You don’t see it often, and in fact you rarely ever see it, but Tiger Woods was held off on Monday from winning the Deutsche Bank Championship. It was by the player that has the best skill level on tour to pull it off, but 9 times out of 10 falls apart due to poor shot making, poor judgment, or just all around back luck. Phil Mickelson and Tiger Woods held a great “made for television drama” duel on Monday with superb shot making all the way until the final hole, with Tiger launching a 212 yard shot into the 18th green setting up an eagle opportunity that he would miss. Though Tiger’s putting was not executed well throughout the week, it was Phil’s consistent shot making and short game that handed him the Fed Ex Cup 2nd Playoff victory.
Tiger had a chance to cause a 3 shot swing on 12 after Mickelson knocked his ball in the hazard. Mickelson’s following chip hit the flag stick, almost dropping in, but failed to make the following bogey putt. Tiger then missed his birdie opportunity only gaining 2 shots. Tiger made a great run, but it was Phil who held him off with a fantastic short game, including getting up and down for birdie on the 18th hole, following Tiger’s missed eagle chance.
Steve Stricker, the Barclays champion, held together a good round actually getting to 11 under par at one point, but dropping back to 8 under and in a tie for 9th. He also lost his 1st place Fed Ex Cup points position to Mickelson (108,613 points) with a total of 106,200 points. Tiger’s solid play this week bumped him up 3,733 points for a total of 103,733 and into 3rd place.
There are two tournaments left in the Fed Ex Cup schedule: BMW Championship and the final Tour Championship. Should be an interesting 2 weeks.
Phil eluded to not playing next week
Phil, surprisingly, spoke candidly about a situation with Tim Finchem in regards to his obligation to play all 4 Fed Ex Cup events. Apparently, there was some form of an agreement between the two in a “rub my back I’ll rub yours” kind of way. Sounds like Finchem has failed to deliver making Phil step back and to re-assess his situation. We will wait to see if any details come about.