My predictions came true: If Tiger was leading on Friday, the tournament was over.
It was. The striped one finished at 23 under—two better than his previous record, set at the 2000 NEC Invitational.
Notably, Masters winner Zach Johnson finished second in the tournament—although not in the final FedEx Cup standings. That “honor” went to Steve Stricker, who along with Phil Mickelson was the only one with a realistic chance to keep Tiger from signing the $10 million annuity paperwork.
I’m glad that’s over. Now we can go onto the fall season, which for my money will be somewhat more interesting than the FedEx Playoffs. In the Fall series, the second tier of players will be fighting it out for their tour cards. No pampered quitters here. These guys have to finish in the top 125 to keep their privileges.
It would be nice if the Tour would keep an updated list kept a running score of who needed to finish were in order to keep their cards—just as they kept a running appraisal of possibilities in FedEx Cup Points.