KOEPKA-MCILROY & REED LEAD FIELD OF 69 INTO MEDINAH

IRONS & WOODS COMING SOON TO LONG GROVE IL. Irons and Woods will be a Golf Simulator driven entertainment facility. But there will be slots and more to enjoy.      _____________________________________________________________________

THE MEDINAH CLUBHOUSE at Medinah Country Club, home of this weeks BMW Championship.

BROOKS KOEPKA & RORY MCILROY lead a powerful field of 69 players, into the BMW Championship at Medinah Country Club.

The field of 70, is now 69 players with Kevin Na having to withdraw. Na and wife are due to have their second child this week.

And the field could drop to 68, because it’s unknown if Tiger Woods will make it to the first tee on Thursday. Woods pulled out of last weeks FedExCup event the Northern Trust, after 18 holes because of a strained oblique muscle. And a video taken of Woods arriving at Medinah on Tuesday, appeared to show him walking in discomfort. Because Woods fell to the 38th place in the point standings, he needs a strong finish to advance to the tour championship.

On Sunday the Top 30 players in the Fed Ex Cup point standings, will advance to Atlanta for the Tour Championship. Koepka is the points leader heading into this week, with Northern Trust winner Patrick Reed now in second place.

Rory McIlroy meets the media at Medinah.

Back in the BMW field for this week is defending champion Keegan Bradley, who won at Aronimink Golf Club outside of Philadelphia last year. And good news for fans is that the winners of all four majors in 2019, are playing this week. Woods (Masters), Koepka (PGA Championship), Gary Woodland (U.S. Open), and Shane Lowery ( The Open Championship).

“Every year the FedExCup Playoffs produce a world-class field for the BMW Championship, and this year is no exception,” said Vince Pellegrino, Western Golf Association Senior Vice President of Tournaments. “But we are thrilled that the BMW Championship, will not only showcase a group of incredible young talent. But a group of well-established veteran major champions.”

Click here, to hear Rory McIlroy’s pre-championship press conference at Medinah on Tuesday.

Proceeds from the championship help fund the Evans Scholarships for caddies. Since 2007, the BMW Championship has raised more than 30 million dollars for college scholarships. For caddies of modest means.

Besides points leaders Koepka and Reed, defending FedExCup champion Justin Rose, and past BMW Championship winner Dustin Johnson will compete.

So to purchase tickets and learn about parking conditions. And or to see a full list of the players competing. Please visit bmwchampionship.com.

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About Rory Spears

Rory spent over 8 years growing up working at Rob Roy Golf Club in Prospect Hts.IL, then two years at Chevy Chase in Wheeling. He has covered golf in Chicago since 1986. Rory was one of the initial members of WSCR all-sports radio Chicago and covered golf there for 5 seasons, before moving on to work for ESPN/Sportsticker and ESPN Radio. In addition to hosting Golfers on Golf Radio on WNDZ Am 750 Chicago, he writes for both Chicagoland Golf and the Chicago District (CDGA) Magazine. Rory has played over 460 courses in 37 states, and rates golf courses. He does golf course management and communications consulting, in the golf industry.