Sep 11, 2016
Dustin Johnson won the 2016 BMW Championship at Crooked Stick Golf Club in Carmel, Indiana. The 32-year-old finished 23 under par (265) to leave the world class field, featuring the top players on the PGA TOUR, trailing in his wake. Johnson, who claimed his first major title at the U.S. Open in June, also won the 2010 BMW Championship. Johnson joins Tiger Woods (2007 & 2009) as one of only two golfers to win the penultimate event of the PGA TOUR FedExCup Playoffs two times. Johnson received a winner’s check for $1.53 million for his 14th PGA TOUR win.
"On behalf of BMW, congratulations to Dustin Johnson for once again winning the BMW Championship,” said Ludwig Willisch, President & CEO, BMW of North America. “Dustin’s second round performance (a course record 63) was nothing short of spectacular. We wish him luck as he continues his pursuit of the FedExCup at The TOUR Championship."
The 2016 BMW Championship drew 124,800 fans to Crooked Stick, and they were treated to an impressive display from the new FedExCup points leader. Johnson had proven at Tuesday’s opening event at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway that he can put his foot down at the wheel of a BMW M2. He also appeared to be in a higher gear than his rivals over the course of the four rounds: the new course record of 63 propelled him to the top of the leaderboard on Friday, and the big-hitting Johnson never looked back.
“Obviously, my performance this week was fantastic. The BMW Championship is a big event, with a lot of guys around the lead. I played some really solid golf the past four days,” said Johnson. “I've got a lot of confidence in every part of my game.”
The only players who came close to matching the pace set by Johnson were Paul Casey (-20, 2nd) and Roberto Castro (-17, 3rd). Castro started the tournament with two stellar rounds of 65 (seven under par), but was unable to maintain that pace into the weekend, meaning he must wait a little longer for his first title on the PGA TOUR. It was a different story for Casey, who finished runner-up at last week’s Deutsche Bank Championship: The Englishman put Johnson under pressure early on Sunday, with birdies on two of the first three holes to move into a tie for the lead. However, the overnight leader responded with four birdies in the next five holes. History repeated itself for Casey: when Johnson won his first BMW Championship title in 2010, the Englishman also was the bridesmaid, finishing one-shot behind the winner.
Charl Schwartzel, Adam Scott, Matt Kuchar, Ryan Palmer and J.B. Holmes finished 12 under par in fourth place. Schwartzel’s final round 64 was particularly meaningful, as it propelled him 13 places up the FedExCup rankings into 30th place, securing him the final qualifying place for the TOUR Championship.
Defending champion and world number one Jason Day was forced to withdraw with back problems in the final round. Rory McIlroy (-3, T42), who won the 2012 BMW Championship in Indianapolis, and defending FedExCup champion Jordan Spieth (-11, 9th) were out of contention this week. McIlroy, who won the Deutsche Bank Championship last week, dropped into sixth place behind Casey in the FedExCup rankings going into the finale to the Playoffs. Johnson, Patrick Reed, Day, Adam Scott, and Casey are now best-placed in the race for the title of FedExCup champion ahead of the TOUR Championship in a fortnight’s time: These five players hold their fate in their own hands in Atlanta, with victory guaranteed to clinch the FedExCup.
The BMW Championship will be held for the third time at Conway Farms Golf Club north of Chicago next year. The tournament then moves to Aronimink Golf Club in Philadelphia in 2018, before Medinah Country Club in Chicago provides the stage for the top 70 pros on the PGA TOUR in 2019.