|The FedEx Cup - golf's most important trophy-esque-like adornment - is up for grabs. Can Tiger Woods take it home? (Courtesy photo)|
Over the past few years, being a golf writer has had its up and downs.
For a long time, it was easy - just write about Tiger Woods. He was the go-to guy, and a good golf writer always had a few spare glowing adjectives to describe young Eldrick. On the opposite end of the spectrum, there was always Michelle Wie to heap scorn upon. Life was good.
Then last year, all hell broke loose. Tiger hurt his knee, and Wie started playing to the perfect level - it was impossible to either scorn or praise her. Let's be honest here, we golf writers barely muddled through.
But 2009 was to be our payback. Woods was coming back, and he'd assuredly deliver some type of bottom-of-the-ninth-limping-off-the-bench-to-score-an-ace moment that would have computer screens exploding in hyperbolic bliss.
Alas, it was not to be. Woods was just very good in his return to the game. He amassed several more wins on the PGA Tour, but added no more major titles to his mantle. While there is no denying Woods is still the world's best golfer, his 2009 campaign has been ho-hum by his standards. It's been like going to see Barack Obama speak and then he only reads a shopping list. It's nice enough, but it lacks the normal pizazz.
But there still is a chance for Tiger to save his season and possibly golf. [Editor's note to young golf writers: Always include at least one veiled threat to the end of the sport as we know it. It really spices things up.] I speak of the FedEx Cup. The most important playoff-esque, championship-y sports-ish event of the year.
Yes, I understand that for the past several years, we golf writers have used the FedEx Cup as our own personal Lewinsky joke. If you needed a laugh, the FedEx Cup would provide. But in 2009, the FedEx Cup is the last big event-ish-like thing-y that Tiger can win. Thus, it is now more important than seven Super Bowls.
And with just two events remaining, an amazing scenario is developing. Tiger Woods will have to fight to win the incredible FedEx Championship Cup-y tchotchke. Right now, Steve Stricker is the FedEx Cup points leader. Personally, I believe Stricker had a hand in writing the rules of the FedEx Cup. Seriously, when do you hear the name "Steve Stricker" when not in connection to the FedEx Cup. But I digress.
My friends, the 2009 Fed-Ex Cup is by far the most import event-like doohickey that the PGA Tour will see in 2009. If Tiger Woods wins it, it will be hailed as golf's fifth major. And if Stricker wins, it will go back to being a punchline for golf writers. And everything Tiger Woods has accomplished in his career is for naught.
So I think we can all agree on the importance of this amazing tournament. Thingy.
September 11, 2009
William K. Wolfrum keeps one eye on the PGA Tour and another watching golf vacation hotspots and letting travelers in on the best place to vacation. You can follow him on Twitter @Wolfrum.
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