Cherry Hills to host 2014 BMW Championship
Once again, Elway came up big – on another green field no less – as he helped his home golf course land a major PGA Tour event.
Elway announced Tuesday that Cherry Hills Golf Club will host the 2014 BMW Championship, an event that serves as the third in a series of four FedEx Cup playoff competitions.
The tournament is scheduled to be held Sept. 1-7, 2014.
“We’re thrilled as a club that this has come together and we get a great tournament in 2014,” said Elway, who has rejoined the Broncos at their chief football executive following a franchise-worst 4-12 season. “Colorado has so many great sports fans. It’s always been a great place to come up here and play whatever you play.”
Located in suburban Denver, the 89-year-old Cherry Hills course has hosted eight U.S. Golf Association championships, including U.S. Opens in 1938, ’60 and ’78. The most memorable was Arnold Palmer’s comeback from a seven-shot deficit in the final round in ’60, fending off Ben Hogan and a young Jack Nicklaus.
“It is a perfect marriage,” said Andy Pazder, PGA Tour executive vice president and chief of operations. “You’ve got the second-oldest golf tournament in the United States, the Western Open which started in 1899, Cherry Hills and Denver, a terrific market for a PGA Tour event.
“In FedEx Cup playoffs, we want to play in big markets with great sponsors on great golf courses,” Pazder added. “This is a marriage of all three of those.”
The BMW Championship will be held at Cog Hill in Chicago this fall and Crooked Stick in Indianapolis in 2012. The host site for 2013 remains undecided.
When asked about the possibility of a return to Colorado, George Solich, director of the Western Golf Association said, “We have a contract for just one year. There’s no current contract for a multiyear deal.”
Colorado has been without an annual PGA Tour event since The International ended its run in 2006. That year, organizers of the tournament in Castle Pines – about 30 miles south of Denver – rejected the Tour’s offer to move the event to the end of the season and be part of the FedEx Cup’s playoffs.
Elway hopes a regular stop on the PGA tour calendar becomes an annual tradition.
“We’re thrilled with the opportunity to play the BMW in 2014,” said Elway, who’s the president of Cherry Hills and a scratch golfer. “We’ll see what comes after that.”
Woods' 2018 schedule coming into focus ... or is it?
Two weeks after his successful return to competition at the Hero World Challenge, Tiger Woods’ 2018 schedule may be coming into focus.
Golfweek reported on Saturday that Woods hopes to play the Genesis Open in February according to an unidentified source with “direct knowledge of the situation.”
Woods’ agent Mark Steinberg declined to confirm the 14-time major champion would play the event and told GolfChannel.com that Woods – who underwent fusion surgery to his lower back in April – is still formulating his ’18 schedule.
Woods’ foundation is the host organization for the Genesis Open and the event supports the Tiger Woods Learning Center in Anaheim, Calif.
The Genesis Open would be Woods’ first start on the PGA Tour since he missed the cut last January at the Farmers Insurance Open.
Rose weathering delayed Indonesian Masters
JAKARTA, Indonesia - Justin Rose held a three-stroke lead after eight holes of the third round Saturday when play was suspended for the day due to bad weather at the Indonesian Masters.
Rose was 3-under on the day and led his playing partners Kiradech Aphibarnrat and Scott Vincent. The Englishman led both players by a stroke after the second round was completed Saturday morning due to weather delays on Friday.
Brandt Snedeker withdrew with apparent heat exhaustion on Friday on the 11th hole of the second round. Ranked 51st in the world, he flew to Jakarta looking to move inside the top 50 by the end of the year and ensure a spot in next year's Masters.
Lexi (wrist) WDs from Diamond Resorts Invitational
Lexi Thompson on Friday withdrew from the Diamond Resorts Invitational, citing inflammation in her wrist. Thompson, who teamed with Tony Finau to finish tied for fourth place in last week's QBE Shootout, said she is under strict doctor's order not to hit golf balls until mid-January.
The Diamond Resorts Invitational is scheduled Jan. 12-14 at Tranquilo Golf Club in Orlando, Fla. The field for te 54-hole event includes LPGA and PGA Tour Champions players, as well as celebrities from the worlds or sports and entertainment.
Rose leads Indonesian Masters; Snedeker WDs
JAKARTA, Indonesia - Justin Rose completed the final two holes of his second round early Saturday for a 3-under 69 and a one-stroke lead at the Indonesian Masters.
Rose, who had a first-round 62, was among a quarter of the field forced off the Royale Jakarta Golf Club course after weather delays on Friday.
The Englishman, who bogeyed his last hole, had a two-round total of 13-under 131.
Kiradech Aphibarnrat, who completed his 64 on Friday, was in second place.
Brandt Snedeker withdrew with apparent heat exhaustion on Friday on the 11th hole of the second round. Ranked 51st in the world, he flew to Jakarta looking to move inside the top 50 by the end of the year and ensure a spot in next year's Masters. He has been affected by a rib-sternum injury for most of the season.