News for Monday, September 7, 2009

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Commentary: The PGA Tour playoffs are exciting, right?

The first two events of the PGA Tour playoffs came down to 72nd-hole finishes. Then why haven’t they felt more exciting?

There’s a new No. 2

NORTON, Mass. – With his victory at the Deutsche Bank Championship, Steve Stricker moved to No. 2 in the world rankings, supplanting Phil Mickelson. Lefty had been No. 2 in the world since the WGC-Accenture Match Play Championship in March.

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Stricker takes FedEx lead with Deutsche win

Steve Stricker won the Deutsche Bank Championship Monday, and in the process, moved ahead of Tiger Woods in the FedEx Cup race.

Mickelson undecided on BMW Championship

Phil Mickelson is still on the fence about the BMW Championship.

Iron emphasis: Mizuno’s new offerings

Mizuno’s mid-September introduction of the MP-58, MP-68, MX-300 and MX-1000 irons conform to new groove regulations taking effect Jan. 1 on major tours and for “elite” amateur events.

Norman’s job gets tougher and tougher

International Presidents Cup captain Greg Norman, if he happens to be watching the Deutsche Bank Championship while out on the yacht today, at least has to be buoyed by two of his players showing some signs of life.

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Tribute to the classics

The Tribute, a 1,150-acre development north of Dallas, will open its second course, the Old American Golf Club, later this month.

Marucci’s men arrive at Merion

The U.S. Walker Cup squad is on site at Merion after one final practice session at Caves Valley Golf Club in Owings Mill, Md.

Notes: Tiger’s comeback; Lefty’s future

Tiger Woods was 6 under after six holes, leaving fans at the Deutsche Bank Championship wondering whether they would see an unprecedented comeback.

Dressed to impress – kind of

NORTON, Mass. – Because Tiger Woods completed his final round at the Deutsche Bank Championship before television coverage kicked in Monday afternoon, you may not have seen the guy dressed in the tiger costume that followed Woods around TPC Boston for all 18 holes.

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Complete Walker Cup coverage

Golfweek.com is on the ground at Merion to bring you an up-close look at the 2009 Walker Cup. Check back daily as Golfweek.com brings you all the action from Ardmore, Pa.

Faxon outdoes himself at Deutsche Bank

In every way, Brad Faxon would have preferred to have been between the ropes at the Deutsche Bank Championship.

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Woods shows signs of life

Until Monday, Tiger Woods looked human. Then he shot a final-round 63 at Deutsche Bank, letting everyone know the season isn’t over yet.

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Commentary: Marucci has U.S. squad Walker Cup ready

The Walker Cup kicks off Saturday and U.S. captain Buddy Marucci has the Americans ready for action. Ron Balicki reports.

Jr. Fantasy Golf recap: Junior Players

Here are the Junior Fantasy Golf results from the Junior Players Championship:

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Player of the Week: Bobby Wyatt

Bobby Wyatt, of Mobile, Ala., shot 6-under 210 (66-73-71) at TPC Sawgrass’ Stadium Course in Ponte Vedra, Fla., to win the Junior Players Championship by three shots.

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Player of the Week: Chelsea Pezzola

Chelsea Pezzola, of Bradenton, Fla., shot 9-over 149 (74-75) at the Treetops Resort Tradition Course in Gaylord, Mich., to win the Golfweek Junior Series event by eight shots.

Pettersen is back

I sat in the press room eight days ago in Portland and listened to Suzann Pettersen talk about how “great” she played during the final round. Those four consecutive birdies on Nos. 9-12 were terrific. But the bogey-double bogey that followed wasn’t so hot. She squandered a three-shot lead with five to play at the Safeway Classic and lost in a playoff to M.J. Hur.

Plenty of good seats still available

NORTON, Mass. – In what is a clear sign of the times, the Ryder Cup is offering a second bite at the apple. Organizers of 2010 Ryder Cup in Wales are opening up a ballot for a second time in an attempt to sell practice, match and hospitality tickets.

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