Hello World (Part 2)

Bill Lunde won the Turning Stone Resort Championship earlier this month.

I have no idea who he is and I watch golf every weekend.

Apparently, he shot a 66 to win the tournament by one shot and land in the 106th position on the FedEx Cup Points list.  Lunde’s finished in the top 10 three times, finishing 10th twice. Talk about a neat trick to complete a fun statistic.

Corey Pavin is 50 years old and the current Ryder Cup captain for the United States team. He’s only played in eight PGA Tour Events this year, but made five cuts and finished second in a playoff at The Travelers. Pavin’s played in 11 Champions Tour events, finishing in second place once and a pair of third place finishes. He’s currently 110th on the FedEx Cup points list.

Dean Wilson is stacked. The Golf Channel infomercial told me so. All kidding aside, it’s been a banner year for Wilson. who’s a guy just happy to enjoy a clubhouse meal. He’s only won once since turning pro in 1992. Wilson checks in at 109th on the points list this week.

All of these players – men you don’t recognize – are beating a corporate brand withering in 112th place in the FedEx Cup Standings.

Yeah, Tiger’s had a rough year.

Still searching for his first win of the season, Woods officially filed for divorce on Monday. He starts his defense of the FedEx Cup on Thursday. Can you believe he won this thing last year? Woods has won two Cups in three seasons. Vijay Singh won the Cup in 2008.

Woods has only played in nine events this year and his best finish was fourth in the first two majors of the season. He’s had “Tiger” rounds, but hasn’t put together a dominating performance in an entire tournament. That would explain the zero wins during the 2010 season.

He sprays tee shots wildly off the fairways and can’t make a putt to save his life — yet he still finishes with a fairly decent score. (Make sure to draw a line through Firestone if you want to buy into the previous sentence). His scoring average is 71.64, almost three full strokes more than last season.

The decline of Woods didn’t start in his driveway on Thanksgiving weekend. It happened at the PGA Championship last August. Woods lost to Y.E. Yang after holding a 54-hole lead in a major. That stuff just doesn’t happen to Tiger Woods. Except that it did, and he hasn’t recovered since.

Woods can easily win The Barclay’s this week in New Jersey and may even take home the FedEx Cup this year, but that means very little to him at this point in his career.

Tiger’s still four back of the clubhouse leader Jack Nicklaus in major championships — the only statistic Woods looks at with equal parts anticipation and envy. Nothing changed on the overall scorecard this year for Woods and everything changed in the way everyone looks at the man.

Call it a preview of Augusta to see where Tiger’s head currently lives. Is it stuck in reverse or can he finally learn how to drive? The answer starts on Thursday morning.

Heck, if Bill Lunde can win the FedEx Cup, anything truly is possible on the PGA Tour.


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