ESPN’s Bob Harig on the final round of the “playoffs”:
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.”
Generally AP articles don’t make me laugh, but this one sure did.
Vijay Singh, who won the first two events, tied for 44th and earned enough points that all he has to do is complete four rounds at the Tour Championship in two weeks to collect the $10 million payoff.
But the surly Singh didn’t seem terribly grateful.
In a move that took some shine off the tour’s new prize, Singh refused to speak to NBC Sports and walked briskly past a group of other media after finishing his round.
What’s up with Vijay? I failed to catch any of his round, and a quick glance at his scorecard showed a very respectable 69, including a back nine 33. I know his putter was balky all week, but what’s new? So what exactly was eating at the big Fijian?
The AP writer opines:
Singh’s behavior at the end of his round, however, raised questions how much he cares about a trophy that is part of the tour’s so-called “New Era in Golf.”
From the AP’s report following Vijay Singh’s second consecutive FedEx win:
Singh has 120,500 points, giving him a 12,225-point lead over Garcia, who tied for fifth. That means Singh is assured of having the lead going into the Tour Championship, and another top finish might be enough to wrap up the title if none of the guys immediately behind him win in St. Louis next week.
Of course, if that were to happen, The Tour would have to go back to the drawing board and “tweak” the points system [again] in order to allow for more “volatility.” See Geoff Shackelford’s post for more on that.
That said, I’m not sure if there is a points system possible that could somehow incorporate the possibility that VJ actually learns to putt for two straight weeks without letting him run away with it. This kind of domination by ‘The Big Fijian’ basically confirms just how good of a player he could have been if he had consistently putted well. Tom Lehman, Fred Couples, and I fear eventually Sergio Garcia are/will be part of that group as well–superb ball strikers who just could never roll the ball. Call it Sam Snead syndrome.
The Fred Couples...shaken
Patricia Hannigan over on Golf Girl’s Diary is running her second annual Fedex Cup Cocktail Contest. The rules?
Choose a golfer – It can be anyone still in the field at the time of your submission – and create your cocktail. Each drink should be based on the chosen golfer, and will be judged on how well it reflects his characteristics and qualities, as well as on creative use of ingredients, and taste.
One of her favorites from last year? The Pink Poulter.
2 cl Citron vodka
2 cl cranberry juice
1 cl sugar syrup
Mix vodka, cranberry juice and sugar syrup, and pour into a champagne coupe or flute. Fill with champagne or a dry sparkling wine.
I’m thinking of giving this a shot (not the drink), as I desperately need something other than ‘can Kerry Perry hold on’ or ‘will Hunter Mahan make the Ryder Cup team’ to maintain interest in these next few weeks.