Backspin Troubled Waters for Shark


Editor's Note: In Backspin, the editorial staff takes a look back on the biggest stories from the past week in golf -- with a spin.
HITTING THE PAUSE BUTTON: Citing exhaustion, Tiger Woods announced he would be skipping The Barclays at Westchester Country Club, the first event in the new FedExCup playoff.
BackspinExhaustion, huh? Isn't this the same guy who says he's just as fresh after a round in 100-degree heat as before it? With Woods winning the WGC-Bridgestone and PGA Championship in back-to-back starts, the PGA TOUR was ready to ride that wave of momentum into their first-ever playoffs. Then Tiger took his golf ball and went home. You can add another name to the long list of phrases used to describe the world's No. 1: party pooper.
GOIN' LOW IN GREENSBORO: Brandt Snekeder started five off the lead Sunday in Greensboro, but birdies on his first two holes were a harbinger of things to come: nine birdies total for a final-round 63 to capture his maiden PGA TOUR title at the Wyndham Championship.
BackspinSimply put: it was the all-time greatest final round in the last event of a regular season in PGA TOUR history. Granted, it was also the first such thing, as the TOUR has labeled all the events leading up to the FedExCup playoff as their 'regular season.' Snedeker wins the pennant! Snedeker wins the pennant! Snedeker ... well not quite.
YOU'RE OFFICIALLY INVITED: Jeff Overton, Shigeki Maruyama and Anders Hansen all wisely played in the Wyndham Championship and were rewarded with their good finishes by vaulting into the top-144 on the FedExCup points list.
BackspinThe Greensboro event suddenly has a real good thing going - just like tailgating before the big game, er, playoffs. The fans are treated to birdies and eagles dropping from all over the Forest Oaks Country Club and the players - well, some players, like Overton, Maruyama and Hansen - are treated to a shot at $10 million.
MAJOR HEADACHE: As reported by the Associated Press and according to her lawyers, Greg Norman has cut off his wife's credit cards and held 'hostage' other disputed money and property in a contentious yearlong divorce.
BackspinOne can imagine that Norman probably yearns for the days of yore. Like, say, the final round of the 1996 Masters; his wonderful afternoon spent at Augusta with Larry Mize back in 1987; and maybe even ol' pal Bob Tway showing him some pointers on how to get out of greenside bunkers at Inverness. Even those experiences must be better than this current one.
NEW SHERIFF IN TOWN: Mexico's Lorena Ochoa won the Canadian Women's Open by three stokes over American Paula Creamer. It was Ochoa's second straight win and her fifth of the season.
BackspinAlthough Ochoa took over the No. 1 world ranking from Annika Sorenstam back in April, she wasn't necessarily viewed as the real No. 1 until she finally won her first major three weeks ago at the Women's British Open at St. Andrews. After this win, there will be little doubt from anyone as to who is the new grand dame of women's golf.
COPY THAT: Nick Flanagan won for the third time this year on the Nationwide Tour, shooting a Snedeker-like 63 (7 under) to win the Xerox Classic. The win moved Flanagan to second on the 2007 Nationwide money list. But, more importantaly, moved him to the PGA TOUR.
BackspinThree wins and you're in. Flanagan might not be able to play for the next four weeks on the PGA TOUR, but he should have plenty of opportunities to play the seven Fall Series events. The Aussie is finally living up to all the promise that came along with his 2003 U.S. Amateur triumph.
TRADITION: Mark McNulty pulled away from the field early in the final round to win the JELD-WEN Tradition, the fourth of five majors on the Champions Tour schedule. It was the Zimbabweans first career major victory.
BackspinVying for attention in a week that saw Ochoa win her second straight event and a wild shootout at the PGA TOUR's Wyndham Championship, the JELD-WEN Tradition kinda flew under the radar. McNulty's win may have been a bit more exciting if Tom Watson could have been in the mix. Or had it been remotely competitive on Sunday.
IN CASE YOU MISSED IT: John Daly played in the Scandinavian Masters this past week but missed the cut; Phil Mickelson participated in his foundation's annual back-to-school shopping spree; Michelle Wie missed another cut; and Tiger announced plans for his first course design project in the U.S.
BackspinNo worries about the missed cut for Daly. He probably made more money for just showing up than everybody but the winner; Some call Mickelson a phony. Pretty good bet that 1000s of kids in the San Diego area would beg to differ; Wie missing a cut is fast becoming the norm and not a surprising news story; It'll be interesting to see if Woods' new course will be open to the public given his past stance on making golf available to everyone.
Related Links:
  • Full Coverage - Wyndham Championship
  • Full Coverage - Canadian Women's Open
  • Full Coverage - JELD-WEN Tradition