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    • Jim Furyk has finished in the top 25 in his past eight starts and finished solo third at the 2013 BMW Championship. (Jim Rogash/Getty Images) Jim Furyk has finished in the top 25 in his past eight starts and finished solo third at the 2013 BMW Championship. (Jim Rogash/Getty Images)

    Mention Cherry Hills Country Club to any avid golf fan and the 1960 U.S. Open will spring to mind. At least it better! It served as host to Arnold Palmer's lone victory in the major. He began the final round seven strokes off the lead, closed with 65 and won by two (at 4-under 280). A 20-year-old amateur named Jack Nicklaus finished alone in second place and was the only golfer without an over-par round all week. Ben Hogan, 48, tied for ninth in what would be his last of 15 top 10s in the championship.

    That nexus of supreme talents is right up there among the hallmarks in the history of golf, but Cherry Hills went on to host another U.S. Open in 1978, its third. The William Flynn design (renovated by Tom Doak in 2008) south of Denver and a mile above sea level has also been the site of two PGA Championships, the latter in 1985. More recently, the U.S. Amateur was contested twice on the classic parkland track. Phil Mickelson won the 1990 edition and returns for this week's BMW Championship. Fellow PGA TOUR winners Jordan Spieth and Hideki Matsuyama participated in the 2012 U.S. Amateur. Both are seeking revenge as Spieth was bounced in the first round of match play while Matsuyama failed to survive the stroke-play qualifier.


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    The 2009 Palmer Cup was held at Cherry Hills. The U.S. collegians lost to their counterparts from Europe, but the experience could come in handy for BMW entrants Cameron Tringale and Morgan Hoffmann, both members of that squad.

    Cherry Hills will play as a par 34-36=70 and measure 7,352 yards from the tips. Both par fives are on the inward side. No. 11 could stretch 632 yards, but the 17th is the potential difference-maker. While only 555 yards, cross bunkers and an island green will force precision off the tee. Overall, greens average just 4,700 square feet and will be prepped to run 11.5 on the Stimpmeter. Included, of course, in the memory of Palmer's seminal title is his drive of the 346-yard, par-4 first hole to set the tone for the comeback. No. 1 reads 346 yards on the card again this week.

    Back in May, BMW extended its title sponsorship of the third leg of the FedExCup Playoffs through 2019. The top 30 in points at the conclusion of the no-cut event in Colorado will advance to the finale at East Lake in Atlanta next week.

    Weather along the Front Range is often unpredictable, but temperatures are expected to rise well into the 70s all week. Moderate winds are forecast. A reasonable threat of inclement weather enters the picture on Friday and lingers into the weekend.

    POWER RANKINGS: BMW CHAMPIONSHIP

    RANK

    PLAYER

    COMMENT

    1 Jason Day Jason Day

    Only golfer with top 10s in first two events. Led field in putting inside 10 feet at TPC Boston (67-for-71). Ranks eighth in scrambling.

    Only golfer with top 10s in first two events. Led field in putting inside 10 feet at TPC Boston (67-for-71). Ranks eighth in scrambling.

    2 Rory McIlroy Rory McIlroy

    Tied for fifth at Deutsche Bank, ranking T7 in GIR and fifth in proximity. Leads TOUR in strokes gained: tee-to-green and adjusted scoring.

    Tied for fifth at Deutsche Bank, ranking T7 in GIR and fifth in proximity. Leads TOUR in strokes gained: tee-to-green and adjusted scoring.

    3 Adam Scott Adam Scott

    The T16 at the DBC is the worst result in his last eight starts. Leads the PGA TOUR in the all-around and ranks third in adjusted scoring.

    The T16 at the DBC is the worst result in his last eight starts. Leads the PGA TOUR in the all-around and ranks third in adjusted scoring.

    4 Sergio Garcia Sergio Garcia

    Slipped eight spots to 23rd in FedExCup points with the week off. Currently second in strokes gained: tee-to-green and fourth in scrambling.

    Slipped eight spots to 23rd in FedExCup points with the week off. Currently second in strokes gained: tee-to-green and fourth in scrambling.

    5 Jim Furyk Jim Furyk

    A T23 at the DBC was second-worst finish since early March. Third in strokes gained: tee-to-green, second in proximity, first in scrambling.

    A T23 at the DBC was second-worst finish since early March. Third in strokes gained: tee-to-green, second in proximity, first in scrambling.

    6 Justin Rose Justin Rose

    Took the week off and fell seven spots to 27th overall. Ranks fourth in strokes gained: tee-to-green and eighth in adjusted scoring.

    Took the week off and fell seven spots to 27th overall. Ranks fourth in strokes gained: tee-to-green and eighth in adjusted scoring.

    7 Jimmy Walker Jimmy Walker

    T9 at TPC Boston; led field in strokes gained: tee-to-green. Tenth top 10. Wife Erin went to school in Boulder and could rally some locals.

    T9 at TPC Boston; led field in strokes gained: tee-to-green. Tenth top 10. Wife Erin went to school in Boulder and could rally some locals.

    8 Matt Kuchar Matt Kuchar

    Fought through the worst kind of week in Boston and still placed T29. Still leads TOUR with 11 top 10s. Tremendous fit for Cherry Hills.

    Fought through the worst kind of week in Boston and still placed T29. Still leads TOUR with 11 top 10s. Tremendous fit for Cherry Hills.

    9 Zach Johnson Zach Johnson

    With top 25s to open the Playoffs, the BMW defending champion (Conway Farms) and ball-striker is trending again thanks to stronger putting.

    With top 25s to open the Playoffs, the BMW defending champion (Conway Farms) and ball-striker is trending again thanks to stronger putting.

    10 Bill Haas Bill Haas

    One of two golfers (Jason Day) with top 15s in first two legs of the Playoffs. Ranked second in both ball-striking and all-around at DBC.

    One of two golfers (Jason Day) with top 15s in first two legs of the Playoffs. Ranked second in both ball-striking and all-around at DBC.

    11 Rickie Fowler Rickie Fowler

    Top-10 streak ended at six with a T23 at the DBC. Currently 58th in strokes gained: tee-to-green, but putting has solidified overall form.

    Top-10 streak ended at six with a T23 at the DBC. Currently 58th in strokes gained: tee-to-green, but putting has solidified overall form.

    12 Henrik Stenson Henrik Stenson

    Leads the PGA TOUR in total driving and ranks T8 in GIR. Went 8-for-16 in birdie opportunities in a closing 65 at TPC Boston.

    Leads the PGA TOUR in total driving and ranks T8 in GIR. Went 8-for-16 in birdie opportunities in a closing 65 at TPC Boston.

    13 John Senden John Senden

    Shared fifth at TPC Boston, ranking T1 in GIR, second in strokes gained: tee-to-green and ninth in scrambling. T22 at The Barclays.

    Shared fifth at TPC Boston, ranking T1 in GIR, second in strokes gained: tee-to-green and ninth in scrambling. T22 at The Barclays.

    14 Chris Kirk Chris Kirk

    Ranked T3 in proximity, fifth in strokes gained-putting & fourth in scrambling en route to DBC title. But T44 in GIR; confidence took over.

    Ranked T3 in proximity, fifth in strokes gained-putting & fourth in scrambling en route to DBC title. But T44 in GIR; confidence took over.

    15 Webb Simpson Webb Simpson

    A T9 at the Deutsche Bank is ninth top 10 of 2013-14, but he hasn't connected them since early on. Led the field in proximity to the hole.

    A T9 at the Deutsche Bank is ninth top 10 of 2013-14, but he hasn't connected them since early on. Led the field in proximity to the hole.

    16 Hunter Mahan Hunter Mahan

    Eased off the throttle in wake of Barclays' title, but makes sense again at Cherry Hills where ball-striking (T9) should separate the field.

    Eased off the throttle in wake of Barclays' title, but makes sense again at Cherry Hills where ball-striking (T9) should separate the field.

    17 Keegan Bradley Keegan Bradley

    His T16 at the DBC leaves him without a top 10 in New England, but he ranked T7 in both fairways and GIR for the week.

    His T16 at the DBC leaves him without a top 10 in New England, but he ranked T7 in both fairways and GIR for the week.

    18 Geoff Ogilvy Geoff Ogilvy

    The last winner at altitude (Barracuda) is fresh off a co-runner-up in Boston where he ranked 14th in GIR and sixth in scrambling.

    The last winner at altitude (Barracuda) is fresh off a co-runner-up in Boston where he ranked 14th in GIR and sixth in scrambling.

    19 Kevin Stadler Kevin Stadler

    T16 at TPC Boston where he’s played well before. Tee-to-green precision is valuable at Cherry Hills. Went to high school in town.

    T16 at TPC Boston where he’s played well before. Tee-to-green precision is valuable at Cherry Hills. Went to high school in town.

    20 Hideki Matsuyama Hideki Matsuyama

    Despite the early exit at the 2012 U.S. Amateur, one look is better than none. Sits fifth in strokes gained: tee-to-green.

    Despite the early exit at the 2012 U.S. Amateur, one look is better than none. Sits fifth in strokes gained: tee-to-green.

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