by Jeff Skinner
If Tim Finchem had hired a Hollywood screenwriter to pen the final weeks of his FedEx Cup Playoffs it may have mirrored today’s final round at The BMW Championship.
The biggest names of the day populate a leaderboard that packs as much star power as any we have seen all season.
America’s favorite arthritic Phil Mickelson shares the lead at sixteen under with the resurgent, 49 year old Vijay Singh. World-wide darling of the links, and world number one, Rory McIlroy sits one stroke back along with former world number one and ever-positive Lee Westwood. Both Rory and Lee had previously shunned the FedEx Cup for the European Tour but both have committed to playing the PGA Tour and vying for its championship cup. Adam Scott the heart-throb form down under who was heartbroken at The Open Championship is two off the lead as is up and comer Robert Garrigus. Tied along with them is long hitting Dustin Johnson who is hotter than anyone playing golf today and he’ll be paired with the biggest name in golf Tiger Woods.
If this leaderboard doesn’t excite golf watchers, there is no hope for Tim and his playoffs. Finchem’s reformulated playoffs were designed to get the best players on the course after The PGA Championship. This year it has worked to perfection and the playoffs have presented us with a power packed leaderboard.
There’s no choice for any self-respecting golf fan/football fan but to set up another television so you can indulge in both kickoffs and playoffs. But that’s another story (click here.)
Is today’s leaderboard enough to pull some eyes from the behemoth that is the NFL on opening day of their season? It may be, but going against the NFL is tougher than getting Tiger to act human. Regardless of the ratings, Finchem can be content that so far this year his baby really came through.