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FEDEXCUP


Luke Donald is very familiar with Conway Farms, the 2013 BMW Championship venue.


BMW CHAMPIONSHIP


SEPTEMBER 12-15, CONWAY FARMS GOLF CLUB, LAKE FOREST, IL.


Following an off week in the schedule, the top 70 players in the standings will convene in suburban Chicago at Conway Farms Golf Club, a first-time PGA TOUR and BMW Championship venue. Conway Farms, a 1991 Tom Fazio design, hosted the 2009


Western Amateur and the 2012 U.S. Mid-Amateur Championship and now steps up to the PGA TOUR. The course will play more than 7,200 yards and features a Scottish links style feel. “As a long-time member at Conway Farms, I feel like it offers


one of the best all-around tests of golf in the Chicago area and will be a course that my fellow pros really enjoy,” said Chicago resident and Northwestern graduate, Luke Donald. “For a relatively young golf course, Conway Farms has quickly become a prestigious club, and because it provides such a different test every time you play, it is sure to make the BMW Championship a thrilling event for players and fans alike.” The last Chicago club located in the North Shore area to host


the BMW Championship was Northfield’s Sunset Ridge Country Club in 1972 when the tournament was known as the Western Open. The 2011 BMW Championship was hosted by Cog Hill Golf & Country Club in south suburban Lemont. McIlroy went back-to-back in the FedExCup Playoffs last year with a victory at Crooked Stick in Carmel (IN).


The par-4 17th hole at East Lake is part of a difficult finish at the TOUR Championship by Coca-Cola.


TOUR CHAMPIONSHIP BY COCA-COLA


SEPTEMBER 19-22, EAST LAKE GC, ATLANTA, GA.


Brandt Snedeker shot rounds of 64-68 on the weekend last year to win at the Donald Ross-designed East Lake Golf Club, the home of Bobby Jones. East Lake’s test concludes with three challenging holes—two


par 4s and a long, uphill par 3. The par-4 16th hole is a downhill, 481-yarder that begins from an elevated tee with a view of the Atlanta skyline. The 453-yard 17th skirts the East Lake on the left and makes the players think about being bold on their second shots. The 235-yard, uphill, par-3 18th is a rare par-3 finish that forces players to hit long irons under pressure. The historic venue includes the Tudor-style clubhouse that


has a virtual Jones museum inside—from Jones’ Grand Slam trophies from 1930, to his original gray locker on display in the Golf Shop. ■


How They Did It


PGA TOUR members earn points based on their finish during the season, with a strong emphasis placed on winning and high finishes. The top 125 players advance to the FedExCup Playoffs, a series of four $8 million tournaments offering quintuple points.


Year 2007


2008 2009 2010 2011


Champion Tiger Woods


Vijay Singh Tiger Woods Jim Furyk Bill Haas


2012 Brandt Snedeker 26 PGA TOUR ESSENTIAL GUIDE 2013


The Barclays DNP


1 T2 DQ


T24 2


The Playoffs feature a progressive cut, beginning with The Barclays in New Jersey (125 players), continuing with the Deutsche Bank Championship


Deutsche Bank T2


1


T11 T37 T61 6


in suburban Boston (100 players) and the BMW Championship in Lake Forest (IL) (70 players). A reset takes place, seeding the top-30 players for the culminating TOUR Championship by Coca-Cola in Atlanta, where the FedExCup Champion is crowned. Here’s a look at the previous FedExCup Champions and their performance in the FedExCup Playoffs:


BMW Championship TOUR Championship by Coca Cola 1


1


T44 1


T15 T16 T37


T22 2 1 1 1


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