Western Open

Western Open

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The Western Open, a professional golf tournament, was first played in 1899. At the time of its 2006 playing, the Western Open was the 3rd oldest active PGA Tour tournament, after the British Open (began 1860) and U.S. Open (began 1895). Beginning 2007, the Western Open was renamed the BMW Championship, part of the FedEx Cup playoff series, and played through 2012 with the PGA Tour's point system as the sole qualification standard. It will not be open to amateurs.

Western Open title sponsors have included Beatrice, Centel, Sprint, Motorola, Advil, Golf Digest and Cialis.

History

The Western Open, founded and run by the Western Golf Association, was first played in 1899. Like the U.S. Open, in its early days it was usually won by visiting professionals from the United Kingdom. In its early decades it was widely regarded as a major championship, although this designation was unofficial and it is generally not included in tallies of golfers' major championship wins.

From the event's inception until 1961, it was played at a variety of midwestern locations, as well as places such as Arizona (Phoenix), Utah (Salt Lake City) and California (San Francisco, Los Angeles). In 1923, the Western Open was held at the Colonial Country Club in Memphis, Tennessee.

Beginning 1962, the Western Open settled into the Chicago, Illinois area, being played at different courses in and around the city. In 1974 the Western Open found an annual home at the Butler National Golf Club in Oak Brook, Illinois. It stayed this way until shortly after the 1990 tournament, when the PGA Tour adopted a policy of holding events only at clubs which allowed minorities and women to be members. This resulted in Butler National being replaced by the Cog Hill Golf & Country Club in Lemont, Illinois. The Dubsdread Course at Cog Hill played host to the Western Open from 1991 to 2006.

In 1899, the prize fund was $150, and the winner's share was $50. In 2006, the purse was $5,000,000, and the winner took home a 1st prize of $900,000.

BMW Championship

In 2007, the Western Open was renamed - and changed in terms of invitational criteria - by the BMW Championship, part of the four-event FedEx Cup Playoff Series. The Western Golf Association will continue to have input in the running of the tournament.

The BMW Championship is to be played the weekend after Labor Day, and will be the last FedEx Cup playoff event before The Tour Championship. The event remains based in the Upper Midwest, with Cog Hill Golf & Country Club in Lemont, Illinois serving as the primary championship site. Bellerive Country Club in St. Louis, Missouri hosted the championship in 2008, and Crooked Stick Golf Club in Carmel, Indiana is scheduled to host in 2012.

Winners: 1974–2006

Cialis Western Open

100th Western Open presented by Golf Digest

Advil Western Open

Motorola Western Open

Sprint Western Open

Centel Western Open

Beatrice Western Open

Western Open

Winners: 1899–1973

Year Champion Venue Location
1973 Billy Casper Midlothian Country Club Midlothian, Illinois
1972 Jim Jamieson Sunset Ridge Country Club Northfield, Illinois
1971 Bruce Crampton Olympia Fields Country Club Olympia Fields, Illinois
1970 Hugh Royer, Jr. Beverly Country Club Chicago, Illinois
1969 Billy Casper Midlothian Country Club Midlothian, Illinois
1968 Jack Nicklaus Olympia Fields Country Club Olympia Fields, Illinois
1967 Jack Nicklaus Beverly Country Club Chicago, Illinois
1966 Billy Casper Medinah Country Club Medinah, Illinois
1965 Billy Casper Tam O'Shanter Country Club Niles, Illinois
1964 Chi Chi Rodriguez Tam O'Shanter Country Club Niles, Illinois
1963 Arnold Palmer Beverly Country Club Chicago, Illinois
1962 Jacky Cupit Medinah Country Club Medinah, Illinois
1961 Arnold Palmer Blythefield Country Club Belmont, Michigan
1960 Stan Leonard Western Golf & Country Club Redford, Michigan
1959 Mike Souchak Pittsburgh Field Club Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
1958 Doug Sanders Red Run Golf Club Royal Oak, Michigan
1957 Doug Ford Plum Hollow Country Club Southfield, Michigan
1956 Mike Fetchick Presidio Golf Club San Francisco, California
1955 Cary Middlecoff Portland Golf Club Portland, Oregon
1954 Lloyd Mangrum Kenwood Country Club Cincinnati, Ohio
1953 E.J. "Dutch" Harrison Bellerive Country Club Saint Louis, Missouri
1952 Lloyd Mangrum Westwood Country Club Saint Louis, Missouri
1951 Marty Furgol Davenport Country Club Pleasant Valley, Iowa
1950 Sam Snead Brentwood Country Club Los Angeles, California
1949 Sam Snead Keller Golf Course Saint Paul, Minnesota
1948 Ben Hogan Brookfield Country Club Clarence, New York
1947 Johnny Palmer Salt Lake City Country Club Salt Lake City, Utah
1946 Ben Hogan Sunset Country Club Saint Louis, Missouri
1945 Cancelled due to World War II
1944 Cancelled due to World War II
1943 Cancelled due to World War II
1942 Herman Barron Phoenix Golf Club Phoenix, Arizona
1941 Ed Oliver Phoenix Golf Club Phoenix, Arizona
1940 Jimmy Demaret River Oaks Country Club Houston, Texas
1939 Byron Nelson Medinah Country Club Medinah, Illinois
1938 Ralph Guldahl Westwood Country Club Saint Louis, Missouri
1937 Ralph Guldahl Canterbury Golf Club Beachwood, Ohio
1936 Ralph Guldahl Davenport Country Club Pleasant Valley, Iowa
1935 Johnny Revolta South Bend Country Club South Bend, Indiana
1934 Harry Cooper Country Club of Peoria Peoria Heights, Illinois
1933 Macdonald Smith Olympia Fields Country Club Olympia Fields, Illinois
1932 Walter Hagen Canterbury Golf Club Beachwood, Ohio
1931 Ed Dudley Miami Valley Golf Club Dayton, Ohio
1930 Gene Sarazen Indianwood Golf & Country Club Lake Orion, Michigan
1929 Tommy Armour Ozaukee Country Club Mequon, Wisconsin
1928 Abe Espinosa North Shore Country Club Glenview, Illinois
1927 Walter Hagen Olympia Fields Country Club Olympia Fields, Illinois
1926 Walter Hagen Highland Golf & Country Club Indianapolis, Indiana
1925 Macdonald Smith Youngstown Country Club Youngstown, Ohio
1924 Bill Mehlhorn Calumet Country Club Homewood, Illinois
1923 Jock Hutchison Colonial Country Club Cordova, Tennessee
1922 Mike Brady Oakland Hills Country Club Bloomfield Hills, Michigan
1921 Walter Hagen Oakwood Club Cleveland Heights, Ohio
1920 Jock Hutchison Olympia Fields Country Club Olympia Fields, Illinois
1919 Jim Barnes Mayfield Country Club Lyndhurst, Ohio
1918 Cancelled due to World War I
1917 Jim Barnes Westmoreland Country Club Wilmette, Illinois
1916 Walter Hagen Blue Mound Golf & Country Club Milwaukee, Wisconsin
1915 Tom McNamara Glen Oak Golf Club Glen Ellyn, Illinois
1914 Jim Barnes Interlachen Country Club Minneapolis, Minnesota
1913 John McDermott Memphis Country Club Memphis, Tennessee
1912 Macdonald Smith Idlewild Country Club Flossmoor, Illinois
1911 Robert Simpson Kent Country Club Grand Rapids, Michigan
1910 Chick Evans (Am) Beverly Country Club Chicago, Illinois
1909 Willie Anderson Skokie Country Club Glencoe, Illinois
1908 Willie Anderson Normandie Golf Club Saint Louis, Missouri
1907 Robert Simpson Hinsdale Golf Club Clarendon Hills, Illinois
1906 Alex Smith Homewood Country Club Flossmoor, Illinois
1905 Arthur Smith Cincinnati Golf Club Cincinnati, Ohio
1904 Willie Anderson Kent Country Club Grand Rapids, Michigan
1903 Alex Smith Milwaukee Country Club River Hills, Wisconsin
1902 Willie Anderson Euclid Club Cleveland Heights, Ohio
1901 Laurie Auchterlonie Midlothian Country Club Midlothian, Illinois
1900 No tournament
1899 Willie Smith Glen View Club Golf, Illinois

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