One of the oldest and most respected international golf tournaments in the world is back as the BMW Championship gets underway once again. The tournament has featured some of the biggest names in the sport's history over the years. The latest edition is now just around the corner, so book your BMW Championship tickets and experience all that it has to offer, live at the Conway Farms Golf Club.
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A look into the past
The BMW Championship was formed in 1899 as the Western Open and it was started by the Western Golf Association. The WGA has looked after every edition of the competition to date and has been instrumental in turning it into the world renowned golf event it is today. It is now officially recognized as the third longest running golf tournament in the world, with only the British Open and the US Open superseding it. The tournament has been held each year since its date of inception, except for the year 1900 and the four World War years. The venue has changed several times too but the event has stayed in the Chicago metropolitan area since 1962, with this year's event being held in Lake Forest, Illinois.
The BMW way
The tournament's name was last changed in 2007. It is still run by the WGA, however the criteria for playing has since been altered as the competition became part of the FedEx Cup playoff series. Only the top seventy golfers in the annual PGA Tour who have amassed the most points qualify for the championship. The top thirty point leaders at the end of the BMW Championship then challenge for the FedEx Cup Championship.
Bow to the champions
The BMW Championship has always featured some of the biggest names in golf and the tradition is maintained to this day. In its latest edition, the player with the most tournament wins will be Tiger Woods who has won it twice, in 2007 and 2009. He also set the record for the highest aggregate score with two hundred and sixty two. The last edition of the championship was won by an American named Billy Horschel. He won close to one and a half million dollars in prize money, out of the total purse which was at eight million dollars. This is a huge increase from the original amount of fifty dollars that the winner of the inaugural edition received in 1899.
A bright future
The BMW Championship has won the last three consecutive Tournament of the Year Awards from the PGA Tour and this is just another example of how highly it is rated by everyone associated with golf. The latest edition is all set to carry this incredible legacy forward and add its own chapter to it. Grab your BMW Championship tickets to watch all the action at the Conway Farms Golf Club and be a part of this momentous event.