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Five Takeaways from the 2012 TOUR Championship: A Fan’s View

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The 2012 TOUR Championship and FedEx Cup race are now in the history books. Vanderbilt alumnus Brandt Snedeker walked away with both trophies. Here are some takeaways from the 2012 TOUR Championship.

Snedeker comes to the front

Brandt Snedeker is a top level player. I think there were doubts in some corners, but Snedeker's performance in the TOUR Championship at East Lake should silence any critics. To win not only the TOUR Championship but the FedEx Cup as well is an incredible achievement for Snedeker. He is well deserving of his 2012 Ryder Cup slot as a captain's pick. In fact, Snedeker may well make additional Ryder Cup teams in the future.

Rory McIlroy is merely mortal

Coming into the 2012 TOUR Championship much of the talk was focused on Rory McIlroy. He was the prohibitive favorite to claim the FedEx Cup, and in some corners, to hoist the crystal trophy at East Lake. However, Tiger Woods' early career notwithstanding, it is very difficult, if not almost impossible, to win three consecutive starts on the PGA Tour. Fans should not expect McIlroy to be the Tiger Woods of 2000. That is a measuring stick that not even Woods can match now.

Jim Furyk can't finish

Jim Furyk has made a habit of finding himself atop the leaderboard at the halfway mark (and later) of big tournaments in 2012. Yet he has not finished off the weekend and secured a PGA Tour title in 2012. I am sure it must be quite frustrating for Furyk. However, he should look on the bright side in that he put himself in position to win major titles and important championships on several occasions in 2012. There are a multitude of tour players that cannot say that.

Phil Mickelson and Nick Watney were non-factors

Phil Mickelson and Nick Watney both entered the 2012 TOUR Championship in control of their own destiny, needing only to win in order to claim the FedEx Cup. While I am sure both men did their best, neither player was ever in contention. Watney's opening round of 75 doomed his chances and Mickelson's inability to make anything happen left him squarely in the middle of the field. One wonders when they will find themselves in such a position again.

Tiger Woods' weekend woes continue

The weekend woes continue for Tiger Woods. Like Furyk, Woods put himself in contention at several championships in 2012. While Woods won three times on the PGA Tour during the course of the year there were several other opportunities that slipped away because of his weekend play. Woods shared the first round lead at East Lake, but said that he just did not have it on the weekend. While piling up Top 10 finishes is good for other players, it is certainly not acceptable to Tiger Woods.

Dwight is an avid golfer. While still relatively new to the game, he plays as often as the weather and his schedule will allow.

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