No matter how the FedEx Cup Playoffs turn out – or what their future ends up looking like as the PGA Tour continues to tinker with the calendar – the playoff to decide the first Playoff event, and the play in regulation that got the two best American players to extra holes, will be tough to beat.
When FedEx executives signed on to sponsor the season-long race and the four-tournament series that has golf’s equivalent of a PowerBall payout at the end, this was what they’d hoped would happen. Dustin vs. Jordan. The Gunslinger vs. the Assassin. Curling 20-footers for par. Bombed tee shots over lakes. Deft bunker shots. Stuffed wedges. That weekend fight in New York made the pay-per-view spectacle in Las Vegas look like a poetry reading.
The next event is in suburban Boston, a sports town known for drama. But Round Two of these Playoffs has a tough act to follow.
Speaking of tough, St. Augustine sensation Julian Suri sailed to his first European Tour victory in just his seventh start, shooting a bogey-free 64 on Sunday in Denmark to become the first Duke Blue Devil to win on the European Tour, a fact most Danes will sleep easier knowing.
Then, up in Ottawa, a full field of the LPGA’s best came back to stroke play after a two-week break. And South Korean players rolled once more. U.S. Women’s Open champ Sung Hyun Park won her second event and all but locked up the Rookie of the Year title. Park beat countrywoman Mirim Lee by two shots with fellow South Korean In Gee Chun tying for third. Welcome back, ladies.