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Monday, September 2017 09:18:36:28

PGA TOUR: BMW Championship Leishman wins

The BMW Championship, at Conway Farms in Lake Forrest, Ill. 

Marc Leishman put the finishing touches on his best year in golf and already was looking ahead to make it even better.

With his wire-to-wire, five-shot victory in the BMW Championship - his first tournament after losing a two-shot lead on the back nine at the TPC Boston - Leishman now is in range to capture the FedEx Cup and its $10 million bonus this week at East Lake in the Tour Championship.

Leishman not only won for the second time this year, but he also has the No. 4 seed this week for the FedEx Cup finale. While everyone in the 30-man field has a mathematical chance of claiming golf's richest prize, the top five seeds only have to win to capture the cup.

LAST YEAR: Dustin Johnson captured the BMW Championship for the second time and earned the third of his four playoff victories when he closed with a 5-under-par 67 to beat Paul Casey of England by three strokes at Crooked Stick Golf Club in Carmel, Ind. 

Dustin Johnson won last year's event. (Photo/Twitter)

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When Conway Farms was founded in 1991, Lake Forest mayor Rob Lansing said it made a commitment to become a venue for amateur golf competitions. After hosting the NCAA Division I men's golf tournament in 1997, the U.S. Junior Am in 1998, U.S. Open qualifying rounds in 2007 and 2008 and the Western Amateur in 2009, the club started thinking about a PGA Tour event.

Luke Donald, who spent close to a year atop the Official World Golf Ranking, is a dues-paying member at Conway Farms and helped his home course secure the penultimate event of the FedEx Cup Playoffs.

Donald was first introduced to Conway Farms during his freshman season on the Northwestern men's golf team in 1997. Todd Marsh, the club's general manager, said the Wildcats practiced there once a week. 

Donald, however, won't be in the field this year as he failed to make the cut.

The BMW Championship, which runs from Sept. 14-17 at Conway Farms, is limited to the top 70 members on the PGA Tour as determined by the tour standings entering the week. 

"The tour was looking to move an event somewhere in the Chicago area," Donald said. "I told them the North Shore was an opportune place to do it. I suggested they have a look at Conway."

After hosting the BMW Championship in 2013, Conway Farms was awarded the event in 2015 and again this year. Donald didn't play in the 2015 edition either, which was won by Jason Day.

The BMW Championship will be held in Pennsylvania next year and moves to Medinah Country Club in 2019. The site of the 2020 tournament has not been announced.

Ran DeBord is a Sr. Editor with All Access Sporting News  (AASNSports)

Sources for this article include:

 PGA, AP, Wikipedia, Twitter, AASNSports

~ All Access Sporting News

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