Star-studded field ready for BMW Championship
OWINGS MILLS, Md. – The top 70 players in the PGA TOUR FedExCup standings are scheduled to play in this year’s BMW Championship, held Aug. 24-29 at Caves Valley Golf Club in Owings Mills, Maryland.
The penultimate event of the FedExCup Playoffs will determine the winner of the J.K. Wadley Trophy and the 30 players who advance to the season-ending TOUR Championship. This is the first time the BMW Championship has been held in Maryland and the PGA TOUR’s first stop in the area in almost six decades.
Headlining the field will be defending champion Jon Rahm, the No. 1-ranked player in the world, who is second in the FedExCup standings. Rahm won the U.S. Open in June and has 13 top-10 finishes this year, the most of anyone on the PGA TOUR.
He beat Dustin Johnson in last year’s BMW Championship at Olympia Fields Country Club in Olympia Fields, Illinois, sinking a 66-foot birdie putt for a thrilling playoff victory. Johnson won the BMW Championship in 2010 and 2016. He enters the week No. 22 in the FedExCup standings.
Tony Finau is atop the standings, jumping up 22 spots after capturing the first leg of the FedExCup Playoffs at The Northern Trust Monday. After winning by two strokes at Liberty National Golf Course in Jersey City, New Jersey, Finau has a victory and eight top-10 finishes this year.
Justin Thomas, the 2019 BMW Championship winner, is No. 5 in the FedExCup standings. The world’s No. 5-ranked player won THE PLAYERS Championship earlier this year and is looking for his second victory at the BMW Championship.
Other past champions in the field – all seeking to add their names to the historic J.K. Wadley Trophy for a second time – include Rory McIlroy, Keegan Bradley, Marc Leishman and Billy Horschel.
Top winners on the PGA TOUR in 2021 – Cameron Smith (Zurich Classic of New Orleans), Patrick Cantlay (Memorial Tournament), Colin Morikawa (The Open Championship, Memorial Tournament), Jordan Spieth (Valero Texas Open), Harris English (Travelers Championship, Sentry Tournament of Champions), Bryson DeChambeau (Arnold Palmer Invitational) – are also set to compete at the BMW Championship. Xander Schauffele, who won a gold medal at the Summer Games, will also compete at Caves Valley.
“Every year the FedExCup Playoffs produce a world-class field of competitors at the BMW Championship,” said Vince Pellegrino, Western Golf Association senior vice president of tournaments. “This year is no different, with a mix of fantastic young talent and established major champions who will give fans in the Baltimore area a lot to cheer for in the next-to-last event of the season.”
This is the second time in four years that the BMW Championship has been held on the East Coast. Aronimink Golf Club in Newtown Square, Pennsylvania, hosted the 2018 BMW Championship.
The sole beneficiary of the BMW Championship is the Evans Scholars Foundation, which sends caddies to college on full tuition and housing scholarships. Since 2007, the BMW Championship has contributed more than $36 million and helped send more than 3,000 students from across the nation to college.