Tag Archives: 2014 FedExCup

Sep
14
2014

American Ryder Cup captain Tom Watson announced his wildcard picks in a glitzy press conference in New York City the day after the conclusion of the Deutsche Bank Championship. Just a day earlier, Billy Horschel had the chance to tie clubhouse leader Chris Kirk with a birdie on the par-5 18th, but he chunked his second shot into the hazard guarding the green (and it was so bad that it almost came up short). That probably didn’t give Watson the best impression of Horschel.

However, less than a week later, Horschel redeemed himself with a two-shot victory over Bubba Watson at the BMW Championship. That likely caught Watson’s attention, but unfortunately, it was a few days too late. Or maybe it wouldn’t have. After all, he didn’t pick Chris Kirk, who played alongside the world no. 1 Rory McIlroy over the weekend at TPC Boston and came out victorious at the DBC. So perhaps it still wouldn’t have been enough to sway Watson (though it should’ve)

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Sep
14
2014

When Billy Horschel was younger, he would have strange dreams and they’d come true. For instance, when he was 10 years old, he dreamt he would get hit in the face with a baseball bat. It ended up happening. As he walked up the 18th hole, Horschel told his caddie Micah Fugitt that earlier this year he had a dream he would win the FedExCup.

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Sep
12
2014

Rory McIlroy fired the low round of the day at the Tour Championship with a five-under 65 in the second round of the Tour Championship, vaulting him to a tie for second at the halfway mark.

However, he did encounter a bit of drama on the 14th hole that could have killed the momentum he had going on the back nine. After hitting an errant tee shot, McIlroy’s tee ball bounced off a tree and somehow literally landed in a spectator’s pocket. 

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Sep
11
2014
By Stephanie Wei under FedExCup

Jason Day has been plagued with injuries this year, with the most recent occurring last week in Denver at the BMW Championship. Day was forced to withdraw midway through the second round. However, during the first round of the Tour Championship, another member of Team Day had to pull out — Jason’s longtime caddie and coach, Colin Swatton, was forced to put down the bag after seven holes at East Lake on Thursday.

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Sep
10
2014
By Stephanie Wei under FedExCup

With Rory McIlroy fixed atop the world rankings and Tiger Woods and Phil Mickelson failing to qualify for the Tour Championship, it might be symbolic of a changing of the guard in professional golf.

In his pre-tournament press conference on Wednesday morning, McIlroy wouldn’t say that exactly, but he did acknowledge that the two veterans, who have served as the faces of the game for nearly the last two decades, are getting older and more injury prone.

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Sep
8
2014

It didn’t take long for Billy Horschel to make up for his chunked 6-iron into the hazard of the 72nd hole at the Deutsche Bank Championship a week earlier. Horschel shot a final-round one-under 69 at Cherry Hills to capture the BMW Championship, his second career victory, by two shots over Bubba Watson.

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Sep
8
2014

Morgan Hoffmann made the biggest move of all in the FedExCup Playoffs. After missing the cut at the Wyndham Championship, Hoffman snuck into the field at The Barclays, the first of the four Playoff events, at no. 124 in the points standings.

His play-for-broke approach in the next three events earned him a spot at not only the Tour Championship, but all the goodies that go along with it — a place in the field at next year’s four majors and World Golf Championships. 

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Sep
8
2014
By Stephanie Wei under Humor

It appears that during Saturday’s third round at the BMW Championship, Rory McIlroy and Sergio Garcia, who were paired together, mocked Caroline Wozniacki’s tennis-racket-hair snafu at the U.S. Open. (Click on the link in the embedded tweet for the evidence.)

 

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Sep
1
2014

Chris Kirk was making his way through the crowd as he greeted his family and walking toward the scoring area. At that point, he was still unaware he had won the tournament. But then, Kirk saw his caddie Bill Harke celebrating in the hallway, and Jack Graham, CEO of Deutsche Bank, was shaking his hand congratulating him.

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Aug
31
2014
By Stephanie Wei under FedExCup

With the logjam near the top of the leaderboard, Russell Henley probably wasn’t the guy you were expecting to go out and post a six-under 65 to take the lead at 12-under. Despite not birdieing the reachable-in-two par-5 18th, Henley still took a one-shot advantage over Billy Horschel, who birdied his last three holes to post a four-under 67 and get to 11-under.

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