Love him, or hate him, Tiger Woods is still the name that drives the golf industry. With the PGA Championship in the rear-view mirror and most of the Solheim Cup stars heading to Canada to face the South Koreans, it’s time to turn our attention to The FedEx Cup playoffs, and get back to talking about Tiger Woods. Tiger has won the Tour Championship two times, in 2007, and 2009, but like the majors, hasn’t won since the fire hydrant incident. Is 2013 the year he turns the corner?
When action gets underway on Thursday morning at The Barclay’s, Tiger Woods will begin the Championship playoffs with a 733 point advantage over Matt Kuchar and will be the odds-on favorite. Although The Kuch has never won a FedEx Cup Championship, or a playoff event, Woods will face two players in the top five who have. Last years winner, Brandt Snedeker and Bill Haas who won in 2011.
Phil Mickelson is hanging in there only 844 points back, and is one of my favorites to win it all in 2013. Rory McIlroy, who won two playoff events last season is safely back in 49th place a comfortable 2282 points behind the leader.
Even the playoff atmosphere of the FedEx Cup will have trouble competing with the weekend we just had. I, for one love the match play golf that comes with the Ryder Cup, The Solheim Cup, and WGC-Accenture Match Play Championships. The Presidents cup has its moments, but lacks the history that comes with events that involve the Europeans who excel in this format.It’s too bad that we only have a few of these events a year, they are good for golf.
I have been excited about the LPGA all year, but was not completely aware of all of the European stars. After three days of watching them dominate our American stars at Colorado Golf Club, I now know them very well. I can’t wait to see all of them in action again this week in Canada against the rest of the world. Maybe the South Koreans can tame the Euro’s, we sure weren’t able to. This article from the Golf Channel provides tons of links to all of their websites and twitter accounts where you can learn more about them.
Say what you want to about golf, but it is without a doubt, a sport where the competitors have a unique attitude. It’s the only sport where players rat themselves out when they have committed a foul, and they cheer their opponents on, in the face of defeat. Tim Rosaforte from the Golf Channel takes some time in this post to highlight the special relationship between Keegan Bradley and Jason Dufner.
Bradley defeated Dufner in the 2011 PGA Championship, and was Dufner’s biggest fan two weeks ago when Dufner was trying to win his first major at Oak Hill. The two became good friends after the 2011 playoff, and Bradley was the one who coined the “Dufnering” phrase