September 24, 2012 |
BRANDT SNEDEKER played the biggest round of his career for the biggest payoff in golf. Needing to win the Tour Championship on Sunday to beat out Rory McIlroy for the FedEx Cup, Snedeker came up with three big birdies on the back nine at East Lake in Atlanta to take all the drama out of the final day that had been loaded with possibilities. Snedeker hit his final tee shot into the grandstand left of the 18th green and made bogey. By then, it didn't matter. So dominant was his performance that he was the only player from the last five groups who managed to break par, closing with a 2-under 68. Along the way, he answered any questions about why Davis Love III made him a captain's pick for the Ryder Cup next week at Medinah.
September 17, 2007 |
ATLANTA - He's just too good, plain and simple. After dominating golf for the last decade, Tiger Woods yesterday began the domination of a new era in the game, the era of the FedEx Cup. Touring East Lake Golf Club with a 4-under 66, Woods posted a four-day total of 257 (23 under), a mark that earned him his second Tour Championship by 8 shots. His 72-hole total was the lowest in his career, matching the third-lowest total in PGA Tour history. He broke the tournament record by 6 strokes.
August 27, 2015 |
WE KEEP falling for it. Every year, the PGA Tour dupes golf fans into thinking that its season-ending run of four "playoff" tournaments means something. Every year, we bite. Sure, the FedEx Cup playoffs, a four-tournament winnowing that begins tomorrow, provide a few memorable moments. It was cool to see icy Jim Furyk turn his hat backwards to keep the rain from dripping off his brim, then rejoice, eyes to the heavens, after he made the $10 million putt in 2010. It was neat to watch Bill Haas splash out on the second playoff hole to keep Hunter Mahan from winning the Cup in 2011.
September 10, 2007 |
The champion at Cog Hill, the front-runner for the FedEx Cup. Indeed, Tiger Woods is where most everyone figured he would be heading into the final week of the PGA Tour Playoffs. With a 50-foot birdie putt that got him back on track yesterday, Woods matched the lowest final round of his career with an 8-under 63 that shattered the scoring record at Cog Hill in Lemont, Ill., and gave him a two-shot victory in the BMW Championship. Woods took the lead for good with a 12-foot birdie on the 13th hole and kept his distance from Aaron Baddeley and Steve Stricker with a swing so solid that he missed only two fairways all weekend.
September 21, 2012 |
FOR THE generally uncompelling, perpetually confusing and often ignored FedEx Cup, it hardly could have worked out better. Tiger vs. Rory: A Ryder Cup preview. Rory McIlroy entered Thursday's Tour Championship first in the FedEx Cup points race. Tiger stands second. Perfect. Golf and its marketers are preoccupied with the biennial hypefest, next week's Ryder Cup. Meanwhile, the NASCAR-emulation that is the FedEx Cup finishes this weekend. Given the $8 million purses and the $1.44 million first-place money for each of the four events, and given the $10 million bonus awarded the overall points winner, the FedEx Cup really should be a bigger deal than, at least, the Ryder Cup. These are professional golfers, after all, independent contractors who compete as small corporations.
September 19, 2011 |
LEMONT, Ill. - Justin Rose chipped in for birdie on the 17th hole and hung on to win the BMW Championship on Sunday. Rose closed with an even-par 71 at Cog Hill for a 2-shot victory and is headed to the Tour Championship with a shot at the $10 million FedEx Cup prize. But it wasn't that easy. He watched a 5-shot lead shrink to 1 shot over John Senden until the birdie chip gave him a cushion. PGA Cup SAN MARTIN, Calif. - Mark Sheftic, a teaching pro from Merion Golf Club, defeated John Wells of England, 1-up, to help the United States retain the PGA Cup at San Martin, Calif., by a final score of 171/2-81/2 over Great Britain and Ireland.
November 14, 2007 |
The top players spoke, or grumbled, and the PGA Tour listened. The FedEx Cup schedule has been tweaked for 2008. The first three events will remain the same for the second year of the Tour playoffs: the Barclays, Deutsche Bank Championship and BMW Championship, all in consecutive weeks, starting Aug. 21. But after the BMW, which rotates from Chicago to St. Louis next year, the Tour will take a weeklong break before the Ryder Cup at Vahalla...
September 23, 2007 |
Now that the FedEx Cup is safely in Tiger Woods' hands, why not take a few minutes to contemplate how to make it better. Here are a few suggestions: 1. Tweak the schedule. If PGA Tour officials don't want the marquee players like Woods and Phil Mickelson to skip one of the four playoff tournaments, they've got to find a way to spread out the schedule of those final tournaments. Four weeks in a row is a slog, but what makes it tougher are the must-play events leading up to and after the playoffs.
September 16, 2007 |
When they first announced the FedEx Cup, the grand plan was to create a dramatic climax to the season, playoffs that would crown a season-long champion and identify the best player of the year. Of course, we all know who the best player in golf is - this year, last year, the year before that, and probably for years to come. So whether you view it as an affirmation of the concept or merely inevitable, it should come as no surprise that after smoking East Lake Golf Club for a 6-under-par 64 yesterday, Tiger Woods is leading the Tour Championship by 3 shots going into today's final round.