BMW Championship. Zach Attack Wins It.

Zach Johnson attacked the Conway Farms Golf Course to win the BMW Championship by two shots.

In complete control

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Zach Johnson shot a bogey free final round -6 under par 65 to finish the tournament with a -16 under par total. He now has a chance to win the FedExCup next week at East lake in the Tour Championship, he is now in fourth place in the standings. This is Zach’s tenth win in his ten years on Tour, he tried to explain what it all meant;

It’s extremely difficult, I’m not sure I fully grasp it. The parity on the TOUR and in the world is second to none. I’m just thankful it has been 10 years, and hopefully many more.”

Nick Watney finished in second place at -14 under par, his last round of -7 under par 64 being the best round of the day.

Poor old Jim Furyk ended up in third place, a final round of even par 71 condemning him to add another 54 hole lead into a defeat, the count is now six times in his career. He finished with a total of -13 under par.

Nick Watney’s  64 and Luke Donald’s 66 helped both men to play their way into the Tour Championship, thus eliminating Lee Westwood and Harris English.

The Top 30 for The Tour Championship:

1 2 Tiger Woods 315 4352 4037
2 1 Henrik Stenson 178 4229 4051
3 3 Adam Scott 205 4122 3917
4 23  27 Zach Johnson 2500 3843 1343
5 4 Matt Kuchar 228 3330 3103
6 8 Steve Stricker 563 3180 2617
7 5 Graham DeLaet 205 3011 2806
8 6 Phil Mickelson 178 2939 2762
9 7 Justin Rose 178 2842 2664
10 9 Brandt Snedeker 400 2726 2326
11 15 Jim Furyk 1000 2718 1718
12 22  34 Nick Watney 1500 2693 1193
13 10 Jordan Spieth 273 2519 2246
14 12 Jason Day 563 2347 1785
15 18 Hunter Mahan 563 2164 1601
16 11 Keegan Bradley 273 2138 1866
17 14 Gary Woodland 255 2026 1771
18 17 Bill Haas 205 1923 1718
19 16 Kevin Streelman 178 1895 1718
20 13 Jason Dufner 80 1861 1781
21 20 Webb Simpson 228 1758 1531
22 22 Billy Horschel 255 1746 1491
23 29 Charl Schwartzel 400 1719 1319
24 25 Roberto Castro 280 1678 1398
25 24 Sergio Garcia 255 1664 1409
26 19 Boo Weekley 80 1640 1560
27 26 Brendon de Jonge 255 1634 1379
28 21 D.A. Points 68 1564 1496
29 25  54 Luke Donald 563 1555 992
30 23 Dustin Johnson 40 1468 1428

There is no Bubba Watson, Lee Westwood, Rory McIlroy, or Ian Poulter.

BMW Championship. 4th Round Play Suspended.

Fourth round play at the BMW Championship at Conway Farms Golf Course has been suspendedJim Furyk and his playing competitor Steve Stricker were among the 11 twosomes that had not yet started their final rounds.

See you on Monday

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Jim spent Saturday night sleeping nervously on his one-stroke 54-hole lead at the BMW Championship, and he will have to do the same thing again Sunday night, as he never even got started on Sunday. Non stop rain had engulfed Conway Farms Golf Course on Sunday, which resulted in their being two lengthy delays to play. This ultimately forced a halt to the tournament with a suspension of play for the day. and a return to the golf course Monday morning for the conclusion of the BMW Championship.

Jim admitted he was anxious to get out there and play, if the weather permitted;

“Obviously I’m anxious to get out there and play, as is everyone else. But the good news is no one wants to go out and play in this, and slop it around in bad weather on a golf course where we’re playing the ball down and it’s probably a little too wet out there. At this point after sitting around all day, it’s probably a positive because it was looking like if I did get out on the golf course, it would have only been for a hole or two, and it’s tough to get real excited about that. Hopefully the course will dry up nicely, it’s going to be a different golf course tomorrow. It was real firm and fast all week. I expect that won’t be the case tomorrow with all the rain we got today.”

Slugger White, the PGA TOUR’s Vice President for Rules and Operations said;

“We’ve got maybe some scattered lake showers in the morning, but for the most part, we feel pretty good that we might see some sunshine tomorrow, it’s going to be better as the day goes on. Mother Nature just won’t give us a break here as far as shutting this faucet off,”

The final round is set to resume at 9 a.m. ET Monday morning, with Jim and Steve, his closest pursuer, scheduled to tee off in the last group of the day at approximately 10:40 a.m. ET. The forecast is favorable, so there should be no further delays.

Steve was thankful that he did not have to go out in the wet conditions;

“I think we got the better end of the deal by not even playing in it. It looked like it was pretty tough conditions for everybody, and cold weather and rain. I didn’t have to really go out and get started in it and come back in, all that stuff. So that was good, I guess, in that respect.”

Third placed Brandt Snedeker was disappointed;

” It was disappointing because you want to get out there and it’s the Playoffs and you’ve got one more tournament to go. You want to get out there and finish it on time. But I’ll be excited to play tomorrow.”

Zach Johnson in fourth place said he will need to adjust to the course conditions;

“I’m going to have to get a feel for the course early on and see exactly what kind of a plan I can have. There’s only so much you can do, maybe a little bit more aggressive, but yet you’ve still got to pay attention to how the golf course is playing. This course can bite you if you get too aggressive. It’s just one of those things you’ve got to roll with it and hopefully get the speed of the greens down early.”

It will be interesting to see who will make it into the top thirty at  the end of the day.

The BMW Championship. Jim Stays In front.

Jim Furyk followed his record breaking 59 with a more modest 69, but still stays in front at the BMW Championship at Conway Farms Golf Course.

Another fine day

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Jim had a third round -2 under par 69 which gave him a tournament total of -13 under par, just one shot ahead of Steve Stricker. Jim was reasonably happy with today’s result, but said it could have been better;

“The goal was to go out and shoot a good number today, get myself in position to win this golf tournament. It could have been better out there. Obviously, I dropped that shot at 18, which I’m disappointed. It was probably one of the easier holes of the day. But I’ve got myself in good position, so rather than harp on the last hole, I’d probably tend to want to think about tomorrow and what I have to do to try to win a golf tournament.”

Steve Stricker is just one shot back at -12 under par, after his third round -7 under par 64 moved him into contention for the final round. Steve admitted he had a number in his head that he wanted to shoot today, he didn’t quite make it, but was happy all the same. The key shot for Steve was his sand wedge from 99 yards at the par 4 15th hole, he slam-dunked the shot for an eagle two. Steve also thinks the weather will a big part tomorrow, forecast is 90% chance of rain;

“I had a number in mind to start the day, which I typically don’t do, came up a little short, but all in all it was a good day. I’ve holed out a few wedges over my career, but I don’t know if any of them slam-dunked in that like. It’s a shock to see something like that go in.The weather is going to be an issue,

Third place belongs to Brandt Snedeker, a third round of even par kept him in contention, at -11  under par. Brandt was really disappointed with his effort today;

“Today was a struggle, hit it really poorly all day.”

Zach Johnson had a -2 under par 69, he is also within sight of the leaders, at -10 under par.

Next in line at -9 under par is Tiger Woods, Tiger had been penalized two shots for accidentally moving his ball in the rough when clearing away some debris. He did not agree with the decision;

“After seeing the video I thought the ball just oscillated, I thought that was the end of story. But they saw otherwise. We had a very good discussion, they replayed it again and again and again, and I felt the same way. It’s hard when situations like that happen, I had to fight, and I fought my tail off today, and I’m very proud of that, and I got myself back in the tournament. You know, there were a lot of thoughts going on Friday night, but the sun comes up in the east, and we start a new day. I had a nice little run to at least get myself in there where I have a chance tomorrow,

BMW Championship. Furyk Catches Snedeker With a 59.

Jim Furyk catches Brandt Snedeker at the top of the leaderboard after scoring a record breaking -12 under par 59 in the second round of the BMW Championship at Conway Farms Golf Club in Illinois.

The writing's on the ball

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Jim shot a record breaking -12 under par 59 to catch Brandt Snedeker at the top of the leaderboard at the half-way stage of the BMW Championship. Play in the second round had been backed up late in the BMW Championship, forcing the trio of Jim Furyk, Gary Woodland and Jason Dufner to cool their heels and wait a while. At the time Jim was just two shots away from a record breaking 59, it was not good timing. Jim said of the delay;

” We hadn’t waited all day, it kind of broke up the rhythm. The nerves kicked in a little bit. I’m not a smell-the-roses type of guy, but how many times am I going to shoot 59 in my life? I’m going to enjoy this one a little bit, and I’ll have a big, fat smile on my face when I go to bed. But I’ll have to calm down later and realize that I’ve got myself in contention in a golf tournament.”

Jim needed  to play his last nine holes in 4 under to shoot -12 under par 59 , caddie Fluff Cowan knew it was possible;

“I thought to myself, ‘there’s something happening here.”

This was just an amazing day, not just for Jim, but for golf. It just goes to prove that anything is possible.

Brandt Snedeker could not believe it, this was his response when told of the score;

“What the heck, are you serious? There’s no way.”

Zach Johnson summed it up;

” That is ridiculous”

At the end of the round Jim and Brandt are tied at the top with -11 under par. Zach Johnson is in third place at -8 under par, and a whole host of players at -6 under par. Tiger Woods slipped back with a second round of +1 over par 72, missing some very short putts along the way. There are some big names in the lower half of the leaderboard, but none bigger that Rory McIlroy, who is dead last at the moment. It seems that there is nothing Rory can do to right the ship at the moment.

Congratulations to Jim Furyk, I hope this record round will not unhinged his victory charge, I am sure Brandt will not just lie down and roll over.

The BMW Championship. Snedeker Siezes the Lead.

Brandt Snedeker has seized the first round lead at the BMW Championship on the Conway Farms Golf Club course in Illinois.

Snedeker heats up

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Brandt managed to birdie seven straight holes in his first round of -8 under par 63, but only has a one stroke lead at the BMW Championship. He said it was just one of those rounds;

” One of those days where everything seemed to go right in the middle of the round,” 

Zach Johnson is in second place at -7 under par, after his opening effort of -7 under par 64, just one shot back.

Zach said that remaining patient is the key;

“I felt comfortable coming into the week, if anything it was one of those days, and weeks where I’m just really trying to remain patient because I’ve been so high on my game for so long that it’s just a matter of sticking to that patience sort of attitude and mentality because I’ve been so close so often as of the last two or three months. But I know it can switch, it can flip. So remaining patient, just trying to stick to my process each hole, each shot, and it’s just one round, but certainly it was very solid.”

Four players are tied in third place at -4 under par; they are, Charl Schwartzel, Steve Stricker, Tiger Woods, and Kevin Streelman.

Tiger lamented missing some short putts;

“I’m not exactly real happy, I played well and I just didn’t get much out of that round. It’s just reading the greens, the familiarity, I just don’t quite have it, and some of the putts are a little bit tricky here and there.”

Tiger was also unable to take advantage of the par fives;

“That’s just not very good, it was a golf course in which you could be really, really aggressive,”

FedExCup points leader Henrik Stenson, misfired today, finishing with a +1 over par first round of 72. Tomorrow will be really interesting, to see who finishes inside the top thirty and goes forward to the Tour Championship sponsored by Coca Cola. There are some very big names outside of the top thirsty cut off at the moment.

BMW Championship, World Number One Rory McIlroy Wins Again.

Driving away

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Rory McIlroy, the World number one, won the BMW Championship at Crooked Stick, Carmel Indiana on Sunday with a strong final round of -5 under par, 67 and a tournament winning total of -20 under par. This is back to back wins for Rory and the third win in his last four starts. He won the PGA Championship last week, this now gives him four wins on the season. Rory said he is confident and playing well;

” I’m just on a great run at the moment. I’m playing well, I’m confident, just hope to keep it going. It’s great to be able to win events like this where the quality of the field is so good. The more you put yourself in this position, and the more you win and the more you pick up trophies, it becomes normal, and it feels like this is what you’re supposed to do. I don’t think I’m quite there yet, but I’m getting to that stage where I’m thinking, this is what I should be doing. I should be lifting a trophy at the end of the week. It’s been great, the last four, five weeks have been incredible, some of the best golf that I’ve ever played. I’m going to try and keep the run going for as long as possible.”

Two shots adrift of the leader were Lee Westwood and Phil Mickelson, who tied for second place at -18 under par. Tiger Woods and Robert Garrigus finished tied for third spot with a tournament total of -17 under par.

Lee Westwood commented about Rory;

” I played with him when he was 13, and you could see it then. He’s just maturing all the time, as he will do. And he’s a very, very good player.”

Vijay Singh, who started in the final group on Sunday with Phil, slumped to a disappointing +1 over par last round of 73, finishing the tournament at -15 under par, five shots back of the winner.

Phil also praised Rory;

” A lot of people stayed neutral and Rory geared ahead “

Tiger Woods was also complementary;

” Rory is putting on a show out there, and we’ve got one more tournament. He’s going out there and is up near the lead and posts a good number. He’s doing the things he needs to do, and as he said yesterday, he’s feeling very confident about his game. Right now he’s just really played well, and he’s making a ton of putts. That’s a great combo.”

Final Standings for the FedEx Cup, the Tour Championship by Coca Cola at East lake Golf Course in Atlanta Georgia, to be played September 20 – 23, 2012.


1 Rory McIlroy
2 Tiger Woods
3 Nick Watney
4 Phil Mickelson
5 Brandt Snedeker
6 Louis Oosthuizen
7 Dustin Johnson
8 Lee Westwood
9 Zach Johnson
10 Jason Dufner
11 Bubba Watson
12 Sergio Garcia
13 Steve Stricker
14 Keegan Bradley
15 Luke Donald
16 Matt Kuchar
17 Carl Pettersson
18 Jim Furyk
19 Bo Van Pelt
20 Robert Garrigus
21 Adam Scott
22 Ernie Els
23 Hunter Mahan
24 Justin Rose
25 Webb Simpson
26 John Huh
27 Rickie Fowler
28 Ryan Moore
29 John Senden
30 Scott Piercy

BMW Championship 3rd round, Vijay and Phil at the top.

Sunday shootout in store

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Vijay Singh and Phil Mickelson sit atop the leaderboard after the third round of the BMW Championship at Crooked Stick Golf Course in Carmel Indiana on Saturday. Vijay had a modest -3 under par 69, against Phil and his magnificent third round of -8 under par 63. Both players sharing the top spot at -16 under par. The rest of the field is very close behind them, World number one, and last weeks winner Rory McIlroy is tied in third place with Lee Westwood at -15 under par. The best golfers in the world tore it up, aided and abetted by the organizers, lift, clean and place just made it too easy for the likes of these guys.

Vijay answered a question about whether he could last the four rounds;

” I’ve one more to do, I’ve got to play a little better than what I did today. I’ve got to make less mistakes than I did today. I think I can do that.”

Phil Mickelson is glad that his game is back, he affirmed that with his 10 birdies on the round today;

” It’s taken me a little while to piece it back together, but I could tell last week that my game was back and I was ready to play at the highest level again, I came out Thursday and forced it a little too much the front nine. But after that, I’ve been able to settle down and play some good golf. I’m looking forward to tomorrow’s shootout. It should fun.”

Rory McIlroy was delighted to be only one shot back of the leaders after a not very good third round;

” I’m delighted just to be one back going into tomorrow because the display of golf I put on out there from tee to green was not very good. I hung in there and made some putts on the back nine and was able to get myself back in the tournament.”

Lee Westwood spoke about the star-studded top of the leaderboard;

” The cream has risen to the top, hasn’t it.”

There are 16 players that are separated by only five shots, that between them have won 29 majors and 21 World Golf Championships, and four of them have been at No. 1 in the Official World Golf Ranking over the last decade, that’s some leaderboard.

There are three players hovering at -14 under par, Adam Scott and Robert Garrigus shot rounds of  -6, 66 today, while Dustin Johnson had a -5, 67 for the same total for the tournament. Tiger Woods is alone in eighth place at -13 under par after his meager third round of -1 under par 71.

Tiger said he thinks he still has a chance, if he plays well;

” I’m within reach, I have to probably shoot 63 or 64 tomorrow to have a chance.”

Adam Scott commented on the gallery, and said he was pleased to be in the mix;

“The crowd is pretty rowdy, and it’s an incredible leaderboard, it’s going to be fun. I’m glad I put myself in that position.”

 It seems that just about everyone has something at stake tomorrow, and everyone has a chance, Dustin Johnson summed it all up;

” It’s the Playoffs, guys come to play golf in the big tournaments. It seems like all year the top guys are up there every time.”

Lets go play golf.

BMW Championship, 2nd Round, Amazing Ageless Vijay

Ageless wonder

Ageless Vijay Singh/Halleran/Getty Images

The second round of the BMW Championship at Crooked Stick has been completed and amazingly the seemingly ageless Vijay Singh is sitting comfortably at the top of the leaderboard. VJ had a second round score of -6 under par 66, for a tournament total of -13 under par, one shot clear of the chasing pack. Vijay Singh is trying to make the Tour Championship by Coca-Cola for the 17th time. That prowling pack, at -12 under par includes World number one Rory McIlroy, Tiger Woods and Ryan Moore, this is a very closely contested event at the top of the leaderboard. Vijay had 11 one-putt greens on Friday and made 17 of 18 putts inside 10 feet, including four consecutive birdies, which really set him up today;

” That kind of got me going. When I did miss the green, I stuck my chip shot very close, so always nice to keep the momentum going.”

Rory McIlroy said he kind of struggled today, he needed to concentrate on his game;

” There was a few struggles going on I think we needed to concentrate a little bit more. Things were sort of coming easy yesterday. We needed to concentrate out there and try and shoot the best score possible, and we obviously both did that. I didn’t play as well as I did yesterday but was able to get it around. It seemed like every time I missed the green, I missed it in the wrong spot and left myself difficult chips. But I took advantage of the opportunities that I did give myself, and I just think I’m putting so well recently that any time I do get a look on the green for birdie. I’m sort of making those and that’s making up for some of it.”

Tiger Woods also admitted that he was not quite right, said he was;

” Slapping it everywhere, I didn’t have it with my swing. Just kind of fighting it around here. I was grinding hard, staying as patient as possible. You look up at the scores, the guys are just running off. I just wanted to get to double digits today. I felt like that would have been a good accomplishment the way I was hitting the golf ball.”

Lee Westwood and Bo Van Pelt are another shot back at -11 under par, just about everybody else is close behind. Those currently not contending too well include, Luke Donald, Sergio Garcia and Brandt Snedeker, all Ryder Cup participants.




BMW Championship, Its Bunched at the top.

The BMW Championship got off to a flying start here at Crooked Stick Golf Club, Carmel, Indiana, Its bunched at the top of the leaderboard after Thursdays opening round. Four players are sharing the top position at -8 under par, after rounds of 64 they are;  Webb Simpson, Bo Van Pelt, Graham DeLaet and last weeks winner, World number one Rory McIlroy. Rory and Tiger Woods were paired up for this opening round, and they seemed to enjoy it, Rory said;

“I’ve always enjoyed playing with Tiger, and every time that we’re paired up, we seem to have a good time. I felt like my iron play was some of the best it’s been all year, basically in my whole life. I was giving myself a lot of opportunities to attack the pins from the fairways as well. I just have to try and keep doing that for the next three days. With the soft conditions, you could really shoot a number out there, and I did.”

Tiger was very complementary about Rory, and his impact on the game of golf;

“It’s a lot of fun, this is the next generation of guys coming out. He hits it great, putts it great, and on top of that, he’s just a really nice kid. The game of golf is in great hands with him, and he’s here to stay. I wasn’t playing particularly well, but I scored. Rory, on the other hand, played beautifully today. Every single part of his game was working. It all looked good. I was very fortunate to post the number I shot.”

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Just one behind after finishing with rounds of 65 and scores of -7 under par are Tiger Woods and Vijay Singh, both previous winners of the FedEx Cup.

Another shot further back are three players on -6 under par; Luke Donald, Ryan Moore and Ryan Palmer. There are a plethora of players at -5 and -4 under par, the course is playing very easy with the recent rain softening the greens and also the players are allowed to pick, clean and place their ball, none of that tough stuff we have to play through, all we get is play the ball as it lies.

One of the TV commentators was talking about the new BMW M5, saying it was much more fuel-efficient than the old model. That is not much consolation for us guys down here in New Zealand, the government have just increased the price of gas because all us good Kiwi’s  have bought fuel-efficient cars. This means that we are not buying as much fuel as we used to, that’s got to be good, right. Not so, say the government, it means they are losing tax dollars, so they increased the price of gas to compensate.

I am currently between BMW’s, having recently sold my 7 series, so at the moment I am in a vacuum, and a little crest fallen.

Justin Rose ready to defend his BMW Championship Crown

Justin Rose is keen and eager to defend his BMW Championship Crown, as he tries to become the ninth golfer ever to win consecutive BMW Championship/Western Open titles. Eight of the previous back-to-back winners won at least three majors and is also a member of the World Golf Hall of Fame. Four of the eight are ranked among the PGA Tour’s top-10 all-time winners, and now Justin has a unique chance to join them. The some of the names included on the winners’ list are,  Walter Hagen, Ben Hogan, Jack Nicklaus, Arnold Palmer, Sam Snead  and Tiger Woods.

Justin said;

“It’s overwhelming to think that you grew up watching the Western Open and that you’re a part of that tournament and that heritage. When I won last year, they gave me two trophies, and you know, it’s not often that you win a tournament and you get two trophies.”

Justin Rose Justin Rose of England tees off on the 1st during the Pro-Am round prior to the BMW PGA Championship on the West Course at the Wentworth Club on May 23, 2012 in Virginia Water, England.

 Justin Rose Andrew Redington/Getty Images Europe)
The tournament this year is  temporarily leaving the familiar setting of suburban Chicago, where Rose won last year, for the PGA Tour’s first stop in Indianapolis in more than two decades, at Crooked Stick. Ticket sales for the Sept. 6-9 event have been brisker than organizers anticipated.
Justin can happily recall  every vivid detail from Crooked Stick’s last PGA event.  The tale of John Daly’s late-night arrival at the 1991 PGA Championship to the to the roaring crowds that followed the late alternate player all weekend, and Big John’s fist-pumping stroll down the 18th fairway, Justin can recall all the details like he was there in person.
“It was the whole story, him driving through the night, getting there late. I think it shows you that sometimes expectations, or the lack thereof, is a mindset that brings out the best in us. I feel like sometimes, I’ve played my best golf when I was really sick. When you talk about the FedEx Cup and the playoffs, sometimes, I think it’s important to not believe your own words and to simplify it to just golf. What we hadn’t had in recent years was Tiger competing for the FedEx Cup. With him being up there, he’s going to want to come here and play well and that’s good. But it’s a case of beware of what you wish for.”
Justin is interested in the history of Crooked Stick, and would like to meet Pete Dye in person, or even maybe see him riding around Crooked Stick with his dog in the golf cart.


“The history is what really makes tournaments great. The list of names on that trophy,  Hogan, Snead, Palmer, Nicklaus and Tiger , is really great.  I’ve never done it, won back-to-back, and it would be one of those ticks on the to-do list. As the defending champ, you want to come back and do yourself proud, but you don’t want to put too much pressure on yourself.”