Taking stock of the BMW Championship

What an interesting tournament! I was able to watch the end of the BMW Championship on Monday and was delighted to see Zach Johnson pull it off! Zach uses a SeeMore putter, which is the type of putter that I use and also recommend to all of my students. The putter doubles as a training aid for your putting stroke as well as helps you make better putts. Please contact me at my email address below for more details.

Having changed to the putter last year, I have never putted as well since I was 16 or 17 and pretty much fearless on the greens. Now as I get older, confidence has faded but has returned with my SeeMore. Enough of the commercial here, so let’s look at a few tournament highlights and lowlights.

Jim Furyk shot a 59 on the same day Rory McIlroy shot 77. That means Jim could have spotted Rory a stroke every hole and still tied. Patrick Reed shot 78 on the same day so Jim would have beaten him giving a stroke a hole.

Several players scored 80 or more, the worst being Scott Stallings, who shot 83 on the last day. He may have been running between shots so he could get out of town promptly on Monday afternoon, but tour pros shooting 83?

The course at 7,149 yards was shorter than the normal layout for tour events. That explains a number of the really low scores but makes the higher ones look strange. Generally the PGA Tour likes courses at around the 7,400 yard mark.

The winner’s share of the purse was $1,440,000. No wonder parents are pushing their kids into golf these days. A few years back this would have been a tremendous season for any golfer. To put this in perspective, Jack Nicklaus earned $5,723,192 in his entire career! Next week's Fedex Cup winner will earn $10,000,000 for one week.

Conway Farms in Lake Forest looks like a tremendous golf course. I have never played up there, but it looked in great condition on television, and the members should be proud of their club. The only complaint I heard from those who went to watch the tournament was that spectator areas were restricted and that the course was a long drive from Oak Brook.

I hope you will have time to watch the final event at East Lake in Atlanta this weekend, and I see Tiger Woods walking away with the $10,000,000 first prize. Who are you picking?

Ian Grant is a PGA teaching professional and a member of the teaching faculty of the PGA of America. He can be contacted at Oak Brook Golf Club 630-990-3032 in the summer and White Pines Golf Dome in Bensenville 630-422-1060 in the winter. You can contact Ian directly at 708-917-8951, or at Iansgolf@aol.com.