Fresh from firing a course record 61 in the opening round of the Transitions Championship, the lowest round of his professional career, Padraig Harrington retired to the press centre and gave a characteristically articulate post-round interview. (continue reading…)
Tag: FedEx Cup
Conway Farms, 209-acre playground of well-heeled North Chicagoans (and Luke Donald), will host the third event of the 2013 FedEx Cup Playoffs, the BMW Championship. (continue reading…)
The powers that be are putting the finishing touches to the system they hope will make qualification for the PGA Tour that little bit fairer. Cynics– Lord knows there aren’t any in these parts– will probably brand it a needlessly convoluted attempt to win over late-season television audiences, but as a famous Irish saying proverb would have it, c’est la vie.
The PGA Tour announced on Wednesday that Barclays has signed a four-year extension as title sponsor of The Barclays, the first leg in the Tour’s “playoffs” for the FedEx Cup. Here’s the course rotation via the press release: (continue reading…)
At forty, Catriona Matthew’s veteran status on the LPGA Tour is beyond doubt. She’s played in five Solheim Cups and bagged her fair share of victories, including the 2009 Ladies British Open. Her fifteen-year career, in which she’s managed to amass somewhere in the region of $6m, has taught its fair share of lessons, a fact made abundantly clear in an interview with John Huggan from yesterday’s Scotsman.
The current Race to Dubai leader and US PGA champion, Martin Kaymer, has decided not to take up US PGA Tour membership next season. Speaking in the build-up to this week’s Race to Dubai finale (in Dubai, of all places), the 25-year-old made it clear that the European Tour will still be the circuit he calls home next year:
Lee Westwood is not impressed by the $11 million you just won, Jim Furyk. Westwood turned down membership on the PGA Tour next year, citing apathy toward the FedEx Cup.
“I don’t want to be dictated to by having to go to America to play FedEx Cup when it doesn’t really mean that much to me,” said the 37-year-old. “It doesn’t mean enough to me anyway.”
Maybe he wouldn’t feel this way if the Tour Championship was a 32-player match play field, eventually pitting two golfers against each other in a final match for $11 million. (I know it’s a pipe dream, but seriously, how cool would that be? Talk about a real playoff.)
Just before Jim Furyk stepped up to his two-footer for par on 18, he flipped his dripping wet cap backward. Minutes earlier he nearly holed a bunker shot to cash in the biggest payday in golf.
Furyk had a three-shot lead through 15 holes, but bogeys on 16 and 17 and Luke Donald’s chip-in for birdie on 17 cut it down to one stroke on the final hole. Donald waited in the scoring trailer while Furyk played the last hole. If Furyk bogeyed the long par-3 18th, he would face Donald in a sudden-death playoff for both the Tour Championship and the FedEx Cup, not to mention $11.35 million.
Here’s the handout the Tour just passed out of the likely scenarios for the next two hours (which is the time they expec to finish before bad weather returns — if they DQ Kevin Na). I apologize if you can’t read the picture I took of it with my camera, but it doesn’t make that much sense, anyway. All I know is that to win the FedEx Cup, most the leaders have to win the tournament.
But I did find one scenario interesting. Nick Watney is five-under through 13, seven-under for the tournament. At one point, he was 14-under in the last 20 holes and 12-under for the last 18 (score of 58!). He’s one back of the leader, Jim Furyk, at the moment. So, if Watney can stay hot and wins the Tour Championship and Matt Kuchar finishes solo-25th, then it would result in a tie for the FedEx Cup. Kuchar is in the clubhouse in 26th place currently.
A sudden-death playoff would then take place immediately following the conclusion of the final round. Now that would be cool if they faced off for the $10 million.
Otherwise, bo-ring. I’m about to fall asleep, so I’m going to watch in the rain, which should be nice and wet since I didn’t pack a jacket.
Due to forecasted inclement weather on Sunday, the final round of the Tour Championship will begin at 9am instead of 11:30am. It’s just a little rain and it’s supposed to be the same all day, so I’m not sure why it was necessary to move the tee times up two-and-a-half hours. But the actual issue is that now the final round will be tape delayed on NBC. Yeah, this event that’s been force fed to fans since the first round of Kapalua in January won’t be shown live.
The exciting race to the finish line is here and the Tour decides to push the tee times up because of a little rain? Okay, now I understand that it’s erring on the side of caution considering when the weather gets nasty in the South, it’s nasty. And given that most of the media has to file their stories on the Tour Championship and FedEx Cup before they head to the airport, I guess it’s an altruistic (and rare) move on the part of the Ponte Vedra suits.
Lucky for me, I’m at the tournament and I get to witness all the exciting action live. But for the fans at home, it sucks — and it pretty much validates that the FedEx Cup is a joke. I mean, would this happen during a major? No way. It completely takes away from the oh-so-thrilling excitement on the back nine of a couple guys vying for the $10 million when you already know what happens before you watch it on TV (unless you have self-restraint and you don’t check online).
So, my question is, will you watch the tape-delayed action? And if so, will you look at the results online beforehand? More important, were you planning on watching golf instead of football, anyway? Does anyone even care? Perhaps it’s not such a big deal considering the few die-hard fans that would have tuned in.
*Update: Because of the two-hour rain delay, NBC’s coverage of the Tour Championship was aired live from 3-6EST. Turns out it didn’t matter much since it still received a rating of 1.3, down 61% from last year. (In other words, the weather forced the circumstance, but the intention was to air it on tape, two hours behind.)
Here’s an explanation via email from Ty Votaw, Executive Vice President of the Tour:
Since our decision ultimately resulted in a live finish that came down to the last putt within the live telecast window, I look forward to reading your retraction praising the competition with equal interest.
I would point out that unlike other decisions to air live sports coverage on tape delay to take advantage of time zones or to please broadcast partners, this decision was made solely in order to work around the weather and try to ensure a finish on time, which we did.
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