President’s Cup: U.S. Squad Wraps Up Victory with Strong Finish

U.S. captain Freddy Couples wins another President's Cup making it an impressive 5th time in a row.

U.S. captain Freddy Couples wins another President’s Cup making it an impressive 5th time in a row.

The U.S. team grabs its eighth President’s Cup title in 10 tournaments thanks to the clutch putting on the American side during the singles matches. Due to the great play of Steve Stricker all week and Zach Johnson today with an impressive win over Brandon Grace while PGA Championship winner Jason Dufner had a solid win himself knocking off Brandon De Jonge who is always a dangerous player on the course. Tiger Woods clinched the tournament winning match defeating Richard Sterne by winning 1 UP. It seems like the International team was trying to make a slight charge after they were making their share of clutch putts on the tough greens of Muirfield Village. Overall the day was won by the International team but they had to be nearly perfect today if they wanted to comeback and complete the upset. Jason Day was spectacular as he was able to beat Brandt Snedeker 6 & 4 and “Sned” put up a heck of a fight.

If Louis Oosthuizen had knocked off Webb Simpson and if Richard Sterne had beat Tiger Woods then it would’ve been 18 to 17 rather than 18 to 15 as both matches were very tight. This President’s Cup was much closer than many expected but thanks to great play of the U.S. team on Saturday’s foursome and four-ball matches which helped them stretch the lead out leaving the International team having to nearly have a perfect round of golf on Sunday. This was another great President’s Cup and it’s like the fun more laid back version of the Ryder Cup while still having some prestige to it as the U.S. team once again raises the President’s Cup in triumph.

Jason Dufner was a key factor in team USA's President's Cup victory.

Jason Dufner was a key factor in team USA’s President’s Cup victory.

There was some great golf this week and now we look ahead to the next season and what it will offer. Yes, there are still golf tournaments but the primary events are pretty much in the books so next season we’ll have a lot of cool things to look forward to like the rise of Jordan Speith, the comeback of Henrik Stenson, Jason Dufner looks to be up to par with his potential as a lot of people (Including of myself) thought he was going to have a stellar season but was quiet until he eventually won the PGA Championship. So now that the President’s Cup is in the books, what will we expect now? Let me know in the comments section below! Again, this was a great President’s Cup, especially after my beloved Northwestern Wildcats (Note: I did not attend Northwestern, just a big fan) lost to the Ohio State Buckeyes in a stunning football game on Saturday. Here’s the final scores of the President’s Cup: http://www.presidentscup.com/scoring/2013.html. On that note, keep it real all and please subscribe to the site if you enjoy it and please follow me on Twitter @ChiGolfRadio! By the way, my President’s Cup MVP is Steve Stricker. He was phenomenal all week.


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Stenson Wins the FedEx Cup and the 10 Mil

Henrik Stenson Raises his Trophies in Triumph as he is your 2013 FedEx Cup Champion

Henrik Stenson Raises his Trophies in Triumph as he is your 2013 FedEx Cup Champion

After Jorda Speith's Impressive Performance at the Tour Championship, Could this be the Making of a Golf Superstar?

After Jorda Speith’s Impressive Performance at the Tour Championship, Could this be the Making of a Golf Superstar?

Henrk Stenson went wire to wire to win the Tour Championship and take the FedEx Cup. He didn’t have the best performance he’s had the first three rounds but he still played well enough to hang on for the win beating Steve Stricker and the emerging star of Jordan Speith. Speith couldn’t help but watch, as Stenson hit a bunker shot which led to a par and the victory which earned Stenson 11 million dollars total. Is this the rise and return of the Stenson we saw around 2006, 2007? Only time will tell but a performance like that deserves some attention as he will definitely be a guy to look out for going into next season. Stricker was trying to make a charge but failed to do so but still put up a solid effort.

Speith also had a great chance and doing so and if he managed to knock off Stenson for the win, Speith would end up having one of the more dominant rookie seasons in golf history if he finished with two wins with one of them being a major caliber tournament. So, it makes you wonder, can Speith have a Rory Mcilroy type of season next year? Can he win a few tournaments and maybe even win a major? Only time will tell but he’ very talented and it’s exciting to see a kid out there with no fear of any golfer and just giving it his all every time. He’ll likely have another great season next year too. Right now though, Henrik Stenson is your 2013 FedEx Cup champion. Here’s the final leaderboard: http://www.pgatour.com/leaderboard.html


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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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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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Guys to Look Out for Going into Sunday at the U.S. Open

Phil Mickelson's smooth world famous swing

Phil Mickelson’s smooth world famous swing

Merion...you'll give us beautiful memories...

Merion…you’ll give us beautiful memories…

The U.S. Open is arguably the most difficult test in golf. It features normally some of the toughest host courses in history, including Bethpage Black, Pebble Beach and now Merion which features extremely narrow fairways and and deep bunkers while also being a shorter course making it more difficult for the power hitters and more of an advantage for the control players. Most people will say the power hitters have a better shot but I’m going to tell you they don’t. The course is too short for them and they tend to hit their shots hard so they may over hit their shots on most holes while the control may be dead on with their shots. But right now, it’s U.S. Open Sunday, one of the best days in all of golf and only two players are under at the par at the moment but will quickly change as soon as this piece goes up. Phil Mickelson, a control player with excellent power is a great choice for Sunday (Even though, he’s the leader obviously) because as mentioned above, he has that deadly combination of power and control, he’s also one of the greatest short game players in the history of the game, maybe only the great Lee Trevino was better. He’s a hall of famer for a reason and he looks to get his fifth major title and his 42nd win where he ranks ninth all-time in PGA Tour wins, it would also mark as his 50th worldwide win. The kicker is, he’s been runner up in the U.S. Open five times which is a record.

But I believe the terror is over for Phil and he will rise above the competition to pull it out because he’s the only true all-around player in the top five besides Justin Rose. Justin, by the way, is another player to look for as he tries to become hall of fame eligible by getting his 14th career PGA Tour victory which would put him just one win away from accomplishing that feat. Justin has been a preseason favorite to break out and have a dominate season and he quietly has been phenomenal despite not winning any tournaments this year but has a shot to take the U.S. Open crown this year if he can tackle a tough course in Merion and to knock off a dominate Phil.Also, be sure t look out for Luke Donald who is only one win away from being hall of fame eligible as oppose to J-Rose being two wins away. The UK and Chicago native has been playing his best golf the last couple of years and is still playing at a very high level this year. He’s incredible from the bunker and is one of the best putters and golf as well as being one of the most accurate players the game has ever seen. Merion is a control players dream and if there’s one control player that will take advantage and make a charge on Sunday, it’s Luke.

When he’s hot, he’s red hot and point on with his shots. Lastly keep an eye on Charl Schawrtzel who is terrific in majors with his best performances at the Masters however, he’s been fairly quiet at the U.S. Open but he’s always licking his chops in these majors. He’s quiet in other tournaments but in the majors, he comes out like a shadow in the night and he’s also a control player that has plenty of pop in his driver which makes him extremely dangerous. He’s had a very good season, having four top 10’s and only one missed cut. He’s also third in Scoring Average. If there’s one person that lives for the moment at the majors then it’s Charl. So those are some guys to look out for today. Should be a classic finish at the 113th U.S. Open Championship.


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