by Jeff Skinner
When Tim Finchem concocted these FedEx Cup Playoffs he probably had dreams of Tiger and Phil going head to head for a few years. Well, we all know how that worked out but that doesn’t mean these tournaments lack for excitement.
Look at this leaderboard as The Deutsche Bank Championship goes into the third round. It has many of the best players and some of the best stories of the season.
Bubba Watson, tied for first place, has grown into one of the most entertaining players on tour and this year he has played as well as anyone (two wins) and had a ball doing it. Charl Schwartzel, tied with Watson, made his season with a win at The Masters and he’s looking to make it even better with a win here. Adam Scott, the third player tied for the lead, is in the midst of a career resurgence with a win already this season and is proving that the belly putter isn’t the only long putter in town. In fourth place is Brandt Snedeker who is also looking for his second win this season. Two time winner already this season, Nick Watney is in fifth place and looking for his third. Rickie Fowler, the “it boy” of the PGA Tour is tied for sixth and looking for his first win. Wouldn’t that be something? Ernie Els (T6) has zero top tens this year, his best finish is a T15 at The WGC Cadillac Championship. But he has been playing his heart out recently trying to fashion a grand story of redemption with a win in The Playoffs.
There are many fascinating storylines as this tournament is playing out. How about a final pairing on Monday of best buds Watson and Fowler? That would be “must see golf.” Rickie and Bubba trading shots down the stretch and having a great time doing it.
It may not be Tiger and Phil but as the past season has proven you don’t need them for a compelling story. There are plenty on this tour and a bunch of them are poised to win here at The Deutsche Bank.