BMW Championship. Jason Wire to Wire to #1 in the World

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Winning the BMW Championship, wire to wire at Conway Farms Golf Club has elevated Jason Day to #1 in the world rankings.

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Jason had a final round -2 under par to post a total of -22 under par to win the BMW Championship, and to achieve his boyhood dream of becoming the Worlds #1 player, and the youngest ever Australian to carry that mantle.

It is hard for Jason to explain his recent run of good form;

“It’s tough to explain, I’ve just been working so hard. All I want to do is win.”

“That’s been my mentality. Ever since the Open Championship, something changed in my head.”

“I felt like it was my time to start winning tournaments. Ever since then it’s been a phenomenal run.”

“Yesterday and today were the toughest rounds I ever had to play in my entire life, just knowing that I had the opportunity to get to number one.”

“Stepping up and playing the way I did today was great, just to really understand what I put into my game to get to where I am today.”

Daniel Berger finished in second place, six shots back at -16 under par, he also had a -2 under par 69 last round.

Scott Piercy was alone in third position with -15 under par, a final round -1 under 70.

Rory McIlroy tied in fourth place with J.B. Holmes and Rickie Fowler, all at -14 under par.

Zach Johnson posted the low round of the day, -7 under par 64, he finished T13.

Only the top 30 players go on to contest the Tour Championship and FedExCup, at East Lake, and some top players have missed out. Phil Mickelson, Ian Poulter and Sergio Garcia will not be there.

BMW Championship. Jason Has Six Shot Lead.

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Jason Day has put more daylight between himself and the chasing pack, and will take a six shot lead into the final round of the BMW Championship at Conway Farms Golf Club in Chicago.

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Jason, from Australia, had a quieter round today, -2 under par 69, but will still take a six shot lead into the final round of the BMW Championship. With the win Jason  will finally take his place as #1 in the Official World Golf Ranking, and it does not matter where the current No. 1, Rory McIlroy, or No. 2 Jordan Spieth finish, either. Life could not be any better right now, I bet even the engraver has started his work.

Jason felt the slow down in his pace;

“It really feels like I was shooting 80 out there compared to the last two days.”

“I think this was one of the more important rounds to get through.”

“I’m glad it’s over, and I extended the lead by one more shot. I’m pretty happy with how things are going.”

 “I really feel like I got everything that I possibly could out of today’s round. That was the best score I could have shot.”

Second place is shared between Scott Piercy and Daniel Berger, at -14 under par they have not got a hope of catching the leader.

Scott would like to know what Jason has for breakfast;

“This kid must be eating trophies for breakfast, I’d love to know what he’s having.”

Rory McIlroy is alone in fourth spot at -13 under, he carded -4 under par 67 in round three and is happy he is getting better with each day, but missed a few putts today;

“Another case of hit it really good and gave myself loads of chances and didn’t really convert many.”

“At least, I’m getting better each and every day.”

“You want to be out there trying to win the golf tournament, not thinking about trying to finish third or second or whatever.”

 “But I’ll go out there and try and play the best I can, and if I can convert a few more chances that 67 today could turn into 63 or 62 tomorrow, and you never know.”

Tied in fifth place are Rickie Fowler, Dustin Johnson and Kevin Na, all at -12 under par for the tournament.

Rickie admits that the race for the title is over;

“It’s almost like there’s a secondary tournament going on for the guys that are 8, 12 under right now.”

“I’m driving it better, but made more putts in Boston, if it wasn’t for Jason, I’d only be two strokes off the lead.”


BMW Championship. Jason Puts Daylight Between Him and Rivals

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Australian Jason Day has put some daylight between himself and his rivals at the BMW Championship at Conway Farms Golf Club in Chicago.

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Jason missed his 59 to complete the first round, finishing with a -10 under par 61. He then carded a tour record 36 hole PGA Tour record of 124, with a second round -8 under par 63, to post -18 under par for the two rounds, and an unassailable five shot lead. Amazingly there were eight three’s on his card today, the World Golf Ranking #1 spot will be his come Sunday.

Jason said he could have been even better;

“I should’ve got to nineteen under, that would have been nice.”

“It’s over now, I’ve got to look ahead to tomorrow’s round now.”

Daniel Berger and Brendon Todd share second place, those five shots back at -13 under par. Brendon equalled the -8 under par 63 today of Jason, while Daniel carded -7 under 64.

Jordan Speith and Kevin Na are tied in fourth position, both at -11 under par. Jordan, playing alongside Jason, scored -5 under par 66, and said he should be paying to watch Jason perform;

“I feel like I should be paying to watch this event.”

Jason is the third man in the intriguing race for the Official World Golf Ranking # 1 spot, and his win here will elevate him to that success. The current incumbent Rory McIlroy, is on -9 under after an improved second round -6 under par 65 in the BMW Championship, but he is still nine strokes back of the leader.

Justin Thomas, George McNiell and Scott Piercy are tied in sixth place, a distant -10 under par.

BMW Championship. Jason Beats the Living Daylights Out Of the Course.

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Jason Day beat the living daylights out of the Conway Farms Golf Club course in the 1st round of the BMW Championship. He was -10 under par after 17 holes before a huge impending storm brought play to a halt in Chicago.

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In his -10 under round so far, Jason has averaged 334.6 yards, thanks to his new driver, a  TaylorMade M1, which he put in his golf bag earlier this week. Jason said it has helped him hit it even further thanks to a lower descending angle and less spin. The chance of recording a 59 is there, but he will need to pitch it in for Eagle tomorrow morning;

“I’m walking through the locker room and people are going, ‘You’re playing off the ladies’ tees, or you’re playing a different golf course, or every time you hit a drive, it’s downwind for you.”

 “I’d like to say all those things are true, but they’re not.”

“Jordan told me that it was par-71 on nine. I probably should have known that because there’s three par-5s, but I wasn’t paying attention.’

“I didn’t think I’d have an opportunity of shooting 59. He was keeping count for me.” 

“As we’re walking up after the horn blew, Jordan said that I was going to hole out, and I said back to him, now I’m not going to do it because you said that.”

 “Obviously I want to hole it. I wasn’t really thinking about shooting 59. I obviously have an opportunity tomorrow to do it, so that’s pretty neat.”

“It’s going to be fun. These next few days are going to be exciting.”


Daniel Berger has completed his first round and sits in second place at -6 under par after his opening round of 65.

There are currently four players tied in third position at -5 under par; Brendon Todd who has finished his first round 66, Jordan Spieth, on 17, Kevin Chappell  on 16 and Justin Thomas, who has five holes left to play.

Jordan spoke about the clinic that Jason has provided;

“I don’t even think he knows I’m here.”

“It’s like I’m a paid amateur just watching him. He’s putting on a clinic.”

Daniel spoke about his decline in form, and trying to be rookie of the year;

 “Putting too much pressure on myself to be rookie of the year, to win, to have all these accomplishments when what I did to get to where I was, was not to care about any of that stuff.”

“I want to be in that top 30 so I can play four majors next year, and it sets my year up for weeks to come.”

“Like I said, I’ve had a great year regardless of what happens, and I’m just going to do what I can control, and if it happens, it happens.”

Jim Furyk has had to withdraw from the competition, after playing only six holes. starting on the back nine. Jim was suffering with a bad left wrist, and this is his first WD since the 1995 version of this event when it was still the Western Open.  In 2013, he shot the PGA Tour’s sixth-ever round of 59, here at Conway Farms Golf Club, and this is only the second time in his career that Jim has been forced to WD.

BMW Championship. Billy Lifts BMW Championship Trophy.

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Billy Horschel lifts the BMW Championship Trophy at Cherry Hills Country Club in Denver.

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Billy held it all together while those around him faltered, his final round -1 under par enough to give him the BMW Championship with a -14 under par tournament total.

Last week at the Deutsche Bank Championship he was tied second, a win this week, what is his prediction for the The TOUR Championship next week ?;

“I’m not going to go ahead and guarantee a victory right now, but I will say that I’m probably going to play very well and I will have a chance to win on Sunday.”

“You want to keep saying negative things to me, that just adds fuel to my fire, I’m going to stick it to you every time. If I was a betting man, I would put some money on me.”

Billy was not too impressed with his -1 under par final round effort;

“I didn’t have my great stuff, I had been holding it for way too many holes. I just felt like, you know, I can sort of relax now.”

Bubba Watson had to settle for second place, a last round -4 under par 66 not good enough to make a challenge, finishing two shots behind at -12 under par, he laid the blame on poor putting;

” You’re going to have weeks like that, and I’ll take it. It’s one of those things where I had a shot, second place is a start in the right direction.”

“10 million bucks worth of putts wouldn’t be too bad.”

Morgan Hoffman took third place, a superb last round of -7 under par 63 and -11 under par total, it was also good enough to get him into the top 30 for The TOUR Championship next week, his first ever appearance. He will also get to play the Majors, with friend Rickie Fowler;

“It means the world to me.”

“It’s going to be really exciting to play in the majors with him next year, it’s always been a dream of mine to play in the Masters.”

“I didn’t really hit it much better on the weekend than the first two days.”


Sergio was cruising along and seemed almost certain to catch Billy, or at least bring some pressure to bear, unfortunately he failed miserably when he carded an eight at the par 5, 17th, some very poor chip shots costing him dearly, and he was only 89 yards from the green.

He tweeted;

“Shame about the 17th today but still very happy with the week. Looking forward to the @playofffinale!”

“It’s what happens when you’re not just mentally sharp.”

Ryan Palmer had it going, until the 12th, which he bogeyed, then followed that with a double on 13th and two more bogey’s at the end, on 15 and 18.

He finished with a +1 over par 71 and -9 under par total, a rare shank started the rot;

“It wasn’t very good, obviously, it came out straight right.”

“You know, it’s a fickle game.”

Rory McIlroy tweeted that just in case you missed his four-putt yesterday, he did it again today.

This is how the top five line up for next weeks TOUR Championship

1. Chris Kirk 2. Billy Horschel 3. Bubba Watson 4. Rory McIlroy 5. Hunter Mahan

The strange thing is Dustin Johnson is in 30th place, the last qualifying spot, and he can not play, so why can they not call up the next man in line. Stuart Appleby ?


BMW Championship. Horschel Flying High, Rory In Retreat.

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Billy Horschel is flying high at the top of the BMW Championship leaderboard at Cherry Hills Country Club.

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Billy carded a third round -7 under par 63 and sits on top of the BMW Championship leaderboard with a three shot lead going into the final round at -13 under par.

Rory McIlroy went the other way lamely signing for a +2 over par 72, which leaves him nine shots off the pace and languishing at T10.

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A four putt triple bogey at the par 3 12th hole ended any hopes Rory had of lifting this particular trophy.

At the other end of the scale Billy sunk a 32-foot birdie putt on the 18th Saturday to post a 7-under 63 and take a three-shot lead over Ryan Palmer in the BMW Championship, he spoke about the positives;

“There were a lot more positives from last week to take than just one bad swing on the last hole. So, I knew coming in that I was going to play well.”

Ryan is not that far behind, scoring -3 under par 67 in his third round giving him a -10 under par tournament total;

“Rory, he’s No. 1 in the world, and Sergio has been up there for years, so, for me to come out and hang in there and play well, I’m taking the next step in my career, I think.”

Third place is shared by Martin Kaymer and Bubba Watson, both have -8 under par totals, but will have to go low tomorrow to catch the leader.

Morgan Hoffman posted the low round of the day, a magnificent -8 under par 62, but can only boast a -4 under par total. Knowing he had to finish this week in the top three to make it to the Tour Championship next week, today he just went out and played golf, and at one point in the round was thinking of a 59;

“I don’t have anything to lose, so I was just trying to have some fun. It was possible with three more birdies coming in.”

“We were feeding off each other a bunch, we were joking around the whole day. Kind of just messing with each other, which is a lot of fun out there. It really helped our game.”

Morgan is actually just four shots out of third place. If he can go really low once more he could well make it to next week;

“I’m going to be going low and being as aggressive as I can, there’s no reason not to.”

Phil Mickelson withdrew from the BMW Championship, bringing to an end to his worst PGA Tour season in more than 10 years. He quit after two days so that he could rest up before the Ryder Cup;

“My primary goal is to rest and prepare for the Ryder Cup. Without a chance to contend at the Tour Championship, the most important thing for me now is to prepare for the Ryder Cup.”

BMW Championship. Sergio Soars.

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Sergio Garcia soars to the top of the BMW Championship leaderboard at Cherry Hills Country Club.

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Sergio sunk a clutch putt on the 18th green to put some distance between him and the chasing pack of players at the BMW Championship. A superb second round -6 under par 64 gave Sergio his breathing space at the half-way stage of the tournament at Cherry Hills Country Club, posting a tournament total of -8  under par. A pulled second shot into the par five 17th, which ended in the lake, was rescued with a one putt par.

He was bothered by a strange medical condition with his left ear, but it clearly didn’t affect his golf;

“It’s happened before, but usually I kind of blow it and it gets back, but for some reason, it just didn’t feel quite the same. And it still doesn’t, but it’s definitely better. It shouldn’t be too big of a deal.”

“Obviously, it helped, because then I made 2 on the next hole.”

“It’s only Friday, so we still have two days to go, but it definitely helped my frame of mind going into the 18th tee, which today was playing quite hard. So it was nice to be able to get that up-and-down and then play 18 really well.”

“After a couple weeks where I didn’t play my best, and I didn’t feel quite that comfortable, it’s nice to at least put two solid rounds together here. I’m looking forward to playing well on the weekend, too. And then, obviously, get ready for the Ryder Cup.”

Ryan Palmer is alone in second spot, just one shot behind at -7 under par, a late run of birdies, on 13, 14 and 17, 18 helped him to his -6 under par 64. He thought the rains had made the greens softer, and more accessible and he was right;

“It was a great way to finish, I was glad I was one of the ones that shot low.”

Rory McIlroy and Billy Horschel are tied in third place at -6 under par. Rory was not too happy with his round overall, but was happy to birdie three of the last four holes;

“I feel much better coming off the golf course because I birdied three of the last four holes. I sort of struggled to get anything going today. It was a little cooler, so the ball wasn’t going quite as far, a little bit of wind, even though the course was softer, it still played pretty tough.”

Phil Mickelson is probably playing his last PGA TOUR event of the season, he needs to finish about fourth to qualify for the TOUR Championship but is 14 shots behind and in a tie for 63rd in the 68-man field.

Jason Day had to retire on the ninth hole, citing a back injury, but hopes to be ready for the TOUR Championship.