Tour Championship 2013: Can Stenson go Wire to Wire?

Ooohhh! Sooo Shiiny! This is what the Players are After!

Ooohhh! Sooo Shiiny! This is what the Players are After!

After three rounds, Henrik Stenson remains your leader and has played some tremendous golf. However, he had a massive nine stroke lead over Dustin Johnson and would’ve put this thing away a day early barring an amazing collapse during Sunday’s finale. If he strikes the ball like he did the first three days then he’ll defnitely walk away with the FedEx Cup and the 10 million dollars. Can he go wire to wire and pull out the victory? That would be very interesting to see no doubt.

One of the best wire to wire performances I remember was when Jason Bohn came out of nowhere to go wire to wire to win the Zurich Classic and that was pretty sweet considering who he was. Henrik can run away with it but we must remember that Dustin Johnson is the best on Tour when it comes to eagle opportunities (Pretty boss huh) and that’s a major advantage he has over Stenson. Steve Stricker is good at every category except for driving distance but as I’ve said, East Lake is a control players’ course anyway so I can’t see why Stricker wouldn’t be in the middle of this either.

Yup Ben Frank, There will be a Bunch of you given to the Winner of this Tournament!

Yup Ben Frank, There will be a Bunch of you given to the Winner of this Tournament!

So right now, it’s a battle between Henrik, DJ and Strick on who wins this year’s FedEx Cup but if Henrik keeps up his play and not fall apart on the back nine then this tournament is a wrap folks! I hope you’re ready for an exciting finish as some of the best players in the world try to win that shiny trophy and get them big dollars (Dolla dolla bill ya’ll!). Here’s the leaderboard update to keep you up to speed: http://msn.foxsports.com/golf/leaderboard?ocid=ansfoxrel1

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Tour Championship 2013: Stenson Dominates Again

How Long can Henrik Stenson Hold on to this Lead?

How Long can Henrik Stenson Hold on to this Lead?

Day two is wrapped up for this year’s “Super Bowl of Golf” and the man who started out this tournament red hot is still leading after finishing his round with a terrific run, sinking five birdies to really take charge. He’s a comfortable four shots ahead of second place Adam Scott who is -6 for the tournament. Jordan Speith surprised some folks with a charge placing him third on the leaderboard being five shots behind Stenson. Another surprise is seeing Dustin Johnson within the top 10 and for a control player course, East Lake wasn’t able to hold down arguably one of the best power hitters in golf history in DJ who finished -4 along with Billy Horschel and U.S. Open Champion and future hall of famer Justin Rose.

the COCA COLA! the COCA CO- Oh! Sorry guys! Didn't see you there! Uh, the Tour Championship is Sponsored by Coke so that's why I have it up.....

the Ice Cold Coke. The COCA COLA! the COCA CO- Oh! Sorry guys! Didn’t see you there! Uh, the Tour Championship is Sponsored by Coke so that’s why I have it up…..

BMW Championship winner Zach Johnson and Steve Stricker who came into this event as favorites and are -3 for the tournament and still can get into contention if Stenson starts slowing down a bit. At this point though, the only person I really see staying into contention with Stenson is Adam Scott who, like I said before, can heat up at any moment. The only thing I would have to say is how clutch can he be?he would pretty much have to be matching Henrik shot for shot to catch up to him and take the lead. The biggest question is, how long can Henrik keep up this spectactular playing? Only time will tell. Here’s the full leaderboard


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FedEx Cup 2013: Tour Championship Prediction

BMW Championship Winner May be a Guy to Look Out for During the Tour Championship

BMW Championship Winner May be a Guy to Look Out for During the Tour Championship

With the Tour Championship around the corner, it should be a classic and many players will have the opportunity of taking the crown and as we know, East Lake Golf Club is very beautiful but can be a challenge on any given weekend. This week’s jaw dropping field will include Adam Scott, Tiger Woods, Phil Mickelson, BMW Championship winner Zach Johnson, long drive machine Dustin Johnson and Mr. 59 Jim Furyk as well as many others and like I’ve said before, they will all be fighting for it as we’ve seen many players with missed opportunities and they would love to do nothing else better then to get a win in the last big tournament of the season. There are many great players to watch out for and I would almost pick Zach Johnson again but as we all know, it’s tough to win in back to back weeks and since it’s the last big tournament of the year, every player in this field will be going blow for blow and I don’t think Zach would be ready for it. Also, another thing to keep in mind is that Phil and Steve Stricker have been in every Tour Championship in its seven year history so these guys have a ton of experience at this tournament and will be threats to steal the show despite Phil being fairly quiet recently. The one thing about the Tour Championship is that you just never know who will win as we’ve seen before so it’s anyone’s golf tournament but I have a feeling that one of the top players will take it as there have been many missed opportunities for some of them so they’re very thirsty. Some are even looking for their first win of the season.

Could Jim Furyk Repeat History Again? Furyk is a Former Tour Championship Winner.

Could Jim Furyk Repeat History Again? Furyk is a Former Tour Championship Winner.

The guy I’m taking is one of the guys who I said has been in every Tour Championship and that is Steve Stricker. He’s quietly been one of the best players on Tour this year and I’m sure he really wants to get that first win at the Tour Championship and there won’t be no better time than now to do so. He has a ton of experience at this tournament and this is his chance to show that experience and to take down anyone in his way. He’s also overall, had a good FedEx Cup playoffs and if he can just turn it up a notch in the Tour Championship then he will definitely take the title. He’s going to have an advantage after coming off a solid performance at the BMW Championship. So keep an eye out for Steve Stricker as he tries to make an attempt to get his first FedEx Cup title. So who do you have winning the FedEx Cup this week? Also, check out MadeForGolf.com for more golfing goodness with stories written by the very talented Ryan Chapman. Check him out, it’ll be worth it! Also, follow him on Twitter @Made4Golf


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BMW Championship Delayed, Will Extend Monday

Rickie Fowler Walking on a Rain Soaked Conway Farms Course During Sunday's Round. Sweet Umbrella by the Way!

Rickie Fowler Walking on a Rain Soaked Conway Farms Course During Sunday’s Round. Sweet Umbrella by the Way!

Rain was the Star Today During the BMW Championship but Looks to Lose its MVP Trophy Tomorrow as we Hope  Sunshine Steals the Award.

Rain was the Star Today During the BMW Championship but Looks to Lose its MVP Trophy Tomorrow as we Hope Sunshine Steals the Award.

Well folks, it looks like the BMW Championship has been delayed again as the play looks to continue Monday as the play during the final round stopped at 2:28 CST and looks to start fresh with some great golf and hopefully some great weather in Lake Forest. We’ll see if Jim Furyk will still have the fire from when he shot an incredible second round 59, making him only the sixth player to do so. It wouldn’t surprise me if he was still on fire like “boomshakalaka” going into Monday and now it seems more questionable why he was left off the President’s Cup squad because the team could sure use his streaky and accurate playing. Like I’ve said in the previous article, you also have to watch out for Zach Johnson who is as or even more accurate than Jim is but doesn’t quite have the streaky ability that Jim has.

If anyone could knock Furyk off his game then that would be a shocker because the way he is playing right now makes him very tough to beat and he’s been hot throughout the entire playoffs hitting beautiful iron shots and making great putts and is also taking advantage of his wedge shots from all over the golf course. It’s still anyone’s tournament to win and that’s why this is very exciting but Jim Furyk is going to be a monster to deal with when it comes down to it unless you see some clutch play form someone like Steve Stricker who is capable of getting hot himself. So it should be a really fun Monday at the BMW Championship and it should be an exciting Chi-Town finish.


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Furyk Leads, Special Announcement

Jim Furyk Hitting a Nice Iron Shot from the Rough During the BMW Championship

Jim Furyk Hitting a Nice Iron Shot from the Rough During the BMW Championship

Hello all of you beautifuls and handsomes out there! Jim Furyk who has as of late been showing his face all over the top of the leaderboard the last few tournaments and now he’s in the lead YET AGAIN, you heard me right, Mr. Furyk is towards the top yet again. He’s been on fire in the last five or six tournaments except for his 27th place finish at the Deutsche Bank Championship which is still not too shabby. He’s without a doubt a guy to look out for going into the final round. The one thing that will help him win is his dangerously good accuaracy with that beautiful signature swing of his. One thing I’ve always said about Furyk is that although he doesn’t hit the ball to the moon (Even though why would you, that would be considered out of bounds!), he sure knows how to hit it down the fairway and his putting has always been solid. He has a very good chance to win and after his previous outing at the Deutsche Bank Championship, he would like nothing better but to get a glorious playoff victory. However, if he wants to do so, he has to go up against a tough top five with those golfers being Steve Stricker, Brandt Snedeker, Zach Johnson and Tiger Woods so Jim will have his work cut out for him no doubt. Zach Johnson is in the top five and he’s also extremely accurate off the tee, by far one of the most accurate hitters on the Tour so that’s one guy to watch out for for sure. One of my early “guys to look out for” is in second place right now and that of course would be Wisconsin native Steve Stricker who is pretty much an all around player despite his lack of power off the tee. He’s very accurate, tough around the greens and can drop putts like dimes.

Steve Stricker with a Beautiful Sand Save During the BMW Championship.

Steve Stricker with a Beautiful Sand Save During the BMW Championship.

He’s also no stranger to top finishes as he has quietly had one of the best seasons on Tour this year. After nearly winning the Deutsche Bank Championship finishing in second, he would love to get a victory at this legendary tournament at the BMW Championship and show why he’s still the real deal on Tour and as we know, when “Strick” is hot he’s on fire like “Boomshakalaka!” As for the special announcement, I’m sure you all have noticed already due to the banner I have up on the site but the GP Golf Report was placed third at the Silver Dome Awards by the Illinois Broadcaster’s Association for Best Station/Program website and I have to say that it is an absolute honor to win this legendary award taking third after beating out tons and tons of entries beating out several college radio station sites and such and it means the world to me that this site made it this far so quickly and I thank all of you guys for supporting me thus far and liking and commenting on articles and giving me the hits and it’s unbelievable to know that I’m already less than 200 hits away from reaching 1,000 and it couldn’t have been done if it weren’t for you guys reading and sharing the site and be sure to keep doing so because it really is powerful and it really does help. Thank you so much and I look forward to continuing writing great content and posting great audio for you all. Again thank you so much and remember that anything is possible that you set your mind to (Hear that kids?)!

The Illinois Broadcaster's Association has been Around for 65 Years and has had Many Illinois Broadcasting and Media Legends be Honored.

The Illinois Broadcaster’s Association has been Around for 65 Years and has had Many Illinois Broadcasting and Media Legends be Honored.

Myself Holding my Certificate of Excellence from the Illinois Broadcaster's Association. Again, Truly Honored.

Myself Holding my Certificate of Excellence from the Illinois Broadcaster’s Association. Again, Truly Honored.


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A GP Golf Report Quickie: BMW Championship Winner

Steve Stricker Looks Ready to Take the BMW Championship Title Home and to Show the World he's Still the Real Deal.

Steve Stricker Looks Ready to Take the BMW Championship Title Home and to Show the World he’s Still the Real Deal.

Henrik Stenson Holding the Trophy After Winning the Deutsche Bank Championship.

Henrik Stenson Holding the Trophy After Winning the Deutsche Bank Championship.

Ahhh yes, the BMW Championship, that last major step to reaching the Tour Championship (The Tour Championship makes me thirsty for Coca Cola) is upon us now and the field as usual will be great for the 3rd oldest PGA Tour tournament (Formerly it was the Western Open). This is the time where I make my pick for who will take the crown this week. The guy I chose is somebody who has had quite an impressive season and is currently ranked second in the World Golf Rankings. His name is Mr. Adam Scott and here’s why I think he will win. Ever since he won the Masters, he’s been towards the top of plenty of leaderboards and the way he’s played in these playoffs have been very solid. He’s an all around type of player who can hit for power, accuracy and is a solid putter and that’s a perfect combination to take down Conway Farms. He’s the second best player for a reason and I think he’ll come out the gates flying and making plenty of early birdies and no don’t say anything about his long putter because if it was cheating he’d probably win every tournament which he hasn’t.

It’s your PUTTING STROKE not the putter. Anyway I think his chances are high at this tournament and there’s no doubt he’ll at least be threat if he doesn’t pull out the W. So, be sure to keep up with world no.2 Adam Scott as he tries to put his name on a list of legends that have played this legendary golf tournament.Other great golfers to look out for are Phil Mickelson, Deutsche Bank Championship winner Henrik Stenson and Steve Stricker and we know “Strick” is going to be hungry since he’s been fairly quiet this season but now I’d like to take this time to say thank you to all of the firefighters, police offers & everyone in the medical field male and female who served and tried to help as many people as they can during the 9/11 attacks and to the media for covering it all and being professional as they can. I’d also like to say that I wish nothing but the best for the families of the lost ones and that there’s always a way to make it through as long as God is on your side. Finally, I’d like to tell the entire world, that we should never, ever forget what happened on September 11, 2001.

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Why the FedEx Cup Playoffs Rule

Matt Kuchar Putts on the 13th Hole at Liberty National Golf Club with the Statue of Liberty in the Distance.

Matt Kuchar Putts on the 13th Hole at Liberty National Golf Club with the Statue of Liberty in the Distance.

As we know, the PGA Tour playoffs is off to a start and many names are all over the leaderboard at the Barclays at Liberty National Golf Club in New Joisey (Jersey), and looks to be another great finish at the beautiful new course. I hear people complaining about Liberty National’s design but honestly I think it’s fine and the scenery really helps that. The Barclays is always a great tournament to watch and for good reason because the first tournament of the playoffs can always be a challenge especially for those new to it. There’s also a lot of people who complain about the playoffs and the FedEx Cup as a whole and it really drives me nuts because there’s too much complaining and not enough golf and it’s really sad, I mean there’s complaining in every sport but in golf, the complaints are about the most silliest things and it’s really eye rolling. Just enjoy the game, there’s going to be changes over time, it’s called, the past, the present and the future, yeah you probably heard of them, they’re great friends, they always hang out and hit the golf course, past hits 250 off the tee, present hits 300+ off the tee and future hits…??? off the tee. I just say, deal with it, I understand these golfers are passionate which is good especially with a lot of athletes nowadays just playing for the riches, glamour and glory.

 A Beautiful View of Conway Farms Golf Club's 8th Hole in Lake Forest,IL Where the 2013 BMW Championship will be Held

A Beautiful View of Conway Farms Golf Club’s 8th Hole in Lake Forest,IL Where the 2013 BMW Championship will be Held

The problem however is the fact they they can be really annoying, it’s like “just play golf please!”, because the FedEx Cup playoffs extends the season and gives the golf season an actual ending, rather than, play the majors and then end the season with a bunch of other random tournaments, don’t get me wrong, every tournament to me is fun BUT it feels more dramatic when you have the FedEx Cup playoffs, without question. Am I saying the FedEx Cup is bigger than the majors? Absolutely not, but none of the majors are the very last tournament of the PGA Tour season though making it where the season doesn’t have a proper ending. There’s always complaints when every little new thing comes to golf, do you want us to stick with spoons and jaggers (wedges and irons back in the day)? Thought so, now, if we did still use them then I’m cool with it because I just love golf as you do too. But the complaints need to stop, I think the playoffs is great for the game and you have a great course in East Lake that hosts the championship each year and that’s wonderful when you get a chance to play on Bobby Jones’ home course in Atlanta.

A Great Look at One of the Top Par 3's in All of Golf and the Signature Hole at Cog Hill Golf & Country Club Located in Lemont,IL Where Many BMW Championships have been Played.

A Great Look at One of the Top Par 3’s in All of Golf and the Signature Hole at Cog Hill Golf & Country Club Located in Lemont,IL Where Many BMW Championships have been Played.

I also love the playoffs because of the BMW Championship (Originally the Western Open, the third oldest golf tournaments in PGA Tour history and was once considered a major) which usually takes place in Chicago which is special for me being a Chicago kid but it’s unfortunate that it’s not called the Western Open anymore but nonetheless, it’s the same tournament but with a different name. As we know, the BMW Championship is always one of the great tournaments of the year and always unleashes the true talent out of some players. Make a long story short, the FedEx Cup playoffs is fine, stop complaining and enjoy this beautiful game of golf. Golf is golf, no matter what changes and FedEx Cup playoffs is just another way for us to enjoy, cherish and celebrate this great sport. From Chicago with love, stay golf minded everyone!

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