|BMW Championship - September 07, 2010
FedEx Cup PGA TOUR Playoffs
Charley Hoffman couldn't count all the perks that came with winning the Deutsche Bank Championship, just like he lost track of the 11 birdies he made in a Labor Day masterpiece. He moved up 57 spots to No. 2 in the FedExCup standings, giving him a shot at the $10 million bonus. He gets to play all four majors, after not getting into any of them this year. That includes a trip down Magnolia Lane at Augusta National to compete in his first Masters.
Hoffman shot 64-67-69-62 for a 22-under-par total and a 5-shot victory.
The PGA TOUR Playoffs for the FedExCup continues this week at the BMW Championship, the final event before the 30-man THE TOUR Championship presented by Coca-Cola:
• The projection for the 30th position is roughly 1,550 points following the BMW Championship.
• Players currently ranked 13th or better are mathematically locked and cannot fall out of the top 30, regardless of the outcome at BMW.
• Players currently ranked 14th to 19th are highly likely to finish inside the top 30, regardless of the outcome at BMW.
• Currently ranked 51st with 1,032 points.
• Likely needs a top-5 finish or better at BMW to advance to THE TOUR Championship.
• Players seeded in the top 5 control their destiny; they will win the FedExCup with a win at THE TOUR Championship.
• The projection for the fifth position is roughly 3,000 points following BMW.
• The top seed at THE TOUR Championship has a significant advantage over the rest of the field to win the FedExCup.
• Any player currently ranked 16th or better has the potential to move to No. 1 with a win at BMW.
• Charley Hoffman (currently No. 2) is the only player guaranteed to be the top seed if he wins at BMW.
Six past champions of the BMW Championship are in this week’s field – Stephen Ames (2004), Jim Furyk (2005), Steve Stricker (1996), Scott Verplank (1985), Camilo Villegas (2008) and Tiger Woods (1997, 1999, 2003, 2007, 2009). Verplank (Butler National GC) and Villegas (Bellerive CC/St. Louis) are the only two players not to have won their titles at Cog Hill G&CC.
Matt Kuchar, currently No. 1 on the FedExCup points list through the Deutsche Bank Championship, won the 1997 U.S. Amateur at Cog Hill G&CC, site of this week’s BMW Championship.
Camilo Villegas has posted top-10s at all three BMW Championships since the inception of the PGA TOUR Playoffs for the FedExCup in 2007.
Three players played their way into the top 70 and the BMW Championship after beginning the playoffs No. 101-125 – Andres Romero (68), Kevin Streelman (26), Tiger Woods (51).
Charley Hoffman matched the second-lowest 18-hole score in PGA TOUR Playoff history with a final-round 9-under-par 62 en route to victory at the Deutsche Bank Championship last week.
Player Tournament Score Par Round Finish
Zach Johnson 2007 TOUR Championship 60 70 3 2
Mike Weir 2008 Deutsche Bank Champonship 61 71 1 2
Tiger Woods 2009 BMW Championship 62 71 3 1
Charley Hoffman 2010 Deutsche Bank Championship 62 71 4 1
Tiger Woods closed out the Deutsche Bank Championship with three consecutive rounds in the 60s for the first time since the opening three rounds of the 2009 TOUR Championship when he locked up his second FedExCup trophy.
The Vardon Trophy for lowest adjusted scoring average will almost certainly be decided during The Playoffs. Steve Stricker (69.61) and Matt Kuchar (69.61) are currently deadlocked through the Deutsche Bank Championship, with J.B. Holmes (69.86), Retief Goosen (69.86) and Justin Rose (69.70) just behind the duo.
Tiger Woods looks for his sixth BMW Championship title this week. If he is successful in his defense, it would mark his fifth PGA TOUR event with at least six victories.
Before winning the Home Care & Hospice First Tee Open at Pebble Beach, Ted Schulz’s previous best finish on the Champions Tour was a T15 at the Boeing Classic, the week before.
Ted Schulz was the first winner of the Home Care & Hospice First Tee Open who did not card a final-round score of 68 or better at the event.
Tom Pernice Jr.’s runner-up finish at the Home Care & Hospice First Tee Open is his best performance of the year on the Champions Tour and his fifth straight top-10.
The Posco E&C Songdo Championship presented by Gale International has a Champions Tour record $3 million purse.
The Posco E&C Songdo Championship features six players who have won this season, including Bernhard Langer, who has posted five victories in 2010. Other 2010 winners scheduled to tee it up are Tom Watson, Mark O’Meara, Fred Funk, David Frost and David Eger.
The Posco E&C Songdo Championship represents a significant moment in Champions Tour history. The Tour has ventured outside of the United States to several international destinations such as Canada, Mexico, United Kingdom, Puerto Rico and the Dominican Republic, but this is the first official event in the Asian region.
Mark Calcavecchia has some history in Korea. The Champions Tour rookie won the 2004 Maekyung Open at the Lakeside CC in Seoul, coming from one stroke back entering the final round.
This week's Utah Championship presented by Utah Sports Commission marks the first of four straight western stops (Boise, Idaho, Midland, Texas, San Jacinto, Calif.) for the Nationwide Tour. The Tour visits Utah for the 12th year in a row dating back to 1999. Willow Creek Country Club has been the host venue every year.
A fun event initiated by a handful of players four years ago in Utah has turned into a nice tournament tradition – “Mustache Week”. For the past few weeks, Nationwide Tour players have been growing their whiskers. Mustaches will be judged and a 2010 winner determined on Tuesday evening at a barbecue at the Willow Creek Country Club swimming pool. Golf Channel will be on hand to capture footage of the “competition”.
Kevin Kisner's win on Sunday in the Mylan Classic gave the University of Georgia back-to-back wins on the Nationwide Tour. Chris Kirk, who won last week in Knoxville, played three years on the Georgia golf team with Kisner, including 2005 when they won the NCAA Championship. The last time players from the same university won in consecutive weeks was 2004 when Franklin Langham, Ryuji Imada and Justin Bolli won three in a row.
Michael Johnson of Birmingham, Ala. captured the 4th Junior PLAYERS Championship on Sunday with a 4-under-par 212 total on THE PLAYERS Stadium Course at TPC Sawgrass. The 17-year-old who is Auburn bound next year now finds himself making plans for a return trip to PGA TOUR headquarters to play in the inaugural Winn-Dixie Jacksonville Open presented by Planters in October (18-24) via his champion's invitation. The Junior PLAYERS mirrored conditions and the 7,215-yard, par-72 layout used at THE PLAYERS in May.
Charley Hoffman’s win on Sunday at the Deutsche Bank Championship upped the number of Nationwide Tour alumni wins on the PGA TOUR to 283. The San Diego native earned his PGA TOUR card for 2006 after finishing 19th on the Nationwide Tour money list the preceding fall.