PGA Tour Rank and File
The Tour's bottom-feeders, desperate to finish exempt in the top 125 or
conditionally exempt in the top 150, feasted on the Fall Series. In the end, a
record 99 players won more than $1 million.
In May he ended any controversy over his split with coach and crony Rick Smith
by winning the players Championship. But that wasn't as sweet as his Labor Day
stare down of Tiger Woods at the Deutsche Bank Championship, which validated
the FedEx Cup playoffs.
The spirited yet gracious north-of-the-border fans were the definition of
sportsmanship during the Presidents Cup at Royal Montreal. even U.S. partisans
secretly cheered when Mike Weir saved face for the host country with his fine
play, especially his singles win over Woods.
A million things could've gone wrong with the inaugural series, but nothing
did. There were four fantastic winners: Steve Stricker's Cinderella story at
Westchester, Mickelson's squeaker over Tiger in Boston, Woods turning on the
jets with a closing 63 in Chicago and then Tiger crushing the field in Atlanta.
Most important: The first FedEx Cup has Woods's name on it.
The Woodman blistered the field in Memphis and finished second to Tiger at the
PGA. But it was his pratfall into the drink during the Presidents Cup that
could've been a winner on America's Funniest Home Videos.
The Memory of an
The feel-good victory of the year belonged to EDS Byron Nelson Championship
winner Scott Verplank, a native of Dallas who, while growing up and then later
in his career, had been mentored by the legendary Lord Byron.
The so-called fifth major was moved from March to May, and while the weather
wasn't much better, the conditions at TPC Sawgrass were. The Stadium course
played firmer and faster.
The Jethro Bodine of the Tour was a first-time winner (Harbour Town) and smart
enough to stay in character. Asked if he'd spent time in the U.K. this year,
Boo replied, "No, sir, I was in Scotland."
Woods won six times (for a career total of 61), including a major ( PGA, 13
overall), and brilliantly bookended '07, starting the year by stretching his
Tour winning streak to seven and ending it with wins in Akron, at the PGA and
twice in the playoffs.
The seven stops after the FedEx Cup playoffs had some name winners, but
sponsors couldn't have been happy after their investments induced one top 10
player ( Phil Mickelson) to tee it up. Equally alarming was the dearth of
spectators and Golf Channel viewers (average rating for the first five events:
0.30), who must've thought they were watching the Nationwide tour.