The excitement continues and the pressure builds as theFedExCup Playoffs continue this week at Cherry Hills Country Club in Denver, Colorado for the BMW Championship. Cherry Hills has been the home of many amateur and professional tournaments over the years, including nine USGA competitions and two PGA Championships. Past champions have included some of the game’s greatest: Arnold Palmer, Jack Nicklaus, and Phil Mickelson to name a few. And while the course has been a host to many tournaments over the years, only a few of the top 70 FedExCup points leaders competing will have any prior course knowledge.
Among the most memorable events at Cherry Hills was the 1960 U.S. Open when Arnold Palmer collected his third major championship and first U.S. Open title. He started the day by driving the first hole, a 313 yard par 4 came and back from a seven shot deficit to defeat Jack Nicklaus. Palmer relives the victory in the video below:
I was given the opportunity to play Cherry Hills recently, just two weeks before the pros tee it up for the BMW Championship. While there are certainly some birdie opportunities, the players will want to stay in the fairway whenever possible as the thick bluegrass really grabs the club everywhere in the rough, especially around the greens. Johnny Miller said that “some of the toughest bluegrass rough in the world is at Cherry Hills,” so the course will undoubtedly reward accuracy. And with a large cut looming at the end of the week, 40 of 70 FedExCup points leaders will see their PGA Tour season come to an end at Cherry Hills.
Be sure to catch some of the action this weekend at Cherry Hills as there is sure to be some excitement and drama. And in case you missed it, here are Peyton Manning, John Elway, Chauncey Billups, and John Lynch training for the big week at the tournament:
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