Hovland Wins 2023 BMW Championship at Olympia Fields

Viktor Hovland posted a course-record final round 61 on his way to a two-stroke victory at the 2023 BMW Championship. Despite a significant deluge that the delayed the start of the first round, Olympia Fields Country Club provided a thrilling test for the 50 top players on the PGA Tour.

Hovland’s historic 61 was the lowest final round score in BMW Championship and FedExCup Playoffs history and the lowest finish by a winner on TOUR since Tom Kim won the 2022 Wyndham Championship with a 61. It was the fifth PGA TOUR victory for Viktor in his 97th start at the age of 25 years, 11 months, 2 days.

The BMW Championship returned to Olympia Fields Country Club, which hosted the event that was won by Jon Rahm in 2020. Patrick Cantlay won the 2022 BMW Championship at Wilmington Country Club. By doing so he became the first player to successfully defend a playoff event.

Lucas Glover won The FedEx St. Jude Classic in Memphis, Tennessee over Cantlay to capture the first leg of the FedEx Cup Playoffs. Glover has won two straight events heading into the event at Olympia Fields.

2023 BMW Championship Schedule of Events

Tuesday, August 15 – Professional Practice Rounds
Wednesday, August 16 – Pro-Am
Thursday, August 17 – BMW Championship Round 1
Friday, August 18 – BMW Championship Round 2
Saturday, August 19 – MW Championship Round 3
Sunday, August 20 – BMW Championship Final Round

2023 BMW Championship Tickets

“From avid golf fans to those just looking to enjoy a one-of-a-kind experience with their friends or family this summer, we offer a ticket option for everyone,” said Vince Pellegrino, WGA Senior Vice President of Tournaments. “We recommend that anyone planning to attend the 2023 BMW Championship purchase their tickets early.”

Trophy Club
With panoramic views, ample stadium-style seating and a climate-controlled interior, the Trophy Club brings a sports bar atmosphere to Olympia Fields’ 18th hole. Tickets range from $50 during the practice rounds to $165 on the weekend and grant fans access to a venue with food and drink available for purchase.

18th Hole - Olympia Fields Country Club

18th Hole – Olympia Fields Country Club

The Island
The Island is a golf oasis, offering a front-row seat on the par-3 sixth hole and spectacular views of holes three, five, seven and 15. Patrons can watch the action from stadium-style seating while enjoying premium amenities like beer, seltzer, wine, soft drinks, and dry snacks, which are included in the $295 ticket price. A shaded, full bar also offers cocktails for purchase.

The Clocktower Club
A nod to Olympia Fields’ iconic clubhouse, the Clocktower Club is a fully covered venue with incredible views of the ninth green. For $425 per ticket, fans will enjoy stadium-style seating and a premium buffet along with beer, seltzer, and soft drinks. A shaded, full bar also offers cocktails available for purchase. Patrons will receive one complimentary parking pass with every two tickets purchased.

1915 Club
The 1915 Club is an all-inclusive hospitality venue, providing patrons with exclusive clubhouse access and unparalleled views of the 17th and 18th holes from atop the Olympian Village. Enjoy a premium bar and restaurant-quality food and beverage service inside the Olympia Fields clubhouse. A complimentary parking pass is included with every two tickets purchased, with exclusive VIP shuttle service to and from the clubhouse.

All patrons, including children, must have a ticket to access the 1915 Club, the Clocktower Club, the Trophy Club, and The Island.

2020 BMW Championship

The 2020 BMW Championship took place at Olympia Fields Country Club in the southwest suburbs of Chicago and was won by Jon Rahm, who made a 66-foot birdie putt to beat Dustin Johnson on the first playoff hole. The event took place without fans on the same Olympia Fields North course, which also hosted the KPMG Women’s PGA Championship in 2017.

“We are thrilled and honored to welcome the 2023 BMW Championship back to Olympia Fields Country Club and our North Course, which has been the site of so many incredible moments in the history of this event,” said William McErlean, President of Olympia Fields Country Club. “Our membership looks forward to sharing our facilities with the golf community, as well as the best players in the world.”

Olympia Fields Championship Tradition

Olympia Fields has a rich championship tradition. In addition to the BMW Championship and the 2017 Women’s PGA Championship, it hosted the 2003 U.S. Open, won by Jim Furyk; the 2015 U.S. Amateur, won by DeChambeau.

Over the years, 183 Olympia Fields caddies have become Evans Scholars, beginning with Don Dahlke, who earned an Evans Scholarship in 1954 to attend Northwestern University. Nine Olympia Fields caddies currently are attending college as Evans Scholars.

The BMW Championship is open to the top 50 PGA Tour golfers following The Northern Trust. With only fifty players in the field, there is no 36-hole cut. In previous years, the top 70 players were part of the BMW Championship.

Justin Thomas won the 2019 BMW Championship at Medinah Country Club. Thomas finished at 25-under 263, tying a tournament record with a closing 68 after a third-round, course-record 61. Patrick Cantlay finished second and Hideki Matsuyama finished third.

Before becoming the BMW Championship, the event was previously known as The Western Open Golf Tournament and typically was played in early July around the Chicago area. Cog Hill and Butler National hosted the event between 1974 and 2006.

Evans Scholars Foundation

All proceeds from the BMW Championship benefit the Evans Scholars Foundation, which awards full tuition and housing college scholarships to deserving caddies from modest means. The current number of student-caddies with tuition assistance provided by the Evans Scholars Foundation is 1010; they are enrolled in eighteen universities nationwide.

Since 1930, more than 11,050 young men and women have graduated from college as Evans Scholars in honor of Chick Evans. Most recipients attend one of the 17 universities where the Evans Scholars Foundation operates a Scholarship House. Evans Scholars are selected on the basis of excellent grades, outstanding character, strong caddie record and demonstrated financial need.

2023 BMW Championship Field

Jon Rahm
Scottie Scheffler
Rory McIlroy
Lucas Glover
Patrick Cantlay
Max Homa
Viktor Hovland
Wyndham Clark
Brian Harman
Tommy Fleetwood
Keegan Bradley
Rickie Fowler
Tony Finau
Taylor Moore
Russell Henley
Nick Taylor
Si Woo Kim
Tom Kim
Xander Schauffele
Adam Schenk
Jason Day
Collin Morikawa
Emiliano Grillo
Sepp Straka
Corey Conners
Tyrrell Hatton
Jordan Spieth
Sungjae Im
Chris Kirk
Sam Burns
Sahith Theegala
Justin Rose
Kurt Kitayama
Denny McCarthy
Seamus Power
Lee Hodges
Adam Hadwin
Byeong Hun An
Adam Svensson
Matt Fitzpatrick
Andrew Putnam
Eric Cole
J.T. Poston
Brendon Todd
Cam Davis
Cameron Young
Hideki Matsuyama
Tom Hoge
Harris English
Patrick Rodgers


Walter Lis

Walter Lis is the managing editor of Chicago Golf Report. Launched in 2010, Chicago Golf Report is the most visited website on Chicago golf and is one of the top ten most popular local golf websites in the country. We are a digital-only news and information resource covering everything golf in Chicago and its suburbs, providing the latest news about local golf facilities, golf events, golf instruction and even golf business.

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