Brandt Snedeker entered the final round of the Tour Championship with a share of the 54-hole lead with Justin Rose. In Snedeker’s previous three PGA Tour victories, he overcame deficits of five strokes or more on Sunday to win. There’s always less pressure if you’re teeing off an hour before the leaders and posting a low score early than playing in the final group, where it’s yours to lose.
It’s nearly 8pm here on a Saturday night, so I’m not quite sure what I’m still doing in the media center. Oh, Ryder Cup preview stuff! You guys are all probably watching college football, anyway. To be honest, I haven’t paid much attention to the tournament (FedExCup) within a tournament (Tour Championship), but I certainly will tomorrow when they’re coming down the stretch. Hopefully it’s an exciting finish — which would be a fitting way to kick off the much-anticipated Ryder Cup. (continue reading…)
After rolling in a downhill four-footer for par on the 18th, Dustin Johnson walked through the underpass, where his coach Butch Harmon was waiting for him.
“The back (nine) was a lot better,” Dustin, with a big grin on his face, said to Harmon. “Finally made some putts. The front (nine) sucked.”
DJ made the turn with a forgettable even par, but he found his stride coming in, rolling in three consecutive birdies on Nos. 13, 14 and 15. The longest putt he had in that stretch was 10 feet on the 14th. He knocked it inside four feet on the other two.
What changed? (continue reading…)
Rory McIlroy and Tiger Woods are paired in the first round of the Tour Championship, the fourth and final event in the quest for the $10 million jackpot. The new BFFs will teeing off shortly — and I’ll be walking with the circus, so follow my tweets for inside the ropes updates if you’d like — but I wanted to catch up on the news I’ve missed in the past few days due to travel delays and a killer migraine. (continue reading…)
I’ll be returning to the question of the FedEx Cup format – and the PGA Tour’s decision to use the event’s convoluted ranking system as the measure by which it will determine playing eligibility from 2014 – in the coming days, as pre-tournament preparations at East Lake begin to gather momentum.
In the meantime, however, you can entertain yourselves with this: a breakdown of what each Tour Championship qualifier needs to either do, avoid doing or rely on happening in order to end the regular season $10million wealthier. (continue reading…)
Advancing to the Tour Championship from the BMW Championship means more than a mathematical chance at winning the $10 million wheelbarrow at the end of the FedExCup PLAYOFFS. Unless you’re one of the top players in the world (I’d usually say 50, but no guarantees even then), meaning your name is Rory McIlroy or Tiger Woods, the average player doesn’t have the luxury of picking and choosing their schedules to their exact liking. When you qualify for the Tour Championship, you’re set up for success in the following season and it takes out a lot of unknown variables. (continue reading…)
The best part of the FedExCup playoffs is it keeps the world’s top players competing through September in some of golf’s deepest fields (and the worst part is calling the format “PLAYOFFS”). With a packed leaderboard on Sunday featuring names like Phil Mickelson, Tiger Woods, Lee Westwood, Dustin Johnson, Adam Scott and the eventual champ Rory McIlroy, even the biggest diehard NFL fans might have turned the channel — if only temporarily — to tune into the action in the final round of the BMW Championship. (continue reading…)
In case you missed it, I wrote a story on Golf.com last week (earlier this week, whatever) on the battle for the purest swing in golf between Rory McIlroy and Louis Oosthuizen, who were paired together for two straight days at the Deustche Bank Championship. (continue reading…)
Following his second-career major title at last month’s PGA Championship, Rory McIlroy didn’t waste much time to find his way back to the winner’s circle. Just twenty-two days after hoisting the Wanamaker Trophy in Kiawah Island, McIlroy overcame a three-shot deficit early in Monday’s final round at the Deustche Bank Championship and held on to capture his third victory on the PGA Tour this season. (continue reading…)
American Ryder Cup captain Davis Love III is making his phone calls tonight — you know, THE phone calls to the four chosen ones and then at least three to the guys who will be left behind. Love will formally make his announcement to the world at 10am in New York.
Until then, we can continue to play the guessing game. (Woot!) Technically, there are four remaining spots to fill, but there are really only three — Steve Stricker is a lock (good putter and Tiger’s designated partner). Even Stricker, who had a solid week with a T13 finish at the Deustche Bank Championship, seems to expect good news.