Tampa Bay Sports Day

Tiger To Play in BMW Championship

LEMONT, Ill. (Sept. 4, 2009) – Tiger Woods, the world’s No. 1-rated golfer and current leader in the FedExCup Points standings, today informed BMW Championship tournament officials of his commitment to play in this year’s Championship as the event returns to Cog Hill Golf & Country Club in Lemont, Ill., September 7-13.

Woods is a four-time winner of the Western Golf Association’s annual professional championship and took home the trophy in 2007, the last time the event was contested at Cog Hill and the first year of the BMW Championship and PGA TOUR Playoffs for the FedExCup. Woods previously won the event in 1997, 1999 and 2003 when it was known as the Western Open. In addition to his four previous WGA wins, Woods has four other top-10 finishes – including runner-up finishes in 2005 and
2006 – in 12 career starts in the event.

“As a long-time friend of the WGA since his days competing in the Western Junior, and winning the 1994 Western Amateur, Tiger Woods has been a key figure in the history of our championships and will highlight an incredibly competitive field for this year’s BMW Championship,” said Vince Pellegrino, vice president of tournaments for the Western Golf Association, which conducts the BMW Championship in partnership with BMW and the TOUR. “Tiger has had some outstanding performances at Cog Hill in the past, and it’ll be great for our fans to have the opportunity to watch him compete here again.”

The BMW Championship – the third event in the PGA TOUR Playoffs – returns this year to Cog Hill Golf & Country Club in Lemont, Ill., the week of Sept. 7-13. The Championship will be contested on Dubsdread, Cog Hill’s championship course, where Tiger Woods will join 69 other top TOUR stars in competition for a $1.35 million winner’s share of the championship’s $7.5 million purse. Last year’s BMW Championship was contested at Bellerive Country Club in St. Louis and was won by Camilo Villegas.

For more information on the BMW Championship, or to order tickets at any time, visit the championship’s Web site at: www.BMWChampionshipUSA.com or call 847-724-4600.

All proceeds from the BMW Championship benefit the WGA’s Evans Scholars Program, which provides full housing and tuition college scholarships to deserving golf caddies. This fall, more than 840 young men and women caddies will be attending college on Evans Scholarships.