Category: BMW Championship

September 15, 2013

McIlroy baffled by poor play in 2013

Posted at 8:02 PM by Pete Madden


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'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


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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September 14, 2013

Video: Hunter Mahan makes an ace at BMW Championship

Posted at 8:32 PM by

Hunter Mahan probably won't win the BMW Championship, but at least he'll leave with a happy memory. He jarred a five-iron on the par-3 17th hole in the third round, and went on to fire a six-under 65. He trails Jim Furyk by six shots entering the final round.

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September 11, 2013

Live Coverage of Round 1 of the 2013 BMW Championship

Posted at 3:55 PM by will live-blog Tiger Woods' opening round at the 2013 BMW Championship, beginning at 11:53 a.m. ET.

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August 26, 2013

Denver sports stars attend golf's "Husher School"

Posted at 3:24 PM by Scooby Axson

The 2014 BMW Championship is more than a year away, but the tournament officials are bringing out the heavy hitters to promote it.

A few of Denver's biggest sports stars shot a TV commercial for the tournament, which will be the penultimate event in the PGA Tour’s FedExCup Playoffs, held at the Cherry Hill County Club Sept. 1-7 in Denver. It will be first time since the 1985 PGA Championship that Tour players will compete at Cherry Hills.

Denver Broncos executive vice president of football operations John Elway, Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning, John Lynch, a retired safety who played four seasons with the Broncos and Chauncey Billups, who went to the University of Colorado and played three seasons with the Denver Nuggets, participated in the commercial.

In the 30 second spot (watch below), the four are attending "Husher School," attempting to learn the different ways to tell a golf crowd to be quiet, which includes "lifting" weights and carrying signs that say "Quiet, please."

September 11, 2012

Truth & Rumors: Crooked Stick bidding to host 2020 PGA Championship

Posted at 11:05 AM by Mark Dee

Crooked Stick made the most of its turn hosting the last week's BMW Championship, complete with marquee leaderboard. So what if Rory McIlroy quashed some of the drama Sunday by proving once again that he's the world's best golfer? Lately, he tends to do that regardless of where he's playing.

Turns out, even before all that, the Carmel, Ind., track had tossed its name into the ring for the 2020 PGA Championship, according to Phil Richards of the Indianapolis Star.

A formal presentation was made to PGA of America CEO Joe Steranka and managing director of championships Kerry Haigh on Aug. 30 and the BMW Championship served as a proving grounds of sorts.

"The golf course works and the market is outstanding," Ted Bishop, vice president of the PGA and director of golf at The Legends Golf Club, Franklin, Ind., said Monday. "It just gets down to logistical issues the site presents and, I think, if they can be worked out, there is a great chance it's going to happen."

First, though, Crooked Stick is working to wiggle itself into the BMW's rotation. Currently, sites are set through 2014, when BMW's sponsorship deal runs out. The Western Golf Association, which throws the party, will need to get another deal in place before picking future locales.

Fair to say the audition went well, according to the Indianapolis Business Journal. Crowds far exceeded last year's event in Chicago, despite some traffic issues. And TV numbers -- aided by a who's who of golf's last decade vying for the title -- saw a big boost, jumping 160 percent over last year, according to Sports Media Watch.

The takeaway: If Crooked Stick stays on the straight and narrow, we'll see it again soon enough.

September 09, 2012

Live coverage of 2012 BMW Championship: Round 4 Live Blog

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September 06, 2012

Tiger Woods and Rory McIlroy put on a show at BMW Championship

Posted at 5:01 PM by

Tiger-RoryThe two most popular golfers on the planet put on a show in the opening round of the BMW Championship.

Rory McIlroy and Tiger Woods, the first- and third-ranked golfers in the world, played in the same group at Crooked Stick Golf Club in Carmel, Ind., and the high-wattage duo combined to make 16 birdies and one eagle on the day. McIlroy finished with an eight-under 64 and a share of the lead with Bo Van Pelt and Webb Simpson, while Woods shot a 65 to trail by one.

Starting on the 10th tee, Woods birdied five of his first seven holes en route to a front-nine 32. He made four more birdies on his final nine holes, punctuated by a 30-foot birdie putt from the fringe on the par-5 ninth hole that drew a roar from the packed stands.

"I scored today; Rory and I played beautifully," Woods said. "I was very fortunate to post the number that I shot."

McIlroy, 23, answered Woods's long putt on the final hole by drilling a five-foot birdie putt of his own to match Simpson and Van Pelt for the day's low round.

"I'm not going out there trying to beat Tiger or anyone else," McIlroy said of his pairing with Woods. "I just try to shoot the best score possible."

Playing alongside Woods and McIlroy, Nick Watney shot a two-under 70.

At 7,516 yards, Crooked Stick is one of the longest courses on Tour this season. But low winds and soft conditions created an opportunity for low scores, and the pros took advantage.

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Truth & Rumors: Rory McIlroy supplants Tiger Woods as Vegas favorite at BMW

Posted at 11:46 AM by Mark Dee

Here at Rumors, we rarely take note of Vegas golf odds. Why? Because the favorite is always Tiger.

Until it's not. Then the odds are worth noting.

Like this week, at the BMW Championship, where the Las Vegas Hotel & Casino's Sportsbook unseated Woods in favor of Rory McIlroy, according to Yahoo!'s Jonathan Wall.

As Wall notes, McIlroy opened at 6-to-1, slightly ahead of Woods, who is 7-to-1. Bomber Dustin Johnson rounded out the top three, coming in at 12-to-1, followed by a rash of players at 20-to-1.

September 05, 2012

Live Coverage of 2012 BMW Championship: Round 1 Live Blog

Posted at 2:47 PM by live blogged the opening round of the BMW Championship. Learn what happened below.

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