FedEx extends sponsorship of Cup by five years

By Rex HoggardFebruary 22, 2012, 2:00 pm

MARANA, Ariz. – What was revolutionary five years ago is now engrained enough in the status quo to bring FedEx back for another five years atop the marquee.

PGA Tour commissioner Tim Finchem announced early Wednesday at the WGC-Accenture Match Play Championship that the shipping giant has agreed to a five-year extension of its umbrella sponsorship of the circuit’s season-long points race.

The new agreement will run through 2017 and feature a rebranding of the four-event postseason which will now be called the FedEx Cup Playoffs.

“(The FedEx Cup) has had the effect of pulling our season together. We’re going to try to make some adjustments in the next couple of years to do that with the FedEx Cup in an even more impactful way,” said Finchem, who also signed a four-year contract extension earlier this year.

Other than the rebranding of the playoff events there will be little change to the current FedEx Cup format. The $35 million in total bonus money will continue to be determined via a points system with the winner receiving $10 million following the Tour Championship.

The only potential drastic change is now under review by the Policy Board and would move the beginning of each season to the fall after the Tour Championship. The 16-member Player Advisory Council was briefed on the new plan last week in Los Angeles and Finchem told GTC earlier this season that the new off-calendar schedule could be in place by the end of 2013.

Although Finchem said that the contract extension was not contingent on the new schedule alignment, Mike Glenn, FedEx’s executive vice president of market development, did not dismiss the impact the new schedule could have on the overall strategy.

“We’re very pleased with the Tour’s decision to extend the season and allow the FedEx Cup to be a year-round competition,” Glenn said. “That was an important part of our discussions and we were very happy with the outcome.”

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Watch: Hahn slam-dunks ace on 11th hole

By Golf Channel DigitalJune 23, 2018, 7:20 pm

There are aces, and there are slam-dunk aces. No question which one this one by James Hahn on the 154-yard 11th hole was.

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Els' nephew Rebula wins Amateur Championship

By Golf Channel DigitalJune 23, 2018, 7:05 pm

Ernie Els is one proud uncle.

His nephew, Jovan Rebula, won the Amateur Championship on Saturday at Royal Aberdeen to become the first South African to capture the title since Bobby Cole in 1966.

Rebula, a junior at Auburn, will join his famous uncle in Carnoustie next month for The Open. He also will get invites to the 2019 Masters and the U.S. Open at Pebble Beach.

Rebula defeated Ireland's Robin Dawson, 3 and 2, in the 36-hole final.

"It’s unreal," Rebula said. "It’s really something that is hard to describe. I feel like many have been in this position before but it’s an unreal feeling. It hasn’t sunk in quite yet but hopefully tomorrow morning I can wake up and I will feel a little different."

Rebula received plenty of texts from Els throughout the week, and the encouragement paid off. Rebula opened a 1-up lead after 18 holes, and he extended his advantage by winning the 26th and 27th holes. He was 5 up with six to play before finally closing out Dawson on the 16th hole with an up-and-down from the bunker.

"It’s been a long week and especially today," Rebula said. "I should have finished maybe a couple of holes earlier, but it’s been awesome. A very tiring week. I’m standing here right now and there’s so much adrenaline pumping through me."

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Squirrel gets Rory's round off to a rocky start

By Will GrayJune 23, 2018, 6:42 pm

CROMWELL, Conn. – Rory McIlroy’s third round at the Travelers Championship got off to a peculiar start before he even hit a shot.

McIlroy had just been introduced on the first tee at TPC River Highlands and was ready to unload on his opening drive of the day when a squirrel ran across the tee box a few feet in front of him.

McIlroy stopped his swing and laughed it off, but the squirrel continued to linger for several seconds, criss-crossing from one side of the packed tee box to the other. And while this was no black cat, the pump-fake to start his round didn’t exactly help the Ulsterman.

McIlroy ultimately blocked his drive into the right rough after enduring his brief rodent delay en route to an opening bogey, and amid soft conditions at TPC River Highlands he played his first five holes in 2 over. McIlroy started the day at 7 under, three shots behind leader Brian Harman.

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Kaymer in six-way tie for BMW International lead

By Associated PressJune 23, 2018, 5:29 pm

PULHEIM, Germany - Danish golfer Lucas Bjerregaard shot a 5-under 67 to equal the week's lowest round for a six-way share of the lead after the third round of the BMW International Open on Saturday.

Bjerregaard had eight birdies, a double bogey and a bogey to finish on 5-under 211 - jumping 23 places and joining local favorites Martin Kaymer and Maximilian Kieffer, England's Chris Paisley and Aaron Rai, and Australia's Scott Hend at the top of the leaderboard.

Bjerregaard was fortunate to play before the wind picked up again later in the afternoon.


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Kaymer, the 2008 champion, delighted the home supporters with two birdies in his last three holes for a 71.

Finland's Mikko Korhonen and Chile's Nico Geyger were one shot off the lead after rounds of 69 and 73, respectively.

Defending champion Andres Romero equaled the week's best round (67) to be among a large group two shots off the lead going into Sunday, including three-time European Tour winner Andy Sullivan.

Romero is bidding to be the first player to retain the title.