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The 2014 BMW Championship Takes Place in Cherry Hills Village, Colorado, September 4 - September 7.
WOODCLIFF LAKE, N.J., Sept. 3, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- BMW Championship winners Rory McIlroy, Zach Johnson and Camilo Villegas attempted to recreate Arnold Palmer's historic drive from Cherry Hills Country Club's 1st tee to kick-off the 2014 BMW Championship. The recreation was a nod to Palmer's legendary tee shot during the 1960 U.S. Open at Cherry Hills, when he drove the green at the 346-yard, Par-4 1st hole, sparking his memorable comeback win. Hunter Mahan, 2013 BMW Championship Hole-in-One player, and PGA TOUR Player Keegan Bradley, also attempted to recreate the famous shot.
Each player used a replica Persimmon driver, with a steel shaft and a wood head, from the same era used by Palmer during the 1960 U.S. Open at the 346-yard, Par-4 1st hole, sparking his memorable comeback win. Though no player was able to successfully replicate Palmer's shot, BMW made an additional $10,000 donation to the Evans Scholars Foundation, which grants full college scholarships to young deserving caddies of financial need. McIlroy came the closest to the green with a 300-yard drive.
"It's very, very humbling to say the least. Shaft felt whippy, head felt heavy, the ball felt like a marshmallow. But a whole lot of fun," said 2013 BMW Championship winner Zach Johnson. "The Palmer shot was beyond impressive. We are talking about arguably one of the best players in the world of all time."
The penultimate event in the PGA TOUR's FedExCup Playoffs, the 2014 BMW Championship will be contested Thursday, September 4 through Sunday, September 7 at Cherry Hills Country Club and features the top 70 players on the PGA TOUR. All net proceeds from the BMW Championship benefit the Evans Scholars Foundation. Since BMW became title sponsor in 2007, the tournament has raised more than $16 million for the Evans Scholars Foundation. In addition to supporting the Evans Scholars Foundation through the BMW Championship, BMW of North America, LLC also provides a summer internship program for Evans Scholars to work for BMW, offering them work experience and invaluable insight into their future careers.
"We are proud to support the Evans Scholars Foundation in their mission to send 1,000 caddies to college by 2020," said Ludwig Willisch, President & CEO, BMW of North America. "We are continuously inspired by the efforts of these caddies, and through the BMW Championship and our summer internship program, we hope to provide them with tools for success."
Continuing the BMW Championship tradition, there are premium incentives for the first player to achieve a hole-in-one during the tournament, including:
"BMW provides BMW Championship attendees with an unmatched, premium experience as attested by the BMW Championship being named the PGA TOUR's 'Tournament of the Year' in both 2012 and 2013," said Vince Pellegrino, Western Golf Association Vice President of Tournaments. "Thanks to BMW's ongoing support of the Evans Scholars Foundation, we are able to make a real difference in the lives of young, student caddies."
BMW Owners receive exclusive access and special benefits throughout the week at the 2014 BMW Championship, including:
The 2014 BMW Championship will feature many exciting attractions for golf fans and automobile enthusiasts, including:
A limited number of tickets are still available for purchase at www.BMWChampionshipUSA.com. All active, retired, reserve and veterans will receive complimentary admission for one day of the tournament. Members of the military must visit www.BMWChampionshipUSA.com to verify their military status and print out their free ticket voucher in advance of the tournament. Tickets are limited.
Footage of the recreation of Arnold Palmer's historic drive from Cherry Hills Country Club's 1st tee is available for download at: ftp.rubenstein.com; username: BMW; password: champBMW2014
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