The Western Golf Association (WGA) and the Wilmington Country Club in Delaware have announced today, that the club will host the 2022 BMW Championship, in the final year of the three year BMW deal to be the championships title sponsor. The 2022 BMW Championship will be contested on the clubs South Course.
2021 will be played at Caves Valley Country Club in the Northwest Suburbs of Baltimore this coming August 23-29. Jon Rahm will be the defending champion in 2021, after winning the 2020 BMW Championship at Olympia Fields Country Club.
Dates for the 2022 BMW Championship have not been announced, but the tournament will be played in August of 2022.
‘We’re thrilled to be taking the BMW Championship to Wilmington Country Club, one of the finest clubs anywhere in the United States,” said Vince Pellegrino, WGA Senior Vice President of Tournaments. “The South Course has everything you look for in a traditional championship layout. It will present a strategic test for the world’s best players and a perfect venue for fans and PGA Tour partners.”
2022 will nark the first time a PGA Tour event will be held in the State of Delaware, and the third time in five years the championship has been played on the East Coast. Along with 2018 at Aronimink in Pennsylvania, and next year at caves valley in Maryland.
“It’s a great honor for Wilmington Country Club to be the first club in the state of Delaware to play host to the PGA Tour, and the prestigious BMW Championship,” said Club President Gary Ferguson. “The passion that fans in this area have for golf is unmatched, and they will enjoy the opportunity to watch the best players in the world compete on this spectacular and challenging golf course.”
The club was founded in 1901, with it’s first 18 hole course covering 135 acres. The club then relocated in the 1950’s and commissioned architect Robert Trent Jones Sr. to design the clubs South Course that opened for play in 1959.
Architect Keith Foster was brought in for a renovation of the golf course in 2008, that was rated one of the best renovations of 2008 by multiple golf publications. the South Course has been rated as one of the top courses in the United States by Golf Digest and other publications for years.
The 2022 BMW Championship is the first professional tournament held at the club, that is no stranger to major amateur golf tournaments.
Wilmington Country Club was the host of the 1913 U.S. Women’s Amateur, and five other United States Golf Association (USGA) championships since. Most recently was the 2003 Mid-Amateur. The 2013 Palmer Cup was played at Wilmington, and Team USA members included 2019 BMW Champion Justin Thomas, Daniel Berger and former Western Junior Champion Patrick Rodgers.
“Delaware is excited to host the 2022 BMW championship,” said Governor John Carney. “The First State has a long and proud history and is ideally positioned to support one of golfs great championships. Not only will the BMW Championship enhance the local economy, it will showcase a wonderful course and a dynamic community to a global audience.”
BMW has sponsored the championship now for 14 years, and over the year has raised over $35 million dollars for Evans Scholarships. WGA CEO John Kaczkowski cals this championship a “critical step in expanding the Evans Scholars Foundation from coast to Coast and reach more deserving young caddies.”
The WGA will host it’s 2022 Western Junior Championship at Naperville Country Club, and the 2022 Western Amateur at Exmoor Country Club in Highland Park. Learn more at WGAESF.com.