European Golf Tour
PGA European - BMW Masters
From The Sports Network

DATES: Thursday, October 24th through Sunday, October 27th
SITE: Lake Malaren Golf Club (Masters course), Shanghai, China
COURSE ARCHITECT: Jack Nicklaus (2011)
PAR: 72
YARDAGE: 7,594
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 5 569 Yds
8 - Par 4 454 Yds
9 - Par 4 484 Yds
36 3,813 Yds
10 - Par 4 426 Yds
11 - Par 4 381 Yds
12 - Par 3 242 Yds
13 - Par 5 544 Yds
14 - Par 4 483 Yds
15 - Par 5 613 Yds
16 - Par 4 420 Yds
17 - Par 3 201 Yds
18 - Par 4 471 Yds
36 3,781 Yds
Annual:  2nd
Television:  Golf Channel - Thursday/Sunday -- 2 a.m.-4:30 p.m. (et)
Defending Champion:  Peter Hanson
Runner-Up:  Rory McIlroy
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
2012 Finish
Peter Hanson267Paul Casey274
Rory McIlroy268Justin Rose274
Luke Donald271Louis Oosthuizen274
Ian Poulter272Alexander Noren274
Shane Lowry273George Coetzee274
Past BMW Masters Winners
YearWinner (Score) -- Runners-Up
2012Peter Hanson (267) -- Rory McIlroy

Top Contenders in the Field
Peter HansonWon
Rory McIlroy2nd
Luke Donald3rd
Ian Poulter4th
Shane Lowry5th
Paul CaseyT-6
Louis OosthuizenT-6
Graeme McDowellT-11
Lee WestwoodT-14
Henrik StensonT-26
Sports Network Selections

Pick to Win - Luke Donald
Darkhorse - Ross Fisher
Last Week's Pick to Win (Dustin Johnson) - Finished tied for 12th
Last Week's Darkhorse (Justin Walters) - Finished tied for 18th
NOTES:The European Tour travels to China this week for the BMW Masters
at Lake Malaren Golf Club in Shanghai. Two of the top six players in the world are in the field -- Henrik Stenson (4) and Rory McIlroy (6). This tournament is co-sanctioned by the European Tour and Chinese Golf Association.

Stenson is playing for the first time since capturing the FedExCup on the PGA Tour. He won two playoff events on his way to the title. Stenson has seven top-10 finishes in his last nine events, including six top-3 finishes.

McIlroy has not played well this season and has seen his ranking drop from No. 1 in the world to No. 6. He has not won in 2013 and only has four top-10 finishes worldwide this year.

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. McIlroy won the 2011 Shanghai Masters at Lake Malaren, defeating Anthony Kim in a playoff.

This is the second European Tour event to be played in China in 2013. Brett Rumford won the Volvo China Open in April at Binhai Lake Golf Club in Tianjin. 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, Peter Hanson bogeyed the final hole, but managed to hang on and win. Hanson carded rounds of 66-64-70-67 to beat then world No. 1 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 Shenzhen, where Ian Poulter will defend his title.

10/22 15:22:21 ET

As of October 22, 2013, at 03:22 PM ET