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PGA Tour’s BMW Championship moving to Baltimore in 2021

The BMW Championship will be staged at Caves Valley Golf Club outside Baltimore in August 2021, becoming the PGA Tour’s first event in the area since 1962.

It is the latest move for the Western Golf Association-run event, which has recently been held in Missouri (2008), Indiana (2012 and 2016), Colorado (2014) and Pennsylvania (2018), while remaining in Illinois in alternate years.

The 2019 BMW Championship was played at Medinah Country Club outside of Chicago, drawing more than 130,000 spectators. This year’s event, which will be the penultimate event of FedExCup Playoffs, will take place at Olympia Fields Country Club in Olympia Fields, Illinois.

Steve Fader, chairman of the Caves Valley Golf Club, told the Baltimore Sun: “[It’s a] great honor to be selected as host course given the number of courses around the country that would love to host the championship, so very big deal for Caves Valley. But equally important, if not more important, is the economic impact of hosting a championship like this in Baltimore, for Baltimore County, Baltimore City and the state of Maryland.”

Vince Pellegrino, Western Golf Association’s senior vice president of tournaments, told the newspaper: “It’s a combination of us looking for an iconic venue, a premier venue in a market that is, quite frankly, a golf-starved market. It’s an incredible sports town that really supports the teams, but also supports events. I think having such success on the East Coast a couple of years ago at Aronimink Golf Club (near Philadelphia), we knew we wanted to return, and we were just looking for that right partnership of a competitive golf course with a venue that I know the membership and community will really rally behind.”

Car manufacturer BMW extended its title sponsorship of the event last August following speculation that it would quit the deal, which is reportedly worth between $16m (€14.4m) and $18m per year.