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
Spieth teeing off no. 1

Spieth teeing off no. 1

I was headed to the practice area late Wednesday morning  at East Lake to chat with players and look for a good story on the eve of the Tour Championship. Well, sometimes the most fun ones are the kind you just happen to stumble upon. In other words, you’re at the right place at the right time.

That’s what happened today. I stopped to talk with Ryan Palmer’s caddie James Edmondson, who was waiting for his player on the first tee. As Palmer was teeing off, Rickie Fowler strolled up, then Jimmy Walker and Jordan Spieth. 

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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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Sep
8
2014

Morgan Hoffmann made the biggest move of all in the FedExCup Playoffs. After missing the cut at the Wyndham Championship, Hoffman snuck into the field at The Barclays, the first of the four Playoff events, at no. 124 in the points standings.

His play-for-broke approach in the next three events earned him a spot at not only the Tour Championship, but all the goodies that go along with it — a place in the field at next year’s four majors and World Golf Championships. 

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Sep
8
2014
By Stephanie Wei under Humor

It appears that during Saturday’s third round at the BMW Championship, Rory McIlroy and Sergio Garcia, who were paired together, mocked Caroline Wozniacki’s tennis-racket-hair snafu at the U.S. Open. (Click on the link in the embedded tweet for the evidence.)

 

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Sep
2
2014
By Stephanie Wei under Ryder Cup

At a glitzy (slow-played) press conference at 30 Rockefeller in NYC, American captain Tom Watson revealed his three wildcard picks on Tuesday evening, deciding to go with a mixture of experience and form as he named Keegan Bradley, Hunter Mahan and Webb Simpson to round out the underdog U.S. team.

The trio join the nine players who automatically qualified for the squad based on points —  Bubba Watson, Rickie Fowler, Jim Furyk, Jimmy Walker, Phil Mickelson, Matt Kuchar, Jordan Spieth, Patrick Reed and Zach Johnson.

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