The 2013 BMW Championship kicked off on Tuesday, September 10 when PGA golfer and defending champion Rory McIlroy competed in a driving challenge with Gary Woodland in a BMW i3, the first purpose built electric vehicle made primarily of carbon fiber.
McIlroy and Woodland competed on a specially created driving course outside Six Flags Great America in the parking lot for the BMW Championship and Evans Scholars Foundation, to which BMW made a $10,000 donation in their honor, which covers tuition and housing to an Evans Scholar. They completed several laps in the i3 on the course, and were only two seconds shy of beating the track record. Both golfers were two of the first people in the world to drive the i3 since the car's global reveal on July 29. The i3 will launch in the US in Spring 2014.
The 2013 BMW Championship will be played from Thursday, September 12 through Sunday, September 15 at Conway Farms Golf Club in Lake Forest, IL where the top 70 players on the PGA tour will compete for the FedExCup. Tiger Woods, Phil Mickelson, Adam Scott and Luke Donald will join McIlroy and Woodland. All proceeds from the BMW Championship will benefit the Evans Scholars Foundation. Since 2007, the BMW Championship has raised more than $14 million for the Evans Scholars Foundation.
As always at the BMW championship, there will be many incentives for those who score a hole-in-one at this year’s tournament. BMW will provide a full four-year Evans Scholarship worth $100,000 in the name of the first player to score a hole-in-one on any hole during the tournament. On the 17th hole, the first player to hit a hole-in-one will receive a new BMW i3, the same ones that McIlroy and Woodland drove in their competition. Also on the 11th hole, the first player who gets a hole-in-one will receive a new M6 Gran Coupe, a new 4-door addition to the M Series line that successfully combines high performance, outstanding technology and the sensation of motor sports with interior room and amenities for up to five passengers. It features a TwinPower Turbo V-8 engine and accelerates from 0-60 in 4.2 seconds.
Golf fans and car fans will find things to do for every interest. Fans can join the BMW experience and explore some of BMW’s newest vehicles. This will be located on the right side of the driving range. Also, visitors can take the BMW Challenge, where patrons can take their shot at the chance to win the ultimate prize, an all-new BMW 3 Series Gran Turismo to any and all fans who achieve a hole-in-one at any point during the tournament week. The BMW 3 Series Gran Turismo is based on the award-winning BMW 3 Series sedan that features a slightly longer profile, expanded space for luggage, panoramic moon roof, 6-cynlinder engine, all with comfortable seating for five and more legroom that a typical full size sedan. In addition, patrons will have the opportunity to 'Beat the Pro' in a closest-to-the-pin contest with prizes awarded daily to the top performers. If you already own a BMW, come enjoy the BMW Owner’s Pavilion where a BMW key gets you in to all kinds of special privileges. Owners can relax in an air-conditioned environment while enjoying premium concessions. Watch a live broadcast of Golf Channel's official coverage of the BMW Championship from the Golf Channel Studio located inside the BMW Owners' Pavilion. The BMW Owners' Pavilion also offers luxury grandstand seating with spectacular views of the course to watch the top players in the world compete in the BMW Championship.