2016 BMW Championship Pre-Tournament Interview Schedule & Notes

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Tuesday, September 6
Approximately 3 p.m.              Marc Leishman (No. 70 in FedExCup)
Approximately 3:30 p.m.           Billy Hurley III

Wednesday, September 7
11 a.m.                                     Jason Day
Following 7:30 a.m. pro-am     Rory McIlroy
Following 8:20 a.m. pro-am     Patrick Reed

Pre-tournament notes
Dates:
September 8-11, 2016
Where: Crooked Stick GC, Carmel, IN
Par/Yards: 36-36—72/7,567 yards
Field: 70
2015 champion: Jason Day
Purse: $8,500,000/$1,530,000 (winner)
FedExCup: 2,000 points (winner)
Format: 72-hole stroke play
Twitter: @bmwchamps

FedExCup and the BMW Championship
The BMW Championship is the third of four events of the FedExCup Playoffs for the 10thconsecutive season since the Playoffs were introduced in 2007. There is more on the line than the BMW Championship trophy as players jockey for the coveted top-30 position to advance to the FedExCup Playoffs finale, the TOUR Championship.

  • The top 125 in the final PGA TOUR Season FedExCup Standings following the Wyndham Championship qualified for The Barclays.
  • The top 100 players on the FedExCup points list following The Barclays qualified for the Deutsche Bank Championship, with 25 players having been eliminated following the first week of the Playoffs.
  • The top 70 on the points list following the Deutsche Bank Championship qualify for the BMW Championship, contested at Crooked Stick Golf Club in Carmel, Ind.
  • The top 30 players following the BMW Championship will qualify for the TOUR Championship. Prior to the TOUR Championship, a points reset will take place, giving all players in the field a mathematical opportunity to win the FedExCup. The top-five players control their own destiny and would claim the FedExCup with a victory at East Lake.

BMW Championship returns to Crooked Stick

  • For the second time in history of the event, the BMW Championship will be contested at Crooked Stick Golf Club in Carmel, Ind., having previously hosted the 2012 BMW Championship won by Rory McIlroy.
  • The 2016 BMW Championship marks the fourth time the event has been played in Indiana. Walter Hagen won in 1926 at Highland Golf and Country Club in Indianapolis, and Johnny Revolta won in 1935 at South Bend Country Club in South Bend, Ind., while McIlroy won at Crooked Stick in 2012.
  • In addition to the 2012 BMW Championship, Crooked Stick also hosted the 1991 PGA Championship won by John Daly.
  • Crooked Stick is one of seven Pete Dye-designed courses on the PGA TOUR schedule in 2016-17 (Crooked Stick, TPC Sawgrass, Harbour Town GL, TPC River Highlands, TPC Louisiana, PGA West Stadium and Austin Country Club).
  • Twenty-nine players who competed in the 2012 BMW Championship will return to Crooked Stick in 2016 including 2012 winner Rory McIlroy and three other players in the top 10 of the FedExCup. (Defending champion Jason Day was not in the field in the 2012 BMW Championship field at Crooked Stick).

FedExCup        Player                          2012 finish
No. 3                Dustin Johnson             T6
No. 4                Rory McIlroy                 Won
No. 5                Adam Scott                  T6
No. 9                Jimmy Walker               64

A look back on the 2012 BMW Championship at Crooked Stick

  • Following his win at the Deutsche Bank Championship the week prior, Rory McIlroy won the BMW Championship to become the first player to win in back-to-back weeks since Tiger Woods in 2009.
  • The 2012 victory marked McIlroy’s sixth career win and fourth of the season, en route to winning PGA TOUR Player of the Year for the first time.
  • Four of the top-10 finishers at the 2012 BMW Championship held the No. 1 position in the Official World Golf Ranking, including Rory McIlroy (won), Lee Westwood (T2), Tiger Woods (T4) and Vijay Singh (eighth).

2012 BMW Championship leaderboard
Sep 6-9, 2012                Crooked Stick GC         Carmel, IN                     Par/Yardage: 36-36—72 (7,497 yds.)

1          Rory McIlroy     64-68-69-67—268 (-20)
T2         Phil Mickelson   69-67-64-70—270 (-18)
T2         Lee Westwood  68-65-68-69—270 (-18)
T4         Robert Garrigus 67-69-66-69—271 (-17)
T4         Tiger Woods     65-67-71-68—271 (-17)
T6         Dustin Johnson 68-67-67-70—272 (-16)
T6         Adam Scott      68-68-66-70—272 (-16)
8          Vijay Singh       65-66-69-73—273 (-15)
9          Jim Furyk          69-70-67-68—274 (-14)
T10       Ryan Moore      66-66-73-70—275 (-13)
T10       Bo Van Pelt      64-69-71-71—275 (-13)

A look back on the 2015 BMW Championship at Conway Farms

  • After winning The Barclays two starts earlier, Jason Day entered the final round leading by six strokes, the largest 54-hole lead on TOUR in the 2014-15 season. The closest anyone came to challenging Day was when Daniel Berger made birdie at No. 14 to get to 16-under to narrow the gap to four when Day was on No. 13. Day won by six, becoming the first player during the FedExCup era to win The Barclays and BMW Championship in the same season.
  • Day’s 193 total through 54 holes broke the previous low opening 54-hole record at the BMW Championship by four strokes: 197 – Camilo Villegas (2008), Tiger Woods (2009), Billy Horschel (2014).
  • With the victory, Day captured his seventh career PGA TOUR title, his fifth of the season and took over the No. 1 spot in the Official World Golf Ranking.

2015 BMW Championship leaderboard
Sep 17-20, 2015            Conway Farms GC        Lake Forest, IL             Par/Yardage: 35-36—71 (7,198 yds.)

1          Jason Day        61-63-69-69—262 (-22)
2          Daniel Berger    65-64-70-69—268 (-16)
3          Scott Piercy      67-65-67-70—269 (-15)
T4         Rickie Fowler    69-66-66-69—270 (-14)
T4         J.B. Holmes      70-65-67-68—270 (-14)
T4         Rory McIlroy     68-65-67-70—270 (-14)
T7         Dustin Johnson 71-62-68-70—271 (-13)
T7         Hideki Matsuyama72-63-70-66—271 (-13)
T7         Cameron Tringale72-64-69-66—271 (-13)
T10       Kevin Na           65-66-70-71—272 (-12)
T10       Henrik Stenson  71-63-71-67—272 (-12)
T10       Bubba Watson  65-70-72-65—272 (-12)

Current FedExCup Rankings (top 10)
1.      Patrick Reed                          3,975
2.      Jason Day                             3,409
3.      Dustin Johnson                      3,189
4.      Rory McIlroy                          3,115
5.      Adam Scott                           3,063
6.      Jordan Spieth                        2,451
7.      Russell Knox                          2,253
8.      Emiliano Grillo                        2,227
9.      Jimmy Walker                        2,112
10.     Paul Casey                            2,052

Players on the top-30 bubble
25.     Sergio Garcia                         1,478
26.     William McGirt                        1,468
27.     Bubba Watson                       1,460
28.     Matt Kuchar                           1,459
29.     Jhonattan Vegas                    1,437
30.     Brooks Koepka                      1,397
31.     Daniel Berger                         1,370
32.     Fabian Gomez                        1,362
33.     Smylie Kaufman                     1,353
34.     Jason Kokrak                         1,342
35.     Scott Piercy                           1,323

The top five in the FedExCup
The top five entering East Lake will control their own destiny and can win the FedExCup with a victory, most recently performed by Jordan Spieth in 2015.

No. 1 – Patrick Reed
2015-16 Season – With his one-stroke win over Sean O’Hair and Emiliano Grillo at The Barclays, Patrick Reed jumped from No. 7 to No. 1 in the FedExCup standings for the first time in his career. His victory at Bethpage Black (his fifth overall) marked the fourth consecutive season he has won on the PGA TOUR. He will be attempting to join Vijay Singh (2008) as the only players to win The Barclays and FedExCup in the same season.

FedExCup – Here’s a look at Reed’s year-by-year FedExCup results: 2013 (54), 2014 (21), 2015 (12), 2016 (1).

Reed’s FedExCup Playoffs tournament history at a glance (2013-2016)

Barclays

Deutsche Bank

BMW Championship

TOUR Championship

2016

1

  T5

2015

T62

T4

T28

27

2014

T9

T74

T53

T19

2013

CUT

T70

T59

Reed at the BMW Championship:

Year

Position

Rnd 1

Rnd 2

Rnd 3

Rnd 4

Total

To Par

2015 T28 68 69 69 70 276 -8
2014 T53 77 70 71 67 285 +5
2013 T59 72 78 70 71 291 +7
Average 72.33 72.33 70.00 69.33

71.00

1.3

No. 2 – Jason Day
2015-16 Season – Followed up his five-win season during the 2014-15 campaign with three victories this season, winning the Arnold Palmer Invitational, World Golf Championships-Dell Match Play and THE PLAYERS Championship. Day entered the Playoffs in the top spot in the FedExCup, but dropped to second with his T4 at The Barclays.

FedExCup – Here’s a look at Day’s year-by-year results in the FedExCup: 2008 (83), 2009 (48), 2010 (8), 2011 (12), 2012 (87), 2013 (17), 2014 (10), 2015 (3), 2016 (2).

Day’s FedExCup Playoffs history at a glance (2008-2016)

The Barclays

Deutsche Bank Championship

BMW Championship

TOUR Championship

2016

T4

  T15

2015

1

T12

1

T10

2014

T2

T7

W/D

T4

2013

T25

T13

T4

T14

2012

T24

T51

2011

T13

T3

T49

T6

2010

T5

T2

T54

T17

2009

T12

T19

T59

2008

T31

T50

Day at the BMW Championship:

Year

Position

Rnd 1

Rnd 2

Rnd 3

Rnd 4

Total

To Par

2015 1 61 63 69 69 262 -22
2014 W/D 70 70
2013 T4 71 66 70 66 273 -11
2011 T49 77 65 73 74 289 +5
2010 T54 72 76 71 74 293 +9
2009 T59 71 73 75 73 292 +8
Average 70.33 68.60 71.60 71.20

70.43

– 2.2

No. 3 – Dustin Johnson

2015-16 Season – Highlighted by his first major championship victory (U.S. Open) and a win at the World Golf Championships-Bridgestone Invitational, Dustin Johnson has enjoyed a stellar season that includes a career-best 12 top-10 finishes. The two victories give him at least one win in each of his first nine seasons, the best current streak on the PGA TOUR.

FedExCup – Here’s a look at his year-by-year results in the FedExCup: 2008 (134), 2009 (14), 2010 (5), 2011 (4), 2012 (8), 2013 (13), 2014 (30), 2015 (7), 2016 (3).

Johnson’s FedExCup Playoffs history at a glance (2008-2016)

The Barclays

Deutsche Bank

BMW Championship

TOUR Championship

2016

T18

T8

2015

T9

T44

T7

T5

2014
2013

CUT

T27

T62

5

2012

T3

T4

T6

T10

2011

1

T42

T65

T23

2010

T9

T57

1

T22

2009

T15

T4

T30

27

2008

MC

Johnson at the BMW Championship:

Year

Position

Rnd 1

Rnd 2

Rnd 3

Rnd 4

Total

To Par

2015 T7 71 62 68 70 271 -13
2013 T62 74 75 72 72 293 +9
2012 T6 68 67 67 70 272 -16
2011 T65 76 72 73 77 298 +14
2010 1 68 70 68 69 275 -9
2009 T30 69 73 71 73 286 +2
Average 71.00 69.83 69.83 71.83

70.63

– 2.1

No. 4 – Rory McIlroy

2015-16 Season – With five top-five performances heading into the FedExCup Playoffs, Rory McIlroy won his 12th career PGA TOUR title and first of the season at the Deutsche Bank Championship. The victory moved him into the top five in the FedExCup, knocking Jordan Spieth to No. 6. When McIlroy won the 2012 BMW Championship after winning the Deutsche Bank Championship, he did so at Crooked Stick Golf Club.

FedExCup – Here’s a look at his year-by-year results in the FedExCup: 2010 (36), 2012 (2), 2013 (50), 2014 (3), 2015 (15).

McIlroy’s FedExCup Playoffs history at a glance (2010, 2012-2016)

The Barclays

Deutsche Bank

BMW Championship

TOUR Championship

2016

T31

1

2015

T29

T4

T16

2014

T22

T5

T8

T2

2013

T19

T47

T59

2012

T24

1

1

T10

2011
2010

T56

T37

T37

McIlory at the BMW Championship:

Year

Position

Rnd 1

Rnd 2

Rnd 3

Rnd 4

Total

To Par

2015 T4 68 65 67 70 270 -14
2014 T8 67 67 72 66 272 -8
2013 T59 78 77 68 68 291 +7
2012 1 64 68 69 67 268 -20
2010 T37 76 74 68 69 287 +3
Average 70.60 70.20 68.80 68.00

69.40

– 6.4

No. 5 – Adam Scott

2015-16 Season – Bouncing back from a disappointing No. 106 finish in the FedExCup a year ago, Adam Scott notched back-to-back victories at The Honda Classic and World Golf Championships-Cadillac Championship en route to a current ranking of fifth in the FedExCup.

FedExCup – Here’s a look at his year-by-year results in the FedExCup: 2007 (12), 2008 (47), 2009 (110), 2010 (19), 2011 (16), 2012 (25), 2013 (4), 2014 (12), 2015 (106), 2016 (4).

Scott’s FedExCup Playoffs history at a glance (2007-2016)

The Barclays

Deutsche Bank

BMW Championship

TOUR Championship

2016

 T4

  4

2015

CUT

2014

T15

T16

T8

T9

2013

1

T53

T28

T14

2012

62

T7

T6

19

2011

T67

T8

T37

T6

2010

T9

T5

T15

27

2009

T58

2008

CUT

T73

T50

2007

T14

T17

4

T26

Scott at the BMW Championship:

Year

Position

Rnd 1

Rnd 2

Rnd 3

Rnd 4

Total

To Par

2014 T8 71 66 69 66 272 -8
2013 T28 67 73 75 67 282 -2
2012 T6 68 68 66 70 272 -16
2011 T37 74 70 74 68 286 +2
2010 T15 71 69 72 71 283 -1
2008 T50 69 71 69 72 281 +1
2007 4 69 69 67 65 270 -14
2006 T21 72 68 68 72 280 -4
Average 70.13 69.25 70.00 68.88

69.56

– 5.2

No. 6 – Jordan Spieth, 2015 FedExCup Champion

2015-16 Season – Coming on the heels of his historic 2014-15 season, Jordan Spieth notched two wins this season at the Tournament of Champions and DEAN & DELUCA Invitational to increase his victory total on TOUR to eight.

FedExCup – Here’s a look at his year-by-year results in the FedExCup: 2013 (7), 2014 (15), 2015 (1), 2016 (5).

Spieth’s FedExCup Playoffs history at a glance (2013-2016)

The Barclays

Deutsche Bank

BMW Championship

TOUR Championship

2016

T10

 T21

2015

CUT

CUT

T13

1

2014

T22

T29

T8

T27

2013

T19

T4

T16

T2

Spieth at the BMW Championship:

Year

Position

Rnd 1

Rnd 2

Rnd 3

Rnd 4

Total

To Par

2015 T13 65 66 72 70 273 -11
2014 T8 67 70 68 67 272 -8
2013 T16 71 65 73 68 277 -7
Average 67.67 67.00 71.00 68.33

68.50

– 8.6

Rookies in the FedExCup Playoffs

Six rookies finished the season ranked within the top 125 in FedExCup points and earned their first start at The Barclays. Of that group, two remain: Smylie Kaufman (No. 33) and Emiliano Grillo (No. 8).

Player                          The Barclays    Deutsche Bank FedExCup rank           
Emiliano Grillo               T2                     T33                               No. 8
Smylie Kaufman            MC                   T24                               No. 33
Patton Kizzire                MC                   MC                               No. 82 (eliminated)
Harold Varner III T60                   T33                               No. 75 (eliminated)
Brett Stegmaier             MC                                                       No. 108 (eliminated)
Michael Kim                  MC                                                       No. 118 (eliminated)

All seven rookies who qualified for the TOUR Championship went on to win Rookie of the Year honors: Daniel Berger (2015), Jordan Spieth (2013), John Huh (2012), Keegan Bradley (2011), Marc Leishman (2009), Andres Romero (2008) and Brandt Snedeker (2007).

Best rookie performances by year in the FedExCup Playoffs:

Year           Rookie                   Finish
2015           Daniel Berger          11th
2014           Chesson Hadley      49th
2013           Jordan Spieth         7th
2012           John Huh                29th
2011           Keegan Bradley       20th
2010           Rickie Fowler          32nd
2009           Marc Leishman        20th
2008           Andres Romero       28th
2007           Brandt Snedeker     20th

Miscellaneous BMW Championship notes
Charley Hoffman, Bubba Watson, Jim Furyk, and Hunter Mahan are the only four players to qualify for the BMW Championship all nine years. Only Charley Hoffmann and Bubba Watson will continue that streak in 2016.

Only Billy Horschel (2014) and Tiger Woods (2007 and 2009) won the BMW Championship en route to claiming the FedExCup.

Six past BMW Championship winners are in the field

Champion                    Year(s) won      Current FEC Rank
Jason Day                    2015                 No. 2
Billy Horschel                2014                 No. 62
Zach Johnson               2013                 No. 56
Rory McIlroy                 2012                 No. 4
Justin Rose                   2011                 No. 50
Dustin Johnson             2010                 No. 3

FedExCup Playoffs notes

Year-by-year look at FedExCup winners and their performance throughout the Playoffs in the years they won:

Year FedExCup Champion Barclays  Deutsche Bank  BMW Coca-Cola
2015 Jordan Spieth MC MC T13 Won
2014 Billy Horschel MC T2 Won Won
2013 Henrik Stenson T43 Won T33 Won
2012 Brandt Snedeker 2nd 6th T37 Won
2011 Bill Haas T24 T61 T16 Won
2010 Jim Furyk DNP T37 T15 Won
2009 Tiger Woods T2 T11 Won 2nd
2008 Vijay Singh Won Won T44 T22
2007 Tiger Woods N/A T2 Won Won

International wins in the FedExCup Playoffs events by year:
2007     0
2008     4 (Vijay Singh-2, Camilo Villegas-2)
2009     0
2010     0
2011     1 (Justin Rose)
2012     2 (Rory McIlroy-2)
2013     3 (Adam Scott, Henrik Stenson-2)
2014     1 (Rory McIlroy)
2015     2 (Jason Day-2)
2016     1 (Rory McIlroy)

Only three players have finished inside the top 10 in all four FedExCup Playoffs events in a single season: Rory Sabbatini in 2007 (finished No. 4 in FedExCup), Padraig Harrington in 2009 (No. 7) and Dustin Johnson in 2012 (No. 8).

Players
Advancing through the Playoffs

It took 853 points to advance to this year’s BMW Championship, with Marc Leishman earning the final spot. In his PGA TOUR rookie year of 2009, Marc Leishman finished T15 at the Deutsche Bank Championship, which moved him inside the top-70 (67th) and into the field at the BMW Championship. At the BMW Championship that week, he finished T2 and jumped all the way from 67th to 16th in the FedExCup standings and into the TOUR Championship. He finished his rookie season at No. 20 in the standings.

Six players moved into the top 70 at the Deutsche Bank Championship and played their way into the BMW Championship:

Players who moved into the top 70 in the FedExCup standings:

Player

FEC Before

DBC

DBC

Finish

FEC After

DBC

Billy Hurley III

77th

T8

51st

David Hearn

92nd

T8

59th

Hudson Swafford

82nd

T15

61st

Vaughn Taylor

79th

T24

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