After a year's hiatus while the BMW Championship heads to Cherry Hills in Denver, all signs are pointing to the tournament returning to Conway Farms in 2015 after a solid weeklong run in Lake Forest.
Vince Pellegrino, vice president of tournaments for the Western Golf Association, was pleased on many fronts with the debut performance of Conway Farms as tournament host.
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"Until we get together with the folks from BMW and the PGA Tour we won't know for sure," Pellegrino said, "but I don't see why we wouldn't want to come back in the future."
The players seem to agree.
"I think they're looking at having it back here in '15," said Northwestern alum Luke Donald, who not only helped sell the idea of Conway hosting the 2013 event but also served as the tournament's unofficial host.
"From what I've heard, it's done well on all fronts: on fan attendance (just better than 130,000 for the week), on selling tents, and the players have been very positive about it."
That would include Tiger Woods, who shot even par Monday and heads into the Tour Championship next week in the No. 1 spot in FedEx points.
"I'm sure it will come back," Woods said. "We got some interesting weather conditions, from 100 degrees to 50, and the course definitely held up."
All that stood between Matt Jones and a spot in the top 30 was an 8-foot putt on No. 18.
He missed it, and with that missed a chance to compete in the Tour Championship next week in Atlanta.
This wasn't his first close call.
In 2009 he finished 126th to just miss the playoffs. In 2011 he began the week of the Wyndham Championship at 121 in the standings but missed the cut and finished 127th to miss the playoffs again.
Did you know:
Before his win in the BMW Championship, Zach Johnson's last victory came when he beat Troy Matteson in a playoff at the John Deere Classic.
He said it:
"I'll say this: People up here are (darn) tough because the weather is awful. It's either 150 degrees in the summer or cold in the winter -- and it changes every 10 minutes."
-- Jim Furyk