The 2012 PGA Tour Playoffs makes its second stop at TPC Boston, August 31-September 3, for the playing of the Deutsche Bank Championship. Tiger Woods and Bill Haas, both former winners of the FedEx Cup, took time this week to play in charity events. Both professionals came away winners and hope to carry that momentum into the Deutsche Bank and beyond.
Tiger Woods: Tiger comes to the Deutsche Bank Championship ranked #3 in FedEx points. In addition to three wins in 2012 (Arnold Palmer Invitational, the Memorial Tournament, and AT&T National), he has finished second and third, and ranks #1 in scoring average. Not bad for a guy many had written off as someone who would never win again.
This week Woods played in the NB3 Foundation Challenge, with his long-time friend Notah Begay III, at Atunyote Golf Club in Verona, New York. They joined PGA players Rickie Fowler and Gary Woodland, as well as LPGA players Cristie Kerr and Lexi Thompson on the West squad. Woods and Begay won their match against K.J. Choi and Y.E. Yang, and the West team of Americans defeated the East team of Asian players.
Bill Haas: The defending FedEx Cup champion, in 2012 Bill has one win (Northern Trust Open) and three top ten finishes. He has made the cut in 16 of 21 events entered. Looking to become the first two-time FedEx Cup winner, he is currently #29 in the rankings.
Monday and Tuesday, August 27-28, Bill Haas teamed with his father, Jay, in Peter Jacobsen's Umpqua Bank Challenge at The Reserve Vineyards and Golf Club, in Aloha, Oregon. The field included 16 players from the PGA, LPGA, and Champions Tours, all paired in two-person teams. The Haas' shot a two-round best-ball score of 26-under 118, the lowest score during the 18-year history of Jacobsen's events, and won by eight shots. In the final round, Bill was 12-under after 14 holes on his own ball, before finishing with four pars and a score of 60.
Bill Haas is hopeful that his play in Oregon will provide momentum as he tries to defend his FedEx Cup championship. Tiger Woods felt good in New York, was inspired by his friend, Begay, and with good health hopes to finish strong in the playoffs.
Harold Andrews has played golf (competitively and recreationally) for nearly 50 years. He considers Jack Nicklaus the greatest golfer of all time.