Deutsche Bank Championship
FedEx Cup Playoffs – Round Two
The Deutsche Bank Championship is the second event of four in the FedEx Cup playoffs. As each event is contested, the field is whittled down, leaving the top 30 in FedEx Cup points to contest the final event, the Tour Championship. The FedEx Cup points winner at the end of the Tour Championship claims the $10,000,000 prize.
One of the craziest stories this past weekend is that of Patrick Reed. Reed opened the week with two solid rounds of 68-68 and sat two shots behind the lead going into the 3rd round. The 3rd round was a nightmare for Reed. Coming into the final hole Saturday, Reed had blown up so badly he needed to make a par on the final hole, a par-5, to make the Saturday cut. A bogey sent him packing, but he still had clinched a spot in the season ending Tour Championship.
Chris Kirk raised his Ryder Cup stock price big time with his performance at the Deutsche Bank. Kirk recorded the biggest win of his career, having won twice previously. Kirk played with world #1 Rory McIlory the final two days and outplayed him. This win marked the biggest check Kirk has ever received and put him up to #1 in FedEx Cup points going into next week’s BMW Championship.
The win also put Kirk on the Ryder Cup radar. Though Kirk didn’t auto-qualify for the Ryder Cup, the win certainly will make Tom Watson consider him for one of his captain’s picks. Those picks take place this evening in New York.
The win the the check were enough for Kirk, who smiling said, “Winning the Deutsche Bank and going to No. 1 in the FedEx Cup, and $1.4 million, that’s plenty for me for one day.”
Tough to disagree with that.
Shaw Charity Classic
Calgary, Alberta, Canada
Imagine playing three rounds of golf without one single bogey. Yes, it pretty much a dream for us mortals, but not for Fred Couples. Couples went bogey-free at the Shaw Charity Classic, but still did not think he had a chance to win the tournament until 2-3 holes were left in regulation. At the end of regulation, couples had carded a 9-under 61, a new course record.
Couples chipped in for eagle and carded five birdies in his final round to force a playoff with Billy Andrade. Couples closed the deal with a tap-in birdie on the first playoff hole.