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September 23, 2013 | By David Wharton
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.
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April 10, 2014 | By Teddy Greenstein and Dan Wiederer
AUGUSTA, Ga. - Craig and Kevin Stadler ("Walrus" and "Smallrus") became the first father-son combo to play in the same Masters, but perhaps they're not the first family of this week's festivities. Check out the Haas household. Bill Haas overcome a first-hole bogey Thursday to shoot a four-under-par 68, good for the first-round lead. Father Jay Haas played in 22 Masters, making 19 cuts. Uncle Jerry Haas participated in 1985. An uncle from his mother's side, Dillard Pruitt, teed it up here in 1992 and '93. Oh, and great-uncle Bob Goalby won the 1968 event, avoiding a playoff after Argentina's Roberto De Vicenzo signed for the wrong Sunday score.
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September 24, 2012 | By Jeff Shain
ATLANTA — Brandt Snedeker caught his mind wandering to the FedEx Cup and its $10-million bonus just twice Sunday. The first time, Snedeker nearly slapped himself back to reality as he walked down the 15th fairway. Then at No.18, he airmailed his tee shot into the grandstand. "An awful shot," Snedeker said. "That shows you what that does for you. " At that point, though, it mattered little. A four-shot lead at the Tour Championship offered more than enough cushion to finish off his richest payday — and one that might redefine his career.
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November 16, 2013 | Wire reports
Lexi Thompson moved into position for her second victory in her last four starts, taking the third-round lead Saturday in the Lorena Ochoa Invitational at Guadalajara, Mexico. The 18-year-old Thompson shot a five-under 67 to reach 13-under 203 at Guadalajara Country Club. She had a one-stroke lead over South Korea's I.K. Kim. Thompson won the 2011 LPGA Navistar Classic at 16, and took the LPGA Malaysia last month for her second tour title. After opening with a 72, she had a 64 - the best round of the week in the 36-player event - Friday to pull within a stroke of second-round leaders Anna Nordqvist, So Yeon Ryu and Pornanong Phatlum.
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September 23, 2010 | By Jeff Shain
And to think that the myriad FedEx Cup permutations were jumbled at the Tour Championship's outset. Check it out now. But grab a calculator. Humdrum starts by the top four names on the FedEx points list only nudged the door open a little wider for someone from off the pace to capture the $10-million bonanza that goes to the PGA Tour's points champion. That is, if Paul Casey doesn't create his own little transatlantic whirlwind by winning the thing. "I'm not getting wrapped up in any sort of extra motivation," said Casey, whose omission from Europe's Ryder Cup roster looks more controversial each day. The English pro is the only man in the top third of Thursday's leaderboard who can take home the FedEx Cup without any outside help.
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November 3, 1997 | From Associated Press
The year that started with 21-year-old Tiger Woods winning the first event with a near hole-in-one in sudden death ended with 25-year-old David Duval taking the Tour Championship at Houston for his third consecutive victory. "This is the best group of young players we have had in our history," Commissioner Tim Finchem said Sunday at the Champions Golf Club, where Duval picked up the $720,000 first prize and denied Davis Love III a chance to edge out Woods for the season money title.
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October 31, 1992
The NASCAR Southwest Tour and Winston West Series will be holding season-ending main events this weekend at Phoenix International Raceway. The Southwest Tour will run a 186-lap race on the track's one-mile paved oval today at 1:15 p.m. The Winston West will follow with a 312-lap race Sunday at noon. Points leader Ron Hornaday Jr. of Palmdale, in pursuit of his first Southwest Tour championship in five tries, holds a 57-point advantage over Doug George of Atwater, Calif.
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November 3, 1991 | From Associated Press
Craig Stadler relinquished his advantage on the scoreboard, but he might have one in the weather. Stadler's three-putt bogey on the last hole dropped him into a tie with Russ Cochran for the lead Saturday after three rounds of the season-ending, $2-million Tour Championship at Pinehurst, N.C. They shared the top spot at 208, five under par, going into today's final round.
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September 27, 2008 | From Times Wire Reports
Anthony Kim and Sergio Garcia did enough Friday at the Tour Championship to set up a Ryder Cup rematch. Kim had to settle for a one-under-par 69 on Friday at Atlanta, making bogey from the bunker on the final hole, to take a two-shot lead over Garcia and put them in the final pairing only six days after their leadoff singles match at the Ryder Cup. Kim won that match, 5 and 4, and the Americans followed him to victory at Valhalla.
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October 29, 1995 | From Associated Press
Billy Mayfair looked as though he was ready to succumb to par at the Tour Championship, just as so many others had before him on a Southern Hills course that punishes the slightest of errors. He stood over his 25-foot par putt on the par-five 13th hole, looking at it from above and below the hole, until he decided that getting it close would be good enough. It turned out to be better than that.
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October 11, 2013 | By David Wharton
With the PGA Tour beginning its new wraparound schedule at the Frys.com Open in Northern California this week, some players seem a bit disoriented. Others are taking advantage of what they see as an opportunity. "If you get off to a really hot start early, makes the rest of the year a lot easier," Jeff Overton said. With the second round just beginning on Friday, Overton stood tied for first with Brian Harman at seven under par. Camilo Villegas, Kyle Stanley and Scott Brown were next at five under.
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September 24, 2013 | By David Wharton
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.
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September 23, 2013 | By David Wharton
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.
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September 20, 2013 | By David Wharton
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.
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September 19, 2013 | By David Wharton
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.
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September 18, 2013 | By David Wharton
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.
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November 1, 1991 | Associated Press
Just as in the PGA, John Daly was the last man in the field for the season-ending Tour Championship. Just as in the PGA, Daly turned that surprise appearance into a share of the lead. And, as he did in the upset victory in the PGA that made him a national sensation two months ago, Daly used his power as the key ingredient. He birdied all the par-five holes on the No. 2 course at Pinehurst en route to a three-under-par 68 Thursday in the new, $2-million event.
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December 13, 1993 | From Associated Press
Simon Hobday, chain-smoking to try to calm his nerves, took advantage of mistakes by his opponents for a two-shot victory Sunday in the Senior Tour Championship. While Dave Stockton and Larry Gilbert found trouble, Hobday won with a bogey-free closing round of five-under-par 67 and scored the second victory of the season with a 199 total, 17 under par on the Dorado Beach Resort course. The victory was worth $150,000--the largest check of Hobday's career--from the purse of $1 million.
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September 17, 2013 | By David Wharton
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.
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September 16, 2013 | By Teddy Greenstein
LAKE FOREST, Ill. - Shortly after Zach Johnson tapped in on No. 18 at Conway Farms, he bent over, taking a deep breath. It was a moment of reflection after he fired a final-round, six-under-par 65 to win the BMW Championship by two shots. "I just had to gather myself," he said. "I feel blessed. The peace I had out there …" The Iowa native felt the love all day from the 10,000-plus fans who endured muddy conditions to witness the Monday finish. "I'm not from Chicago," Johnson said, "but I feel local.
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