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Sunday, September 9, 2012


It's the only possible word to describe the atmosphere around PGA Tour headquarters and the FedEx home office Saturday night.

Champagne glassesWe all know they planned the FedExCup Playoffs with this in mind. Nevertheless, does anybody really expect me to believe that the powers-that-be, even in their most fevered hallucinations, ever expected this?

Tied for the lead you've got Phil Mickelson and Vijay Singh, members of the "older generation" with 7 majors between them and who'd been pretty much written off this year. So what does Phil do? Post a little 64, that's all -- the lowest round of the day by 2 strokes.

One stroke back you've got Rory McIlroy and Lee Westwood, #1 and #4 in the OWGR, with Rory coming off a major and a FedExCup win just last week.

Two strokes back you've got Adam Scott, Robert Garrigus, and Dustin Johnson -- the "Heartbreak Kid" of the Open Championship and two of the longest young guns on Tour.

Three strokes back is Tiger Woods. Need I say more than just "Tiger"?

And four strokes back you've got Zach Johnson, Graeme McDowell -- each with a major -- and Bo Van Pelt, who's making a case that he should have been picked for the Ryder Cup team.

In fact, 7 of these players are playing in the Ryder Cup in just a couple of weeks. We all know how much anticipation that's stirred up!

But that's not all. You've also got more big names lining up behind them, they're playing a course best-known for an upset major win by an unknown named John Daly, and the course is so soft that any score more than -3 is going to lose ground.

It's gonna be a great shootout today, but I just hope the big wigs get to see it. With all the drinking and celebrating that went on in those offices Saturday night, most of them are probably still trying to make bail after the police busted 'em for disturbing the peace.

The photo came from the Let's Talk Wine website.

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