Multi-year agreement extends BMW’s support of WGA, ESF
MEDINAH, IL – The PGA TOUR, BMW of North America and Western Golf Association (WGA) announced today that BMW has extended its title sponsorship of the BMW Championship. BMW has sponsored the penultimate FedExCup Playoffs event since 2007, the year the FedExCup was introduced.
“We are happy to remain the title sponsor of the BMW Championship,” Bernhard Kuhnt, President and CEO of BMW of North America, said in advance of today’s final round at Medinah Country Club, site of the event for the first time in more than 50 years. “For 13 years, we have been proud partners alongside the Evans Scholars Foundation, helping to provide opportunities for students to follow their dreams. We are looking forward to continuing those efforts in support of these deserving young caddies.”
“BMW has been a tremendous partner of the PGA TOUR and Western Golf Association and a loyal supporter of the Evans Scholar Foundation since signing on as title sponsor of the BMW Championship in 2007,” said PGA TOUR Commissioner Jay Monahan. “The Western Golf Association’s PGA TOUR event, dating back 120 years, continues to flourish through BMW’s support, positively impacting the communities where it has been played and the caddies who have received Evans Scholarships. Our thanks to Bernhard and the leadership at BMW for their continued support of the BMW Championship, the PGA TOUR and the FedExCup Playoffs.”
All net proceeds from the BMW Championship, conducted by the WGA, benefit the Evans Scholars Foundation. Since 2007, the tournament has raised more than $30 million for college scholarships for deserving caddies. It was named the PGA TOUR’s Tournament of the Year in 2008, 2012, 2013 and 2014.
“Over the past 13 years, BMW has been a valued partner of the Western Golf Association, providing strong support for both our championships and scholarships,” said John Kaczkowski, President and CEO of the WGA. “BMW has gone beyond the traditional role of title sponsors and fully embraced our charity, helping us send more caddies to college through the Evans Scholars Foundation. We’re excited and honored that BMW has extended its partnership with us.”
Dating back to 1899 when it debuted as the Western Open, the BMW Championship is the third-oldest tournament on the PGA TOUR schedule, behind only The Open Championship and U.S. Open. This week marks the first time the tournament has been played at Medinah Country Club since 1966, when it was known as the Western Open. The event is being played on the famed Course No. 3, which has hosted five major championships and the 2012 Ryder Cup, as well as the U.S. Senior Open.
Once it became the penultimate FedExCup Playoffs event in 2007, the BMW Championship converted from a full-field event to an elite field of 70 players, which determines the field of 30 players for the FedExCup finale at the TOUR Championship in Atlanta.
Keegan Bradley won last year in a sudden-death playoff against eventual FedExCup Champion Justin Rose at Aronimink Golf Club in Newton Square, Pennsylvania, marking his first victory since 2012. He joined a sterling list of winners under the FedExCup format, including two-time champions Tiger Woods and Dustin Johnson, as well as Justin Rose, Rory McIlroy and Jason Day.
The 2020 BMW Championship will be held at Olympia Fields Country Club outside of Chicago.