury Golf ClubBeachwood, Ohio
1931Ed DudleyMiami Valley Golf ClubDayton, Ohio
1930Gene SarazenIndianwood Golf & Country ClubLake Orion, Michigan
1929Tommy ArmourOzaukee Country ClubMequon, Wisconsin
1928Abe EspinosaNorth Shore Country ClubGlenview, Illinois
1927Walter HagenOlympia Fields Country ClubOlympia Fields, Illinois
1926Walter HagenHighland Golf & Country ClubIndianapolis, Indiana
1925Macdonald SmithYoungstown Country ClubYoungstown, Ohio
1924Bill MehlhornCalumet Country ClubHomewood, Illinois
1923Jock HutchisonColonial Country ClubCordova, Tennessee
1922Mike BradyOakland Hills Country ClubBloomfield Hills, MI
1921Walter HagenOakwood ClubCleveland Heights, Ohio
1920Jock HutchisonOlympia Fields Country ClubOlympia Fields, Illinois
1919Jim BarnesMayfield Country ClubLyndhurst, Ohio
1918Cancelled due to World War I  
1917Jim BarnesWestmoreland Country ClubWilmette, Illinois
1916Walter HagenBlue Mound Golf & Country ClubMilwaukee, Wisconsin
1915Tom McNamaraGlen Oak Golf ClubGlen Ellyn, Illinois
1914Jim BarnesInterlachen Country ClubMinneapolis, Minnesota
1913John McDermottMemphis Country ClubMemphis, Tennessee
1912Macdonald SmithIdlewild Country ClubFlossmoor, Illinois
1911Robert SimpsonKent Country ClubGrand Rapids, Michigan
1910Chick Evans (Am)Beverly Country ClubChicago, Illinois
1909Willie AndersonSkokie Country ClubGlencoe, Illinois
1908Willie AndersonNormandie Golf ClubSaint Louis, Missouri
1907Robert SimpsonHinsdale Golf ClubClarendon Hills, Illinois
1906Alex SmithHomewood Country ClubFlossmoor, Illinois
1905Arthur SmithCincinnati Golf ClubCincinnati, Ohio
1904Willie AndersonKent Country ClubGrand Rapids, Michigan
1903Alex SmithMilwaukee Country ClubRiver Hills, Wisconsin
1902Willie AndersonEuclid ClubCleveland Heights, Ohio
1901Laurie AuchterlonieMidlothian Country ClubMidlothian, Illinois
1900No tournament  
1899Willie SmithGlen View ClubGolf, Illinois
   

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