MONDAY | SEPTEMBER 25, 2017
by Gary Van Sickle

Everything I need to know I learned last week at the Tour Championship. You ready?

Justin Thomas was my Player of the Year even before he scored the FedEx Cup title and $10 million bonus. I learned that he may be much more than that. With five victories and nearly a sixth one here, he might be his own Era in the making. Media guys say that a lot. This time I really mean it.

 



by Alex Miceli

Tiger Woods finally has spoken about his past, his present and an uncertain future.

In a 1,572-word blog post, Woods emerged as uncharacteristically chatty but strategic in his timing (http://bit.ly/2y0X8MK).

This week’s Presidents Cup will be the first time in months that Woods, an assistant captain for the U.S. team that will play the Internationals, will face the media.

 


Let the story tell itself 

By watching coverage on Golf Channel, I'd swear it was Jordan Spieth and Justin Thomas both shooting 59 and tied in the first round of the Tour Championship (“Stanley, Simpson regain old form just in time,” Sept. 22, http://bit.ly/2fqjHmt). Of course, there is always Rickie Fowler. There was the occasional Paul Casey and Jon Rahm shot, but for the entire broadcast I saw only five shots of the Official World Golf Ranking’s No. 1 player, Dustin Johnson.

 



1

Number of career victories on the European Tour for Lucas Bjerregaard, who won the Portugal Masters on Sunday. Bjerregaard, 26, of Denmark, shot a final-round 6-under 65 at Dom Pedro Victoria Golf Course in Vilamoura, Portugal, for a 20-under 264 total and four-stroke victory. Scotland’s Marc Warren (67) finished second at 268, followed by Englishmen Eddie Pepperell (68) and Graeme Storm (67) at 269 (scores: http://bit.ly/2fq2BVS).

 



FROM THE INDUSTRY

Cobbs Creek Golf Club, a 36-hole facility in Philadelphia, recently opened its clubhouse after the structure had been damaged by fire last year. Also, the club announced that the newly renovated miniature golf course at nearby City Line Sports Center has reopened after five years.

 

CALENDAR
September 26
Industry: World Golf Hall of Fame induction ceremony
New York
September 26-28
Women’s amateur: U.S. Women’s State Team
The Club at Las Campanas (Sunrise), Santa Fe, N.M.
September 28 - October 1
LPGA: McKayson New Zealand Women’s Open
Windross Farm GC, Ardmore, New Zealand
PGA Tour: Presidents Cup
Liberty National GC, Jersey City, N.J.
Web.com Tour: Web.com Tour Championship
Atlantic Beach (Fla.) CC
European Tour: British Masters
Close House GC, Newcastle-upon-Tyne, England
September 29 - October 1
Symetra Tour: IOA Golf Classic
Alaqua CC, Longwood, Fla.

      
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