Henrik Stenson capped off the best stretch of golf in his career with a victory at the Tour Championship, along with the FedExCup, the biggest paycheck in the game. Stenson entered the final round with a four-shot cushion and played rather conservatively on Sunday, hitting fairway woods and irons off the tee, and just sort of hanging on, though he shot a respectable two-under 68 to a wire-to-wire win by a three-stroke margin over Jordan Spieth and Steve Stricker. (continue reading…)
Before the leaders made the turn, Tiger Woods putted out for par on the 18th and a final-round 67 at the Tour Championship, with his girlfriend Lindsey Vonn and his kids Charlie and Sam watching.
Sam broke free and ran to give her dad a hug. (continue reading…)
Henrik Stenson shot a solid four-under 66 to take a commanding four-shot lead at the Tour Championship heading into the weekend in the FedExCup finale. The 37-year-old Swede only carried 13 clubs in his bag on Friday. And no, he didn’t break his 4-wood on purpose, like he did with his driver on Monday at the BMW Championship.
While he was warming up on the range, Stenson discovered the face of his 4-wood had caved in, which also made it a non-conforming club — and good thing he left it in his locker because otherwise he would’ve gotten a two-shot penalty or even faced disqualification. (continue reading…)
Just three days after Henrik Stenson decapitated his driver on the 18th hole in the final round of the weather-delayed BMW Championship and then assaulted his locker at Conway Farms, the Swede put on a ballstriking clinic at East Lake in the opening round of the Tour Championship.
Stenson fired a six-under 64, rolling in five birdies on the front nine, including four in a row from nos. 4-7. He wasn’t as perfect on the back, but he did rebound from a bogey on no. 16 with a birdie on no. 18 to take the first-round lead. (continue reading…)
Tiger Woods’ rules infraction last Friday at the BMW Championship remained the most-talked-about-two-shot penalty (since earlier this year at The Masters) on the eve of the Tour Championship. Woods remains adamant that his ball oscillated and didn’t move despite the obvious video evidence, and while this rules violation was caught by a “freelance videographer” for PGA Tour Entertainment, this incident has heightened the discussion about armchair rules officials calling in penalties.
Prior to his chat with the media, Woods met with PGA Tour Commissioner Tim Finchem for about an hour, and though Tiger didn’t divulge many details about their conversation, it’s safe to assume that the main topic was the Tour’s policy on viewers calling in potential rules infractions. (continue reading…)
Before I jetted down to Atlanta for the Tour Championship, GNN’s Ryan Ballengee joined me to discuss Zach Johnson’s win at the BMW Championship, Jim Furyk’s 59 and Tiger Woods and Oscillate-Gate, along with a quick preview of this week’s Tour Championship. We also chat about the big news that was officially announced earlier today.
By the way, Ballengee and I still need a name for our weekly Hangout show. Suggestions welcome!
Here now, we have a screen grab from one of Geoff Shackelford’s readers of Tiger Woods and the incident during the second round that resulted in a two-stroke penalty (go here for the video footage). Here’s the ball before Woods started meddling with the loose impediments around it and after.
And then there were 30 — that is, players who will advance to the FedExCup Playoff finale at East Lake GC in Atlanta. Several guys came through in the clutch and played their way into the Tour Championship, and several others didn’t have the best of weeks and were bumped out of the top 30 in the FEC points rankings.
Zach Johnson fired a six-under 65 to shoot 16-under total and win the weather-delayed BMW Championship on Monday by two shots over Nick Watney. (continue reading…)
Another rules violation, another two-shot penalty for Tiger Woods, who was apparently fuming after PGA Tour officials slapped him with a two-shot penalty for an incident on the first hole during the second round of the BMW Championship.
Woods was already steaming when he kicked off the day with a double-bogey, but it became worse hours later when he was confronted by rules officials in the scoring area and docked two strokes for violating Rule 18-2a. After an errant approach shot that ended up in the woods, Tiger was trying to remove some loose impediments around his ball when it moved (and it’s pretty clear it did). (continue reading…)
Jim Furyk shot a sizzling 12-under 59 to become only the sixth player to post golf’s magic number during the second round of the BMW Championship.
Furyk, who started on no. 10, posted six birdies and an eagle on the back nine (his first) for an eight-under 28 at Conway Farms — which matched Phil Mickelson’s effort two weeks ago in the first round of the Deutsche Bank Championship (but Phil had to settle with a 63).
The question was whether Furyk could carry over the momentum on the next nine holes and control his nerves to achieve such a remarkable feat. (continue reading…)