FedEx Cup off to a good start
August 26, 2013
By Dan Daly
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The first FedEx Cup Playoffs event of the year was, well…bizarre to say the least. However by definition it’s off to a good start. If the point of the FedEx Cup Playoffs is to at least try and keep the PGA Tour relevant after the PGA Championship then this week worked. When you have Tiger, Scott, Mickelson and Rose (among others) still battling it out in a meaningful tournament over the weekend you have succeeded in keeping your product relevant. And with the college football season opening this week/weekend it will take those same guys in contention to at least try and move the needle a little bit but even then it will never trump football.
As for the tournament itself, I’m not sure Adam Scott won The Barclays on Sunday as much as everyone ahead of him just flat out lost it. Scott played bogey-free round of 66 but he needed some serious help, and man did he get it. "I just played a good round today and I came in and really didn't think it had a chance. But obviously, things went my way a lot out there." Yeah, I’d say so.
Let’s start with Kevin Chappell who had a two-shot lead after his birdie on the 10th hole but apparently the dude played the last eight holes blind-folded on his way to a solid back nine 41 and very impressive 76 to follow up his course record 62 on Saturday.
The overnight co-leader, Matt Kuchar, who was everyone’s pick to win going into Sunday and was even money to win as of Saturday night fell off the face of the earth with a triple-bogey on the ninth-hole followed by a not solid 38 on the back nine.
Phil Mickelson and Graham DeLaet both made early charges to climb the leaderboard but it was too little, too late.
That left three big bullets left for Scott to have to dodge.
By far the biggest was Justin Rose who had two chances to win late before inexplicably running his 25-foot birdie putt for the lead five feet by on 18 before three-putting for a bogey.
Then there was Tiger, who quite frankly had one of the most bizarre sequence of events I’ve ever seen. His second shot on 13 was hooked so far left that it landed in a swamp somewhere near the Hudson River. He then immediately dropped to his knees (and yes I get the irony there) like he had been shot in the back. After making bogey there he not only appeared out of contention but quite frankly looked like he couldn’t even finish the tournament. He somehow birdied the 16th and 17th holes to pull within one shot and his putt from the back of the 18th green to tie Scott came up an inch short. But hey, it’s not all bad for Tiger, Lindsey Vonn tweeted she was “Proud of my man for fighting back. He's the toughest person I know.” So he has that going for him.
And then there was one.
Gary Woodland, who was one back with three to play and had birdie chances from inside 10 feet on the final three holes, and missed them all.
When it was all said and done Scott said "I feel like I've been given a bit of a gift, But I'll take it." I would say that’s a bit of an understatement.
I don’t know if Tiger will play in the Deutsche Bank Championship next week but if he does we get a Woods/Scott/Mickelson pairing the first two days. As I said earlier, I’m not sure even that is enough to compete with the opening weekend of college football but it certainly doesn’t suck. Basically those are also your three options for PGA Tour player of the year at this point.
Just when I thought I couldn’t love Jason Dufner anymore, I learned this week that the Sunday night he won the PGA Championship he made a late night run to Taco Bell and filled the entire Wannamaker Trophy with tacos for him and 25 friends. This guy is pure gold.
Finally, a recent ESPN.com report listed the least trustworthy athletes in the world and John Daly was ranked #2 right behind Marion Jones. JD is ahead of a host of people like Lance Armstrong, Michael Vick, Pete Rose and Dennis Rodman.
Seriously? Anyone that thinks Lance Armstrong or Pete Rose is more trustworthy than my man JD is f**king moron, I don’t really know how else to put that. The guy may be a total train wreck, but untrustworthy? Sure, he may have been married 50 times, an alcoholic, addicted to gambling and a little overweight but he was nothing if not honest about it all.
To paraphrase Mike Gundy, That article embarrasses me to be involved with athletics. And kick a person when he's down?! He's respectful to the media. He's respectful to the public. He doesn't deserve to be kicked when he's down. IT'S GARBAGE. And the editor that let it come out IS GARBAGE. So get your facts straight. Are you kidding me? That's all I got to say. Makes me wanna puke!
The Weekly Waggle is taking next week off to enjoy the opening weekend of College Football season and Dove Season, aka Labor Day Weekend, aka The Texas New Year.
Until Next Time,