Notes Woods Wraps Up POY Changes in Boston

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Along with his fifth straight victory, Tiger Woods captured another prize at the Deutsche Bank Championship. His seventh victory of the year was enough for him to mathematically clinch PGA Player of the Year.
 
Woods now has won the PGA of America's award eight times in his 10 full years on the PGA Tour. The only two times he did not win the points-based award was in 1998 when Mark O'Meara won two majors, and in 2004 when Vijay Singh won nine times.
 
Players receive 30 points for winning a major, 20 points for The Players Championship and 10 points for every other PGA Tour victory, with a 50-point bonus for winning two majors. As many as 20 points are awarded on a sliding scale for the scoring average and money list.
 
With only nine tournaments left in the season, no one can catch Woods.
 
Woods also has a commanding lead in competition for the Vardon Trophy for lowest scoring average at 68.30. Jim Furyk is second at 69.06.
 
But whether he wins that award for the seventh time in his career might depend on his schedule. Because he missed the cut at the U.S. Open and withdrew after two rounds of the Nissan Open with the flu, Woods has played only 51 rounds this year. Unless he plays Disney, he would be four rounds short of the 60 minimum required to win the Vardon Trophy.
 
The PGA Tour award for lowest scoring average -- the Byron Nelson Trophy -- requires only 50 rounds.
 
MORE CHANGES
Brad Faxon will be working with golf course architect Gil Hanse on more changes to the TPC of Boston, which should be done in time for the Deutsche Bank Championship next year.
 
Faxon's two major changes will be eliminating the dogleg at No. 4, allowing some players to drive the green on the par 4, and making the par-3 16th shorter -- perhaps a 7-iron or 8-iron -- with more water in play to make it a peninsula green.
 
'We'll maybe make a few changes on a lot of the holes, but it's a pretty good piece of property,' Faxon said. 'I think the players, they like it. But I think they need to love it.'
 
MAN OF FEW WORDS
One distinction between Ryder Cup captains Tom Lehman and Ian Woosnam is their speaking skills. Lehman is more polished and eloquent, while Woosie gets right to the point.
 
Woosnam showed that Sunday night in Germany while announcing his two captain's picks.
 
Lehman uttered 351 words before mentioning the name of his first pick, Stewart Cink. He then said 185 words before he reached the name of Scott Verplank.
 
Now, let's turn the microphone over to Woosnam.
 
'Thank you all for being here tonight and staying on. Let me start. Obviously, you've been waiting a while for this. My first pick is Darren Clarke. And my second pick is Lee Westwood.'
 
Questions, please?
 
PAYBACK
Richie Ramsay became the first Scot in 108 years to win the U.S. Amateur, and some of the credit goes to an American.
 
Ramsay used to caddie at Royal Aberdeen, and he recalled working one day for a man from New York named Dick Gilbert.
 
'I know he lives on Fifth Avenue somewhere; I know it's a big street,' Ramsay said.
 
What he remembered more vividly is that Gilbert used a Scotty Cameron Futura putter and asked the caddie if he liked it. Ramsay said he did, and that he had been looking for a new putter because he was struggling with his model.
 
Gilbert returned to New York and shipped a Futura to Ramsay -- the same putter he used to win the U.S. Amateur at Hazeltine.
 
Ramsay said he sent a note of thanks to the American, but given the sketchy details of Gilbert's address, he's not sure he ever received it. The Scot made sure to thank him again after he won the Amateur.
 
'I don't know if he ever got it or not, but a big thanks goes to him,' Ramsay said. 'He's an American guy and he was very generous. He didn't have to do that.'
 
COLOR CHART
Bernhard Langer had an eye for detail as European captain at the Ryder Cup two years ago, going so far as to study which colors would be best for his team.
 
'I checked out what colors are positive, good colors and what colors are negative, because every color represents something,' Langer said last week in Germany. 'That was just an example. I just tried to do my homework and do the best I possibly could.'
 
Langer mentioned Chinese colors as being positive -- red, orange, black, yellow and green. He didn't mention what he considered negative shades, saying only that every color contains a certain meaning.
 
'Tiger plays in red every Sunday. Well, there's a reason,' Langer said. 'Red is an aggressive color. He likes red and he feels good in red. Seve (Ballesteros) would always wear blue; navy blue was his favorite color.'
 
But that's as far as he went. Langer wasn't about to advise which colors Ian Woosnam or Tom Lehman should select.
 
'You can do your homework, find a book, read about colors and you'll find out,' he said. 'I'm not here to educate you about colors.'
 
DIVOTS
Stephen Ames will make his debut in the Skins Game, getting into the four-man field on Thanksgiving weekend by winning The Players Championship. The defending champion is Fred Funk, with Fred Couples and John Daly rounding out the field. The LG Skins Game returns to Trilogy Golf Club in California on Nov. 25-26. ... The PGA Tour's season-opening tournament at Kapalua now will be called The Mercedes-Benz Championship. ... Seven players in the 16-man field for the HSBC World Match Play Championship will be in the Ryder Cup. The Americans are Jim Furyk and Tiger Woods. European players are Luke Donald, Colin Montgomerie, Robert Karlsson, Paul Casey and David Howell. The tournament, which features 36 holes of match play each round, will be held at Wentworth outside London the week before the Ryder Cup. Woods will be the No. 2 seed, behind defending champion Michael Campbell.
 
STAT OF THE WEEK
Fred Couples has won more money in the Skins Game ($3,515,000) than the four major championships combined ($3,470,616).
 
FINAL WORD
'Almost felt like an aerobic workout for me.' -- Jason Gore, who was in the first group out Monday in the Deutsche Bank Championship and played in just under three hours.