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Third Playoff Tournament for the PGA TOUR FedExCup.

The 2014 BMW Championship (September 1-7, 2014) will be held at Cherry Hills Country Club. The course is located in a suburb just south of Denver, Colorado. The 70 best ranked players of the FedExCup ranking participate in the third playoff tournament of the PGA TOUR.

The Playoffs on the PGA TOUR get underway on Thursday, before the BMW Masters (28th October to 2nd November, Lake Malaren Golf Club, Shanghai), tees off the European Tour’s “Final Series” in October. A BMW tournament also plays an important role on the road to the FedExCup: at the BMW Championship (4th to 7th September, Cherry Hills Country Club, Denver), the 70 world-class players who qualified for the penultimate leg of the Playoffs will do battle for one of only 30 starting places at the season finale, the TOUR Championship.

Last time around it was a Swede who dominated both finals series: Henrik Stenson was in a class of his own and became the first player in history to win both the FedExCup and the Race to Dubai in one season. The 38-year-old is yet to win a tournament in 2014. But his rivals shouldn’t be lulled into a false sense of security. He was in the exact same situation 12 months ago. This was followed by victories at the Deutsche Bank Championship, the TOUR Championship and the Dubai World Championship. At the last major of 2013, the US PGA Championship, Stenson finished in third place. And there are parallels with the current season.  The ‘2013 European Tour Golfer of the Year’ narrowly missed out on the long overdue first major title at the US PGA Championship once again. While Rory McIlroy was victorious, Stenson finished third. The outwardly cool, but extremely ambitious Swede is hitting top form just in time once again.

“2013 was a dream season for me,” said the world number three. “I achieved everything I could have wished for and more. It started off in the early part of the summer when I was playing well and I was able to keep it going for such a long time. That was one part of the achievement: to keep my game at this level for so long, probably four months. I am very proud to have won the FedExCup and the Race to Dubai.”

Stenson is currently in 70th place in the FedExCup and, if he stays there, would narrowly qualify for the BMW Championship, which will be held for the first time at Cherry Hills Country Club in a suburb of Denver. However, the dramatics of the playoffs through the points system for the four remaining tournaments mean that anything is possible in the coming weeks.

During his winning streak last year, the Swede played at the BMW Championship, with a prize fund of eight million US dollars, for only the second time after 2007. He finished tied in 33rd place at Conway Farms Golf Club (Chicago), where Zach Johnson (USA) won. Stenson, who won the BMW International Open in 2006, is a regular at international BMW tournaments.

“BMW has been one of the greatest if not the greatest of our partners over such a long time,” he said. “They have hosted so many tournaments, on the European Tour and the PGA TOUR. A very strong worldwide supporter of golf. They always look after us very nicely and you know, when it is a BMW event, that you can expect high standards.”

The fact that this not only applies to the players, but also the spectators, is underlined by the tournament being awarded PGA TOUR Tournament of the Year. The BMW Championship has received this title for the past two years.

 

Live to Golf, Love to Eat 

Golf has always been a sport where mostly retirees have flock to, in order to stay active, competitive or just enjoy the serenity of a relaxing day at the course.  Regardless of the reason, golf has become more mainstream amongst the youth today and adults of all ages.  With more women learning to play golf and joining Women Clubs across the world it is a preferred activity before some of the other big competitive sports.  Competing against an opponent in any activity or sport can give you the satisfaction of being victorious if you win or very deflating if you loose.  In golf, your pairing partner is not the opponent, you and the obstacles before you are the opponents. Your pairing partner is merely there to share the experience, unless there is a money hole involved, and to collaborate the story.  Beating your low score can be as rewarding as saying you outplayed another player because that player could just be having a bad day and thinking about what he or she should be doing!

Concurring a course is the most satisfying feeling for a golfing enthusiast.  Finding a challenging well-manicured courseGolf-Course can satisfy all of our senses.  Touch, feeling the club in your hand as you take the perfect swing on your driver and hitting the ball straight down the fairway; The Smell, of the outdoor air and fresh cut grass coming off the dew of a southern summer morning; The Sound from the contact of a perfect swing, from the right club, hitting the ball at the right angle; The Taste of success, hitting a hole in one, or dropping a shot off the tee 2 feet from the hole; Seeing the shot before you hit the shot, and then executing the shot, and the ball hit just as you vision it, the  (flight of your ball dead center of the fairway or the roll of your ball with just the right amount of pace winding through a green with steep decline and a mean curve down to the hole, slowly dropping with the Nike logo exposed); And yes, there is a 6th Sense, the one you have way before you take to the course envisioning this whole day taking shape.


When your day on the course is done, what better way to end your day and bragging rights with the perfect meal, drink and companionship of those you just shared the days experience on the course.  Golf is not so strenuous to where you immediately have to take to an I.V. to hydrate. Going to a good 19th hole will suffice.  Some courses offer a great package for dining_lrgthe golfing and for the after golfing experience.  Whether you prefer an intimate setting to talk about the best and worst shots, or a social environment to hydrate or replenish lost carbs and protein can be the most important pairing you can have, other than you mates.  What you eat and drink can be the perfect end to a great day and leave you with a real good feeling inside.

Live 2 Golf, Love 2 Eat will be a guide to finding the right environment paired with a challenging course for a great day of golf.  L2G, L2E will also be a forum for those to share their experiences, pictures, videos and scores to the world.  Being able to hear first hand from other golfing and dining enthusiast can help prepare you for the right experience for the right time.  The Image Of Magazine plans to host a monthly L2G, L2E experience to benefit a worthy charitable cause.


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