The PGA Tour, and Golf took center stage on Labor Day for the finish of the Deutsche Bank Championship at TPC Boston. With more sub-plots than a Tom Clancy novel, the ending couldn’t have been any better. Henrik Stenson has been the hottest golfer on the PGA Tour all summer who had yet to win a golf tournament, but the 37 year-old Swede changed all of that on Monday. Stenson’s win in Boston not only guaranteed him a spot in the Tour Championship, but he displaced Tiger Woods as the number one player on the FedEx Cup points list.
Henrik Stenson not only lost his way to the top on the world of professional golf once, but he lost it twice. Maybe the third time will be a charm. Stenson knows what it’s like to be at the top and the bottom, now he is at the top, and maybe with the strength of his family and friends, this will be the last trip to the promised land.
Wednesday should be an interesting day for Presidents Cup Captain, Fred Couples. With his field of ten automatic qualifiers set after the Deutsche Bank Championship, now it’s his turn to make the Captian’s picks that will wear the Red, White and Blue at Muirfield. Steve Stricker played himself in on Monday, and Zach Johnson made a huge birdie at the 18th hole to snag the tenth spot, but the wild card was 20 year-old Jordan Spieth who made the biggest charge for one of those positions. NBC announcer Johnny Miller called Spieth’s birdie, birdie, birdie, eagle finish a Wowza moment!
I thought this might be the weekend for Sergio Garcia when he took charge of the Deutsche Bank Championship on Saturday to take the 36-hole lead. I was further impressed on Sunday when he took command of the third round, and carried a two shot lead to Monday’s finale’. But right from the first tee shot after the rain delayed start, it was pretty evident, the old Sergio was back on Monday. It was the Players Championship all over again, except on this day, it was Henrik Stenson, instead of Tiger Woods.
Pass the salt. I’m probably going to need some to go with the Crow I’m going to have to eat when I wrote that maybe Rory McIlroy could turn it around before the end of the 2013 season, and show us some of the 2012 Rory late in the year. Rory’s game looks to be coming back, but it’s not even close yet. There are still too many holes in his game as we witnessed on Monday on the first hole. This article is from Sports Illustrated, and puts a wrap on the top names in golf for the 2013 season.
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