Thursday, September 3, 2009

Round two of the PGA Playoffs!

Today the top 100 golfers from last weeks PGA event move on to Boston to play in the second round of the playoffs for the FedEx cup. The Deutsche Bank Championship starts tomorrow and not today due to the Labor Day weekend. I think this is a smart move by the PGA since college football starts this weekend and most people will be watching the games all day Saturday and probably won’t be paying attention to the golf on Saturday. So moving the 3rd and 4th rounds to Sunday and Monday lets those two rounds get more attention.

Last week was an exciting finish at the Barclay’s held at Liberty National in Jersey City, New Jersey. It came down to a 21 foot put for par to give Heath Slocum the win over a strong foursome sitting one stroke behind him. If he misses that putt, he is in a playoff with Tiger Woods, Padrig Harrington, Steve Stricker and Ernie Els. I don’t know about you, but out of that group, the last person I would pick to win in a playoff would be Heath Slocum! But he made the clutch putt on the 18th and didn’t have to worry about playing any extra holes. Slocum made a major move in the standings with the win. He entered the week at 124th place in the point’s standings and after his victory; he now sits in 3rd place.

Here is Heath hodling the crystal! By the way, he is a local Atlanta boy!

I am hoping for another finish like that this week at the Deutsche Bank Championship being played at the TPC Boston. Like I mentioned earlier, only the top 100 players can play this weekend and after this tournament the field for next week’s BMW Championship will be whittled down to the 70 top players. From what I have seen of the course this week, it is going to be a course that really challenges the players and doesn’t offer up a lot of birdie opportunities. Also, it seems it is a course that a lot of the big hitters will have to pull back some. So I expect to see a winning score of around 15 under at the end of the weekend. So get your football fix on Saturday and then turn your attention back to the PGA playoffs on Sunday and Monday. I know that is what I will be doing!

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