We are three fourths of the way through the FedEx Cup Playoffs and I wanted to share my thoughts on the tournaments so far. I’ll go event by event to keep it simple.
The Northern Trust
The ending to this tournament was the best part. You had a battle in the final round between two stars in Dustin Johnson and Jordan Spieth. DJ came roaring back in the final round to force a playoff. The extra holes began on the somewhat controversial 18th hole. Due to the architecture of the hole longer hitters have a substantial advantage by taking the aggressive line over the water. Dustin put this on full display when his drive resulted in an approach that was about 70-80 yards closer than Jordan’s. A stuffed wedge and one putt later and DJ was the champ. This was a great start to the playoffs.
Dell Technologies Championship
I always like watching this tournament because it takes place outside of Boston, my favorite city. Gil Hanse has done some extensive work to the course and he is one of my favorite architects working right now. This event featured plenty of star power as well. Justin Thomas and Jordan Spieth were the primary players with Marc Leishman hanging around as well. It was comical to listen to the announcers mention how good of friends Justin and Jordan are. I mean, we all know they are buddies, but it was ridiculous how much often they brought it up. I almost thought they may concede the tournament to Leishman because it would affect their relationship if they beat each other. Anyway, JT turned it on over the last few holes and ended up cruising to the win. Even though Spieth didn’t get the win he moved into first place in the standings.
I’ll be honest, I didn’t watch a ton of this one. I had a deadline at work the Friday of the tournament and I came down with something as well. Even if that wasn’t the case, Marc Leishman’s extraordinary play made this one a bit of a snoozer. He seized control on Saturday staking himself to a five stroke lead. Well he finished it off with the same margin. Great playing, not great theater.
So now we move on to the Tour Championship. I’ve seen plenty of articles that discuss golf finishing the main season before football starts. I couldn’t agree more. I love golf, but my interest wanes with work obligations, Clemson football, Patriots football, and wanting to get in as many rounds as I can. East Lake is an interesting place as it doesn’t seem to favor one type of player. Hopefully it will go down to the wire!