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First Look: BMW Championship

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The PGA TOUR heads to Delaware for the first time as the BMW Championship kicks off at Wilmington Country Club.

FIELD REMARKS: Only the top 70 in the FedExCup standings will earn their place in the BMW Championship… Scottie Scheffler, who entered the playoffs at No. 1 in the FedExCup, just missed out on a FedEx St. Jude Championship cut, just his fourth from the season… Other notables looking to bounce back from a missed cut in Memphis are former FedExCup winners Rory McIlroy and Jordan Spieth… The TOUR’s biggest stars will continue their quest for the FedExCup at Wilmington Country Club, whose n World No. 1 Scheffler; Patrick Cantlay, defending BMW and FedExCup champion; Open and PLAYER winners Cameron Smith, Sam Burns and Xander Schauffele, who each have three wins this season… Five TOUR rookies – Cameron Young, Davis Riley, Taylor Pendrith, Mito Pereira and Sahith Theegala – qualified for the second event of the Playoffs with eyes on the end of their first TOUR season at East Lake… The BMW Championship field will be confirmed when the FedExCup standings are established following the conclusion of the FedEx St. Jude Championship on Sunday.

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FEDEXCUP: The winner receives 2,000 FedExCup points.

CLASSES: Wilmington Country Club (south course), par 71, 7,534 yards. Designed by Robert Trent Jones Sr. in 1959 (the original Wilmington Country Club, on a different site, was established in 1901), the course was reworked by Andrew Green in 2021 after a tornado ripped through the area in August 2020 In just five minutes, 300 trees were downed by the tornado, including a 250-year-old white oak tree, which allowed Green to push the 14th green back 60 yards. Tournament routing will intersperse the front and back new holes of the course (e.g. numbers 1, 2, 3 and 4 are actually the 10th, 13th, 14th and 15th holes for members). Green was originally contracted by the club to redesign its north course, but following the tornado the club had Green work on the south course as it also prepared for the arrival of the TOUR.

The club has hosted six USGA events in the past, as well as the 2013 Palmer Cup competition between Europe and the United States. This American team included Justin Thomas.

STORY LINES: A dramatic reduction in the FedExCup field will occur after the BMW Championship, with only the top 30 in the FedExCup standings qualifying for the season finale at East Lake…Automatic qualifying for Presidents Cup teams will also be determined after the BMW. , with six Americans and eight Internationals earning spots on their respective teams…Unlike the FedEx St. Jude Championship, there is no BMW Championship cut…No golfer has defended their BMW Championship title since he became a FedExCup playoff event in 2007…The last two and three of the last four BMW Championships have been won in the playoffs…Olympia Fields, which hosted the BMW Championship in 2020, will return as host of the next year.

RECORD 72 HOLES: 261, Patrick Cantlay/Bryson DeChambeau (2021 – Caves Valley Golf Club)

WILMINGTON COUNTRY CLUB RECORD: N / A

RECORD 18 HOLES: 59, Jim Furyk (2nd round, 2013)

WILMINGTON COUNTRY CLUB RECORD: N / A

LAST TIME: Patrick Cantlay rode a hot putter to beat Bryson DeChambeau in a dramatic and thrilling six-hole playoff to win the 2021 BMW Championship en route to winning the FedExCup. Cantlay closed with a 6-under 66 on Sunday, making 8-foot putts for par on 16, 8-foot bogey on 17 after his tee shot found water and a 20-footer on the 72nd hole to force a playoff with DeChambeau, who shot his own 66 on Sunday. Cantlay earned 14.6 strokes on the greens that week, the most in a single event since that stat began in 2004. The pair finished at 27 under for the week, with DeChambeau becoming the first golfer in history of the TOUR to shoot a score of 261 and not win a title. Cantlay and DeChambeau made matching pars for the first four holes of the playoffs before birdying on the par-3 17th, fifth hole of the playoffs. DeChambeau had a chance to win in regulation but missed a 12-of-18 birdie try. He had three more birdie tries in the playoffs and missed them all. Cantlay birdied 18 feet on the sixth and final playoff hole for the victory. It was a two-horse race until Sunday when Sungjae Im, who finished third, was four strokes clear of the playoffs. Rory McIlroy was fourth while Erik van Rooyen was fifth.


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