MONDAY  | SEPTEMBER 3, 2018
by Jeff Babineau

When Matt Kuchar ran in a curling 54-footer for birdie at the par-3 16th hole at TPC Boston on Sunday during the third round of the Dell Technologies Championship (scores), it was a stroke that actually meant very little in the tournament’s bigger picture. The leaders were just teeing off, and Kuchar was hovering just inside the top 20.

But the TV graphic on Golf Channel told the “rest” of the story: The birdie moved Kuchar from 72nd to 64th in the FedEx Cup playoff standings, lifting him to the proper side of the bubble in his quest to qualify for the BMW Championship that begins Thursday in Philadelphia. The top 70 in the standings after today’s final round at TPC Boston will qualify for the third of four season-ending playoff events.

 



by John Hawkins

The problem with projections, whether it’s a presidential race, a Labor Day telethon or a FedEx Cup, is that they don’t mean anything. A weather forecast has value – it helps us plan our lives. Golf tournaments muddled by mathematics and marketing? Talk about a game of pin the tail on the jackass.

Slip on the blindfold, start up the spin. Since flipping the switch on its postseason shindig back in 2007, the PGA Tour has bombarded us with projections, assuming we care where the appropriately named Jhonattan Vegas will land in the standings if he makes this putt. After 11 years of worthless data and fluctuating strata, enough is enough.

 


Tour playoffs or tuna on toast? It’s all the same
I enjoyed reading Allen Freeman's comments concerning the playoff concept (“From the Morning Read inbox,” Aug. 31).

The playoff format compares to reading a menu with 125 entrees in a New York City Greek diner. Customers look at it for 10 seconds, throw it back on the table and order a tuna on toast and coffee.

 


Finalized: The eight automatic qualifiers for Europe’s Ryder Cup team as Denmark’s Thorbjorn Olesen solidified the final spot after he tied for 20th in his homeland Made in Denmark tournament on the European Tour (scores). The qualifiers, in order of their standing on the European team points lists, for the Sept. 28-30 biennial matches against the U.S. at Le Golf National in France: (European points list) Francesco Molinari, Justin Rose, Tyrrell Hatton and Tommy Fleetwood; (world points list) Jon Rahm, Rory McIlroy, Alex Noren and Olesen. Captain Thomas Bjorn is expected to add four wild-card selections on Wednesday.

 


3

Number of European Tour titles that Matt Wallace has won this season as the Englishman prevailed Sunday in a four-man playoff at the Made in Denmark tournament. Wallace, 28, birdied five of his last six holes in regulation to shoot 5-under 67 and tie countrymen Steven Brown (68), Jonathan Thomson (68) and Lee Westwood (69) at 19-under 269 at Silkeborg Ry Golf Club in Aarhus, Denmark. With European Ryder Cup captain Thomas Bjorn watching, Wallace then birdied the 18th hole twice in the playoff to win and strengthen his standing as a potential wild-card pick for this month’s matches against the U.S. (scores).

 




FROM THE INDUSTRY

Kapalua Golf and Tennis is supporting its associates and community members in west Maui who have been affected by Hurricane Lane and the recent brush fires. Kapalua Golf and Tennis has initiated financial aid and fundraising for the community, including donating a portion of green fees at the Plantation and Bay courses through September for the relief effort.

 


CALENDAR
August 31 - September 3
PGA Tour: Dell Technologies Championship

TPC Boston, Norton, Mass.

September 4-7
Men’s amateur: Canadian Men’s Senior

Gowan Brae G&CC, Bathurst, New Brunswick

September 5-8
Men’s amateur: World Amateur Team

Carton House GC, Maynooth, Ireland

September 6-9
PGA Tour: BMW Championship

Aronimink GC, Newtown Square, Pa.

European Tour: Omega European Masters

Crans-sur-Sierre GC, Crans Montana, Switzerland

September 7-9
Symetra Tour: Garden City Charity Classic

Buffalo Dunes GC, Garden City, Kan.


      
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