Tuesday, September 04, 2007

FedEx Cup f-e-e-e-l-i-n-g-s

Two down, two to go.

Laugh if you must, but watching Phil and Tiger battle to the finish Sunday at the Deutsche Bank Championship, I found myself actually giving a damn.

I can't be certain if it was the eventual outcome of the FedEx Cup that interested me or merely the chance to see another good nip-and-tuck showdown between the two best players in the game. But I felt it, it was there -- a small twitch in my give-a-hoot muscle.

After sniffing at all the bells and whistles that make up the FedEx Cup, I also confess that I have checked the points standings after the Barclays and the Deutsche Banks. More than anything, I enjoy seeing who failed to advance to the next week.

Also, I'm starting to think Tiger skipping the first week was a good thing. Next year, to make things fair, maybe the PGA Tour ought to write him skipping the first event into the rules and regulations.

Still, the FedEx Cup has problems, starting with the four straight weeks of play-offs. I know most sports fans think four straight weeks of golf sound like a vacation, but four straight weeks on the road is a slog.

O'Hair makes it to FedEx Week 3

With a strong T-9th finish at the Deutsche Bank Championship, Sean O'Hair has lived to play another week of the FedEx Cup play-offs.

When week two the Cup began in Boston, O'Hair, 25, from West Chester, ranked 68th in FedEx Cup points, barely over the Top 70 cut -off that would advance to week three in Chicago. He made a significant jump, though, with rounds of 68-66-74-68, for an 8-under total for the week. The 74 on Saturday derailed any chance he had of contending. Still, he left Boston ranked 58th in points, with a little cushion.
O'Hair will need an even better week at the BMW Championship to have any chance to crack to Top 30 who will advance to the fourth and final week at the Tour Championship in Atlanta.