A driving force
The 2017 BMW Championship was played Sept. 12-17 at Conway Farms Golf Club in Lake Forest, Illinois. The tournament is the penultimate event in the PGA TOUR Playoffs for the FedExCup. Only the top 70 golfers in the world qualify to compete. First held in 1899, the championship is the oldest tournament on the PGA TOUR and second oldest professional championship after the U.S. Open.
All proceeds from the BMW Championship benefit the Evans Scholars Foundation, which has sent more than 10,600 student caddies to college since 1930. Since 2007, the event has raised more than $24.4 million for the Program.
2017 BMW Championship Winner: Marc Leishman
Australian Marc Leishman held off a late charge Sunday afternoon by 2011 BMW Championship winner and Olympic gold medalist Justin Rose to claim the J.K. Wadley Trophy in wire-to-wire fashion at Conway Farms Golf Club in Lake Forest.
Leishman entered the event’s final round with a five-shot lead that seemed all but insurmountable considering the flurry of birdies the 33-year-old made during the previous three rounds. That lead dwindled to just two on the back nine Sunday as Rose, playing in the group ahead alongside Jason Day, birdied three of his first four holes after the turn.
Leishman responded by birdieing four of his last five and strolled away from Rose and the rest of the field. His 23-under par on the week tied the tournament record set by Dustin Johnson in 2016.
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