Introduced in 2007, the BMW Championship was previously known as the Western Open. The Western Golf Association, which founded and ran the Western Open, runs the BMW Championship. In 2012, 2013, and 2014, the PGA Tour named the BMW Championship its Tournament of the Year.
The BMW Championship is open to the top 70 PGA Tour golfers following The Northern Trust. With only seventy players in the field, there is no 36-hole cut. FedEx Cup points amassed during the regular PGA Tour season and then during The Northern Trust determine the participants. The top 30 FedEx Cup points leaders following this Championship advance to final playoff event, The Tour Championship, where the FedEx Cup Champion will be determined.
The BMW Championship was primarily held at Cog Hill Golf & Country Club in Lemont, Illinois, southwest of Chicago. In 2008, it was held in Missouri at Bellerive Country Club in Town and Country, a suburb west of St. Louis. In 2012, the Ryder Cup was contested at nearby Medinah Country Club, and the championship was moved to Indiana at Crooked Stick Golf Club in Carmel, north of Indianapolis. It was contested in Colorado in 2014 at Cherry Hills Country Club in Cherry Hills Village, a suburb south of Denver.[