Golf Channel Contributor Alex Miceli is in Atlanta, Georgia this week for the Tour Championship by Coca-Cola. It is good for golf and the FedExCup that we are actually focused on golf at this point of the year. In the past, you could attend golf tournaments and the TVs in the media center would be on football games. Miceli still thinks that there is room for improvement with the FedExCup. He thinks that it is a problem that players can skip Playoff events and still have a chance to win the FedExCup. Also, he would like to see the TOUR Championship move to a match play/stroke play combination format instead of just stroke play.
A number of Butch Harmon’s students are in the field at East Lake including Nick Watney who won The Barclays as well as Phil Mickelson and Dustin Johnson who have also played very well in the FedExCup Playoffs. All four players could definitely end up winning the FedExCup on Sunday.
U.S. Ryder Cup Team Captain Davis Love III will meet with all 12 of his players in Atlanta this weekend and Miceli said that if there is anyone to be concerned about on the team, it is either Jim Furyk or Bubba Watson. Furyk has had some problems down the stretch in tournaments in 2012 but he was also struggling in 2011 before going 5-0-0 in the Presidents Cup. Bubba Watson had a great start to his 2012 season which culminated in his Masters win but Bubba has not continued the strong play which could be a concern for his role on the team.
It is a difficult task to go from an individual event like the TOUR Championship with so much money on the line and then the very next week head to a team event like the Ryder Cup where it is all of a sudden about the team instead of the individual. Some players at Medinah will take the lead while others will follow. A good example of this is 2004 when Padraig Harrington said that in his pairing with Colin Montgomerie, Montgomerie was the leader and he was second in that team.