BMW Championship 2013: Biggest Takeaways from Conway Farms

Maxwell OgdenCorrespondent IIISeptember 16, 2013

LAKE FOREST, IL - SEPTEMBER 16:  Zach Johnson kisses the J.K. Wadley Trophy after winning the BMW Championship at Conway Farms Golf Club on September 16, 2013 in Lake Forest, Illinois. Johnson finished with a score of -16.  (Photo by Sam Greenwood/Getty Images)
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Zach Johnson won the 2013 BMW Championship with a 268 16-under par, shooting six-under during the final round. He shot all but one round under 70 and, in turn, secured $1.44 million and 2,500 points in the race for the FedEx Cup, per ESPN.

For those who didn't watch the action transpire, here is what you should take away from the action at Conway Farms.

Ten players shot 10-under or better, with seven finishing within five strokes of the lead. Behind Johnson were the likes of Nick Watney at 14-under, Jim Furyk at 13-under and Jason Day, Luke Donald and Hunter Mahan at 11-under par.

All in all, it was a close event that taught us a lot about the current stars of the PGA Tour.


Zach Johnson is Quietly Elite

Quietly but steadily, Johnson has become one of the most consistent and productive golfers on the PGA Tour. He's consistently in contention at major championship events and has won 10 career PGA Tour events, including six since 2009.

Now, the 2007 Masters champion has added his first title of the 2013 season.

Per, Johnson moved up from 27th to fourth in the FedEx Cup rankings. That unprecedented leap is a testament to the pace that Johnson has used throughout the duration of his career, failing to provide the flash of Tiger Woods or Phil Mickelson, but still contending at every event.

It's rarely headline-stealing, but Johnson is just too consistent to ever count out. That style resulted in a win at Conway Farms.

It's fair to say that Johnson is the most underrated golfer in the world.

Johnson shot a six-under 65 during the final round, continuing to build upon his reputation as a player whose poise is lethal. Whether he's trailing or leading, Johnson is a true threat to rise up and win any PGA Tour event he plays in.

Point in case.


Tiger Still Can't Close

When it comes to Tiger Woods, few adjectives described his era of dominance as well as the term, "Closer." When Woods showed up to the fourth round of an event with his red shirt and black pants, it generally signaled the end for the competition.

Not anymore.

Woods finished at nine-under par, good for 11th overall, but he managed an even 71 during the final round of play. This was especially disappointing considering Woods was just four strokes off of the lead when the fourth round began.

Fortunately, Woods still managed to take the lead in the FedEx Cup.

Unfortunately, it was more of the same from Tiger in the fourth round.

Woods will need to cure his final round woes if he's to bounce back—you know, from the best season of any golfer in the world—in 2014. After going a full season without a major championship, the world has been left wondering why he's gone cold.

It all comes down to closing tournaments out.

According to, Woods is posting an average score of 71.43 during the final round of PGA Tour events. That number ranks 118th amongst qualified players, which is especially stunning considering Woods' average overall score is 69.88—the second-best in the world, per

Until he improves the former number, major championships will continue to be elusive.


Rising Stars Are Legitimate

Over the past few years, golf has gone from a game of aging stars to one of rising young guns looking to make a serious impact. While players such as Rory McIlroy have established their star power, others have just begun to make a name for themselves over the past two years.

At the 2013 BMW Championship, the rising stars shined again.

Jason Day finished in a tie for 4th at nine-under par, and both Keegan Bradley and Jordan Spieth shot a 277 seven-under. All three of those players have been improving and each has age on his side, thus using this tournament to prove their legitimacy.

The future of golf is bright.

Day, 25, has four top 10 finishes at major championships, including two in 2013 alone. Bradley, 27, won the 2011 PGA Championship and finished third at the event in 2012. Furthermore, Spieth, 20, won the 2013 John Deere Classic in his second year on the PGA Tour.

The veterans may be reigning supreme, but the next generation is promising.