BMW Champ. returning to Conway Farms in 2015



The BMW Championship will return to the Chicago area in 2015.

Conway Farms Golf Club, which hosted the tournament last year, was confirmed Wednesday as host site for the 2015 edition of the event. The Lake Forest, Ill., course hosted the third leg of the FedEx Cup Playoffs for the first time in 2013, when Zach Johnson rallied to win by two shots.

The tournament has rotated locations in recent years, with Rory McIlroy winning at Crooked Stick in Carmel, Ind., in 2012, and Cherry Hills Golf Club in Denver, Colo., serving as a host site later this year. With roots at Cog Hill as the Western Open, though, the event has long been associated with the Windy City and will again return to the outskirts of Chicago next year.

"The overwhelming support we received from Chicagoland golf fans, the professionalism of the staff at Conway Farms and the hospitality of its members made the decision to return to Conway Farms an easy one," said Vince Pellegrino, senior vice president of the Western Golf Association. "We received some great feedback from the 2013 BMW Championship, which will help us make the 2015 BMW Championship even better when we return to Chicago's North Shore."

Conway Farms is also the home course for former world No. 1 Luke Donald, and the Englishman lobbied to bring the event to Lake Forest last year. Donald tied for fourth in 2013, and he again voiced his support with tournament's return now confirmed.

"As a member, I'm proud to know that Conway Farms will again be hosting the BMW Championship," Donald said as part of a media release. "And as a PGA Tour player, I'm excited to have another opportunity to compete on my home course against the world's best players."

The tournament traditionally welcomes the top 70 players in the FedEx Cup Playoff standings, and this year the event will be held Sept. 4-7. The 2015 edition will take place Sept. 17-20.

BMW has sponsored the event since it became a part of the Playoffs in 2007, and earlier this week the auto manufacturer announced that it had extended its title sponsorship of the tournament through 2019.