by Gary Van Sickle

Tiger Woods has won bigger titles on bigger stages and done bigger things. He once held all four major championships and all four major-championship scoring records at the same time, a feat unlikely to be matched. He won a breakthrough Masters, a U.S. Open on a broken leg and a Grand Slam.

But he never won a tournament that meant more than the Tour Championship at East Lake on Sunday. It means something far greater than simply career victory No. 80 on Woods’ lengthy resume. It means Tiger Woods lives.


by Mike Purkey

Unless you’re a friend or relative, you probably couldn’t name any of the 264 competitors in the U.S. Mid-Amateur that began here over the weekend.

If you play tournament golf, you are a member of a special fraternity or sorority. To have a handicap index low enough to play in events run by your state or regional golf association means you’re in a club that makes up less than one-tenth of 1 percent of all golfers in the U.S.


Twinkle, twinkle little star, keep playoffs as they are
I understand that Gary Van Sickle is not the brightest LED on the Christmas tree, but what's wrong with the current Tour Championship? (“Tour lives up to hype in year of surprises,” Sept., 20).

OK, maybe the majors could have their award points juiced a little, but I like the tournament within the FedEx Cup competition. It's not like golf commentators have something more interesting to say than describing the points scenarios. And it's kind of fun having the tournament winner asking how he did, FedEx-wise.



Amount, in millions of dollars, that Tiger Woods earned for winning the Tour Championship on Sunday. Woods, 42, shot 1-over 71 for an 11-under 269 total and two-stroke victory at East Lake Golf Club in Atlanta. Justin Rose won the season-long FedEx Cup and $10 million bonus. Woods, 42, who missed most of last season because of back surgery, logged his 80th victory on the PGA Tour and his first since Aug. 4, 2013, at the WGC Bridgestone Invitational. Woods trails Sam Snead by two on the Tour’s all-time victory list (scores).


Honored: Celia Barquin Arozamena, the slain former Iowa State golfer, before the Cyclones’ football game Saturday against Akron in Ames, Iowa. Barquin, 22, the reigning Big 12 Conference women’s champion, was killed Sept. 17 while playing a solo round of golf at Coldwater Golf Links in Ames.


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

September 27-30
LPGA: Sime Darby LPGA Malaysia

TPC Kuala Lumpur (East), Malaysia

September 28-30
Champions: Pure Insurance Championship

Pebble Beach (Calif.) Golf Links

Symetra Tour: IOA Classic

Alaqua CC, Longwood, Fla.

PGA/European tours: Ryder Cup

Le Golf National, Saint-Quentin-en-Yvelines, France

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