The PGA Tour has an off week for the first time since New Years. 250+ days have come and gone, and we are nearly to the end of the road. I’m sure many are tired of the grind. But we and you and us are a different breed: we’re the nerds. Thankfully for us nerds, there is plenty of other golf to talk about this week!
I lied a little bit, we have to recap the final round of the BMW real quick. Keegan Bradley outlasted Justin Rose in a playoff to win for the first time in six years on Monday. The win moved him to 6th in the FedExCup standings and has secured him spots in every major next year. The only negative for Keegan was that he thought he had one more week to try to earn a spot on the Ryder Cup team.
While Rose was clearly disappointed, the runner-up finish was still enough to lift him to #1 in the world. The Englishman has been one of the most consistent players on Tour for the better part of two decades. His most recent years have been some of the best of his career, so it is not surprising to see him claim the top spot. He will head to East Lake next week as one of the 5 players who control their own destiny for winning the FedExCup. Leaderboard
Keegan wasn’t the final Ryder Cup pick, but Tony Finau was. Finau is 3rd in the FedExCup standings (without a win) and clearly deserves to be on the team. His selection finalizes the 24 players heading to France after Thomas Bjorn selected Paul Casey, Henrik Stenson, Sergio Garcia and Ian Poulter to round out the Europeans. We can’t wait for France.
Boise will be Boise
The Web.com Tour heads to Boise, Idaho this week for the 3rd leg of the Web.com Tour Finals. For those of you wondering, yes, Boise is very much out of the way in relation to the other tournaments on the schedule. They have played two events in Ohio, are in Boise this week, and will head to Northeast Florida next week. It doesn’t take a geography expert to know that is a little wacky.
Anywho, there are 10 players who have already earned enough points in the Finals to secure their card for next season. That leaves 15 spots over these next two events, and there will surely be some drama. First man out right now is Sangmoon Bae, the same guy who left the PGA Tour in 2014 to serve his required time in the South Korean army. Tee Times
Acroissant the Pond
France hosts its first big tournament of the month as the ladies head over for The Evian Championship. Added in 2013, The Evian has become the LPGA Tour’s fifth major championship. After bogeying the final hole of regulation last year, Anna Nordqvist beat Brittany Altomare in a playoff to notch her second career major championship. Tee Times
The Shotgun Start
Brendan Porath and Andy discuss the BMW finish and Keegan’s win, the beer drinking fan, Tiger’s resurgence, and Justin Rose’s ascension to #1. Brendan and Andy are also joined by Golf Channel’s Ryan Lavner to talk about his Tony Finau piece and coinciding Ryder Cup selection.
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Corn on the Pod
Two podcast day! Andy was joined by Joe Bausch and Mike Cirba for a podcast to discuss their work on the Cobbs Creek restoration project. Joe and Mike have been working tirelessly to get the Hugh Wilson municipal design restored over the past 11 years. They discuss the course's history, what spurred the restoration effort and the future of Cobbs. Listen on iTunes, Stitcher, or the website.
You can also read more about the history of Cobbs Creek HERE.
Burning a Masshole in Your Pocket
Bang for your buck is back! This time, Jason Way takes a look at the great public golf state of Massachusetts. From Donald Ross to George Thomas to Bryan Silva, find a bevy of great architects amongst this list of 23 public golf courses. Read Jason’s full list HERE.
Rory McIlroy announced on Tuesday that he will make his debut at the Sentry Tournament of Champions in January. Story
The Oklahoma Sooners made 11 birdies over their final 5 holes to come back and beat Texas at the Gopher Invitational. Leaderboard