Category: 2013 BMW Championship


September 18, 2013

Hurt Locker: Frustrated Henrik Stenson tears up Conway Farms locker after BMW Championship

Posted at 9:53 PM by Josh Sens

Stenson_main_vert_300It doesn't have the sordid grandeur of a rock star trashing his hotel room.

But check out the Keith Richards-style wreckage wrought by Henrik Stenson at Conway Farms Golf Club outside Chicago on Monday, following his rough showing at the BMW Championship.

Conway Farms officials did not respond to a request for information on the incident.

But photos obtained by Golf.com show a damaged wooden locker at the club, its door ripped off, a shelf disjointed [photo right]. And Stenson’s agent, R.J. Nemer, confirmed by email that Stenson was responsible for the reverse-carpentry.

Nemer said the incident was the result of a “frustration that manifested itself,” adding that Stenson had paid for the damage and had “apologized to the appropriate parties.”

Stenson, who arrived at the BMW atop the FedEx Cup standings, was four-under-par and tied for 18th after the first three rounds of the tournament. But his temper flared and his score soared during Monday’s rain-delayed finale, which saw him card a three-over 74. After bogeying the par-3 17th and hitting a wayward tee ball on the 18th hole, Stenson took out his frustrations on his TaylorMade driver, smacking it so hard on the ground that its head flew off.

Stenson is no stranger to on-course eruptions. Witness his outbursts at this year’s Masters and the 2011 U.S. Open at Congressional, where he injured himself while smashing an iron on the ground.

This time, though, Stenson’s anger followed him indoors.

His poor performance at the BMW dropped him to second place in the FedEx Cup race behind Tiger Woods.

It’s unclear what his fury in the locker room cost him.

Now it's on to the Tour Championship at East Lake Golf Club in Atlanta and a field limited to 30 golfers.

There is no cut. Even the 30th place finisher in the FedEx Cup is guaranteed to receive $175,000.

Barring any additional temper tantrums, Stenson should earn enough to zero out his credit card bill.

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Another look at the Conway Farms locker room. Stenson's locker is back right.

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September 15, 2013

McIlroy baffled by poor play in 2013

Posted at 8:02 PM by Pete Madden

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What a difference a year makes. Just ask Rory McIlroy.

Rewind to September 2012 and the 23-year-old phenom had just won the BMW Championship in Indianapolis, his second consecutive FedEx Cup playoff victory, becoming the first player to win four times on Tour since Tiger Woods seven years earlier.

Having started 2013 as the world's No. 1 golfer, poised to build on one of the most lucrative campaigns in the sport's history, it will come as no surprise that McIlroy didn't expect to be slamming his trunk a week early.

""If someone had asked me at the start of the year, would you be more surprised at not winning a major or not getting to the Tour Championship, of course I would have said the latter," said McIlroy, whose opening rounds of 77 and 78 dropped him to dead last halfway through the 2013 BMW Championship and sunk his hopes of advancing to East Lake. "The majors are based on one week, four times a year when a lot of things have to go your way. But over the course of the season, I feel like I should be able to play well enough to get to East Lake. I didn't expect to be in this position."

McIlroy earned just one Top 5 finish this season (second at the Valero Texas Open), and as ESPN.com's Bob Harig reported, any number of factors -- including controversial club changes and romance in the public eye -- could be to blame.

With the new 2013-2014 Tour schedule, McIlroy's road to the 2014 Tour Championship could start sooner than you think, so at least he'll have a week's head start to figure it out.

(Photo: Sam Greenwood / Getty Images)

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BMW Championship suspends play, will conclude Monday

Posted at 5:18 PM by Pete Madden

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Torrential rain at Conway Farms suspended play in the final round of the BMW Championship twice on Sunday, pushing the tournament's conclusion to Monday.

Only six players managed to complete their final rounds, while 22 had yet to tee off when tournament officials blew the horn to clear the course.

2013 has been a particularly wet one on the PGA Tour: the BMW Championship is the 22nd Tour event delayed by inclement weather this year.

Jim Furyk, the leader at 13-under on the strength of a second round 59, will attempt to end a three-year PGA Tour victory drought when he finally tees off Monday morning. He will be followed closely by Steve Stricker (12-under) and Brandt Snedeker (11-under). Tiger Woods stands in fifth place at 9-under.

Live final round coverage will begin at 10 a.m. ET on the Golf Channel.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

(Photo: Conways Farms / Getty Images)

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