JUST THE START OF THINGS: Vijay Singh closed out a dramatic first week of the FedExCup playoffs by topping Sergio Garcia on the second hole of a sudden-death playoff. It was Singh’s second big win in the last month and vaulted him to atop The Playoffs standings.
As the Olympics finally came to a close, Singh and Garcia did their best to fill the void left in the drama department. And just when Garcia rolled in a long, long birdie putt on the first hole of sudden death, it appeared the Spaniard had finally caught a break. But Singh, not to be outdone, then decided to go all Padraig Harrington on him and struck back with a dagger of his own to force an extra hole. Another birdie of the following hole gave Singh his 33rd career PGA TOUR victory and again left Garcia on the outside looking in.
HELLO, WORLD: Danny Lee got up early against Drew Kittleson in the 36-hole U.S. Amateur final, withstood a rally from his opponent, then put the hammer down to secure a 5-and-4 victory to become the youngest winner in the event’s history, edging Tiger Woods by seven months in that department.
The historic victory caps off a wild few weeks for the 18-year-old Lee. A New Zealander who was born in South Korea, the top-ranked amateur is coming off a win at the prestigious Western Amateur and then an impressive tie for 20th at the PGA TOUR’s Wyndham Championship. Ironically, now comes the hard part for the teenager – should he turn professional and give up his exemptions into the U.S. and British Opens, and an invitation to the Masters Tournament? Tough decisions for a teenager indeed.
WALKING ON WATER: Promoting the release of his new video game, Tiger Woods PGA Tour 09, a new viral video surfaced where Woods walks on water and hits a shot off a lily pad. The video plays off a glitch in the 2008 game, where Woods could walk on water and hit a shot.
The folks at EA are certainly walking on thin ice considering how PC conscience today's society has become, which is probably why it was released on YouTube. But from a purely entertainment perspective, the video is golden. And heck, who knows, would it really be that surprising if there weren't any special effects involved?
KERR-TAIN CALL: Cristie Kerr rolled in a 15-footer for birdie to defeat Helen Alfredsson and Sophie Gustafson on the first playoff hole to win the Safeway Classic. It was the 11th career LPGA win for Kerr, who erased a four-shot deficit in the final round.
Kerr was dynamite down the stretch, with birdies on four of the final seven holes including a 15-footer at the last to put her in the playoff. The win was not only her first of the season, but her first since capturing the U.S. Women’s Open in 2007.
PADDY'S MOVE: Padraig Harrington has decided to take up a part-time residence in the United States, choosing White Oak Golf and Equestrian Community in western North Carolina as the site for his new home. Harrington, not surprisingly, will be a spokesman for the development.
Also not surprising is the fact Harrington will probably be spending more time in the States and playing more on the PGA TOUR. As a newly minted three-time major champion – joining Phil Mickelson, Vijay Singh and Ernie Els – the Irishman will no doubt start cashing in on his newfound superstardom and the financial windfall that comes with it. Life is good. Apparently even equestrian-like good!
TAKE A LOOK AT ME NOW: Another Irishman made a move this past week, as Northern Irishman Darren Clarke won the KLM Open on the European Tour to jump up in the standings on the Ryder Cup qualification list.
With only one week to go before the European – and American – team is finalized Clarke likely won't make it on his own merit. But his victory should make him a genuine candidate for a captain's pick. Nick Faldo's head must be spinning as he will likely have to choose from Clarke, Paul Casey and Ian Poulter. The one most hurt by all this is Colin Montgomerie, who can all but kiss Valhalla goodbye.
ONE AND DONE:For some, The Playoffs were over in the blink of an eye. Major champions Zach Johnson and David Toms each missed the cut at The Barclays and didn't make the top 120, which qualify for the upcoming Deutsche Bank Championship. Jason Bohn and Bob Tway decided not to play at The Barclays and are out of the playoffs as well.
Instead of being in New Jersey for The Barclays, Tway was in North Carolina caddying for his son, Kevin, at the U.S. Amateur. Last week only 24 players were out of the FedExCup picture, however this week the cutoff point is at 70th position. With less than 2,000 points separating 70th to 120th expect even more fireworks this week at the BMW Championship.
IN CASE YOU MISSED IT:Canada's Mike Weir sported a 'playoff beard' at last week's Barclays. Weir is currently featured in a commercial where hockey legend Wayne Gretzky advises the Canadian lefty to grow a beard for the FedExCup playoffs just as hockey players do for the Stanley Cup playoffs ... Scott Piercy won for the second time in two weeks on the Nationwide Tour at the NE Pennsylvania Classic ... Tom Kite fired to final round 66 to win the Boeing Classic by two strokes over Scott Simpson.
The first playoff beard in the history of the PGA TOUR, and of course it is sported by a Canadian. Since Weir finished in a tie for seventh, we can most likely expect it to stay. Here's to Weir keeping it and more importantly not trimming it … "It's been amazing. I felt it's been coming, even when I was 123rd on the money list," Piercy said. Doubtful, but no one is arguing with his results … Kite needed to birdie three of the last four holes to overtake Simpson, whose miss from 2 feet for par sealed his fate.
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