2017 BMW Championship Roundup

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The final leaderboard for the 2017 BMW Championship at Conway Farms Golf Club in Lake Forest, Illinois is in. Marc Leishman went wire-to-wire to claim his third PGA Tour title by 5 strokes over runner-ups Justin Rose and Rickie Fowler. Leishman’s winning score of 23-under is a tournament record. Below is the truncated top-10 leaderboard:

(1) Marc Leishman (-23)
(T2) Justin Rose (-18)
(T2) Rickie Fowler (-18)
(4) Jason Day (-16)
(T5) Matt Kuchar (-15)
(T5) Jon Rahm (-15)
(T7) Tony Finau (-13)
(T7) Jordan Spieth (-13)
(T9) Anirban Lahiri (-12)
(T9) Webb Simpson (-12)
(T9) Patrick Cantlay (-12)

Here are some statistics on the champion and other notables near the top of the leaderboard:

WinnerMarc Leishman (-23) – This is Leishman’s third PGA Tour win, his last being earlier in the year at the Arnold Palmer Invitational. His first win came almost six years ago at the 2012 Travelers Championship. Leishman performed very well in the previous leg of the playoffs, the Dell Technologies Championship, where he finished solo third. Obviously he was able to carry his game over and even build on it to win in a dominating fashion. When it comes to his season performance, he’s had several top-10 finishes including the win at the Arnold Palmer; overall, the 16-17 season has been his best yet, even considering his three missed cuts.  Previous finishes at the BMW Championship for Leishman include a T52 last year, T53 in 2014, T39 in 2013 and T65 in 2012 — this is by far his best result at the tournament. It’ll be interesting to see how well he carries his form into the TOUR Championship and the next season.

Final round: 6 birdies and 2 bogeys for a 4-under 67. Thanks to his stellar performance the first three rounds, Leishman was never really in danger of losing his lead despite bogeys on 5 and 13. A birdie on 18 was just icing on the cake. Scores in regulation: 62, 64, 68, 67 (261).

Justin Rose (-18) – This would have been Rose’s first win on Tour in the 16-17 season, eighth Tour win overall and his first in over two years since the 2015 Zurich Classic. You may recall that he finished solo second at the Masters this year (behind winner Sergio Garcia), as well as the Sony Open. He finished T10 in his previous two Tour starts, so it appears he’s been building on some kind of recent form. Previous finishes at the BMW for Rose include a T24 in 2016, T13 in 2015, 35 in 2014 and a T33 in 2013. He won the event in 2011.

Major-winner Rose has been pretty consistent when you look at his overall results since 2010. He’s won at least once in six different PGA Tour seasons — a pattern similar to that of Dustin Johnson — so it’s not a huge surprise to see him come this close to adding another high-profile victory to his belt.

Final round: 7 birdies and 1 bogey for a 6-under 65. He made a really good run at it, but even if he didn’t bogey 17 and birdied the par-5 18th, he still wouldn’t have caught Leishman. Him and Fowler were basically competing for second. Scores in regulation: 67, 68, 66, 65 (266).

Jason Day (-16) – An honourable mention. A disappointing year for Day.

Final round: 6 birdies, 2 bogeys and a double bogey for a 2-under 69. Scores in regulation: 64, 65, 70, 69 (268).

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