Wissenswertes zur BMW Championship.
In 2007, the season in which the FedExCup Playoffs were introduced, one of the most iconic PGA TOUR tournaments was given a new name: BMW Championship. Previously, the tournament hosted by the Western Golf Association was known as the Western Open. It was held for the first time in 1899, which makes it the third-oldest tournament still being held on the PGA TOUR, after the Open (1860) and the U.S. Open (1895). The winner of the BMW Championship is presented with two trophies: the traditional J.K. Wadley Trophy – a challenge cup – and the BMW Trophy, which they get to keep.
All net proceeds from the BMW Championship benefit Western Golf Association’s Charity, the Evans Scholars Foundation, which provides full housing and tuition college scholarships to hardworking young caddies. Since the tournament’s inception in 2007, the BMW Championship has raised more than $35 million for the Evans Scholars Foundation. For the 2019-2020 academic year, a record 1,000 caddies attended 18 major colleges and universities on Evans Scholarships. Currently there are more than 11,500 Evans Scholarship alumni nationwide.
PGA TOUR Tournament of the Year.
In 2014, the BMW Championship, which was held at Cherry Hills Country Club in Denver (Colorado), dominated the headlines once again. The penultimate event of the playoffs was named “PGA TOUR Tournament of the Year” for the third consecutive year – an achievement that remains unmatched to this day. The BMW Championship tournaments previously received the accolade of “PGA TOUR Tournament of the Year” at Conway Farms Golf Club (Chicago, Illinois, 2013), Crooked Stick Golf Club (Indianapolis, Indiana, 2012) and Bellerive Country Club (St. Louis, Missouri, 2008)
Americans Tiger Woods (2007, 2009) and Dustin Johnson (2010, 2016) are the only two pro golfers to have won the BMW Championship twice. The record winner of the Western Open, as the BMW Championship was called between 1899 and 2006, is Walter Hagen (USA) with five titles (1916, 1921, 1926, 1927, 1932). Woods won the Western Open in 1997, 1999 and 2003 in addition to his two BMW Championship victories, which also brings him to a total of five tournament wins.