PGA Tour Returns To Hoosier State for BMW Championship

It has been a good year for sports in Indiana.

In February, Super Bowl XLVI in Indianapolis was the most-watched program in American television history.

In March, the Indiana men’s college basketball program returned to respectability, finishing just two victories outside the Final Four (after winning 28 games the previous three seasons combined).

In May, Dario Franchitti won his third Indianapolis 500 title in a wild race that featured a record 34 lead changes.

The year 2012 also marked the return of the PGA Tour’s best golfers to the Hoosier State.

Crooked Stick Golf Club in Carmel hosted the 2012 BMW Championship Sept. 3-9, the third of four FedEx Cup playoff events on the PGA Tour schedule.

The tournament draws the top 70 players from the FedExCup standings. The last PGA Tour event played in Indiana was the 1991 PGA Championship.

The BMW Championship is primarily held at Cog Hill Golf and Country Club in Lemont, Ill., but due to this year’s Ryder Cup at nearby Medinah, it was moved to Crooked Stick.

The course was built in 1964 by architects Pete and Alice Dye, after the two returned from a golfing trip to Scotland. Energized and inspired, the Dyes set out to build the finest golf course in the Indianapolis area.

Mission accomplished.

Today, Crooked Stick features 7,516 yards of golf from the longest tees for a par of 72. The course rating is 72.4 and it has a slope rating of 130 on Bent grass. Crooked Stick consistently ranks among the best courses in the nation. Pete and Alice often refer to it as their “firstborn.”

No consecutive holes are laid out in the same direction, long holes are followed by short holes and shots calling for right-to-left flights are followed by shots requiring left-to-right flights.

The name of the club pays honor to the origins of the game, back when golfers hit stones with crooked sticks.
Along with the 1991 PGA Championship (won by John Daly), the course has hosted six USGA National Championships and was the site of the 2005 Solheim Cup matches.  

All proceeds from the BMW Championship benefit the Evans Scholars Foundation, which provides full college tuition and housing grants to deserving young caddies. Since 2007, the event has raised more than $11 million for the foundation.


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