For a tournament that was panned for its lack of excitement, the Tour Championship sure delivered some high drama in the last meaningful PGA Tour event of the year, with Villegas winning his second straight tournament, this time in a sudden-death playoff over Garcia.
And your FedEx Cup “winner”?
Meanwhile, Singh was being congratulated on his $10 million haul despite never breaking 70 during four rounds, never contending for the tournament title and finishing tied for 22nd. With an hour to go in the tournament, Singh was collecting the hardware from PGA Tour commissioner Tim Finchem in a strange, made-for-TV ceremony.
It seems that with all that cash waiting, “the big Fijian” had trouble concentrating.
“It was really weird,” said Singh, 45, who will receive $9 million of the bonus in cash and $1 million in deferred compensation. “You make a bogey, you get congratulated. You make a double-bogey, you get congratulated. It didn’t really matter what I made. It took away the focus of playing this tournament. I tried really hard. When I left to come over here to play, I said I’m going to keep focused. But that’s as far as I got.”