Golf glance: BMW Championship headlines week

Thursday, 14 September 2017, 04:55:23 AM. PGA TOURBMW CHAMPIONSHIPSite: Lake Forest, Ill.Course: Conway Farms GC. Yardage: 7,208. Par: 71.Purse: $8.75 million (First prize: $1,575,000).Television: Thursday-Friday, 3-7 p.m. (Golf Channel); Saturday, 1-3 p.m. (Golf Channel), 3-6 p.m. (NBC); Sunday, noon-2 p.m. (Golf Channel), 2-6 p.m. (NBC).Defending champion: Dustin Johnson.Last tournament: Justin Thomas won the Dell Technologies



Site: Lake Forest, Ill.

Course: Conway Farms GC. Yardage: 7,208. Par: 71.

Purse: $8.75 million (First prize: $1,575,000).

Television: Thursday-Friday, 3-7 p.m. (Golf Channel); Saturday, 1-3 p.m. (Golf Channel), 3-6 p.m. (NBC); Sunday, noon-2 p.m. (Golf Channel), 2-6 p.m. (NBC).

Defending champion: Dustin Johnson.

Last tournament: Justin Thomas won the Dell Technologies Championship.

FedEx Cup leader: Jordan Spieth.

Notes: This is the final FedEx Cup playoff event to finish in the top 30 and advance to the Tour Championship for a shot at the $10 million prize. ... Bill Haas is No. 30 and has a 24-point lead over Canadian rookie Mackenzie Hughes. ... Conway Farms is hosting the BMW Championship for the third time in the last five years. ... Phil Mickelson and Charley Hoffman are the only players to reach the BMW Championship all 11 years of the FedEx Cup. ... Rory McIlroy is at No. 51. ... With a 70-man field, this is the first playoff event without a cut. ... Sergio Garcia is No. 34. If he fails to advance, it would be the second straight year a major champion competing in the FedEx Cup playoffs did not make the Tour Championship. Henrik Stenson missed last year while deal with a knee injury. ... Spieth has been runner-up at both FedEx Cup playoff events this year. Stenson in 2015 also was runner-up in the opening two playoff events. ... The BMW Championship will go to Aronimink outside Philadelphia next year and return to the Chicago area in 2019 at Medinah.

Next week: Tour Championship.





Site: Evian-les-Bains, France.

Course: Evian Resort GC. Yardage: 6,470. Par: 71.

Purse: $3.65 million (First prize: $547,500).

Television: Thursday-Friday, 5-8 a.m., 9:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. (Golf Channel); Saturday, 6:30-11:30 a.m. (Golf Channel); Sunday, 8 a.m. to noon (Golf Channel).

Defending champion: In Gee Chun.

Last week: Lexi Thompson won the Indy Women in Tech Championship.

LPGA money leader: Sung Hyun Park.

Notes: This is the fifth and final major of the year. ... Thompson became the fourth player to win multiple times on the LPGA Tour this year. The others are I.K. Kim, So Yeon Ryu and Sung Hyun Park, who all have won majors. ... Chun set an LPGA major championship record last year at 21-under 263. ... Karrie Webb needs a victory to become the only woman to capture six majors on the LPGA schedule. She previously won the Kraft Nabisco, LPGA Championship, U.S. Women's Open, du Maurier Classic and Women's British Open. .She won the Evian in 2006 before it was a major. ... The Evian Championship began in 1994 as a Ladies European Tour event. It became an official LPGA Tour event in 2000, and then it was designated a major championship in 2013. ... Thompson moved up to No. 2 in the world ranking behind Ryu. ... Lydia Ko now has gone a career-high 28 tournaments without winning. Her runner-up finish in Indianapolis pushed her past $8 million in career earnings in just 93 starts.

Next tournament: New Zealand Women's Open on Sept. 28-Oct. 1





Site: Spijk, Netherlands.

Course: The Dutch.

Purse: 1.8 million euros.

Television: Thursday-Friday, 7:30-9:30 a.m. (Golf Channel). Saturday, 3-5 p.m. (Golf Channel); Sunday, 2-5 p.m. (Golf Channel).

Defending champion: Joost Luiten.

Last week: Matt Fitzpatrick won the Omega European Masters.

Race to Dubai leader: Tommy Fleetwood.

Notes: Padraig Harrington is the field. ... Ernie Els pulled out to stay with family and friends in Florida because of Hurricane Irma. ... Seve Ballesteros won his first European Tour event at the Dutch Open in 1976, closing with a 69 for an eight-shot victory over Howard Clark. ... The list of champions in a tournament that dates to 1972 include Payne Stewart (1991) and Scott Hoch (1995). ... Fleetwood leads the Race to Dubai by nearly 1 million euros. The next three players behind him, all Spaniards — Sergio Garcia, Jon Rahm and Rafa Cabrera Bello — are in America playing the FedEx Cup playoffs. ... Peter Uihlein, who just earned a PGA Tour card through the Tour Finals, is at No. 13 in the Race to Dubai.

Next week: Portugal Masters.





Site: Boise, Idaho.

Course: Hillcrest CC. Yardage: 6,880. Par: 71.

Purse: $1 million (First prize: $180,000).

Television: Thursday-Friday, 12:30-2:30 p.m. (Golf Channel); Saturday-Sunday, 5-8 p.m. (Golf Channel).

Defending champion: Michael Thompson.

Last tournament: Peter Uihlein won the National Children's Hospital Championship.

Next week: DAP Championship.





Site: Victoria, B.C.

Course: Bear Mountain Resort (Mountain Course). Yardage: 6,915. Par: 71.

Purse: $2.5 million (First prize: $375,000).

Television: None.

Defending champion: Colin Montgomerie.

Last week: Colin Montgomerie won the Japan Airlines Championship.

Charles Schwab Cup leader: Bernhard Langer.

Notes: Montgomerie has five career victories on the PGA Tour Champions, three of them when starting the final round at least three shots behind. ... Scott McCarron now has three runner-up finishes to go with four victories. He trails Langer by just $327,050 in the Schwab Cup. Both are playing in Canada this week, with first prize at $375,000. ... Kevin Sutherland has 29 straight rounds at par or better. He leads the PGA Tour Champions with 14 finishes in the top 10 and has made over $1.4 million this year, though he still hasn't won on the 50-and-older circuit.





Asian Tour: Shinhan Donghae Open, Bear's Best Cheongna GC, Incheon, South Korea. Defending champion: Gaganjeet Bhullar. Online:

Japan Golf Tour: ANA Open, Sapporo GC (Wattsu Course), Hokkaido, Japan. Defending champion: Brendan Jones. Online:

Mackenzie Tour Canada: Freedom 55 Financial Championship, Highland CC, London, Ontario. Defending champion: Paul Barjon. Online:

Sunshine Tour: Sun Boardwalk Challenge, Humewood GC, Port Elizabeth, South Africa. Defending champion: Ruan de Smidt. Online:

Challenge Tour: Irish Challenge, Mount Wolseley Hotel Spa and Golf Resort, Carlow, Ireland. Defending champion: Bernd Ritthammer. Online:


Symetra Tour: Murphy USA El Dorado Shootout, Mystic Creek GC, El Dorado, Ark. Defending champion: Madelene Sagstrom. Online:

Korean LPGA: BMW Ladies Championship, Sky 72 GC, Incheon, South Korea. Defending champion: Jin Young Ko. Online:

Japan LPGA: Munsingwear Ladies Tokai Classic, Shinnan Aichi CC (Mihama Course), Aichi, Japan. Defending champion: Teresa Lu. Online:

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