Category: Tour Championship

September 23, 2013

Rookie Spieth passes Miller, Trevino in career earnings

Posted at 11:18 AM by Pete Madden
Jordan Spieth
Credit: Kevin C. Cox / Getty Images

Having started the 2013 season with no status, 20-year-old rookie Jordan Spieth won the John Deere Classic, made nearly $4 million, finished seventh in the FedEx Cup and -- as Golf Week's Adam Schupak pointed out -- has already "leapfrogged" two World Golf Hall of Fame inductees in career earnings.

Spieth's runner-up finish in the Tour Championship at East Lake moved him past Johnny Miller and Lee Trevino, who turned pro in 1969 and 1960 respectively, on the all-time money list.

"Does it make you mad that in his first year he has beaten you on the all-time money list?" Golf Channel commentator Terry Gannon jokingly asked Miller.

"Back then we played for peanuts," Miller replied. "Maybe some popcorn every now and then."

Spieth, who has repeatedly said that his only goal was "just to get on Tour next season," has already accomplished so much more. He will become the youngest American ever to play in the Presidents Cup when he tees off at Muirfield Village in October.

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September 22, 2013

Keegan Bradley eagles then Dufners at Tour Championship

Posted at 2:51 PM by Pete Madden

Keegan Bradley holed out on the seventh hole at the Tour Championship on Sunday, and to celebrate, Bradley "dufnered" in tribute to his friend and playing partner Jason Dufner [video above].

After all, Bradley had a hand in creating the Dufnering meme earlier this year, when he tweeted the "best picture ever" to his followers.

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September 20, 2013

Live Coverage of Round 2 of the 2013 Tour Championship

Posted at 9:28 AM by is live blogging Tiger Woods' second round at the Tour Championship.

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September 24, 2012

Truth & Rumors: McIlroy 'not going to complain' about FedEx second prize

Posted at 2:22 PM by Mark Dee

Rory McIlroy missed out on the $10 million FedEx Cup first prize when Brandt Snedeker ran away with the Tour Championship on Sunday, but he didn't leave Atlanta empty-handed.

Rory's second prize check amounted to $3 million. And, according to Golf Channel's Jason Sobel, the World No. 1 seems pretty O.K. with that.

“It's just the nature of the playoffs,” McIlroy said on Sunday. “You know, I had the same chance as Brandt coming into this week, and I needed to win, and I didn't. I knew what I needed to do…That's just the way it is. I'm not going to complain. It's been a great year.”

Indeed. McIlroy has banked quite a few big checks this year, and swiped quite a few of the big trophies. Plus, he has some assets for sale if he needs to keep food on the table, and he seems to be in a comfortable double-income relationship with his tennis star girlfriend. So, the $7 million he missed out on? Well, it won't relegate McIlroy to some Chicagoland Motel 6 for next week's Ryder Cup.

September 23, 2012

Brandt Snedeker wins Tour Championship, FedEx Cup and $11.44 million

Posted at 5:51 PM by

Brandt-snedeker-tour-championship-2012Brandt Snedeker collected $11.44 million on Sunday at East Lake Golf Club in Atlanta when he won both the Tour Championship and the FedEx Cup.

Snedeker shot two-under 68 to finish 10 under and hold off a star-studded field in Atlanta. The tournament earned Snedeker $1.44 million and gave him the FedEx Cup points title, worth another $10 million. Before Sunday, Snedeker had earned $14.6 million in his six-year career.

Despite a double bogey at the long par-3 sixth, where nine of the 30 players in the field found the water with their tee shots, Snedeker seemed to be in total control all day. He made five birdies in the final round, including a chip-in at the par-4 17th. Justin Rose finished second at seven under.

"I had complete confidence in what I was doing,'' Snedeker said.

Rory McIlroy, the No. 1 player in the world who had won three of his last four tournaments and two playoff events in a row, struggled on Sunday, shooting 39 on the front nine with a double bogey at the sixth. His four-over 74 left him one under for the tournament and second in the FedEx standings.

Tiger Woods also made double at No. 6, part of a front-nine 38 that knocked him out of contention. He finished with two-over 72 on Sunday and was two under for the tournament, third in FedEx points.

This is the sixth year of the FedEx Cup playoffs. Woods has won it twice, in 2007 and 2009; Vijay Singh won in 2008; Jim Furyk in 2010; and Bill Haas in 2011.

Snedeker's win also validated his selection by captain Davis Love to the United States Ryder Cup team. He'll join 11 other American players for the biennial competition against Europe, which will be held this Friday through Sunday at Medinah Country Club outside Chicago.

Related: Leaderboard | FedEx Cup Winners | Tiger Woods career gallery | Rory McIlroy career gallery

Photo: Carlos M. Saavedra/SI

Live Coverage of 2012 Tour Championship: Round 4 Live Blog

Posted at 8:54 AM by is live-blogging final round of the Tour Championship.

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September 21, 2012

Live coverage of 2012 Tour Championship: Round 2 Live Blog

Posted at 10:41 AM by Kevin Cunningham live blogged the second round of the Tour Championship.


September 20, 2012

Live coverage of 2012 Tour Championship: Round 1 Live Blog

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September 19, 2012

Rory McIlroy jokes that Tiger Woods calls him 'the Intimidator'

Posted at 12:50 PM by Mark Dee

Intimidator_webIn his press conference Wednesday at East Lake Country Club, Rory McIlroy joked about Greg Norman's recent comment that Tiger Woods is "intimidated" by McIlroy:

Q. Greg Norman made some headlines with comments saying that Tiger is intimidated by you. Did you see those comments and what were those thoughts?

RORY McILROY: He's got a new nickname for me, actually. He calls me the Intimidator. He's obviously seen them too [smiling]. No, how can I intimidate Tiger Woods? I mean, the guy's got 75 or 70‑whatever PGA TOUR wins, 14 majors. I mean, he's been the biggest thing ever in our sport. I mean, how could some little 23‑year‑old from Northern Ireland with a few wins come up and intimidate him. It's just not possible. I don't know where he got that from, but it's not true [laughing].

Q. Was there ever a time when you were intimidated by Tiger?

RORY McILROY: No, I don't think intimidated is the right word. More just in awe of what he's done, of his accomplishments, of his achievements, but never intimidated.

Q. On the same lines here with Tiger, the fact that you've won four times with him sort of breathing down your neck this year. How satisfying is that, and what does that say about your development?

RORY McILROY: It is a great feeling to be able to hold off the best players in the world. He came charging on me at the Honda this year, and I was able to hang on and win there. At the Deutsche Bank he was in the group ahead of us and making a run. Not so much last week at the BMW, he was a little far behind. But you look at the leaderboards the last few weeks and you see all the great names and top players on those leaderboards, and to be able to come out on top in recent weeks is obviously very satisfying.

McIlroy has never before teed it up in the Tour Championship, but he's the hottest golfer on the planet and the clear front-runner to take home the FedEx Cup and its $10 million prize. However, the other names in the top five on the points list are Woods, Watney, Mickelson and Snedeker. McIlroy will play the first two rounds of the Tour Championship with Woods, as he has throughout the FedEx Cup playoffs.

Q. Are you sick of playing with Tiger, and do you think he's sick of playing with you?

RORY McILROY: [Laughing] No, it's great. It's a great position to be in. Every time that we get paired up, I'm obviously very excited for it. It's a great buzz. It's a great buzz around the group. So, no, it's still a great thing for me. You'll have to ask him if he feels the same way. But for me it's very exciting, and I'm looking forward to that first tee on Thursday.

Tiger Woods also laughed off Norman's comments at his press conference Wednesday.

Q. Greg Norman made some headlines yesterday saying that you're intimidated by Rory. Did you see those comments and what were your thoughts?

TIGER WOODS: It's got to be the hair, yeah.

Q. Are you intimidated by Rory?

TIGER WOODS: As I said, it's got to be the hair.

Q. Have you ever been intimidated by any other golfers?

TIGER WOODS: No, no one is the size of Ray Lewis who is going to hit me coming over the middle, so this is a different kind of sport. We go out there and we play our own game. And see where it falls at the end of the day. As I said, it's not like you go over the middle and some guy is 255 pounds and going to take your block off. This is about execution and going about your own business and see where tends up at the end of the day. It's just the nature of our sport, which is different than some sports. Some individual sports, such as tennis, you actually can do that physically, because you're playing against somebody. Here no one is affecting any shots.

Since both players will be traveling to Chicago for the Ryder Cup after this week's finish, there's a chance they might find themselves facing off again next week.

Q. You said in a recent interview that you would look forward to maybe pairing with Tiger on Sunday at the Ryder Cup. Is this something that you guys have talked about? If so, have you brought it up to Jose [Olazabal, European captain]?

RORY McILROY: No, it's about the team. It's about the 12 guys as part of the European team and the US Team. It's not about one guy playing another guy. Of course there are a lot of people that would like to see it. It would be very exciting to be a part of, of course. But I just want to win as many points as possible for Europe, and that's all I can really do. I'm not going to sit here and lie and say I wouldn't enjoy it, because I would. But I think that's up to the captain to decide where I play and where he wants to put me, and whatever decision he makes is good with me.

You can read full transcripts of McIlroy and Woods' press conferences on

Related: Ryder Cup Preview | Tour Championship tee times | Galleries: Tiger's career | Rory's career

Photo Credit: Associated Press

September 26, 2011

Tour Championship ratings up slightly but still modest

Posted at 4:15 PM by

NBC's broadcast of the Tour Championship, in which Bill Haas won the tournament in a playoff and the FedEx Cup for a total of $11.44, drew a 1.4 overnight Nielsen rating, a minor improvement on the 1.3 rating Jim Furyk's win brought last year, according to the Sports Business Journal.

In the five years of the FedEx Cup playoffs, the highest Sunday ratings for the Tour Championship came in 2009, when Phil Mickelson won the Tour Championship and Tiger Woods won the FedEx Cup, and 2007, when Woods won both. Those years drew a 3.3 overnight rating, according to the SBJ. 

For comparison, the final round of this year's Masters, won by Charl Schwartzel with Woods tying for fourth, had a 10.4 overnight rating. Rory McIlroy's U.S. Open win had a 5.1 overnight and Darren Clarke's British Open victory had a 2.6; Woods missed both tournaments with injury. The PGA Championship, in which Woods missed the cut, had a 4.3 overnight rating during Keegan Bradley's win.

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