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Jordan Spieth misses Tour Championship,
may face fine or suspension by PGA Tour

CBS News, by Kyle Porter

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Posted By:NorthernDog, 9/10/2018 8:38:01 PM

Jordan Spieth shot a 3-over 73 in the final round of the 2018 BMW Championship and finished No. 31 in the FedEx Cup points race. Only the top 30 in the FedEx Cup rankings move on to the Tour Championship at East Lake in two weeks. This is significant because it´s the first time Spieth has missed the Tour Championship as a professional, but it´s also significant because Spieth will end the season with only 24 tournaments played. (Snip) The PGA Tour has a rule called the "strength of field regulation," which requires golfers to either

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Rule is to discourage players from cherry-picking only the best tournaments and having additional time off during the season. He could have easily avoided violating the rule.

      


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Reply 1 - Posted by: Muncsdad, 9/10/2018 8:46:53 PM     (No. 11754157)

Hmmmm. Most of the golfers who made the cut played less than 25 events, even ‘Saint Tiger’...

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Reply 2 - Posted by: JHHolliday, 9/10/2018 8:47:37 PM     (No. 11754158)

Jordan is a streaky player. Putts like a god one week then starts missing 3 footers. He’s young and will be a force to come for the next 20 years.

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Reply 3 - Posted by: oldmagnolia, 9/10/2018 8:50:58 PM     (No. 11754161)

So let´s see this again: Jordan is fined for not playing 25 tournaments and cannot go to the FedEx cup, BUT, Tiger played only 4 or 5 and can go. Double standards???? East Lake is a terrible golf course in a terrible side of town. They bus people from remote parking lots half an hour away. Time to move the FedEx tournament to another place.

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Reply 4 - Posted by: antiquegolf, 9/10/2018 9:04:01 PM     (No. 11754170)

As with almost all bureaucracies, the PGA Tour has too many rules. The Tour also has too many pretentious events. Except for Firestone (recently dropped from the schedule) I consider the so called World Golf Championships to be over-rated tournaments with no tradition. I have a similar view of the FedEx Playoffs.

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Reply 5 - Posted by: Muncsdad, 9/10/2018 9:33:48 PM     (No. 11754190)

#3, I will agree that East Lake isn’t in the best part of town, but you are 100 percent wrong in saying it is a horrible course!

Have you played it? I have, as well as Augusta National and many more spectacular golf courses. East Lake is a jewel. Period.

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Reply 6 - Posted by: Hazymac, 9/10/2018 9:36:16 PM     (No. 11754192)

Planning down to the last tournament, Spieth expected his 25th event to be the Tour Championship. It´s rather shocking to him and to the rest of us golf fans that he played poorly when he couldn´t afford to, ahot +3 (73), and wound up 31st in FedEx points. Even the best players occasionally underperform.

There is a logical reason for requiring pros to play a minimum amount of events: the strength of the fields in the less prestigious events.

As for Tiger, he had (very serious) lumbar spinal fusion surgery in 2017, and wasn´t anywhere near ready to play last September when the current "season" began. (I just had two level lumbar spinal fusion surgery twenty-eight and twenty-six days ago, respectively. The surgeon doesn´t want me swinging a golf club for six months, at least. Recovery from spinal fusion surgery is a long process.) He would have had a medical exemption anyway. In March of this year he finished solo second at Innisbrook Copperhead, and has had several other high finishes (no wins yet). He´s nearly back into winning form.

The four World Golf Championbship events are what remains of Greg Norman´s abortive late ´80s dream of a worldwide tour for the really big bucks for the top thirty guys. The rest could play for scraps on the regular Tour. I, too, believe these events are unremarkable, except for the extra money. The Players Championship is now a legitimate #5 tournament, after the four majors, naturally. The Players, not the PGA Championship (as advertised during the PGA) has the strongest field in golf. The PGA lets in twenty club pros--about eighteen too many--watering down the field.

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Reply 7 - Posted by: HisHandmaiden, 9/10/2018 11:29:09 PM     (No. 11754252)

Have the MSM and Dems infected golf rules too?

Bring back the Golden Bear.

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