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By Jeff Shain, Tribune newspapers | August 19, 2010
If he hadn't blown that three-shot lead on the 72nd hole at Memphis, Robert Garrigus wouldn't have to worry about his performance this week. With a baby due soon, he might have skipped the Wyndham Championship. Instead, he stands 122nd on the FedEx Cup points list and is playing to protect his spot in the "playoff" season. "All mental," Garrigus told reporters Wednesday. "It's hard to keep from doing it, but (I need to) concentrate on every shot — not on, 'Oh my gosh, I'm on the bubble of the FedEx Cup.'" The Greensboro, N.C., stop marks the final chance for players to crack the top 125 on the points list and reserve a spot at The Barclays next week.
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October 5, 2011
Multiple choice question: The most memorable part of Kevin Na's year has been (a) his first PGA Tour victory, (b) the 16 he took on a hole at the Texas Open, or (c) the televised whiff that really wasn't a whiff. Talk about a mixed bag. Last week's triumph in Las Vegas might have been enough to offset the 16 in Texas — but it carries the added discovery that he sometimes whiffs on purpose. "Probably one or two a round," said Na, whose move fell under scrutiny when he did it on the 15th tee Saturday.
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By Jeff Shain, Tribune newspapers | September 22, 2011
ATLANTA — Tiger Woods didn't qualify for the Tour Championship, his second consecutive miss. Nor is Jim Furyk around to defend his title. They account for three of the four FedEx Cup crowns awarded since the PGA Tour's "playoff" series was introduced. Vijay Singh did make the 30-man lineup but needs serious help to take home the $10 million FedEx top prize. Ditto for Phil Mickelson. Suffice it to say the FedEx Cup will have a fresh champion when the final putt drops Sunday at East Lake Golf Club.
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September 28, 2011
Greg Norman's final Presidents Cup picks did more than bolster the host nation's representation. He went for a true "home" advantage with his selection of Robert Allenby and Aaron Baddeley . Allenby grew up playing Royal Melbourne, nearly winning the 1991 Australian Open there as an amateur, then conquering the course in the 1992 Johnnie Walker Classic and 1993 Australian Players Championship. "It is my No. 1 golf course in the world," said Allenby, who missed the 1998 Presidents Cup as he recovered from a near-fatal car accident.
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September 5, 2010
After a 72 in the opening round, Tiger Woods knew he needed a low score Saturday to stay in the FedEx Cup series. With a 6-under-par 65 Saturday at the Deutsche Bank Championship in Norton, Mass., he made the cut and put himself in position. Brandt Snedeker fired a 7-under 64 to join Jason Day in the lead at 12-under 130. Woods shrugged off a stiff morning breeze to compile a bogey-free round. "It was a clean card and could have been a little lower," Woods said.
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September 22, 2011
The Tour Championship When: Thursday-Sunday, East Lake Golf Club, Atlanta. Course: 7,319 yards, par 70. Format: 72 holes, stroke play. No cut. Field is limited to final 30 players in FedEx Cup points race. Purse: $8.5 million ($1.4 million to winner). 2010 champion: Jim Furyk (8-under-par 272, one shot ahead of Luke Donald). Furyk is not at East Lake, standing 36th on the points list after last week's BMW Championship. FedEx Cup: Points are reset this week to give everyone a mathematical chance of winning the FedEx Cup. A win by any of the top five — Webb Simpson, Dustin Johnson, Justin Rose, Luke Donald or Matt Kuchar — would lock up the title without outside help.
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August 26, 2010
It has been a rough August on golf's rules and procedures front. For the third time this month, a harsh penalty has come down for a fairly innocuous mistake. Jim Furyk was booted from this week's opening FedEx Cup playoff event after missing Wednesday's pro-am tee time. A low cell phone battery caused the device's alarm to malfunction. "I'm beside myself," Furyk told a PGA Tour liaison, "but I have a way of climbing into stupid situations. " He's not alone. The dust hasn't completely settled from Dustin Johnson's two-stroke penalty at the PGA Championship for grounding his club in a bunker at No. 18, and Juli Inkster was disqualified from last week's LPGA stop for keeping loose mid-round by swinging a club with a weighted donut attached.
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September 7, 2010
Charley Hoffman fired a 9-under 62 Monday to roll to a five-stroke victory at the Deutsche Bank Championship, the second of four FedEx Cup playoff events. Hoffman missed the course record at the TPC Boston in Norton, Mass., by a stroke but matched the event's scoring record of 22-under 262. "I actually didn't know how many birdies I had today," said Hoffman, who earned $1.35 million for his second PGA Tour victory. "The ball just kept going in the hole, and the few bad shots I hit, I got away with.
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By Jeff Shain, Tribune Newspapers | September 30, 2010
It's not the question one wants to hear hours before boarding a trans-Atlantic charter for one of golf's biggest weeks. Are you gassed? Matt Kuchar paused a beat but made no attempt to dodge. "I could use a couple of down days," the FedEx Cup runner-up admitted Sunday. "But I don't get a couple of down days for a couple weeks. I've understood that. " Ryder Cup vs. FedEx Cup. It's a delicate balance. Four years ago, one of the prime reasons offered for the United States' back-to-back Ryder Cup wipeouts was that the PGA Tour's best couldn't get back to high gear after essentially shutting it down after the PGA Championship.
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By Jeff Shain, Tribune Newspapers | September 28, 2011
The realization didn't hit Bill Haas until after he clambered onto the balcony next to East Lake's 18th green late Sunday. Two trophies flanked PGA Tour Commissioner Tim Finchem for the closing presentation. One was for the Tour Championship, which Haas had just won in a three-hole playoff with Hunter Mahan. The other was the FedEx Cup. No one else seemed to be joining them on stage. "I didn't know I had won this," Haas told the commish, nodding toward the FedEx Cup. "Congratulations, you won both," Finchem said.
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By Jeff Shain, Tribune Newspapers | September 28, 2011
The realization didn't hit Bill Haas until after he clambered onto the balcony next to East Lake's 18th green late Sunday. Two trophies flanked PGA Tour Commissioner Tim Finchem for the closing presentation. One was for the Tour Championship, which Haas had just won in a three-hole playoff with Hunter Mahan. The other was the FedEx Cup. No one else seemed to be joining them on stage. "I didn't know I had won this," Haas told the commish, nodding toward the FedEx Cup. "Congratulations, you won both," Finchem said.
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By Jeff Shain, Tribune newspapers | September 22, 2011
ATLANTA — Tiger Woods didn't qualify for the Tour Championship, his second consecutive miss. Nor is Jim Furyk around to defend his title. They account for three of the four FedEx Cup crowns awarded since the PGA Tour's "playoff" series was introduced. Vijay Singh did make the 30-man lineup but needs serious help to take home the $10 million FedEx top prize. Ditto for Phil Mickelson. Suffice it to say the FedEx Cup will have a fresh champion when the final putt drops Sunday at East Lake Golf Club.
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September 22, 2011
The Tour Championship When: Thursday-Sunday, East Lake Golf Club, Atlanta. Course: 7,319 yards, par 70. Format: 72 holes, stroke play. No cut. Field is limited to final 30 players in FedEx Cup points race. Purse: $8.5 million ($1.4 million to winner). 2010 champion: Jim Furyk (8-under-par 272, one shot ahead of Luke Donald). Furyk is not at East Lake, standing 36th on the points list after last week's BMW Championship. FedEx Cup: Points are reset this week to give everyone a mathematical chance of winning the FedEx Cup. A win by any of the top five — Webb Simpson, Dustin Johnson, Justin Rose, Luke Donald or Matt Kuchar — would lock up the title without outside help.
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Jeff Shain | September 15, 2011
Only time will tell whether Darren Clarke finds a spot reserved for him in the World Golf Hall of Fame. Until then, the British Open champion can claim one distinction in Hall-related trivia. Clarke is believed to be the only man to win a major title after being turned down for Hall of Fame membership. Talk about improving your odds. A year ago, just 6 percent of Hall voters thought the easygoing Northern Ireland pro deserved a plaque in St. Augustine, Fla. This week brings Clarke's third appearance on the International ballot, albeit with a far glossier dossier.
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By Jeff Shain, Tribune Newspapers | September 15, 2011
The FedEx Cup chase isn't the only "tournament within a tournament" in play at this week's BMW Championship. It's also the last chance for players to lock up a Presidents Cup berth. The top 10 players in both the U.S. and international standings after this week book automatic passage to Australia for November's showdown at Royal Melbourne. Remember, too, that U.S. captain Fred Couples already has earmarked one of his wild-card picks for Tiger Woods . That leaves even less wiggle room for U.S. hopefuls.
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By Jeff Shain, Tribune newspapers | September 7, 2011
NORTON, Mass. — Ernie Els waited for his TV interview slumped forward in a plastic chair, spent from another week of living on the edge. "It's been a hard couple of days," the Hall of Famer said wryly. More like a hard three weeks — this one going down to his final putt Monday in the Deutsche Bank Championship. Needing a birdie to keep his PGA Tour season alive, Els went long with his second shot at TPC Boston's par-5 closing hole. His chip rolled 6 feet past the pin — long enough to jangle the nerves — but Els holed the putt.
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By Jeff Shain, Tribune Newspapers | August 18, 2011
Tiger Woods , we know, has eliminated himself from the FedEx Cup postseason. Without a good performance in the Wyndham Championship, a few more prominent names could find themselves on the sideline. Hall of Famer Ernie Els , Padraig Harrington and Angel Cabrera — winners of a combined eight major championships — were late additions to this week's stop in Greensboro, N.C., in a desperate shot at cracking the top 125 in points for a berth in The Barclays. And if someone does play well enough, he could knock out No. 125 Camilo Villegas — three years ago the FedEx Cup runner-up.
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April 14, 2011
By resolving the colossal date conflict between the Presidents Cup and South African Open, golf's global schedule now has another on its hands — with Tiger Woods caught in the middle. South African tour officials agreed to push its national tournament back a week, relieving its top talent from having to choose where to play Nov. 17-20. Masters champion Charl Schwartzel and Hall of Famer Ernie Els are among five South Africans among the top eight on the International team's points list.
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By Jeff Shain | September 7, 2011
NORTON, Mass. — Chez Reavie lost full PGA Tour status in May, when his medical exemption from knee surgery last year ran out. He's not eligible for any Fall Series events after the first one in Las Vegas. Not that it matters anymore. He can even blow off Vegas if he wants. With his playoff loss to Webb Simpson in the Deutsche Bank Championship, Reavie locked up a berth in the FedEx Cup finale — which comes with invitations to the first three majors next year. "It's unbelievable," the 30-year-old Arizona native said.
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August 25, 2011
The FedEx Cup begins its fifth edition of its "playoff" series this week, signaling open season for critics of the PGA Tour's attempt to give its season a meaningful finish. The points system is too wonky. The four-event series is weighted too heavily. One could win two playoff events but not the FedEx Cup. It's all worth examining. But one can't say players don't take it seriously. Why else would Ernie Els, Padraig Harrington and other top names have added their names to last week's stop in Greensboro?
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