How it happened: Johnson rallies for BMW title

Zach Johnson hits off the 15th tee during the final round of the BMW Championship at Conway Farms.

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Deutsche Bank Championship

Memphis, TN - TPC Boston

10:49:34 AM ET. 09/01/2014




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1Russell HenleyE -12
2Billy HorschelE -11
T3Chris KirkE -10
T3Rory McIlroyE -10
T3Jason DayE -10
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Zach Johnson used birdies at Nos. 16 and 17 to vault past both Jim Furyk and Nick Watney to capture the BMW Championship on Monday at Conway Farms.

Johnson fired a final-round, 6-under 65 to win his first title of 2013, moving to fourth in the FedEx Cup standings in the process. It is also Johnson's 10th career PGA Tour victory.

He gains control of his destiny in chasing the $10 million prize for winning the Cup.

"I am going to have to forget about this week," said Johnson. "East Lake is not Conway Farms. It is a beast. It is a challenge."

Watney made a big run with a 7-under 64 but simply ran out of holes, moving into the clubhouse while Johnson was still on the 12th hole.

Tiger Woods struggled to an even-par 71, picking up three birdies and three bogeys. He finished at 9 under for the tournament, but will enter the Tour Championship next week as No. 1 in the FedEx Cup standings.

Here's how it all happened Monday:

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Leaderboard update: 2:42 p.m. EDT

Jim Furyk simply lays up at 18 and that gives Zach Johnson the title.

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Leaderboard update: 2:35 p.m. EDT

Zach Johnson picks up a two-putt par on the 18th to card a 6-under 65 to finish at 16 under, two clear of Nick Watney and currently three ahead of Jim Furyk, who is on the tee at No. 18. Furyk would have to hole out for albatross to tie.

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No. 18: Par 5, 570 yards

A birdie here would salvage an under-par round for Tiger, and likely get him a top-10 finish.

Off the tee: Tiger's in the short stuff again, but leaves himself more than 300 into the green. Lay-up city!

Approach shot: Tiger does indeed lay up, leaving himself less than 90 yards into the back-left pin.

On the green: After his third lands 18 feet from the pin, Tiger misses the birdie try and settles for a par to card an even-par 71.

TIGER ON THE DAY: Even (9 under for tournament)

Leaderboard update: Zach Johnson's putter is getting hot at the right time, as he buries a 15-footer for birdie on No. 17 to take a two-shot lead over Nick Watney and Jim Furyk with just the par-5 18th in front of him.

Bubble Watch: With the players closest to the No. 30 mark having completed play, here's how the projected standings stack up:

  • 25. Sergio Garcia
  • 26. Boo Weekley
  • 27. Brendon de Jonge
  • 28. D.A. Points
  • 29. Luke Donald
  • 30. Dustin Johnson
  • 31. Harris English
  • 32. Matt Jones
  • 33. Kevin Stadler
  • 34. Chris Kirk
  • 35. Charles Howell III

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No. 17: Par 3, 205 yards

This has been a painful day -- literally -- for Tiger, yet he still has a chance for a top-10 finish and the No. 1 spot in the FedEx Cup standings.

Off the tee: Well, Tiger's on the green, but will have more than 50 feet for birdie.

On the green: Tiger hits a nice-looking putt here, as it stops about 9 inches from the cup. A par.

TIGER ON THE DAY: Even (9 under for tournament)

Elsewhere on the course: Zach Johnson has taken the outright lead with a 20-footer for birdie on No. 16 to move to 15 under.

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No. 16: Par 4, 466 yards

Tiger has dropped from fifth to currently T-12 today. He's five back of co-leaders Zach Johnson, Jim Furyk and Nick Watney.

Off the tee: No surprise here, Tiger finds a fairway. He's missed only one today.

Approach shot: Hits a green, but again leaves himself about 30 feet for birdie.

On the green: Tiger hits a solid birdie putt, but leaves himself 4 feet for par. He knocks that in to remain five back.

TIGER ON THE DAY: Even (9 under for tournament)

Bubble Watch: With pars at the last, Luke Donald appears in and Matt Jones appears out. Donald's 66 pushes him to T-4 at 11 under, good for a projected 29th in FedEx Cup points and seemingly in the Tour Championship. Jones' 67 gets him to T-8 at 10 under, projected 33rd in points. Donald started the week 54th in points, Jones 51st.

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No. 15: Par 4, 342 yards

Three birdies. Three bogeys. Not a great day, just a solid one. Tiger's now T-11, five back of co-leaders Zach Johnson and Nick Watney, the latter making birdie on No. 17 to move to 14 under.

Off the tee: With his back seemingly acting up again, Tiger decides to lay up here and not go after the green.

Approach shot: Tiger struggling with wedge today, getting this one on the green, but has 60 feet for birdie.

On the green: A two-putt par here for Tiger, which is solid from 60 feet. Still a birdie hole that he let get by.

TIGER ON THE DAY: Even (9 under for tournament)

Bubble Watch: With a bogey at No. 16 and a par at No. 17, Jimmy Walker drops to 35th in projected FedEx Cup points as he plays the par-5 18th. He lays up and finds the green in three, but leaves himself more than 40 feet from the hole; his long birdie try comes up about 2 feet short and the par gives him a 68. Walker heads to the clubhouse T-11 at 9 under, projected at 36th in points. Meanwhile, Luke Donald birdies the par-3 17th to get back to 11 under, also rising to a projected 26th in FedEx Cup points with one hole to play.

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No. 14: Par 5, 585 yards

Two par-5s over his final five holes. If anything is going to happen, or at least move into the top 5, he'll have to do work on the longer holes.

Off the tee: Fairway again here for Tiger, and he's in definite go-zone range at less than 240 yards into the green.

Second shot: Tiger goes after it, but finds the fairway instead, leaving himself about 40 feet to the pin.

Around the green: Tiger hits his chip to about 5 feet past the hole. Solid.

On the green: Tiger drains the putt to get back to even on the day.

TIGER ON THE DAY: Even (9 under for tournament)

Bubble Watch: Luke Donald, who started the week 54th in points, rips off four straight birdies from Nos. 12-15 – then follows with a bogey at No. 16 and is barely inside the FedEx Cup bubble at a projected 30th, T-4 at 10 under for the tournament. Matt Jones also gets to 10 under with a birdie at No. 15 and follows with a par; he's projected 29th, having been on both sides of the bubble today.

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No. 13: Par 4, 465 yards

This round is indicative of Tiger's play on Sundays throughout most of this season -- obviously, the five victories not withstanding. Tiger is six shots back with six to play after Jim Furyk bogeys No. 11. Zach Johnson shares the lead after a birdie at No. 12.

Off the tee: Tiger hasn't had trouble finding the fairway today, as he puts it in the short grass again here.

Approach shot: Tiger leaves it short of the green from more than 200 yards away.

Around the green: Tiger nearly chips this one in from about 30 feet, leaving it 6 inches short. Easy par.

TIGER ON THE DAY: 1 over (8 under for tournament)

Elsewhere on the course: Nick Watney makes his third birdie in a row at No. 14 and is now just one off the lead at 13 under. Luke Donald also makes a big move, picking up birdie at No. 15 to move to 11 under.

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No. 12: Par 4, 419 yards

That's two three-putts for Tiger today, with both par misses coming from under 4 feet. Lack of concentration? Injury? Whatever it is, Tiger is now seven back with seven to play. Jim Furyk birdied No. 10 to move to 15 under, two clear of Steve Stricker and Zach Johnson.

Off the tee: Tiger rips it down the middle of the fairway.

Approach shot: On the green here, leaving himself about 20 feet for birdie.

On the green: Tiger gives it a good run, but misses just right and it's another par.

TIGER ON THE DAY: 1 over (8 under for tournament)

Bubble Watch: Let's check in on the projected FedEx Cup points standings for the players just outside the bubble of reaching the 30-player Tour Championship:

  • 31. Harris English . . . 50th at 3 over (final-round 72)
  • 32. Matt Jones . . . T-5 at 9 under (5 holes to play)
  • 33. Kevin Stadler . . . T-34 at 1 under (final-round 70)
  • 34. Luke Donald . . . T-5 at 9 under (5 holes to play)
  • 35. Charles Howell III . . . T-39 at even par (final-round 71)
  • 36. Chris Kirk . . . T-26 at 3 under (final-round 66)

Jimmy Walker, who started the week 45th in points, is trying to make his way to Atlanta. He birdies No. 15, the second time he's birdied back-to-back today during a bogey-free round, and rises to 28th in projected points; he's T-5 at 10 under for the tournament.

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No. 11: Par 3, 150 yards

Barring an incredible run here, Tiger is simply playing to stay at No. 1 in the FedEx Cup standings heading to Atlanta next week. Just hasn't had much magic today.

Off the tee: With 9-iron, Tiger hits a solid shot that settles 30 feet under the hole.

On the green: Tiger starts walking after this birdie attempt, but not for good reasons. It sails 3 feet past on the right. He misses the comebacker and picks up his third bogey of the day.

TIGER ON THE DAY: 1 over (8 under for tournament)

Bubble Watch: Jimmy Walker cracks the projected top 30 with a birdie at No. 14 that lifts him to T-5 at 9 under – and 29th in projected FedEx Cup points. Matt Jones, still 9 under as well, is bumped to a projected 32nd.

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No. 10: Par 4, 458 yards

An even-par 35 for Tiger on the front, which cost him a couple of shots on the leaders. Will need an epic comeback on the final nine, and he seems to be battling back troubles again.

Off the tee: Tiger finds the fairway with a metal, but he slowly grabs at his back after impact. Nowhere near the distance he is used to.

Approach shot: From just over 220 yards, Tiger takes 5-iron and attacks the flag, but it runs to the back and in the rough.

Around the green: Tiger hits a nice chip to 3 feet.

On the green: Tiger knocks that short par putt in and he remains five back.

TIGER ON THE DAY: Even (9 under for tournament)

Bubble Watch: The season likely is over for two big names, Rickie Fowler and Bubba Watson, who needed to make an upward move this week. Fowler, who started the week 36th in FedEx Cup points, shot 71 today to end the tournament at even par and project at 38th in points. Bubba Watson, who started 40th in points, shot 70 with three bogeys today, including two on the back nine, to end up at 3 under and project at 37th in points.

Let's take a look at the projected FedEx Cup points standings for the players just inside the bubble of advancing to the 30-player Tour Championship:

  • 25. Brendon deJonge . . . 17th at 6 under (3 holes to play)
  • 26. Sergio Garcia . . . T-23 at 4 under (6 holes to play)
  • 27. Boo Weekley . . . T-54 at 5 over (final-round 70)
  • 28. D.A. Points . . . T57 at 6 over (final-round 72)
  • 29. Matt Jones . . . T-5 at 9 under (6 holes to play)
  • 30. Dustin Johnson . . . T-62 at 9 over (final-round 72)

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No. 9: Par 4, 405 yards

That's back-to-back birdies for Tiger, but he's five back of Jim Furyk with only 10 holes to go.

Off the tee: Stripes a fairway wood here, finding the middle of the fairway.

Approach shot: From 128 yards, Tiger overcooks another wedge shot and finds the rough behind the green.

Around the green: Tiger plays a great chip to about 3 feet, which he makes for a par.

TIGER ON THE DAY: Even (9 under for tournament)

Elsewhere on the course: Back-to-back birdies at Nos. 7-8 pull Zach Johnson to 13 under, within a shot of leader Jim Furyk. He heads to No. 9, a par 4 that he's birdied twice this week.

Bubble Watch: Bubba Watson's roller coaster down the stretch continues at No. 16 with a bogey, which has him projected at 37th in points. He'll need a strong finish at the par-3 17th and par-5 18th to have a chance at making the top 30.

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No. 8: Par 5, 600 yards

Another hole Tiger has liked this week, with two birdies and a first-round par.

Off the tee: Tiger finds the fairway and has a chance to take on the deep bunkers guarding the front.

• From the fairway: Going for the green, Tiger comes up just short and the ball rolls into a deep front bunker.

• Around the green: Tiger will look for a sand save to make good on his gamble on the approach for the second straight hole. From a deep bunker, Tiger lifts the ball well and hits it to about 10 feet, still below the hole. The putt is on the money and TIger birdies again to pull within five of the lead.

TIGER ON THE DAY: Even par (9 under for tournament)

Elsewhere on the course: Leader Jim Furyk and Steve Stricker par again to remain 14 and 12 under through five holes. Zach Johnson gets to T-2 at 12 under with a birdie at the par-4 seventh.

• Bubble Watch: Bubba Watson birdies the 15th to rise back to 37th in projected FedEx Cup points. His bogey earlier could prove costly.

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No. 7: Par 4, 352 yards

With three birdies in three passes at this short par 4, Tiger Woods needs another to gain some ground.

Off the tee: Tiger goes for the long ball here and finds the secondary greenside bunker.

• Around the green: A nice shot from the sand here, as Tiger gets it to within 3 feet for a birdie try. He makes the short putt and moves up a notch to T-8, six off the lead.

TIGER ON THE DAY: 1 over (8 under for tournament)

Elsewhere on the course: Steve Stricker matches leader Jim Furyk's birdie at the fourth to remain two shots back.

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No. 6: Par 3, 218 yards

Perhaps a scoring opportunity here for Tiger Woods, as he birdied this hole yesterday. Then again, he played it bogey-par in the first two rounds.

• Off the tee: Finding the green, Tiger hits it to inside 20 feet for a decent chance at birdie here.

• On the green: Tiger nearly has the line and definitely has the speed, but the ball dips at the end and leaves him a tap-in for another par.

TIGER ON THE DAY: 2 over (7 under for tournament)

• Elsewhere on the course: Leader Jim Furyk cards his third straight par to start the round and remains 13 under, two ahead of Zach Johnson, Steve Stricker and Nick Watney. Furyk then birdies the fourth hole to move to 14 under and stretch his lead to three shots.

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No. 5: Par 4, 470 yards

When will Tiger begin to get more aggressive? The leaders aren't falling back, as Jim Furyk is still at 13 under after a pair of opening pars.

Off the tee: Tiger finds another fairway, but is in the neighborhood of 200 yards out again.

Approach shot: Tiger hits a nice second shot to about 12 feet above the hole. Especially nice since it was from more than 190 yards.

On the green: A three-putt from Tiger here, as he sends his birdie attempt 4 feet past and misses the comebacker.

TIGER ON THE DAY: 2 over (7 under for tournament)

Bubble Watch: A Bubba's Bubble Watch at that, as Bubba Watson bogeys No. 12 to lose a little ground as Fowler did, slipping to 2 under with six to play and a projected 38th in FedEx Cup points. Harris English and Matt Jones, by the way, switch positions again to 30th and 31st, respectively – still at 2 over and 8 under, respectively.

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No. 4: Par 4, 486 yards

While the course conditions might preach patience, Tiger will need to start taking some chances if he is to make up ground.

Off the tee: Tiger's having no problem finding the fairway, but is giving himself lengthy second shots with only irons and fairway metals off the tee.

Approach shot: From 200 yards, Tiger's second shot is a bit right, coming to rest in the first cut of rough. He'll chip from about 20 feet.

Around the green: Tiger's chip looks like it was headed for the hole, but slides by and leaves him 4 feet for par.

On the green: Simple par here. This round feeling a lot like Saturday.

TIGER ON THE DAY: 1 over (8 under for tournament)

Bubble Watch: A lot depends on the play of others – as shown by Matt Jones moving from 31st to 30th and Harris English doing the opposite despite their scores not changing. Jones' 8-under score shifted from T-8 to T-7 while English's 2-over score moved from T-44 to T-48. Bubbles are fragile, indeed.

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No. 3: Par 4, 402 yards

That putt by Tiger on No. 2 looked good until the end. Will need those to fall today to make up what is now a five-shot deficit.

Off the tee: Another fairway here, but it is well back.

Approach shot: From just under 175 yards, Tiger takes 8-iron and leaves it 30 feet under the hole.

On the green: Tiger gives this one a great run, but it rolls by on the left and he settles for a par.

TIGER ON THE DAY: 1 over (8 under for tournament)

Elsewhere on the course: Zach Johnson makes a 25-footer for birdie on No. 2 to move to 11 under, just two back of Jim Furyk, who opens his round with a scrambling par after missing the fairway left.

Bubble watch: Let's check in on the projected FedEx Cup points standings for the players just outside the bubble of reaching the 30-player Tour Championship:

  • 31. Matt Jones . . . T-7 at 8 under (14 holes to play)
  • 32. Kevin Stadler . . . T-34 at 1 under (6 holes to play)
  • 33. Chris Kirk . . . T-22 at 3 under (4 holes to play)
  • 34. John Merrick . . . T-11 at 7 under (11 holes to play)
  • 35. Charles Howell III . . . T-41 at 1 over (12 holes to play)
  • 36. Bubba Watson . . . T-22 at 3 under (8 holes to play)
  • 37. Rickie Fowler . . . T-34 at 1 under (6 holes to play)

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No. 2: Par 3, 196 yards

Sloppy start for Tiger, who was less than 120 yards out after his perfect tee ball at No. 1, yet made bogey.

Off the tee: With 8-iron, Tiger hits a nice tee ball that leaves him with about 20 feet from under the hole.

On the green: Solid putt here, but it tails off late and he settles for an easy par.

TIGER ON THE DAY: 1 over (8 under for tournament)

Elsewhere on the course: Nick Watney makes a 3-footer for birdie on No. 3 to move to 10 under, now just three off the lead. He has started his round with three consecutive birdies.

BUBBLE WATCH: With everyone finally on the course for the final round, let's take a look at the projected FedEx Cup points standings for the players just inside the bubble of advancing to the 30-player Tour Championship:

  • 25. Sergio Garcia . . . T-17 at 5 under (14 holes to play)
  • 26. Brendon de Jonge . . . T-17 at 5 under (12 holes to play)
  • 27. Boo Weekley . . . T-53 at 5 over (final-round 70)
  • 28. D.A. Points . . . 57th at 6 over (final-round 72)
  • 29. Dustin Johnson . . . T-62 at 9 over (final-round 72)
  • 30. Harris English . . . T-45 at 2 over (4 holes to play)

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No. 1: Par 4, 355 yards

It's a bit chilly in Chicago, with Conway Farms muddy, as is to be expected after a day of rain. Tiger's in all-black -- with his red shirt only peeking through on follow-through. Tiger has won both unexpected Monday finishes this season.

Off the tee: A fairway metal here and Tiger splits the fairway. Stared at it a bit, but good result.

Approach shot: With pitching wedge, Tiger sends it a bit deep and finds the rough. Unforced error.

Around the green: Tiger's chip is so-so, hitting a bit too far behind it and leaves himself 5 feet to save par.

On the green: Tiger lips out on this par putt and drops a shot at the opening hole. Not a great start on a short hole.

TIGER ON THE DAY: 1 over (8 under for tournament)

Elsewhere on the course: Nick Watney makes back-to-back birdie bombs at Nos. 1 and 2, from 30 and 25 feet respectively, to get to 9 under, four off the lead. He'll need a top-10 finish to make the Tour Championship.

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Sunday's coverage

• 5 Things: BMW runs into rain; points bubble still floats; more

More than an inch of rain fell during Sunday’s final round of the BMW Championship at Conway Farms, causing play to be suspended twice before it was finally called for the day. The leader, Jim Furyk, was one of 22 players who never got to tee off. Play is set to resume on Monday at 9 a.m. Eastern, 8 Central.

How it happened: Rain stalls BMW Championship

Jim Furyk went from 59 Friday to solo leader Saturday at the BMW Championship while Tiger Woods surged ahead. But neither did anything Sunday. While the PGA Tour rolled into the final 90 holes of the FedEx Cup, rain stalled play twice with the penultimate event still up for grabs.

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Saturday's coverage

5 Things: Woods 'pretty hot' about penalty; Furyk leads

Jim Furyk will carry a one-shot lead into the final round over Steve Stricker, while Tiger Woods moved into contention and said Friday's two-shot penalty hadn't motivated him.

Mahan's hole-in-one wins car, helps charity

Hunter Mahan used a 5-iron to make a hole-in-one on Conway Farms’ 210-yard 17th hole in the BMW Championship third round Saturday. And it was no ordinary ace for reasons beyond the fact his ball got a good bounce off of a mound.

How it Happened: Furyk takes lead on own

Jim Furyk fired a 2-under 69 on Saturday at the BMW Championship and will carry a one-shot lead heading into the final round at Conway Farms. A day after a 59, Furyk bogeyed the final hole to make things more interesting heading into Sunday.

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Friday's coverage

Furyk shoots PGA Tour's sixth 59

Not far from Olympia Fields, where he won his lone major championship at the 2003 U.S. Open, and Cog Hill, where he won the 2006 BMW Championship, Jim Furyk carded a 12-under 59 at Conway Farms to become the sixth PGA Tour player to shoot golf’s magic number.

Two-stroke penalty adds to Woods' tally at BMW

Tiger Woods was penalized two strokes after his BMW Championship second round because officials ruled that his ball moved as he moved nearby loose impediments before his third shot on Conway Farms’ first hole.

How it Happened: Furyk marches into share of lead with 59

Jim Furyk became the sixth player in PGA Tour history to shoot 59 as he carded a 12-under 59 in the second round of the BMW Championship on Friday at Conway Farms in Lake Forest, Ill. Furyk's record round moved him to 11 under for the tournament, which is good for a share of the lead with Brandt Snedeker.

Photos: First, second rounds at BMW Championship

See some of the action and the emotion of the first two rounds of the BMW Championship, the third event of the 2013 FedEx Cup, from Conway Farms near Chicago.

Woods, Garcia paired together for third round at BMW

The lead pairing of will likely not be the most talked about Saturday. That's because Tiger Woods and Sergio Garcia will tee off together at 11:50 a.m. Garcia apologized for insensitive remarks at Woods' expense in May in a story that had something of a domino effect.

Many of golf's best react to Furyk's 59

Just as many Tour pros could be seen watching Jim Furyk put his 59 on ice Friday at the BMW Championship, their Twitter accounts also reflected a show of support for the popular veteran golfer. Here's a sampling of their quotes.

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Thursday's coverage

5 Things: Snedeker shines while McIlroy falters

No one – not even Tiger Woods – has successfully defended a FedEx Cup victory. Behind an 8-under 63 in Thursday's first round of the BMW Championship, Brandt Snedeker is trying to get himself into position to do exactly that.

Woods sees room to improve on opening 66 at BMW

Tiger Woods made seven birdies and shot 5-under-par 66 in the BMW Championship first round. Yet he said, “I didn’t get anything out of it.”

Mickelson gets going late at BMW in 1-under 70

Phil Mickelson arrived late and, no surprise, started slowly on a Conway Farms course he had never seen before. But late in the round he managed three consecutive birdies, two of them produced with familiar and flashy wedge shots, and ended up with a 1-under 70, good for a tie for 18th.

How it Happened: Snedeker moves to lead behind birdie binge

With only two events left in the FedEx Cup Playoffs, each tournament takes on a new importance as the world's best fight for the $10 million prize for the winner. Not a bad time to roll off seven straight birdies – which is exactly what Brandt Snedeker did during the first round of the BMW Championship.

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Pre-tournament coverage

Tiger, Stricker, Rose highlight BMW Championship predictions

Steve Stricker, Tiger Woods, Jim Furyk and Justin Rose all register as favorites, while Ernie Els, Chris Stroud, Scott Piercy and Kevin Chappell are players to watch at the BMW Championship.

PHOTOS: Equipment on the range at BMW

Our David Dusek is on the range at Conway Farms for the BMW Championship. Take a look at the latest equipment that the world's best are using this week.

Numbers show Tiger Woods as leading POY candidate

Forget for a minute that Tiger Woods has won five times this year; consider that three of them came in tournaments that ranked in the top 10 for toughest and deepest fields -- that's why he should be the current frontrunner for Player of the Year honors.

Steve Stricker decides to play Tour Championship

Despite saying all season that he likely would not play in the Tour Championship, Steve Stricker has made the decision to travel to Atlanta because of his current eighth-place standing in the FedEx Cup standings.

At familiar Conway Farms, Donald hopes for signs of old self

There are home games and then there are home home games. Luke Donald has the latter this week. He’s not only back in his adopted home area in suburban Chicago, he’s playing a PGA Tour FedEx Cup playoff event at his longtime home course of Conway Farms.

BMW Championship: Conway Farms, hole-by-hole preview

Unlike the other major Chicago tournament sites – Medinah, Olympia Fields, Cog Hill and Butler National – Conway Farms has an intimate feel. Expect a considerable spread in scoring this week, a rarity in modern tournament play.

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