PGA TOUR, WESTERN GOLF ASSOCIATION, BMW ANNOUNCE BMW CHAMPIONSHIP HOST VENUES FOR 2025 AND 2026

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Penultimate event of the FedExCup Playoffs to return to Caves Valley Golf Club and Bellerive Country Club

GLENVIEW, Ill. (Aug. 16, 2022) – The BMW Championship will return to Caves Valley Golf Club in Owings Mills, Maryland, in 2025 and Bellerive Country Club, in St. Louis, Missouri, in 2026, PGA TOUR, Western Golf Association and BMW officials announced today. While official dates have not been announced, both events are scheduled to be held in August.

“We are excited to bring the BMW Championship back to these iconic venues, giving the amazing fans of the greater Baltimore and St. Louis areas a chance to see the best players in the world up close,” said Vince Pellegrino, WGA Senior Vice President of Tournaments. “When we consider potential hosts, we look for challenging layouts that can deliver an unmatched experience for fans and our PGA TOUR partners. Caves Valley Golf Club and Bellerive Country Club are the perfect additions to our championship lineup.”

The BMW Championship, the penultimate event of the PGA TOUR’s FedExCup Playoffs, dates back to 1899, when it debuted as the Western Open. It is the third-oldest tournament on the PGA TOUR schedule, behind only the British Open and the U.S. Open. BMW became the title partner of the event in 2007.

Each year, the championship is contested on golf’s grandest stages. Wilmington Country Club in Wilmington, Delaware, is hosting the 2022 BMW Championship this week. The BMW Championship will return to Olympia Fields Country Club in Chicago in 2023 before visiting Castle Pines Golf Club in Castle Rock, Colorado, just south of Denver, in 2024.

After going nearly 60 years without hosting a PGA TOUR event, the Baltimore area is getting its second in five years. Patrick Cantlay won the 2021 BMW Championship at Caves Valley Golf Club, prevailing in a thrilling six-hole playoff on his way to capturing the FedExCup. The 2021 event yielded a record contribution to the championship’s sole beneficiary, the Evans Scholars Foundation, raising $5.6 million for caddie scholarships and helping establish the Caves Valley Evans Scholars Scholarship House at the University of Maryland.

“It is a tremendous honor for Caves Valley Golf Club to once again host this prestigious championship,” Caves Valley Golf Club President Steve Fader said. “We are still buzzing from last year’s finish and the spotlight that was placed on the Baltimore area. The club will continue its Long-Range Strategic Plan, working with the Fazio Design Group to enhance competitive and agronomic conditions for its membership and all involved with the 2025 BMW Championship.”

Bellerive Country Club hosted the 2008 BMW Championship, as Camilo Villegas earned the first PGA TOUR victory of his career. The club was established in 1897 and is celebrating its 125th anniversary this year. The current course was designed by renowned architect Robert Trent Jones, Sr., in 1960 and underwent major renovations led by Jones’ son, Rees Jones, in 2005, 2013 and 2019.

In 1965, Bellerive Country Club became the youngest course to host the U.S. Open, with the legendary Gary Player completing the career grand slam. The club also hosted the 1992 PGA Championship – Nick Price’s first major victory – and the 2018 PGA Championship. In November 2021, the club was selected to host the 2030 Presidents Cup.

“Bellerive is thrilled to host the 2026 BMW Championship and welcome the FedExCup Playoffs back to St. Louis,” said Bellerive Country Club President Rick Walsh. “Our club has a storied history of major championship golf. We expect to present a formidable test for the players while celebrating our incredible and supportive community.”

In addition to having an estimated economic impact of more than $30 million in the regions surrounding Baltimore and St. Louis, the BMW Championship will continue to play a vital philanthropic role by introducing golf fans across the country to the Evans Scholars Foundation and its mission of awarding full tuition and housing college scholarships to deserving young caddies.

Since 2007, the BMW Championship has raised more than $40 million for caddie scholarships, helping send more than 3,300 young men and women to college.

“We are proud of our longstanding collaboration with the Western Golf Association and of the work we’ve done over the past 15 years to help so many young men and women go to college and pursue their dreams,” said Sebastian Mackensen, President and CEO, BMW of North America.

The 2022 BMW Championship will feature the top 70 players in the FedExCup Playoffs vying to earn one of 30 spots in the season-ending TOUR Championship and the chance to be crowned FedExCup champion. Starting next year, the field will be made up of the top 50 players in the FedExCup standings.

Past BMW Championship winners include Patrick Cantlay, Jon Rahm, Justin Thomas, Keegan Bradley, Jason Day, Rory McIlroy, Zach Johnson, Justin Rose and Tiger Woods.

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Glen Turk is a Wisconsin native who has been the Senior Writer/Editor of Midwest Golfing Magazine since 2006. Besides being an avid golfer, Glen enjoys traveling, music, and cheering on the finest professional sports team of all-time, the Green Bay Packers. Glen’s ultimate golf goal is to play in all fifty states and currently he is more than half way there. His other dream, albeit far-fetched, it to record an ace in all seven states of our distribution area. Thanks to an ace in Illinois in 2015, and one in Michigan in 2016, he has three down, four to go!

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