|BMW Classic - September 04, 2007
BMW CHAMPIONSHPThe Third of Four Playoff EventsCog Hill Golf and Country Club (Dubsdread)Lemont, ILPar: 35-36—71Yards: 7,326FedExCup Points: 50,000 Winner: 9,000Purse: $7,000,000Winner: $1,260,0002006 Champion: Trevor Immelman (268, -16)
BMW Championship Notes
Jim Furyk has an impressive record in Western Golf Association events and has enjoyed success in the Chicago area. Furyk won the Western Junior Championship in 1987 in East Lansing, MI, he captured the U.S. Open at Olympia Fields in and he has seven top-10 finishes in this event, including five in a row. Furyk won in 2005, tied for third in 2000 and 2003, tied for fourth last year and tied for seventh in 2004.
Walter Hagen owns the record for most tournament wins with five, while Willie Anderson and Billy Casper each won this event four times. Hagen also was runner-up four times during his career (1916-32).
In the 16 years the tournament has been held at Cog Hill, only one player has hit all 18 greens in regulation in a single round. Joe Durant did it in the third round in 1998, the year he won the event. Durant hit 65 of 72 greens in regulation that week, a TOUR mark that still stands as the best since 1997.
Seven of the 11 players who finished inside the top 10 a year ago at Cog Hill (two players tied for 10th) are in this week’s field, led by defending champion Trevor Immelman. Also playing this week who were in the hunt a year ago are Tiger Woods (tied for second in 2006), Stewart Cink, Tim Clark, Jim Furyk, Carl Pettersson and Vijay Singh (tied for fourth in 2006).
Six players have shot 63 at Cog Hill since the Lemont, IL, course became the tournament’s home in 1991. But of those five, only one—Stephen Ames in 2000—is playing this week. The other 63 shooters are Jeff Sluman (1992), John Adams (1993), Dudley Hart (1998) and Brian Henninger (2000).
The last five BMW Championship winners are all competing this week in the third Playoffs event. Here are the champions and their position in the standings: Jerry Kelly (27), Tiger Woods (3), Stephen Ames (69), Jim Furyk (7) and Trevor Imelman (38).
E NOTES FROM THE PGA TOUR
Seven players enter this week’s BMW Championship with good feelingsabout Cog Hill GC having recorded victories there previously in their careers. Tiger Woods has won three times (1997, 1999, 2003) and Billy Mayfair (1995), Steve Stricker (1996), Robert Allenby (2000), Jerry Kelly (2002), Jim Furyk (2005) and Trevor Immelman (2006) haveall won once at the Chicago course.
Who has improved his position the most in the first two weeks of thePGA TOUR Playoffs for the FedExCup? Arron Oberholser has climbed 43places from 72nd all the way to 29th.
Four players have earned Top-10 finishes in each of the first two PGATOUR Playoff events — Steve Stricker (1-T9), Phil Mickelson (T7-1),Geoff Ogilvy (T4-T6) and Rory Sabbatini (3-T6).
Five rookies — Brandt Snedeker, Anthony Kim, Jeff Quinney, JohnMallinger and Steve Marino — have advanced to the third week of the PGA TOUR Playoffs.
His record is pretty special just about everywhere, but Tiger Woods has a particularly impressive record at Cog Hill. In his nine prostarts at the BMW Championship, Woods has made all nine cuts, won three times, been second twice and recorded seven Top-10 finishes. He’s 99-under par at Cog Hill and has finished under-par in all nine starts.
Bubba Watson leads the TOUR in Driving Distance with a 315.3 yardaverage. Strangely, though, he has only one of the 100 longestdrives recorded on TOUR this year. On the other hand, Troy Matteson, who is 42nd on TOUR in Driving Distance (296.2) has seven of the 100 longest drives this season.
Six players who were members of the Nationwide Tour last year haveadvanced to the third week of the PGA TOUR Playoffs for the FedExCup. Brandt Snedeker, Boo Weekley, Jeff Quinney, Ken Duke, Steve Marino and John Mallinger were all Nationwide Tour players in 2006.
Jason Day is having a terrific first season on the Nationwide Tour.The 19-year old Aussie is third on the money list ($320,589) with awin and seven Top-10 finishes, the most on Tour. He’s first in the All-Around stat category and is second in Scoring Average. He’s alsofifth in Driving Distance and T4 in Putting.
Of the 70 players who advanced to the third week of the PGA TOURPlayoffs for the FedExCup, 40 are former Nationwide Tour players.
The Champions Tour is off this week and only five events remain toqualify for the season-ending Charles Schwab Cup Championship.Gil Morgan’s victory last week at the Wal-Mart First Tee Open atPebble Beach made the Oklahoma native the 17th player in ChampionsTour history to win after his 60th birthday.
In his 289 career starts on the Champions Tour, Hale Irwin has 108 Top-3finishes. The all-time leader with 45 victories, Irwin also has 43runner-up efforts and 22 third-place finishes. He has finished in the Top-3 in 37.3% of his career starts.