Category Archives: FedExCup

Sep
21
2016

East Lake GC

When players arrived at East Lake Golf Club this week for the Tour Championship in Atlanta, Ga., they couldn’t help but feel a bit disoriented. (I was certainly confused, initially.) Then, they remembered that tournament officials decided to switch the nines. This year at the FedExCup finale, the field of 30 will tee the hole formerly known as no. 10 and finish on the actual par-5 9th hole.

It’s strange when you first take a walk out there and pass the first hole — but, wait, it is now no. 10 this week — and it definitely does throw you off for a few minutes and then you realize the whole switch with the nines. It doesn’t sound like a big deal and it really isn’t, but it’s still confusing. 

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Sep
14
2014

When Billy Horschel was younger, he would have strange dreams and they’d come true. For instance, when he was 10 years old, he dreamt he would get hit in the face with a baseball bat. It ended up happening. As he walked up the 18th hole, Horschel told his caddie Micah Fugitt that earlier this year he had a dream he would win the FedExCup.

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Sep
12
2014

Rory McIlroy fired the low round of the day at the Tour Championship with a five-under 65 in the second round of the Tour Championship, vaulting him to a tie for second at the halfway mark.

However, he did encounter a bit of drama on the 14th hole that could have killed the momentum he had going on the back nine. After hitting an errant tee shot, McIlroy’s tee ball bounced off a tree and somehow literally landed in a spectator’s pocket. 

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Sep
11
2014
By Stephanie Wei under FedExCup

Jason Day has been plagued with injuries this year, with the most recent occurring last week in Denver at the BMW Championship. Day was forced to withdraw midway through the second round. However, during the first round of the Tour Championship, another member of Team Day had to pull out — Jason’s longtime caddie and coach, Colin Swatton, was forced to put down the bag after seven holes at East Lake on Thursday.

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Sep
11
2014
By Stephanie Wei under FedExCup

In his pre-tournament press conference at East Lake on Wednesday, Rory McIlroy was asked whether the fact that Tiger Woods and Phil Mickelson had failed to qualify for the Tour Championship symbolized a changing of the guard. The world no. 1 replied, “No,” but he pointed out that Woods and Mickelson, the two faces of the game over the last two decades, were simply getting older. He also stated that they were “getting into sort of the last few holes of their career.”

Rory only declared the obvious reality and added that he would be dealing with the same issues that go along with aging in 20 years. Last I checked, Tiger and Phil aren’t 25 anymore. Tiger is indeed injured. 

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Sep
10
2014
By Stephanie Wei under FedExCup

With Rory McIlroy fixed atop the world rankings and Tiger Woods and Phil Mickelson failing to qualify for the Tour Championship, it might be symbolic of a changing of the guard in professional golf.

In his pre-tournament press conference on Wednesday morning, McIlroy wouldn’t say that exactly, but he did acknowledge that the two veterans, who have served as the faces of the game for nearly the last two decades, are getting older and more injury prone.

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Sep
8
2014

It didn’t take long for Billy Horschel to make up for his chunked 6-iron into the hazard of the 72nd hole at the Deutsche Bank Championship a week earlier. Horschel shot a final-round one-under 69 at Cherry Hills to capture the BMW Championship, his second career victory, by two shots over Bubba Watson.

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