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PGA European - BMW Masters
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DATES: Thursday, October 30th through Sunday, November 2nd
SITE: Lake Malaren Golf Club (Masters course), Shanghai, China
COURSE ARCHITECT: Jack Nicklaus (2011)
PAR: 72
YARDAGE: 7,607
Hole-by-Hole1 - Par 4 439 Yds
2 - Par 4 384 Yds
3 - Par 5 574 Yds
4 - Par 3 212 Yds
5 - Par 4 495 Yds
6 - Par 3 202 Yds
7 - Par 5 568 Yds
8 - Par 4 484 Yds
9 - Par 4 470 Yds
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36 3,828 Yds
10 - Par 4 426 Yds
11 - Par 4 380 Yds
12 - Par 3 242 Yds
13 - Par 5 544 Yds
14 - Par 4 483 Yds
15 - Par 5 612 Yds
16 - Par 4 420 Yds
17 - Par 3 201 Yds
18 - Par 4 471 Yds
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36 3,779 Yds
Annual:  3rd
Television:  Golf Channel - Thursday/Sunday -- 6-11 a.m. (et) - taped
Defending Champion:  Gonzalo Fernandez-Castano
Runner-Up:  Thongchai Jaidee, Francesco Molinari
Tournament Record:  267 (Peter Hanson, 2012)
54-Hole Record:  200 (Peter Hanson, 2012)
36-Hole Record:  130 (Peter Hanson, 2012)
Course Record:  62 (Jamie Donaldson, 2012)
Total Purse:  $7,000,000
Share:  1st Place - $1,166,000; 2nd Place - $780,000; 3rd Place - $440,000
 
2013 Finish
PlayerScorePlayerScore
Gonzalo Fdez-Castano277Peter Uihlein280
Thongchai Jaidee278Pablo Larrazabal280
Francesco Molinari278Four players at281
Luke Guthrie279
Thomas Bjorn280
 
Past BMW Masters Winners
YearWinner (Score) -- Runners-Up
2013Gonzalo Fernandez-Castano (277) -- Thongchai Jaidee, Francesco Molinari
2012Peter Hanson (267) -- Rory McIlroy

Top Contenders in the Field
Player20122013
G. Fdez-CastanoT-46Won
Thongchai JaideeT-16T-2
Francesco MolinariT-35T-2
Thomas Bjorn---T-5
Ian Poulter4thT-15
Shane Lowry5thT-24
Thorbjorn OlesenT-58T-31
Jamie DonaldsonT-16T-34
Victor Dubuisson---T-44
Graeme McDowellT-11T-53
Stephen Gallacher---T-53
Miguel A. JimenezT-3060th
Joost LuitenT-26wd
Justin RoseT-6---
Chris Kirk------
Sports Network Selections

Pick to Win - Justin Rose
Darkhorse - Mark Foster
 
Last Week's Pick to Win (Victor Dubuisson) - Finished 2nd
Last Week's Darkhorse (Lucas Bjerregaard) - Finished tied for 4th
 
NOTES:The European Tour travels to China this week for the BMW Masters
at Lake Malaren Golf Club in Shanghai. The event is being played on the Masters course at Lake Malaren Golf Club, which was designed by golf legend Jack Nicklaus and opened for play in 2011.

This event is the opener of the Race to Dubai Final Series, which is a 4-event competition similar to the season-ending FedEx Cup on the PGA Tour. Six of the top 30 players in the world are in the field -- Justin Rose (6), Graeme McDowell (17), Victor Dubuisson (20), Chris Kirk (23) Jamie Donaldson (24) and Thomas Bjorn (30). This tournament is co-sanctioned by the European Tour and Chinese Golf Association.

Rose is playing for the first time since helping Europe defeat the United States at the Ryder Cup. Rose was 3-0-2 in his matches. He has won twice this year - once on the PGA Tour at the Quicken Loans National, and once on the European Tour at the Aberdeen Asset Management Scottish Open.

This is the second European Tour event to be played in China in 2014. Alexander Levy won the Volvo China Open in April at Genzon Golf Club in Shenzhen. This is the seventh different European Tour event to be played in China, joining the Volvo China Open, WGC-HSBC Champions, UBS Hong Kong Open, BMW Asian Open, TCL Classic and Johnnie Walker Classic. China has also hosted the World Cup five times.

Last year, Gonzalo Fernandez-Castano double bogeyed his final hole, but was still able to hang on for a 1-stroke victory over Thongchai Jaidee and Francesco Molinari. Fernandez-Castano posted rounds of 67-68 on the weekend to claim his seventh career win on the European Tour at 11-under-par 277.

In 2012, Peter Hanson bogeyed the final hole, but managed to hang on and win. Hanson carded rounds of 66-64-70-67 to beat world No. 1 Rory McIlroy by a single stroke. Hanson finished his sixth European Tour title at 21-under-par 267.

The European Tour remains in China next week for the WGC-HSBC Champions in Shanghai, where American Dustin Johnson won the 2013 title.

10/28 14:21:42 ET

As of October 28, 2014, at 02:25 PM ET

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