by Jeff Babineau

A few idle musings while we prepare our fiery locker-room speech to mark halftime of the FedEx Cup playoffs. No early Gatorade showers, please:

• We all can celebrate Tiger Woods being back, being healthy, and playing a full schedule in 2017-18. Nobody was about to predict that in January, especially after he played only three official rounds in all of 2017. He has used the term “blessed” to describe his season, and golf fans have enjoyed his comeback. Nonetheless, when Woods dunked a tee shot at the short par-3 16th at TPC Boston on Monday in the final round at the Dell Technologies Championship (scores), leading to double bogey (only three players before him had found water off that tee), once again it pointed to a troubling struggle to finish off tournaments.


by Adam Schupak

With apologies to the Web.com Tour, the true pathway to the PGA Tour really begins much earlier.

The American Junior Golf Association, a national circuit for males and females ages 12-19, is celebrating its 40th year and has become one of golf's best success stories. This year, it consists of 120 events across the U.S., including the past weekend’s Junior Players, which featured an elite field of 78 globetrotting golfers from 15 countries at the Players Stadium Course at TPC Sawgrass in Ponte Vedra Beach, Fla.


Life is too short to ponder playoff scenarios
Surely your readers have better things to do than reconfigure the playoff format to their liking (“From the Morning Read inbox,” Sept. 3).

I was able to drive home from Myrtle Beach, trim hedges, cut grass, play 36 holes of golf, babysit for eight hours, read two books and watch some good golf on TV while some people were struggling over a hypothetical new system.



Number of consecutive FedEx Cup playoff events that Bryson DeChambeau has won on the PGA Tour. DeChambeau shot 4-under 67 on Monday in the final round of the Dell Technologies Championship to post a 16-under 268 total and two-stroke victory at TPC Boston in Norton, Mass. (scores). England’s Justin Rose (68) placed second at 14-under 270, followed by Australia’s Cameron Smith (69) at 13-under 271. DeChambeau, who will turn 25 on Sept. 16, won his fourth career event and third of the season. The top 70 players in the FedEx Cup standings advanced to this week’s BMW Championship at Aronimink Golf Club in Newtown Square, Pa.


Moved: From August to May on the European Tour calendar, the 2019 Made in Denmark tournament, the tour announced. The event will be played May 23-26 at Himmerland Golf and Spa Resort in Farso, the site for the first four years before moving to Silkeborg Ry Golf Club for last weekend’s edition. The 2019 Made in Denmark, which becomes part of the tour’s Race to Dubai series, will be played during the week formerly held by the BMW PGA Championship, one week after the U.S. PGA Championship.



Electronic pay app eGull offered a sneak peek into statistics that will be discussed at the Golf Inc. Strategies Summit on Sept. 18 in La Costa, Calif. Via its pay-by-the-hole app, eGull has found that 26 percent of users were “lost golfers” who hadn’t played golf in 6-12 months. Customers play an average of seven holes, typically after 3 p.m. Since its debut earlier this year, eGull has grown to include more than 150 courses worldwide.

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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