The Western Golf Association today announced that Conway Farms Golf Club in Lake Forest will host the 2015 BMW Championship and the PGA Tour FedEx Cup playoffs. The club hosted the event in 2013, which was won by Zach Johnson and attracted more than 130,000 spectators. The 2013 BMW Championship winner was somewhat overshadowed by Jim Furyk, who shot a 12-under-par 59 in the second round at Conway Farms Golf Club, becoming just the sixth player to shoot 59 in a PGA Tour event.
Cherry Hills Country Club in Colorado will host the BMW Championship for the first time in 2014. Introduced in 2007, the BMW Championship is the third of four FedEx Cup playoff events on the PGA Tour schedule. In 2012 and 2013, the PGA Tour named the BMW Championship its Tournament of the Year. Tiger Woods won the inaugural BMW Championship in 2007 at Cog Hill Golf & Country Club in Lemont.
Before becoming the BMW Championship, the event was previously known as The Western Open Golf Tournament and typically played in early July around the Chicago area. Cog Hill and Butler National hosted the event between 1974 and 2006.
“As a member, I’m proud to know that Conway Farms will again be hosting the BMW Championship,” said PGA Tour player Luke Donald. “And as a PGA TOUR player, I’m excited to have another opportunity to compete on my home course against the world’s best players. Having the hometown crowds cheering me on in 2013 provided a real boost for me and made for an exciting, memorable week. I’m looking forward to welcoming my fellow pros back in 2015.”
Benchmarks achieved by the BMW Championship in 2013 – in the areas of charitable growth and integration, attendance, hospitality sponsor satisfaction, host club and community support, title sponsor integration, player satisfaction and fan enjoyment – were all significant factors in the event being named “Tournament of the Year” for the second consecutive year, TOUR officials said. The 2012 BMW Championship, held at Crooked Stick Country Club in Carmel, Indiana, garnered similar honors.
“We are delighted to bring the BMW Championship back to Conway Farms and work alongside the club and its membership to make 2015 an even more successful event,” said Trudy Hardy, Vice President, Marketing, BMW of North America. “The local Chicago community was extremely supportive of the BMW Championship and the Evans Scholars Foundation and we hope to build on that support for the Evans Scholars in 2015.”
70 players qualify for the BMW Championship, which does not include a cut after two days. The participants qualify by the FedEx Cup points that are amassed during the regular PGA Tour season and during the two preceding playoff events. The top 30 FedEx Cup points leaders following the BMW Championship advance to The Tour Championship, where the FedEx Cup Champion is determined.
“We’re very excited to have an opportunity to once again host the BMW Championship in 2015,” said Bruce Keith, Conway Farms president. “We’re looking forward to another week of hosting the best golfers in the world at Conway Farms Golf Club and continuing our partnership with the Western Golf Association in support of the Evans Scholars Foundation.”
The 2013 BMW Championship rasied $2.3 million for the Evans Scholars Foundation, bringing the total raised through the BMW Championship to more than $16 million since 2007. The Evans Scholars Foundation is the Western Golf Association’s 84-year-old sister organization which has been assisting caddies with college expenses since 1930.
2015 BMW Championship
Conway Farms Golf Club
Lake Forest, IL
September 14-20, 2015