Tag Archives: 2013 FedExCup Playoffs

Sep
22
2013
Yay

The Eleven Million Dollar Man

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.

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Sep
20
2013
Nice playing, man

Nice playing, dude

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. 

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Sep
19
2013
The Hurt Locker

Stenson put the hurt on locker

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. 

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Sep
18
2013
By Stephanie Wei under Behind the Scenes

I share some behind-the-scenes nuggets in the video above. I have more info and quotes on the topics I mentioned, but I’ll have to update this post with them later since I’m about to miss the last shuttle to the parking lot!

It was a productive day at East Lake, but for now, here’s a mini Q&A I did with Jordan Spieth (after stalking running him down in the parking lot) — it’s hard to believe he just turned 20 the other month — it’s like he’s 20 going on 35. 

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Sep
17
2013
By Stephanie Wei under FedEx Cup

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!

Sep
16
2013

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.

TigerBallMoveCloseups

 

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Sep
16
2013
Zach rallies for the win

Zach rallies for the win

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. 

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Sep
13
2013
By Stephanie Wei under FedEx Cup
Fifty-effing-nine!

Fifty-effing-nine!

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.

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Sep
12
2013
Whoa, dude!

Whoa, dude!

In the week-off between the Deutsche Bank Championship and the BMW Championship, Brandt Snedeker didn’t touch a golf club until Wednesday’s pro-am at Conway Farms. In fact, he wasn’t even feeling that great with the putter, until he rolled in a 14-footer from the fringe on no. 13 (teed off no. 10) for birdie that propelled him to make six more in a row.

Snedeker fired a bogey-free, eight-under 63, to take a one-shot lead over Zach Johnson (64) in the first round. 

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