September 24, 2013 |
By pure numbers alone, Tiger Woods looks like the favorite among the PGA Tour nominees for player of the year. No one else on the list -- Phil Mickelson, Henrik Stenson, Adam Scott and Matt Kuchar -- can match what Woods did this season. His resume includes five wins, which is three more than any of the others. He captured the Arnold Palmer Award as the leading money winner and the Vardon Trophy for the lowest scoring average. Asked about adding player of the year honors, he responded: "Well, look at the fact that I had five wins this year. So I think that's a pretty good year.
September 23, 2013 |
A very good year could get even better for Henrik Stenson. The Swedish golfer walked away with $11.44 million after winning the Tour Championship -- and clinching the FedEx Cup title -- in Atlanta on Sunday, saying the victory is "going to take a little time to sink in. " It better not take too long, because in a few weeks Stenson will enter the home stretch of the European Tour, where he leads the standings in the Race to Dubai. As Europe's version of the FedEx Cup, the race will culminate with four playoff tournaments offering more than $30 million in purses.
September 20, 2013 |
Henrik Stenson might try losing his cool more often. The Swedish veteran holds a one-stroke lead teeing off Friday morning for the second round of the Tour Championship in Atlanta. He has been both hot and hot-tempered down the home stretch of the golf season. After strong finishes at two recent majors and a World Golf Championship, Stenson earned a FedEx Cup playoff victory at the Deutsche Bank Championship. But things did not go so well at the BMW Championship earlier this week, when he was battling a sore wrist.
September 19, 2013 |
Tiger Woods would like to see a time limit placed on when television viewers can call in to report possible rules violations, and the PGA Tour has vowed to consider the matter. This season, at the Masters and the BMW Championship, Woods was spotted breaking rules on screen and, in each case, was later penalized two strokes. He was also involved in incidents at two other tournaments. "There needs to be a time limit and I think there needs to be a discussion of obviously where is that time limit," he told reporters at the Tour Championship in Atlanta.
September 18, 2013 |
The golf world is currently focused on the Tour Championship in Atlanta, but there is also news from New York this week, where officials announced that Bethpage Black will host the 2019 PGA Championship and the 2024 Ryder Cup. The Long Island venue has long been known as "The People's Country Club" and has previously hosted the Barclays and two U.S. Opens. Those events could pale in comparison to the combination of an international competition and a rowdy New York crowd. "This venue, this course, this city, is going to take the Ryder Cup to a place that it has never been before," PGA of America President Ted Bishop said.
September 17, 2013 |
Tattletales may no longer be quite as much welcomed by the PGA Tour. Four days after videotape caught Tiger Woods violating a rule at the BMW Championship, Commissioner Tim Finchem said that officials will review the increasingly common practice of players' being ratted out by video evidence and television viewers. Speaking with reporters before the Tour Championship in Atlanta, Finchem characterized such incidents as occasionally "awkward. " In particular, officials could consider whether there should be a time limit for reporting violations and whether a player should be disqualified for signing an incorrect scorecard if wrongdoing comes to light after the fact.