Playoffs? You're kidding me, playoffs? I just hope we can win a game!
The FedEx Cup Playoffs get underway this week at Ridgewood Country Club outside of New York City. This will be the 11th year of the series, which was created to drum up some intrigue to the end of the season. Tee Times
The $10 million prize is nice and all, but I think we can all agree that the playoffs generate marginal excitement. Hell, Rory is outright skipping the event this week. Anyway, this week is a really cool golf course and will be the largest field for the rest of the season. Let’s ride.
The Shot Seen Round the World
Last year brought us the toptracer of all toptracer. Dustin Johnson made a 20-footer for par on the final hole of regulation to force a playoff with Jordan Spieth. He then hit a 341-yard drive to essentially clinch the tournament as he was about 100 yards closer to the hole than Spieth. It was DJ’s fourth victory of the season but first since March.
The Ridgewood Country Club
This will be the fourth FedEx Cup event played at Ridgewood with the first three going to Vijay Singh, Matt Kuchar, and Hunter Mahan. Originally designed by Tillinghast in 1929, the course has undergone a series of updates over the years. The most recent one was done by Gil Hanse and company. One of the shapers, Jaeger Kovich, was kind enough to write a little about the course and the restoration work that was done. Read Jaeger’s full article HERE.
There will be 120 players in the field this week. Rickie Fowler, Henrik Stenson and Bud Cauley will miss with injuries while Rory (indifference) and Patrick Rodgers (wedding) are taking the week off.
Seven of the ten previous FedEx Cup champions are in the field: Tiger Woods (2), Justin Thomas, Jordan Spieth, Billy Horschel, and Brandt Snedeker.
Dustin Johnson and Justin Thomas enter the playoffs in the top two positions of the standings. They have each won three times this season with Thomas winning most recently at the WGC Bridgestone.
Tiger returns to the FedEx Cup Playoffs for the first time since 2013. He is still the only player to win the FedEx Cup two times (2007 and 2009). He is averaging 83 points/start, the most of any player without a win.
Aaron Wise headlines 8 new faces to the playoffs. He looks to ride the coattails of Xander Schauffele, who won the Tour Championship last year and finished 3rd in the season long race.
The pairing of Jamie Lovemark, Kevin Tway, and Ollie Schniederjans might be the most vibey group I have ever seen. I’m not sure we’ll see a single shot of theirs on TV, but they will most certainly be enjoying themselves out there.
For a breakdown of every player in the field, check out Sean Martin’s article on pgatour.com.
Fantasy golf is always more difficult when the PGA Tour heads to a golf course that we do not see regularly. Thankfully, Paulie has us covered for everything Ridgewood Country Club. Read his full article HERE.
While the final four events of the Web.com Tour don’t end with a $10 million dollar prize, it is much more important for the livelihoods of those involved. The first of the four final events starts this week at the Scarlet Course at Ohio State. There are 25 more PGA Tour cards up for grabs after these four tournaments, and priority rankings can also be improved.
Notables in the field: Curtis Luck, Corey Conners, Cameron Davis Dylan Frittelli, Lucas Glover, Stephen Jaeger, Ben Crane, Zac Blair and Scott Langley. Tee Times
Eggsporations Vol. 1: NorCal
In the first edition of a new series that focuses on affordable and architecturally interesting golf trips. Up first, Northern California. Check out the full article that details Andy and Zac Blair’s trip and the 4k video on Youtube (below).
The LPGA Tour heads north of the border for the CP Women’s Open. Tee Times
Watch your fingers if you choose to get into a brawl on the golf course. Story
Mike McAllister wrote a great article about the playoff that never happened between Tiger, Steve Stricker, Padraig Harrington and Ernie Els at the Barclays...I mean Northern Trust, thanks to Heath Slocum.