The Western Golf Association made it official Monday, announcing that Conway Farms will host the 2013 BMW Championship.
The Tribune reported Feb. 8 that Luke Donald’s home course, located in Lake Forest, would host the FedEx Cup event in 2013 (Sept. 12-15). As long as the event goes smoothly, the 2015 BMW also will be played at Conway. (Both the club and PGA Tour hold a contractual option.)
“We’re excited to be returning to the Chicago area and especially for this opportunity to conduct our first professional championship on the North Shore since 1972,” said WGA vice president Vince Pellegrino. “Many of our volunteers and contributors to our championships and scholarships live in the city’s northern suburbs, and this gives us the opportunity to reward their support by showcasing the world’s top golfers on a course in their own backyard.”
Donald, the Northwestern alum who lives on the North Shore with his wife and two daughters, said the news excites him.
“As a long-time member at Conway Farms, I feel like it offers one of the best all-around tests of golf in the Chicago area and will be a course that my fellow pros really enjoy,” he said in a statement. “For a relatively young golf course, Conway Farms has quickly become a prestigious club, and because it provides such a different test every time you play it, is sure to make the BMW Championship a thrilling event for players and fans alike.”