Tag Archives: 2013 Tour Championship

Oct
2
2013
By Stephanie Wei under Presidents Cup
DeLaet warming up for his Prez Cup debut

DeLaet warming up for his Prez Cup debut

Not long ago, Graham DeLaet wasn’t sure if he’d ever be able to play golf again, let alone professionally with the world’s best. Almost two years after having a back surgery that saved his career, DeLaet earned nearly $3 million in prize money in the 2013 season and qualified for the Tour Championship, not to mention earn a spot on the Presidents Cup International team.

“Literally, there was a time I didn’t think I was going to play golf again and not just that, live a normal life,” said DeLaet a few weeks ago in Atlanta. “It was pretty scary. To be here (at the Tour Championship) and to qualify for the Presidents Cup, it’s pretty unbelievable.”

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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
22
2013
Lindsey in tow with TW's kids

Lindsey in tow with TW’s kids

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. 

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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
18
2013
By Stephanie Wei under FedEx Cup
Where Oscillate-Gate started...

Where Oscillate-Gate started…

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. 

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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
12
2013
Next week's finale of the PLAYOFFS

Next week’s finale of the PLAYOFFS

It’s almost that time again — you know, at the Tour Championship, when you see GC’s Steve Sands furiously scribbling on a whiteboard trying to explain the FedExCup points system and which players have a “mathematical” shot at winning the whole thing and the wheelbarrow of cash.

Heading into the third leg of the FEC Playoffs, the BMW Championship, there are some marquee players outside the top 30 — like Graeme McDowell, Rory McIlroy, Rickie Fowler, Bubba Watson, Ernie Els, Luke Donald and more — that need to play well to qualify for next week’s Tour Championship, which isn’t just a chance to win $10-plus million, but it also means an invitation to the Masters and automatic berths in the Opens and most of the World Golf Championships. 

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