by Jeff Babineau

A year ago, Tiger Woods simply was hoping that there would be more golf to play in his future. Any golf. But meaningful golf? That seemed many weeks, months and galaxies away.

When he tumbled outside of the top 1,000 in the Official World Golf Ranking late last year, working diligently to find a way back from a fourth back surgery, Woods could give himself a ticket to play alongside other world-class players at his own Hero World Challenge in the Bahamas. That’s his tournament, his show, and he doles out the exemptions.


by Gary Van Sickle

It’s Thursday morning, and I’m seriously tired of FedEx Cup week. Nothing personal against the Feds. I like East Lake, I like watching the world’s best players tee it up here and I enjoy the actual golf.

It’s those FedEx Cup points and their combinations. I don’t care for the “control-their-own-destiny” lines about the top five players on the points list (which I really don’t care about) who, if they win the Tour Championship, are guaranteed to win the FedEx Cup.


You’d might as well give Usain Bolt a head start
The PGA Tour’s new Tour Championship format makes no sense (“Tour’s new playoffs leave odd endgame,” Sept. 19).

Can you imagine Tiger Woods getting a 10-shot head start into the major championships in the 1999 and 2000 seasons?


Completed: By Tiger Woods, his one-year probation for a plea deal in connection with a DUI arrest May 29, 2017, in Jupiter, Fla., according to a south Florida TV report. WPTV in West Palm Beach, Fla., reported that Woods completed the conditions of his pretrial-diversion program one month early: $250 fine and court costs; DUI school; and substance-abuse evaluation and treatment. Woods, 42, was found unconscious behind the wheel of his parked and damaged Mercedes-Benz in Jupiter, where he lives.



Hawk & Rude: All riled up
In Hawk & Rude, a podcast featuring veteran golf journalists John Hawkins and Jeff Rude, the hosts throw a few punches at the just-announced FedEx Cup changes ... and do a little sparring themselves.

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The PGA Tour made some big changes for next season’s playoffs, adding millions to an already overflowing pot of gold. Justin Thomas shares his thoughts. Also, Bob Bubka and Jay Randolph Jr. preview the Ryder Cup, and Mark Rolfing predicts the winner as part of his Voices of the Game interview with Kelly Elbin on


Nick Janovich, the course superintendent at Oglebay Resort in Wheeling, W.Va., recently was recognized by the Golf Course Superintendents Association of America. Janovich was named a winner of the GCSAA’s Grassroots Ambassador Leadership Award. The award recognizes individuals who have helped advance the GCSAA’s priority issues agenda through congressional outreach. Janovich has made 27 trips to Capitol Hill on behalf of the golf industry.


September 20-23 Tour: Tour Championship

Atlantic Beach (Fla.) CC

PGA Tour: Tour Championship

East Lake GC, Atlanta

European Tour: Portugal Masters

Dom Pedro Victoria GC, Vilamoura, Portugal

September 21-23
Champions: Sanford International

Minnehaha CC, Sioux Falls, S.D.

Symetra Tour: Guardian Championship

Capitol Hill GC, Prattville, Ala.

September 22-27
Women’s amateur: U.S. Women’s Mid-Amateur

Norwood Hills CC, St. Louis

Men’s amateur: U.S. Mid-Amateur

Charlotte (N.C.) CC

September 24-25
Junior boys/girls: Junior Ryder Cup

Disneyland Paris, Magny-le-Hongre, France

12700 Sunrise Valley Dr, Suite 300, Reston, Virginia 20191
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