FIGJAM’s putter failed him through most of the 2009 season, but with a little tinkering tutorial from Dave Stockton and the return of typical FIGJAM cockiness, he scored his first victory since the beginning of the year. (Putting aside irrational negative feelings. Mustering positivity. So far, so good…)
He opened the tournament with a lackluster three-over 73, which included a quadruple-bogey. Going into the final round, he was four strokes back of Kenny Perry, but he putted his way back to the top of the leaderboard with scores of 66, 67 and 65. His shot of the day came at the 16th, where he holed a chip from around 15 feet to get to 9-under, insomuch clinching the Tour Championship.
/Phil pumps fist. Twice. Crowd goes wild.
Meanwhile, Tiger struggled with his putter all day until he finally made his first birdie of the day on the 15th. He followed by sinking a 35-footer on the 16th.
/Tiger pumps fist. Once. Crowd goes wild.
He couldn’t catch Phil, though…but he still walks away $10 million richer. Phil made note of that: “I want to see if I understand this right. I shot 65 and Tiger shot 70. He gets a check for $10 million.”
Phil wins the Tour Championship. Tiger wins the FedEx Cup. Tim Finchem wins credibility. Kind of.
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