In the decade since the PGA Tour introduced the concept of a postseason to professional golf, the idea has meant many things to many different players. For Tiger Woods, a two-time winner of the season-long race in 2007 and ’09, the FedExCup was little more than a device to remind all of his dominance; while for the likes of Billy Horschel, the lottery winner in ’14, it was an 11th-hour surge that turned a decent season into something truly special. As the FedExCup has evolved, so has the motivation to play the postseason. “I'm going to approach the first two events trying to obviously win but looking to kind of crescendo into East Lake and peak there and consider East Lake a major at this point as far as our preparation goes,” Jordan Spieth said on his way out of town two weeks ago at the PGA Championship.
WEST DES MOINES, Iowa — Back in 2008, Paul Azinger led the weakest U.S. Ryder Cup team in recent history into battle. His back against the wall, and with the U.S. team without a victory since 1999, he drew inspiration from he Navy SEALS. That idea led to what Azinger later called the “Pod System,” and the concept is pretty simple: Professional golfers aren’t used to having partners, or being on a team, but as Azinger saw it, the European Team boasted an inherent advantage in making that transition because the team featured players from a variety of different countries. That may not sound like an advantage, but in a roundabout way, it kind of is. To make things simple, let’s say pretend a European
Henrik Stenson's win at the Wyndham Championship helped him make a jump in the Official World Golf Ranking heading into the postseason. Stenson held on for a one-shot victory at Sedgefield Country Club in his first appearance since 2012, and as a result he went from No. 9 to No. 6 in the latest standings, passing Justin Thomas, Jon Rahm and Jason Day. Stenson's win came at the expense of Ollie Schniederjans, who came up just short despite birdies on each of his final two holes. The former Georgia Tech standout cracked the OWGR top 100 thanks to his runner-up result, climbing 50 spots to No. 96 in the world. Other notable moves included Webb Simpson jumping 10 spots to No. 49 with a solo third-place