Matthew Southgate was lining up a putt at the DAP Championship - a Web.com Tour event - and just as he tapped his ball, a little leaf blew over and hit it. If a player's ball in motion after a stroke on the putting green is deflected or stopped by, or comes to rest in or on, any moving or animate outside agency, except a worm, insect or the like, the stroke is canceled. Southgate didn't replace or replay the shot and finished his round, so he was given a four-stroke penalty - two for violating Rule 19-1b and a pair for signing a wrong scorecard. Southgate entered the DAP Championship at ninth in the Web.com Finals - the four-tournament series where the top 25 money winners, not already exempt, earn PGA Tour cards for the following season.
I thought the FedExCup marked the end of the PGA Tour season, but now I see there's a "Presidents Cup" on this week's schedule. What's that all about? The Presidents Cup is a team event, similar to the Ryder Cup. What's the difference? In the Ryder Cup, the United States plays against Europe. In the Presidents Cup, the U.S. plays against an "International" team, meaning all countries EXCEPT Europe. The Presidents Cup is held every two years, in non-Ryder Cup years, which 2017 happens to be. So, the Americans have to play one of these cup events every year, while the foreign players get every other year off? Why don't they just combine the two events? Well, for one thing, they're the properties
Justin Thomas had an inkling back in January that this season might be something special. More than winning the Sony Open for a sweep of Hawaii and his third victory in five starts, it was how he won. Thomas opened with a 59 and never let up until he set the PGA Tour's record for lowest 72-hole score and won by seven shots. Instead of trying to protect a lead, he left everyone in his wake. "I felt like after that, I learned a lot to where I could kind of ride that momentum out for the year," Thomas said. But there was a moment early in the week at Waialae that might have set the tone for a FedEx Cup title that came down to the last hour. Thomas played with Jordan Spieth when he shot 59, and the