PGA TOUR's best return to Philadelphia
NEWTOWN SQUARE, Pa. … The world’s top golfers are competing on the PGA TOUR to earn their spots in the 2018 BMW Championship at Aronimink Golf Club in Newtown Square, Pennsylvania.
The BMW Championship is the penultimate event of the PGA TOUR’s FedExCup Playoffs, with the top 70 PGA TOUR players vying for the chance to be crowned FedExCup champion. Based on current standings, the lineup for September 4-9 at Aronimink is expected to include past BMW Championship winners Tiger Woods, Rory McIlroy, Dustin Johnson, Jason Day, Justin Rose, and Marc Leishman, as well as 2018 Masters champion Patrick Reed and 2017 Open champion Jordan Spieth.
The BMW Championship has been named the PGA Tour’s Tournament of the Year a record four times and hospitality and daily tickets sales have been strong to date. Fans who want to witness the world-class competition on Arominink’s historic Donald Ross-designed course still have the opportunity to reserve their tickets at www.bmwchampionship.com. Grounds, upgraded Trophy Club, and all-inclusive 1899 Club tickets remain available in limited quantities. A variety of corporate hospitality options are also still available.
“When spectators arrive at Aronimink in September, they’ll see the stars of the PGA TOUR contending for one of golf’s most prestigious titles on a fully restored course that is among the most challenging and celebrated in the country,” said Vince Pellegrino, Western Golf Association senior vice president of tournaments. “From unique on-site attractions to ample spectator seating on many holes, BMW’s commitment to excellence ensures that patrons will be treated to one of the most premium spectator experiences found anywhere on the PGA TOUR.”
Philadelphia-area businesses are demonstrating their enthusiasm and support for the BMW Championship, with more than 110 corporate supporters signed and more than 90 percent of the hospitality opportunities sold to date. In response to increased demand, a new venue for entertaining – the Green Coat Club – has been added. This option provides a premium hospitality experience with spectacular views of Aronimink’s golf course, including: access to stadium seating along the 9th and 18th greens; premium food and beverage with table service inside the clubhouse; and an exclusive second-floor Skybar overlooking both holes.
Located just outside Philadelphia, Aronimink is hosting the BMW Championship for the first time. Founded in 1896, the club has been host to several major tournaments, including the PGA Championship (1962), U.S. Amateur (1977), Senior PGA Championship (2003) and AT&T National (2010, 2011).
The 2018 BMW Championship – conducted by the Western Golf Association – will mark the first time since 1959 that the event, formerly known as the Western Open, has been contested in the state of Pennsylvania.
“The entire membership of Aronimink is pleased to host yet another world-class golf event at our club,” said Joe Fabrizio, Aronimink Golf Club president. “I am confident that fans will long remember witnessing first-hand the restoration of our golf course, the first-class amenities and what promises to be an incredible week of golf.”
To prepare for the BMW Championship, Aronimink has been restoring the course to its original 1928 Donald Ross American parkland design. Under the direction of noted course architect Gil Hanse, based in nearby Malvern, PA, Aronimink Golf Club has increased the number of its bunkers (75 to 176) and restored greens and fairway areas to their original 1928 dimensions and layout.
Notably, Hanse has restored the greens on the 15th hole, a long par-4, by adding an additional 25-to-30 feet to the back of the green in order to restore a “punch bowl” effect. Also underway is the restoration of each hole’s tee box to Ross’ original free-form, “amoeba-like” design. The Donald Ross-designed course is consistently rated one of the finest in the United States.
Proceeds from the 2018 BMW Championship will be used to fund Platt Evans Scholarships for caddies attending Penn State University and to establish a scholarship house at Penn State-University Park, where scholarship recipients will live together. Since 2007, the BMW Championships has raised $27 million to fund student scholarships for caddies of modest means.