Tag Archives: 2011 FedExCup

Sep
26
2011
By Stephanie Wei under FedEx Cup

A chip for $10 million

At the end of NBC’s Roger Maltbie’s interview with Hunter Mahan, Maltbie, awkwardly, said, “Condolences,” to which Hunter replied, “Condolences?! I didn’t die!” Mahan had a big smile on his face despite losing the playoff to Bill Haas for the Tour Championship and all the other spoils that went along with it — the FedExCup and bonus money.

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Sep
26
2011
By Stephanie Wei under FedEx Cup

Haas hoisting $11.44 million worth of hardware

After Bill Haas rolled in a four-footer on the 18th, the third hole in sudden death, beating Hunter Mahan to capture the Tour Championship, Haas was whisked through the tunnel, up the stairs — but not before Bubba Watson rushed after him to give him a congratulatory hug — and onto the veranda in the grandstands for the made-for-TV portion of the trophy presentation.

When Haas saw the Tour Championship trophy and FedExCup trophy both sitting on the table and didn’t see another player, he looked at his wife Julie and quietly asked her, “Did I win the FedExCup?”

She beamed as she recounted the anecdote, saying she laughed, nodded and told him in an equally hushed voice, “Yes!”

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Sep
25
2011

Mahan: Eyeing $10 million

Here’s hoping for at least one playoff. The Tour Championship and FedExCup finale have a tough act to follow after the thrilling finish to the Solheim Cup! (And competing with football and baseball games this afternoon.)

54-hole co-leaders Aaron Baddeley and Hunter Mahan parred the first five holes to remain at nine-under, but both dropped a shot on the par-3 No. 6. Baddeley dumped his tee shot into the water. Mahan knocked a tough chip to seven feet, but pulled the putt. They matched bogeys and now there’s a three-way tie at the top between Baddeley, Mahan and K.J. Choi, who birdied No. 5.

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Sep
22
2011
By Stephanie Wei under FedEx Cup

You're going to need a bigger wheelbarrow!

If you asked me, I could list at least five or more things. Oh, you are asking? Okay, well, after I paid off my debt, I’d buy a house for my parents, a house in NYC and the Hamptons (maybe one in St. Barths, too), give a donation to a charity my mom is involved with, and throw a huge party — need me to go on? Because I can. I’ll spare you.

But I asked some of the guys in this week’s field what they would do with the $10 million and a few had trouble coming up with something. Let’s take a look…

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Sep
21
2011
By Stephanie Wei under FedEx Cup

Furyk: Give me my wheelbarrow of money!

Some words of wisdom: Don’t try to figure out every possible scenario for Player X to win the FedExCup. The PGA Tour has done a good job breaking it down, but the possibilities seem endless, so just wait ’til it matters — Sunday afternoon. But for FedExCup diehards, the Tour has posted a list of scenarios for each of the top 30 to win the $10 million prize:

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Sep
19
2011
By Stephanie Wei under FedEx Cup

Though Justin Rose’s two-shot victory at the BMW Championship was perhaps career-defining, there were a fair number of storylines that may have overshadowed it a bit. As I’ve mentioned, there was a lot more riding on the results of the third leg of the FedExCup playoffs than a paycheck — entry into the Tour Championship, which basically sets players up for the following year, and the Presidents Cup.

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Sep
18
2011
By Stephanie Wei under FedEx Cup

Rose: Let's do the boogie

Playing in tough, wet conditions at Cog Hill, Justin Rose shot an even-par 71 to close a wire-to-wire victory at the BMW Championship. Rose, who admitted to feeling frustrated at times this season, started the week outside the top 30 in FedExCup points and needed a solid finish to earn a trip to the fourth and final leg of the playoffs, the Tour Championship, along with other perks, such as automatic spots in the Masters, U.S. Open and the British Open.

And he certainly came through in the clutch. Now, he’s No. 3 in points, putting him in excellent position to win the $10 million payout.

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Sep
18
2011
By Stephanie Wei under FedEx Cup

Spiderman just misses the fourth leg!

After missing a four-footer to save par on 18 and before signing his scorecard at Cog Hill, Camilo Villegas headed straight for the computer to check his position. When he saw he was projected just outside the top 30, he pounded his fist down on the table.

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Sep
17
2011
By Will Leivenberg under FedEx Cup

The shiny Tiffany's trophy

The FedExCup playoffs reminds me of soccer in the United States — it’s a nice idea, but it’s never realistically going to catch on.

Perhaps it’s the fact that many fans (and even players) are confused with how it all works.  The seemingly arbitrary organization of the system revolves around position, points and payout. And when I say payout, I’m talking the big money, $10 million to be exact.

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