Leap year: BMW to return to Chicago in 2013


The BMW Championship will not be back to Chicago until 2013, when Conway Farms takes over as the Second City host to the third leg of the FedEx Cup playoffs. 

Conway Farms replaced Cog Hill's Dubsdread Course, which has recently undergone minor changes in anticipation of more redesign work by Rees Jones, according to the Chicago Daily Herald.

Owner Frank Jemsek converted the fifth hole from a par-4 for the PGA Tour to a 507-yard par-5 from the championship tees. The par-5 ninth hole has been reduced by 27 yards to a maximum of 586 yards. Pros had been vocal in their displeasure with both holes in the last three years.

Jemsek also hopes to bank enough money to finance additional changes to the course, including the removal of several bunkers at the first hole, redesigning the alternate hole at the par-3 second and shortening the par-5 12th. A comprehensive lineup of changes is expected to be finalized later this year.

The owner downplayed any influence for further change on the widespread panning from PGA Tour players of the $5.2 million redesign done in 2008.

“Some things that they dislike now will go away over time,” said Jemsek. “It’s a great golf course, certainly a wonderful course.”

Even if the latest round of changes opens to rave reviews, the soonest the BMW can return to Dubsdread is 2015 after Denver's Cherry Hills hosts the event in '14.