ATLANTA (Reuters) – A late birdie blitz by Adam Scott rocketed the Australian into contention for the elite Tour Championship on Thursday, and gave him timely momentum in his bid to earn the PGA Tour Player of the Year award.
Coming into this week’s PGA Tour season finale at East Lake Golf Club, the Masters champion had stated his burning ambition to be considered for the accolade but conceded that only victory here would thrust him into the conversation.
ATLANTA (Reuters) – Wherever he finishes in this week’s season-ending Tour Championship, tournament debutant Billy Horschel feels like “a kid in a candy store” just having qualified for the elite field of 30 players.
The 26-year-old American had never seen the iconic East Lake Golf Club layout until he arrived at the course on Tuesday but had a fair idea of what to expect after watching television coverage of the prestigious event countless times.
ATLANTA, Sept 19 (Reuters) – In-form Swede Henrik Stenson, boosted by a red-hot front nine, totally upstaged his playing partner Tiger Woods as he surged into a one-shot lead in Thursday’s opening round of the elite Tour Championship.
In glorious sunshine with barely a breath of wind at East Lake Golf Club in the PGA Tour’s season finale, Stenson piled up five birdies in six holes with a superb exhibition of pinpoint approach play on the way to a six-under-par 64.
ATLANTA (Reuters) – Red-hot Henrik Stenson piled up five birdies in six holes with a superb exhibition of pinpoint approach play to take an early one-shot lead midway through Thursday’s opening round of the elite Tour Championship.
In glorious sunshine with barely a breath of wind at East Lake Golf Club in the PGA Tour’s season finale, Stenson birdied the second, fourth, fifth, sixth and seventh as he raced to the turn in five-under-par 30.
ATLANTA (Reuters) – Bill Haas faces long odds in his bid for FedExCup playoff honors at this week’s season-ending Tour Championship but no one in the elite group of 30 players has better experience in knowing what is possible.
Two years ago, the unassuming American came into this tournament ranked a lowly 25th in the points standings and yet, helped by the misfortune of a few other players, he went on to complete an astonishing double by winning both titles.
ATLANTA (Reuters) – Television evidence has played an increasingly significant role in deciding rules violations on the PGA Tour and Tiger Woods, the most scrutinized player of his era, believes further discussions are needed over its use.
In what has been a curious 2013 campaign for Woods, the American world number one has been given two-shot penalties for infringements on three occasions, most recently at last week’s BMW Championship in Chicago.
ATLANTA (Reuters) – Swede Henrik Stenson holds one of the coveted top-five positions in the FedExCup points standings going into this week’s season-ending Tour Championship but has growing concern over tendinitis in his left wrist.
Stenson, who won his third PGA Tour title at the Deutsche Bank Championship earlier this month, initially realized he had a problem with his wrist during last week’s weather-delayed BMW Championship in Chicago and says the pain has since intensified.
ATLANTA (Reuters) – Masters champion Adam Scott has already enjoyed the best year of his career but knows he could make it a sensational campaign if he can end the 2013 PGA Tour season with a flourish at this week’s Tour Championship.
Two prestigious titles are on the line at East Lake Golf Club, the tournament itself and overall FedExCup honors, and Scott believes he has to record his third win of the season to thrust his name into contention for PGA Tour Player of the Year.
ATLANTA (Reuters) – Tiger Woods heads into this week’s Tour Championship at East Lake Golf Club with his sights set on a sixth victory of the season which, in all likelihood, would secure him PGA Tour Player of the year honors.
Though he has not claimed a major title since the 2008 U.S. Open, the American world number one feels his 2013 campaign has been one of the most consistent of his career, having included two wins in the prestigious World Golf Championship events.
ATLANTA (Reuters) – Fresh from a two-stroke victory at the weather-delayed BMW Championship in Chicago on Monday, Zach Johnson would dearly love to end his 2013 PGA Tour campaign with “a splash” at this week’s Tour Championship.
Not only is another tournament win on the line at East Lake Golf Club in the season’s finale, but also FedExCup playoff honors and the eye-popping $10 million bonus that comes with it.