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The Back 9: Edition 4

  1. Winning the first FedEx playoff event on the PGA Tour last Sunday has put Adam Scott squarely into contention for Player of the Year honors. The criteria for which (Tour players vote for that honor) is very interesting indeed because there are no specific rules to go by. Ergo, should it be Scott, with one Major and a Playoff event (so far-there are 3 left); Phil Mickelson with one Major and two other events; Justin Rose with one Major and a win at The Memorial (who carelessly three putted the final green at the Barclay’s on Sunday to miss being in a playoff with scott); or Tiger Woods with 5 wins but no Majors?
  2. The coolest golf site in existence was launched this week. You’re on it!
  3. 16 year old amateur, Lydia Ko won her fourth professional title on Sunday at the Women’s Canadian Open. Her fourth. Here are some other numbers that go with that win. Ko is now the youngest and the second youngest Tour winner in history. It is her second Canadian Open Championship (she won last year also). Ko moves to #7 in the Rolex World rankings and she won the tournament by 5 shots.
  4. To quote 2013 PGA Champion Jason Dufner (who has always been VERY funny but now the world is finding that out) on how his life has changed since winning his first Major: ”I still took the trash out on Tuesday morning and we actually got a new puppy … So not too much has changed in my life.”
  5. 2012 was the last year that the annual horror movie known as “Q-school” was held. It has been replaced with a 4 tournament series called “The Tour Finals” on the Web.com Tour. Gone are the grueling 3 stages of qualifying culminating in the 6 round finale and in their place are the final four tournaments on the Web.com Tour.  The top 25 money winners after these four events will earn their Tour cards, and join the previous 25 finishers on the Tour’s yearlong money list.
  6. Steve Williams (Adam Scott’s noisy caddie) didn’t have any public remarks to make about his brilliance as a looper to make after Scott’s victory at The Barclays. We are grateful.
  7. Try as hard as you might PGA Tour, but President’s Cup is just not quite the same as the Ryder Cup.  Now if the rest of The World team would ever start winning these little get togethers then maybe that would all change.
  8. What do Ben Curtis, Tommy Gainey, Trevor Immelman and former Ryder Cup players Chad Campbell and Chris DiMarco, all have in common? They are all playing in the web.com Tour’s, Tour Finals trying to regain their “fully exempt” status on the PGA Tour, having finished out of the top 125 on this year’s money list. Shows you how quickly a player can lose that magical “it” with their game. Curtis and Gainey are actually exempt in 2014 because they have 2 year exemptions from winning last year but are trying to improve their status with good finishes over the next four weeks.
  9. And the last word comes from recent first time winner Patrick Reed who won the Wyndham Championship three weeks ago. Reed’s wife, Justine, is his full time caddy on Tour and has been with the hard working Reed every step of the way. When asked if he planned to stop using Justine as his caddy after his win, Reed said “We don’t plan on stopping any time soon.” Good decision, Patrick.