by Gary Van Sickle

The FedEx Cup turns 10 this week. Happy birthday, you old codger.

No need for presents, everyone. The FedEx Cup has been the biggest, richest, best-est, over-the-top gift ever. Who doesn’t like cash, especially when it comes in stupid-large sums?

I can’t lie and say I am a fan of the FedEx Cup. It has failed on so many levels. The convoluted points system, for starters. In 10 years, I have yet to hear one fan or one fellow writer talk about the points and discuss who needs what to advance to the next event. Nobody cares, and every year I feel sorry for Golf Channel’s Steve Sands or whoever has to get out a chalkboard and try to explain the latest standings.


Go with Presidents Cup-style match 

Mike Purkey's article (“Solheim solution: LPGA/Europe vs. Korea,” Aug. 22, irritated me not just because I’m British but because I don’t recall seeing anything of its like when Europe was beating the U.S. in 2011 and 2013. 


In the news

Announced: By the Champions Tour, that the Ally Challenge will debut next season at Warwick Hills Golf and Country Club in Grand Blanc, Mich. Warwick Hills hosted the PGA Tour’s Buick Open for 45 years, through 2009 (“USGA’s nod to Detroit jump-starts thoughts of Tour’s return,” May 4,


Rankings in the FedEx Cup standings entering this week’s The Northern Trust, the first of four playoff events on the PGA Tour, for Hideki Matsuyama, Justin Thomas and Jordan Spieth, respectively (standings: They will be paired together at 8:26 a.m. EDT Thursday on the 10th hole at Glen Oaks Club in Old Westbury, N.Y. (tee times: 



Youth on Course has partnered with the Miami Valley Golf Association to bring rounds for $5 or less to Ohio junior golfers. Youth on Course, a non-profit with nearly 28,000 youngsters ages 6-18 as members, works to provide subsidized golf rounds, college scholarships, caddie programs and paid internships.


The Antigua Group, which designs and markets golf apparel, has named Neal Furlong as its golf division’s salesperson of the year. Furlong represents Antigua in Ohio, western Pennsylvania and West Virginia.


J.D. Dockstader, the chief operating officer at the Golf Course Superintendents Association of America, will be resigning effective Sept. 29, the GCSAA announced. Docstader joined the GCSAA in January 2014 as chief business development officer and was named chief operating officer in June 2015.


Arccos Golf announced the launch of two new features for its Arccos Driver system. Driver Turning, an on-course club-fitting devise that uses artificial intelligence, is offered for Cobra Connect users with Cobra King F7 and F7+ drivers. Long Drive Leaderboards, a customizable program for tournaments and outings, allows participants to compete across multiple holes, courses and even countries.


GolfTec has opened an instructional center in Singapore, the company announced. The center expands GolfTec’s international facilities that include Japan, South Korea, Hong Kong and Canada as the company expects to teach nearly 1 million lessons this year.


American Golf Corp. has chosen OneSpareTeeTime to handle donation requests from charities for AGC courses. American Golf manages 85 private, resort and daily-fee courses in the U.S.


August 24-27
PGA Tour: The Northern Trust
Glen Oaks Club, Old Westbury, N.Y. Tour: WinCo Foods Portland Open
Pumpkin Ridge GC (Witch Hollow), North Plains, Ore.
European Tour: Made in Denmark
Himmerland Golf and Spa Resort, Farso, Denmark
LPGA: Canadian Pacific Women’s Open
Ottawa Hunt and GC, Ottawa, Ontario
August 25-27
Champions Tour: Boeing Classic
The Club at Snoqualmie Ridge, Snoqualmie, Wash.
August 26-31
Men’s amateur: U.S. Senior Amateur
The Minikahda Club, Minneapolis
August 31 - September 3
LPGA: Cambia Portland Classic
Columbia-Edgewater CC, Portland, Ore.
Symetra Tour: Sioux Falls Great Life Challenge
Willow Run GC, Sioux Falls, S.D. Tour: Nationwide Children’s Hospital Championship
Ohio State GC (Scarlet), Columbus, Ohio
European Tour: D+D Real Czech Masters
Albatross Golf Resort, Prague, Czech Republic
September 1-3
Champions Tour: Shaw Charity Classic
Canyon Meadows G&CC, Calgary, Alberta
September 1-4
PGA Tour: Dell Technologies Championship
TPC Boston, Norton, Mass.
September 2-4
Men’s amateur: Labor Day Invitational
CC of Mobile (Ala.)
Men’s amateur: California State Fair
Haggin Oaks (MacKenzie), Sacramento, Calif.

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